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Governor takes action on South Dakota ballot issues

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 Governor Dennis Daugaard sent out postcards Thursday to his supporters explaining how he voted on South Dakota ballot issues. But will the governor's opinions sway voters?

There are seven ballot issues for South Dakotan's to decide on this year. "All of them except the initiative measure 15 have the legislative stamp of approval as well as the governor's," said Republican Chairwoman Debra Watson.

And many of them are hot topics. Such as the one cent sales tax increase to help fund Medicaid and education. "I'm absolutely for one cent, for every dollar to help educate our children," said voter Vikki French.

"One percent tax may go to the children's needs for a while, and education funding, but it will be lost just like the video lottery funds are lost to the general fund," said voter Mary Ann Benson.

"I think it's a terrible way to fund education and health in the end legislature needs to step forward developed a rational tax system that is a broad based way beyond this two legged stool, "said Democratic State Committeeman Tom Katus.

There is also the issue concerning tenure and teacher merit pay. "I have a hard time with teacher merit pay," said voter and former teacher Bob French.

"I feel if you're going to give a bonus, all teachers receive bonuses, they all deserve them," said Benson.

"I don't think it's do–able in an educational system," said Katus.

Most people say Daugaard's opinion will not change their vote. "Well I respect his opinion but no, it wouldn't affect how I voted personally," said Vikki French.

"I talk to a lot of people and hear a lot of different opinions and I have my own opinions," said Bob French.

Watson says she doesn't think Daugaard sent out postcard to sway voters. "I think that the governor wanted to make sure that people realized how important the ballot issues were."

In the end, most people say the important thing is to vote in a way that best represents you. "I don't think it's a republican or democratic issue I think it's a people issue it's our opportunity to decide how we want to vote on each of these ballot issues," said Watson.

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