The South Dakota Senate voted 25–10 this afternoon to pass House Bill 1182, Governor Dennis Daugaard’s proposal to raise our state sales tax from 4% to 4.5% to fund competitive teacher pay. The bill passed without amendment, so it goes to the Governor for his signature.
HB 1182 is projected to raise $107 million in new revenue. Under the Schoenbeck House Amendment, 63% of that revenue will go toward raising K-12 teacher pay, 34% will go toward property tax relief (acknowledged in floor debate as a carrot to draw support from commercial property owners), and 3% will go toward increased pay for vo-tech teachers. In conjunction with Senate Bill 131, HB 1182 is expected to raise the average teacher pay in South Dakota from last in the nation, $40,023, to 37th in the nation, $48,500.
According to what I heard on the SDPB audio feed, the roll call sounded like it went as follows:
|Senator||Vote HB 1182|
In more good news, House Appropriations passed Senate Bill 131 on a 9–0 vote this morning. House Appropriations also amended SB 131 to change the target student-teacher ratio for South Dakota’s smallest schools from 12.5 to 12.0. That change will increase the amount of funding allocated to schools with enrollments under 600.