So are we going to get that big food tax repeal part-time Governor Kristi Noem promised she’d work really hard to get? Noem had her South Dakota Strong Leadership PAC spend some of its $261,088.87 to cook up a poll saying 75% of South Dakotans support repealing the state’s unusual tax on groceries. The last poll on the topic not paid for by a political campaign found last October that 47% of South Dakotans support eliminating the grocery tax and 32% support reducing it.
…some legislators have grown more cautious about tax cuts since the session began.
Some now believe this is the time to make smart choices with extra revenue and support ongoing programs instead of cutting the state’s largest source of income.
Senate Majority Whip Helene Duhamel, R-Rapid City, said there is “growing sentiment” among the chamber’s Republican caucus in favor of strategic investments before enacting a tax cut.
“There are people in the conservative position saying, ‘Let’s take care of our house, and if we’re still in that position in a few years, then we can take a look at that then,’” Duhamel said in Thursday’s Republican leadership press conference [Makenzie Huber, “Some Republicans Look to ‘Take Care of Our House’ Before Cutting Taxes,” South Dakota Searchlight, 2023.02.18].
Almost five months have passed since Governor Noem made repealing the food tax her central campaign promise. She spotlighted repealing the food tax in her December budget address and her January State of the State address. Yet with the Legislative Session two-thirds done, legislators have “grown more cautious”—i.e., become less convinced that cutting the food tax or any other tax is a good idea.
If Republican Kristi Noem can’t get a Republican supermajority to go along with the supposedly core Republican idea of cutting taxes, how can anyone believe she could go to Washington and get a contentious Congress with two powerful and competing parties to agree on anything>