Voters shut down penny tax increase - KOTA Territory News

Voters shut down penny tax increase

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 Initiated Measure 15, or the penny tax increase failed.

The measure would have increased the state general sales tax by one cent & use those funds for additional K–12 public education and Medicaid funding.

Those that oppose the measure say there has to be a different way to provide funding to education and Medicaid. Those for it say, a penny is nothing if it helps out our youth in South Dakota.

"The biggest concern has been the process you're getting two special groups circumventing the legislative process to take care of themselves," said House Majority Leader David Lust. "Granted there is a need there."

"Many in the Democratic Party weren't a fan of this bill because it continues to promote a regressive tax system on the other hand our schools have been under funded for years," said Pennington County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Wilson.

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