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Gosch: Noem Called Food Tax Repeal “Irresponsible” in February

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.


  1. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-10-24 06:51

    Irresponsible? IRRESPONSIBLE? Tell us all about it, O Queen of Covid 19. Ya numpty.

  2. CK 2022-10-24 10:40

    At about 6:24, they sr=tart talking about the food sales tax reduction.
    Noem claims that “they are setting us up for a future state income tax.” (Not exact wording, but that’s basically what she says.)
    No person in that video was for the food sales tax reduction,

  3. CK 2022-10-24 10:57

    Sorry about the typo. I meant to say “they start.” Not sure what my fingers were typing there.

  4. RST Tribal Member 2022-10-24 11:59

    What an inept inbred republican will do to get elected! Like RINO Thune liking candidate Trump for hating on certain people, disliking candidate Trump for acknowledging sexually grabbing women’s parts, and liking candidate Trump as he won the primary. Then joining the Republican Party to keep Trump in office twice. Impeachment yes. Removal no. Kinda like when Noem got stopped repeatedly for speeding, ticketed, and let go on her merry way to speed again.

    The voters in South Dakota will voice their opinion in a few weeks. More of the same or change in the air. The inept inbred republicans holding or running for office are like the South Dakota weather the past few weeks; it is spring, summer, or fall in these wintry months. Hopefully, the weather will get sorted out. The inept inbred republicans, probably not.

    If the Democratic takes the governorship, repealing the sale tax on food will have a hard road to travel in the legislative chambers controlled by the inept inbreeds. If Noem gets back in, she will just continue campaigning for another office in another state and will go back to her first promise to fight the repeal of the sales tax on food, letting her campaign promise to repeal the tax go into the ditch. What an inept inbred republican will do to get elected; looks like practically anything. Trying to pin down candidate Noem on repealing the sales tax on food is like peeling an onion; your eyes burn and snot comes out, then brain fog sets in. Vote in November to get a clear mind, eyesight and nose.

  5. All Mammal 2022-10-24 13:22

    Didn’t she say fearfully something about how she worried that cutting the food tax would take us over the fiscal cliff?

  6. Donald Pay 2022-10-24 13:53

    I think an income tax is what South Dakota needs, and has needed for a hell of a long time. If gutting the sales tax on food gets you there, then that’s fine with me.

    Everyone pays taxes out of income, unless they have to use past accumulated income to pay off a tax bill, so most every tax people pay is an income tax, including the sales tax. It’s just that sales taxes don’t figure what you pay by your income. You pay at least a 5 percent of purchases only. For a poor person, that is close to a 5% tax on your income, because you spend most of your income on things that are taxed. Now, if you earn $2,000,000, you probably save a good chunk, investing it in various places that aren’t taxable. You probably pay more in sales taxes, because you buy more, but less as a percentage of your income. You probably pay less than 2% or your income on sales tax. Sales taxes are regressive, the poor person pays more than the the middle class guy, who pays more than the wealthy elite.

    I pay a state income tax in Wisconsin, and no sales tax on food. When you add up all state taxes, every income group ends up paying an equal percentage of their income to state government. Essentially the tax system creates a flat tax in Wisconsin. I’d prefer it to be a bit more tilted to the progressive side, but I’ll take Wisconsin’s system to South Dakota’s. There is just too much untaxed wealth at the upper levels in South Dakota. The elite have convinced you that an income tax is bad. If you want to pay more taxes so the elite can skip out on their fair share, that’s your business, I guess, but I think you are all pretty dumb.

    When you buy groceries in South Dakota

  7. Donald Pay 2022-10-24 13:58

    To continue: when you buy groceries in South Dakota this year, that five percent accelerates inflation. Want to decrease the inflationary impact on your grocery bill: get rid of the sales tax on food.

  8. All Mammal 2022-10-24 15:34

    Leaving SD is not an option for the majority of South Dakotans. Some of us won’t leave SD because then who would be here to put up a fight to make it better? I can’t forsake my birthplace. It will only get better if people stay. If I left like half of my siblings, a whole handful of people this year alone would not have gotten their property taxes frozen and would probably be S.O.L. The greedy who come to our state would have chewed them up and swallowed them by now. If Mr. Pay would never have hung around and fought when he did, the whole place would be so toxic it would be impossible to sustain any life today. Thank you to all those who are too ornery to let them take it without a fight.

  9. Donald Pay 2022-10-24 15:57

    All Mammal, Thank you for staying and fighting.

  10. larry kurtz 2022-10-24 17:18

    A Governor Smith might fit right in living in Pierre but no doubt Mrs. Noem believes she has outgrown the little town because nearly all of us do eventually.

  11. grudznick 2022-10-24 18:14

    Good on you, Ms. Mammal. grudznick appreciates you as a fellow South Dakotan.

    I just wish Extreme Mr. Smith would come right out and say on his commercials “I am for an income tax” like Mr. Pay believes. That would sure poke a toothpick into the cream-filled cupcake, I bet.

  12. larry kurtz 2022-10-24 18:26

    So, grud has joined John Dale as a stopped clock running right on time. Will wonders never cease?

  13. Arlo Blundt 2022-10-24 19:31

    If the tax system in South Dakota didn’t provide the wealthy with an annual cascade of dollars windfall, they wouldn’t fight tax revision like it was Armageddon.

  14. P. Aitch 2022-10-24 19:56

    I wasn’t born in your state but growing up in my birth state of Florida wouldn’t have blessed me with the recognition of inbred negativity like only a SD education did. That’s why I read this blog. Better to read it than live it 24/7, forever.

  15. Bob Newland 2022-10-25 13:47

    Like Liz Cheney, Spencer Gosch and Lee Schoenbeck are despicable beings. But, like Liz, Spence and Lee finally found a stream so rancid they couldn’t stomach crossing it. Liz’z stream was the rivulet of snot called Donald Trump. Lee’s and Spence’s creek is, apparently, the mound of canine excrement which has occupied the SoDak governor’s chair on a day or two per month for four years. It’s not that any of them are any less horrible, but three of the four named politicians in this paragraph have, finally, chosen the right path, if only for a few days.

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