Perhaps true Republicans should be glad that Senator Al Novstrup (R-3/Aberdeen) struggles to get any of his bills passed. The Senate has had to kill two proposals from Novstrup to increase taxes.
Novstrup proposed Senate Bill 99 to allow counties to collect gross receipts taxes to pay off bonds. The intent was for such bonds to pay for courthouses, sheriff’s offices, jails, and drug/alcohol treatment centers, which are good and necessary. It’s also good and necessary to see Novstrup admit that public services cost more money than his one-party regime has made available to counties. But Novstrup couldn’t translate his good intentions and relationships into a voting majority. SB 99 squeaked out of Senate Taxation on a 4–2 vote but then sank in the Senate with a meager 7 yeas versus 28 nays.
Then Novstrup really tried to open Taxdora’s Box with Senate Bill 131, which would have eliminated the caps on property tax levy increases that currently require counties and school boards to pass controversial opt-out votes that often spark contentious public referenda. Novstrup couldn’t even get that bucket of tax hikes out of committee: Senate Taxation nuked it 5–1.
Aberdeen, District 3, are failed bills and tax hikes what Al Novstrup promised you during last year’s election?