The latest Dakota Free Press poll finds strong support for tax reform in South Dakota. I offered you ten proposals that came up in our discussion of things we’d like the South Dakota Legislature to do in its 2016 Session. Here are the issues you chose as Legislative priorities:
|What laws should the SD Legislature pass? (Pick up to 5.)|
|enact corporate income tax||61%||95|
|restrict RV voting||51%||80|
|cut sales tax exemptions||50%||78|
|enact personal income tax||43%||67|
|restrict eminent domain||43%||67|
|public vote on nuke waste||34%||53|
|lower no-bid contract amts||32%||50|
|hire more auditors||31%||49|
|tighten TIF rules||29%||45|
|allow e-petitions & e-voting||27%||43|
Corporate income tax, personal income tax, and elimination of sales tax exemptions—evidently the readers of this blog feel strongly that our current state tax system is not fair or sufficient to meet South Dakota’s needs.
RV voting made the list. Senator Craig Tieszen may beat us to the punch on filing a bill on that topic, and we need to tread carefully on Constitutional grounds so we don’t completely disenfranchise RVers who choose to make paid mailboxes in Rapid City, Alexandria, Madison, and Sioux Falls their home.
Restricting eminent domain rounds out the top five and offers us liberals on this blog a chance to reach out to our conservative neighbors and make a case for defending property rights against corporate encroachment.
I’ll take a little time to research relevant statutes and draft appropriate language. I’ll publish the final bills this week so you can send them to your legislators and say, “Hey, why not?”
The poll ran from December 30 to this morning, January 3.