As promised, the latest Dakota Free Press poll asks you, dear readers, to vote on proposals you’d like the South Dakota Legislature to pass in 2016. I offer ten proposals, a combination of reader proposals and some topics that have been on my mind:
- Enact personal income tax.
- Hire more auditors (to check state contracts, reimbursements, any place tax dollars are flowing).
- Restrict RV voting (to limit the ability of folks who only rent a mailbox in South Dakota to dodge their home state’s taxes from improperly influencing our elections)
- Cut sales tax exemptions.
- Restrict eminent domain (by requiring companies seeking eminent domain authority to obtain easement or sale agreements from a supermajority of affected landowners before commencing condemnation proceedings).
- Tighten TIF rules (to restrict tax increment financing proposals to truly economically depressed or blighted areas).
- Enact corporate income tax.
- Public vote on nuke waste (essentially restoring the provisions of the 1984 initiated law approved by voters to require that any proposal to store nuclear waste in South Dakota receive approval from a majority of South Dakota voters; the Legislature repealed that initiative in 1987).
- Lower no-bid contract amounts (for instance, the state can issue contracts for less than $50K without seeking bids; this measure would lower that amount to… $25K? $10K?).
- Allow e-petitions & e-voting (citizens could circulate and sign nominating, initiative, and referendum petitions on their iPads and phones; citizens could cast real primary and general election votes online).
These options won’t appear in the same order in the right sidebar here; they are set to randomize so the same item isn’t favored by appearing at the top or the bottom every time.
I ask you to pick up to five that you think would be worth debating in the Capitol this Session.
I left out some great suggestions, like funding the Blue Ribbon recommendations to raise teacher pay, which already appear to be in the chute. I hit taxes in general with three proposals because I’m interested in hearing what support there may be for various angles on making our tax system more fair.
Poll is open until Sunday, January 3 (2016!) at 6 a.m. Central. Once I’ve tabulated the results, I’ll write up your collective recommendations as formal statutory language, ready for any brave legislator to toss in the hopper and present to committee.
Let’s make policy! Vote now, and tell your friends!