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South Dakota Rejects Sales Tax Increase

  • Nov 8, 2012 | Gail Cole

On November 6, South Dakota voters rejected a measure that would have increased the state general sales and use tax by one percent. Measure 15 would have raised the state sales tax from 4% to 5%.

Revenue generated by Measure 15 -- approximately $180 million per year -- would have gone towards schools and Medicaid. More than 56% of voters said no to the measure.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R), who opposed Measure 15, said, "The fact that South Dakota rejected the sales tax increase but did pass the balanced budget amendment … is an indicator that most citizens agree with me that we need to live within our means."

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Gail Cole
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Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.