Governor Dennis Daugaard is summoning the Legislature to Pierre for a special session on September 12! Whoo-hoo!
Less than eight weeks before Election Day, and only nine days before early voting begins, our 105* legislators, 77 of whose names are slated to appear on some ballot or another in the general election**, will gather at the Capitol to vote on special legislation whose likely result is that South Dakotans will pay more in taxes.
Governor Daugaard is careful, of course, not to phrase it that way. Here’s the language you’ll hear Al Novstrup and other nervous Republicans using:
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has called a special legislative session to consider legislation that would expedite implementation of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. and allow the state to enforce the obligation of remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax.
…“South Dakota led the fight for tax fairness, which culminated with our historic win before the U.S. Supreme Court in June,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Thanks to that victory, other states are implementing tax changes as soon as Oct. 1, and I will be proposing legislation to allow South Dakota to join them” [emphasis mine; Governor’s Office, press release, 2018.08.07].
We’re enforcing an obligation on remote sellers. We’re creating tax fairness.
Translation: you will pay more sales tax, possibly by October 1… just in time to vote on the people who bring you the opportunity to enjoy that fairness.
*105? Say, that reminds me: Unless I missed something, Governor Daugaard has three Legislative vacancies to fill. District 10 Senate, District 26B House, and District 32 House each have vacancies.
**This quick lunchtime count includes Rep. Larry Rhoden, who is seeking promotion to Lieutenant Governor, and Sen. Lance Russell, a lawyer who is allowing his local party officials to illegally renominate him in a Senate race from which he withdrew. That count may drop if Democrats don’t find replacements for their withdrawn placeholders.