Did you know Majority Leader Lee Qualm (R-21/Platte) proposed giving more tax dollars to private schools?
Representative Qualm’s House Bill 1227 would have directed the Secretary of Revenue to compute and county treasurers to pay out portions of the electric energy tax paid by each utility company to nonpublic schools in each school district each utility serves.
HB 1227 never got a hearing; Rep. Qualm wisely withdrew it on February 8.
It’s bad enough that Rep. Qualm voted in 2016 to launder insurance tax dollars into stealth vouchers for religious schools. That it would even cross Qualm’s mind to send tax dollars directly to South Dakota’s religious schools shows a grave disrespect for the proper separation of church and state.
Keep an eye on Qualm and make sure he doesn’t try bringing this unwise private-school subsidy back in 2020.