From KELOland, reporter Kevin Woster is discussing State Representative Lee Schoenbeck’s proposal to increase teacher salaries in the upcoming session with a sales tax increase based on our tourism season:
Well, Schoenbeck – who might be considered the Ethan Hunt of the state Republican Party these days when it comes to raising teacher salaries – has everything going for him on the educator-pay issue except, well, a tax.
The state representative from Watertown will need one – a pretty big one — to make any difference..
The one he’s proposing, for the sake of discussion at this point, would hike the state sales tax by a penny from May 1 to Nov. 1, which would fall just short of hitting all those presents my family and friends will be purchasing each year for my birthday on Nov. 3. (Thanks, Lee…)
Before that, it would hit us all in a regressive way, but not one that carries a horrible tax burden for anyone. And it would, of course, put an additional burden on visitors to our state – hunters, bikers, Missouri River walleye fishers, boaters and the gawkers and walkers that make South Dakota Tourism go.
Why should they help us fix our education-funding problem?
“Next time you’re in Minneapolis, look at your bill — all the taxes we pay to support their infrastructure that are sales taxes on your bill,” Schoenbeck says. “And that’s true of every city you go to.”
What do you think? Is that the solution the problem of teacher pay has been looking for?