We’re still waiting for Kristi Noem to produce any witnesses who can back up her claim that she actually supported the food tax repeal last winter and that Senator Lee Schoenbeck was the big opponent of tax relief. We know this is a lie: Noem publicly and privately opposed the food tax repeal that the House passed but the Senate killed in March.
But the most powerful Republican in the House is joining the most powerful man in the Senate in stating for the record that Noem is gaslighting us on where she stood on repealing the food tax in February:
House Speaker Spencer Gosch in an interview with The Dakota Scout this week said that despite the governor’s insistence that she’s long supported a repeal of a 4.5 percent tax on groceries, he was told by her administration in February that the governor would not sign any measure passed by the state Legislature that reduced the state’s sales tax revenues.
“I was in several meetings where Gov. Noem and (Sen.) Lee Schoenbeck expressed their disdain for any tax reduction, characterizing it as an ‘irresponsible’ move that would create a burden for funding state government,” the Mobridge Republican said [Joe Sneve, “GOP House Speaker: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem ‘Expressed Disdain’ for Tax Cuts in February,” The Dakota Scout, 2022.10.21].
Boy, Kristi’s pants are starting to look like a combine cutting through sunflowers too fast.