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Fury, Partridge Affirm Noem Two-Faced with Food Tax Spin

Bob Mercer agrees that Governor Kristi Noem’s election-season advocacy of repealing the sales tax on food is a 180-degree turn from her clear repudiation of repealing the food tax last March. The best her cronies can do is tell us that Governor Noem didn’t mean what she said in public during the 2022 Legislative Session:

Her campaign’s spokesman, Ian Fury, insisted at the time that she had privately expressed support for the repeal back in March.

Fury did so again Friday, in a statement to KELOLAND News: “Governor Noem told Senate leadership that she supported the bill to eliminate the food tax and would sign it if it reached her desk” [Bob Mercer, “On Food-Tax Repeal, Noem Attempts 180-Degree Turn,” KELO-TV, 2022.10.28].

Jeff Partridge, who helped Noem with her budget during the 2022 Session and who was part of the panel discussion in which Noem rejected a food tax repeal as a fiscally irresponsible ploy to foist an income tax on South Dakota, joins the spin:

“The governor was interested in repealing the tax on groceries last year,” Partridge, who runs financial planning businesses in Rapid City and Spearfish, told KELOLAND News. “We discussed it at length and did significant research on it. She shared that with the Senate leadership at the time.”

He continued, “However, a better time to introduce this concept is while you are constructing a state budget, which is right now. The governor is finalizing her numbers and they will include a repeal of the tax on groceries, the largest tax decrease in the history of South Dakota” [Mercer, 2022.10.28].

If Noem was interested in repealing the food tax last year, then why didn’t she say so? Why didn’t she put it in last year’s budget proposal? If she couldn’t do the math to turn the $85.9-million surplus Uncle Sam and wind farms helped us run in Fiscal Year 2021 into the basis for food tax relief, why didn’t she say during the 2022 Session, “I want to repeal the food tax, but we need to find $35 million more to make it happen right now. Legislators, work with me, and we can repeal the food tax without falling over Lee’s fiscal cliff“?

Last Session, Noem expressed no support for repealing the food tax. She expressed no disappointment that she couldn’t fit the Democrats’ perennial good idea into the FY2023 budget. She offered no promise to spend all of this year looking for a way to fit a food tax repeal into the next budget she brings. Throughout the Session, Noem consistently said repealing the food tax is bad fiscal policy that leads to a worse tax system.

Partridge, Fury, and Noem have said nothing to build confidence that the Governor really supported a food tax repeal last winter or that she really supports one now. All Partridge and Fury have affirmed with their spin is Noem is two-faced, that she will say the opposite of what she means without apology and keep the public in the dark about her real policy agenda.


  1. Ryan 2022-10-30

    Radio commercial yesterday from noems campaign had several flat out lies, including this one “noem is now repealing the grocery tax” and I couldn’t be more disgusted. Many of my fellow south dakotans don’t do any research and they just believe what they hear. Spin is one thing, hyperbole another, but flat out lies? Cory I’m no politician or election expert, but what’s the line for ads like that? How can we hold this liar accountable if the only way to do so is an election, during which she flat out cons the public into not holding her accountable?

  2. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-10-30

    Kristi Lynn – Home of the Whopper.

  3. Loren 2022-10-30

    “She would sign it IF IT REACHED HER DESK?” Well, of course. She could also promise to sign legal pot or ban automatic weapons or guarantee the right to an abortion, “if it reached her desk.” Chances of it reaching er desk… ZIP! Ya da, ya da, ya da…

  4. Mark Anderson 2022-10-30

    Why should Noem repeal the food tax? Who does that help? She’s got more important things to do. Keeping transgenders out of sports for instance. There are so many South Dakota transgenders waiting to be in women’s sports all across the state. If not, its the principle of the thing that counts. Many of those Principles are groomers too, so you’ve got to watch that also. Just ask Ian, his major at Hillsdale was propaganda and he is a, very proper gander.

  5. grudznick 2022-10-30

    Perhaps situations change, Mr. H. You would be the first or among those fellows who advocate for reviewing changing conditions and adapting. Adapt or go extinct. Is this not one of the rallying hollers of the modern Democrat party in South Dakota?

  6. Ryan 2022-10-30

    Yeah, situations change all right.

    An unqualified spawn gets an appraiser license and becomes an appraiser; a qualified civil servant is illegally removed from her post and becomes a plaintiff; a state plane becomes a party bus; wedding vows become a trans-national affair; the will of the people becomes a target of lawsuits; our national guard members become guns for hire; millions of dollars becomes a steaming pile of meth billboards and a laughing stock; our taxes become a fancy fence, sauna, desk, and teevee studio; opposition to natives blocking traffic becomes support for truckers blocking traffic; a promise of prison reform becomes nothing whatsoever…

    Holy moly. When it’s all written together it makes me think our governor is indeed the emperor of situations changing. This might be a new school record, folks.

  7. Arlo Blundt 2022-10-30

    Grudznick..pull yourself together…you’re speaking in tongues again…total nonsense.

  8. Francis Schaffer 2022-10-30

    I have been busy so I missed my opportunity to ask about the plane. How does it work if she has family and non-family members, who are not employees, on board and the plane crashes killing everyone? Are there waivers everyone signs? Does the state have insurance to account for this? I am just wondering who has presorted through this scenario. Thanks for any clarifying responses. I apologize I am off topic.

  9. Bonnie B Fairbank 2022-10-30

    Francis Schaffer. Please DO ask grudznick to explain his post coherently.

  10. grudznick 2022-10-30

    Mr. Blundt, my good friend Mr. Evans knows more about tongue speaking. I’m just sayin…

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