Way back in November I voted to send one person the the state Senate, and two people to the Statehouse. They were supposed to represent me and the other people in my district while making decisions on various subjects. I would like to assume other districts throughout the state did the same.
One the hardest subjects they had to deal with this year is the state budget. Some of the cuts was hard to swallow. Everyone, every department, every area took a hit, including the governor’s staff. There were very few, if any sacred cows in this year’s budget. I trusted the people I sent to Pierre did the very best they could to ensure the cuts were fair.
For some people that is not good enough….
Motivated by deep cuts in state spending during the past legislative session, the coalition polled likely voters on their appetite for a sales tax increase to pay for state services.
“South Dakotans want the opportunity to vote on the issue,” said Dave Hewett, president of the state Association of Health Care Organizations.
Then why did we elect people to go Pierre?
This group is moving ahead to place a 1% sales tax increase on the November 2012 ballot as an initiated measure. With all the money to education and and Medicaid.
If taxes need to be raised, I trust those who we elected to come back from Pierre and tell us that. During the cracker barrels, on the blogs, facebook, press releases etc. and I hope they would explain why taxes need to be raised. If they can’t, then they will not receive my vote next election cycle. Part of being an elected official is also to be the bearer of bad news.
Some of the things that help make the great state of South Dakota great, is the low taxes. Our economy is in the very beginning of mending, we have a long way to go before we start raising taxes. Before anyone taxes get raised , someone should explain where is all the money that came from video lottery, fines and all the other things that is supposed to go to the local schools. Raising state taxes should be the very last option.
I know some of you, might think I am anti-education. To the contrary, I choose to give money my school’s PTA. This year our PTA is planning, to put some money directly in the hands of teachers, so they can buy stuff for their classrooms. There are plans to fund a spring field trip. I am working with several people to help provide refurbished desktop and portable computers to families that can’t afford them. Our local community, has gotten behind our school, and is supporting it with money, material, time and expertise, our school board is learning to ask the community for help, before going to the state for help. The local community, has made a true investment in the school, not by demanding others give, rather by giving of itself.