Would you support increased sales tax?

Someone wants to know and they are in the field with a poll.  Would you support a 1% increase in sales tax?  How about if the revenues raised all went to education?  From what I’ve heard the questions are pretty aggressive — and felt like a push poll…intended to get a sympathetic response towards funding for education.

Again the real question comes down to what is meant by “adequate” when it comes to funding for education…..but that’s harder to answer in a phone poll.

It’ll be interesting to see if and when this poll is released just who paid for it.

In another poll that has been released, Nielsen Brothers’ Polling of Sioux Falls found that there is an even divide on teachers salaries in Sioux Falls —

In the NBP Sioux Falls Survey, 49 percent of respondents think teacher salaries are ?too low?, 43 percent see teacher salaries as ?about right?, and another 8 percent judge the salaries as ?too high?.

Party and age are factors. Twice as many Democrats (69 percent) as Republicans (34 percent) see salaries as too low.  A majority of respondents under 65 years of age (56 percent) think salaries are too low compared with only 37 percent over 65.

23 Replies to “Would you support increased sales tax?”

  1. caheidelberger

    “an even divide” on teacher salaries? 92% of respondents rejected the implication of this year’s state budget, that teachers are paid too much. That’s a pretty firm repudiation of the budget sentiment I hear from a lot of the conservatives around this blog.

    1. Kristi Golden

      I believe the only implication of this year’s budget was that as an entire state there was less to spend so everyone, in every area of government funded by the state, had to get by with less. It’s up to each individual school board to set the salaries for the teachers…not the Governor or the Legislature.

      1. Anon

        The truth was not told on the budget. State spending was flat in total. What was not talked about was the increased funding to DSS. The real implication of the budget was not discussed at all. The GOP is tricking us into pushing for higher taxes by cutting services people expect. Their hope is that they don’t get the blame for increasing taxes. That way, the conservatives will still vote GOP.

  2. cut man

    The only difference between a taxidermist and the taxman,
    is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
    Mark Twain

    Do we want to be a taxman or a taxidermist????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Where do we a each person really want to be? We have a choice now how do we want it to be.

  3. duggersd

    I am not convinced a penny increase in a state tax is necessary, but I would be willing to support allowing for a city or county increase of a penny. This is at least close to the people who can reject or accept it. This could also go to make up money that is not coming from the state.

  4. springer

    Based on salaries in SD, teachers are not for the most part underpaid. If a teacher wants to make a better salary, go to work for the fed gov’t on an Indian reservation as a teacher – that’s where the big bucks are!

    For the past many years all levels of govt have been spending like there is a bottomless well of money to draw from. Well, the well is going dry. And those impacted by the dry well are screaming loudly. Get used to it. If we don’t start to balance our budgets in all levels of govt, and the money runs out completely (as it will sooner than later), then what? When there is no more money to pass for anything but interest on the national debt, then what? Goodbye teachers and everyone else on the gov’t payroll. Is that what the screamers want? Evidently, as anything else is protested about.

    1. duggersd

      As a teacher, I have never complained about what I make. I believe I am fairly compensated. However I believe living in the eastern part of the state is helpful. I remember about 15 years ago, Bill Janklow published the average salaries by school building. When SD is listed as having the least paid teachers, that comes from places like Kadoka or other small town small school locations. I have not seen the comparisons in recent years, but that really made an impact on my perceptions of what I was paid.

    1. grudznick

      Tax the fancy groceries double. And cut cut cut the fat cat salaries in the school districts. And if you want to make fewer counties, I say go for 4 counties. Pennington, leave it alone. Minnehaha, expand it to include the liberal bastian of Lincoln. Divide the rest of the state down the river and call it West and East. Then cut the number of legislators to 4 senators and 8 representatives, and send them to Pierre for 2 weeks a year.

      Problems solved.

  5. YMOUS

    Let each district raise the capitol they need and start weening the state out of it. If a local board decides to build a new building or raise teaches salaries, let them but they need to raise it locally, not state wide. Your board chooses, they pay. Local control!

    1. Electrifying South Dakota


      I am conflicted on this observation. While ‘local control’ speaks to my libertarian roots, this suggestion is also laced with a twinge of hipocrisy. I cannot fathom a state allowing for local education funding control while stamping down upon the ability of local governments to generate the revenue they need to operate. I get Dillon’s rule, but does an archaic judicial holding from 1860’s Iowa still play a valid part in SD government?

  6. YMOUS

    Same goes for counties. Cut the number of counties to about 7 or so like AZ. We have cars now not horses. Most business can be handled electronically anyway.

    1. PlanningStudent

      To take county courthouses out of a lot of county seats in SD means an absolute death sentence. You might still stay that the benefits still out weight the negatives but I don’t think any legislator is ready to make that vote.

        1. Les

          Thank you William and Planning Student. Check out District 28 if you want to think of the red headed step child left outside to fend for itself!

  7. I Wanna Be Elected. . . Alice

    The state’s municipal league will never agree to share the salws tax authority; not with counties and not with school districts. That is certain. That leaves the sales tax to be crested at he state level. Thus, the larger cities collect and subsidize the smaller. I agree that the local school board needs to determine its own need, collect and control the funds. Thus the opt out. What I’d need to see is a precise accounting of just what our local school district would spend the money on. They mus to be precises to get my vote. Also, I have been polled on this issue and forwarded the idea to Kristi. Prepare youselves for a poll that indicates support for the idea. Many questions only offered an answer that indicated support. Craziest poll I’ve ever answered.

  8. CaveMan

    There will be lies rolled off of lies in the next 16 months concerning the health of not only our public school systems but our state in general. Some will say we are starving our poor, killing our schools, enriching corporations upon the backs of local business’s, and of course taking money from the poor and giving it to the rich nationally. Local control will become the largest catchall phrase in South Dakota’s history and as Yankton and Gettysburg just proved, some will pass tax increases upon themselves and others not. Lets make sure we demand the truth on every issue.

  9. Guard

    We have to pay for our services some how. (education, highways, law enforcement, fire fighting, forest management, job service, unemployment subsistance, etc.) All of us here depend on the list of services mentioned and more. Government is not free and without these services, trucks could not haul goods, students would not learn, many who temporarily lost their job would be in dire straits, and crime would skyrocket along with nobody to put out the fires. So, complain all you want about taxes, but, you can not get these things for nothing and I’m pretty sure you would not want to live in the former Yugoslavia. I’ve been there after the war and they get by on nothing and 70% unemployment.

  10. Guard

    I forgot to mention that when I visited in Bosnia in 2001, they had no sanitation services and the rivers filled up with garbage. That’s another thing that happens when government services are cut to nothing.


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