I just caught Twitter, and noticed State Representative Lee Schoenbeck reminding us that the Dem’s new US Senate Candidate is for a state income tax. And when I read that, the dim lightbulb over my head brightened by several orders of magnitude, as I recalled “Hey! What about Paula Hawks? She’s a big state income tax fan too!”
From Jay Williams…
Monday’s debate also touched on a number of other topics.
• Gilson, Moser and Hunhoff said they opposed implementing a state income tax and raising the gas tax. Williams said he favors raising the gas tax and remains open to the possibility of a state income tax.
And we can add his “Tax is not a dirty word” video, which I’m sure will be infamous for the entirety of his campaign..
“Instead of looking for spending cuts, we must look for ways to increase tax revenue. Look at yourself, if you have property, ask for property taxes to be raised. If you have income, lobby for a state income tax. If you buy lots of things, go for a sales tax.”
And let’s not forget about Paula Hawks‘ own advocacy for a new tax on the backs of South Dakotans:
Questioner: are you in favor of an income tax? Hawks: “Um, yeah. If done properly… I think an income tax is fairly based.”
Questioner: Do you see a downside to an income tax? Hawks: “It’s extremely unpopular. The unfortunate part of that is it’s unpopular because of a lack of understanding how that would affect people differently than taxes now.”
I can’t remember when we’ve ever before had two pro-state income tax Democrats topping the ticket for their Party. The Kool-aid drinking South Dakota Democrats must be proud with state income tax advocates Jay Williams & Paula Hawks at the top of the ticket.
Despite the fact they’re both going to lose miserably because of it.