Ethan Marsland is the first declared candidate for District 33 House. He sat down with Dakota Free Press Friday to discuss how he would serve his District 33 neighbors:
The fiscal highlight: Marsland thinks the state’s current tax system is unsustainable (that sounds familiar!) and that, without changes, the state will have to resort to an income tax to balance the budgets. Marsland isn’t cheering for a state income tax (although Rick Knobe and I wouldn’t mind if he did!). He would prefer that we focus on reforming property tax first, taking back the handouts to big corporations and easing the burden on small local businesses.
Marsland also wants term limits for the Legislature: four terms in the House, four terms in the Senate, and you’re done. I’d prefer the only limit on legislators’ terms be the preferences of the voters in each election, but Marsland will find supporters for his term-limits proposal among voters from all parties.
Marsland would like to see 75% of the current Legislature turn over to new representatives in the 2016 election. Yet he doesn’t come out as a fire-breathing partisan seeking to replace every Republican with a Democrat. He says he’d be happy just to see more moderate Republicans replace extremists like his own District 33 Senator Phil Jensen and put an end to the distractions caused by those extremists’ “ridiculous escapades.”
District 33 encompasses Black Hawk, Summerset, and the Highway 44 corridor west of Rapid City out past Pactola. Its current Representatives are Rep. Rev. Scott Craig and Rep. Jacqueline Sly. Rep. Sly is in her fourth term in the House and cannot run for re-election to that seat in 2016. Rep. Rev. Craig is in his second term.