South Dakota Chamber of Commerce Opposes Amendment V
Pierre, SD – September 23, 2016 – One of South Dakota’s leading business advocate and nonpartisan organizations, the Chamber of Commerce & Industry, has come out in official opposition to Amendment V.
“South Dakota has a good business climate, low taxes, and no gridlock,” said David Owen, President of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce & Industry, “why would we want to copy California, a state with high taxes, mountains of debt, and political gridlock?”
Amendment V would heavily revise South Dakota’s constitution by hiding party labels on the ballot and installing a merged primary system similar to that in effect for statewide elections in California. Amendment V would apply to all elections in South Dakota other than Presidential elections.
“Amendment V is backed by an out-of-state group using South Dakota for a political experiment. It is attempting to solve problems we don’t have here in South Dakota,” Owen added.
The Amendment V campaign is funded by 76% out-of-state money, with over 70% coming from a single group in New York, NY.
“Thank you to the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce for seeing Amendment V for what it is: an anti-transparent effort to hide party labels from South Dakota voters,” said Will Mortenson, Chairman of South Dakotans Against V.
The Chamber of Commerce joins a coalition of nonpartisan organizations including the South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Association of Cooperatives in opposing Amendment V.
For more information, voters should visit www.VoteNoOnV.com.