SD House Passes Bill To Raise State Sales Tax


The South Dakota House has voted to raise the state sales tax by a half cent to increase teacher pay.

Lawmakers took a second look at the issue Monday afternoon in Pierre.  A vote last Thursday failed by a single vote.  On Friday, supporters voted to have it reconsidered and just hours later, Rapid City Republican Scott Craig issued a statement saying he plans to flip his vote in favor of the plan.

HB 1182 is a plan from Governor Dennis Daugaard to fund teacher pay raises and offer property tax relief by increasing the state sales tax.

The bill needed two-thirds of members to vote yes to advance.  The final vote 47 yes, 21 nay with two excused.

The measure now goes to the Senate for discussion in committee.  

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