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6 3 7 6 Broadcaster Press 6 4 8 4 2 State’s Support For3 Public 5 1 Schools Hasn’t Kept Up 5With 6 2 3 Other Spending 7 9 1 8 Book 60: Answers BY BOB MERCER State Capitol Bureau PIERRE – The governor’s proposal to increase the state sales and use tax to 4.5 percent carries both a clear truth and an unspoken admission. South Dakotans don’t want to raise their property taxes much beyond the bare minimums, if at all. Rather than use the local opt-out that’s been in place for 20 years, they widely believe state government should send more help to their public schools. That’s the obvious truth. Here’s the unspoken admission. South Dakota consumers don’t spend enough within the state’s borders for the 4 percent sales and use tax to cover state government at its current size and provide enough for public school boards to offer competitive salaries to K-12 teachers. Gov. Dennis Daugaard has focused on making internal budget changes to improve South Dakota’s bond rating to AAA. Now he’s trying to dig South Dakota out of fifty-first place national on average salary for teachers. The South Dakota average last school year was $40,023. He wants to provide enough from the state treasury to average $48,500. The additional 0.5 percent of sales and use tax he’s asking from the Legislature would provide about $60 million more to school districts, with the requirement that 90 percent of the additional money would go for teacher salaries. At the same time he wants $40 million for property-tax relief. It’s not a big amount when considered against the total $1.9 billion of all property taxes collected for all purposes in South Dakota in 2015. But it would be the first significant reduction since Gov. Bill Janklow left office in 2002 having completed $120 million of property tax relief. That was a 30 percent reduction from the 1994 levels. South Dakota voters nearly approved a ballot measure in November 1994 that would have cut property taxes by approximately twothirds without a replacement source. Prior to Janklow’s property-tax reduction plan taking effect, public schools received state aid equivalent to about 29 percent of state general-fund spending. State aid climbed to 38 and 39 percent in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During the second term of Gov. Mike Rounds’ administration, state aid slid to less than 33 percent. Since Daugaard took office, it’s fallen back to 29 percent. Since the 1996 budget year, state aid to public schools grew 149 percent, public increased 176 percent. What didn’t grow under Rounds and Daugaard was property-tax relief. Instead, school districts turned increasingly to the capital-outlay tax. School districts also greatly in6 creased their reserves. General-fund reserves climbed from $123.1 million in Janklow’s last year to $226.1 million last year. Capital-outlay reserves rose even faster, from $67.7 million during Janklow’s last year to $199.4 million last year. It’s why Daugaard this year pro- 9 posed in a separate piece of legislation putting reserve caps back into place. 7 Property-tax relief isn’t part of the rival plans for teacher pay being offered this winter by Democratic legislators or by House Republican leader Brian Gosch of Rapid City. The debate began Wednesday on the governor’s sales-tax proposal in the House of Representatives but Republican opponents brought it to a halt until Tuesday. Rep. Lee Schoenbeck, R-Watertown, plans on Tuesday to bring the debate to a stop again until Thursday, when Rep. Scott Munsterman, R-Brookings, returns from a healthcare treatment for his wife. Daugaard, a Republican, needs 47 ayes in the House to pass the tax increase. The estimates on Wednesday ranged from 45 to 50 representatives committed to his plan. That means carrying the 12 Democrats and at least 37 of the 58 Republicans. A Gosch amendment failed Wednesday but the unrecorded procedural vote appeared to have about 28 Republicans standing in support. The second amendment attempted Wednesday by Rep. Jeff Partridge, R-Rapid City, led to Rep. Jim Stalzer, R-Sioux Falls, using rule 5-17 to stop the debate and provide a full day to consider the amendment. Partridge said afterward he didn’t intend to become part of a political maneuver. “It is a serious amendment,” he said. It calls for gradually rolling back the proposed 4.5 percent sales by one-tenth to 4.4 percent for every $20 million of tax revenue collected on remote sales of goods shipped into South Dakota. 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(See Sudoku #3 Sudoku #4 5 4 7 chart.) 4 6 3 9 8 5 7 2 1 6 2 5 7 4 8 1 3 9 Gosch7said8he’s 3 2 9 6the sales 7 8 1 4 9 2 3 7 6 5 3 2 14 4 against3 5 4 9 6 2 and use tax 5 9 7 6 He4said 8there increase. 1 9 7 3 6 1 5 4 8 2 9 2 3 4 8 5 7 6 1 3 2 8 7 4 5 9 6 are many1South Dakotans whose pay 1 9 8just 3 3 8 7 5 6 2 9 7 8 9 5 6 2 3 1 4 is at fifty-first nationally 1 4 like the 4 5 6 1 3 9 8 2 7 teachers.3 4 6 1 5 7 8 9 2 5“I think it’s4going to 6 5 7a lot8 4 9 8 231 3 cause of 3 1 6 2 9 1 4 8 7 6 5 32 6 2 5 7 4 3 8 9 3 4 8 2 5 6 9 7 1 hard feelings,”1he said Thursday after 8 5 3 7 8 6 2 week. 5 6 7 3 51 2 4 8 9 legislators finished9for the 1 4 Gosch said his two options are 1 Sudoku 6 4 8 2 3 Sudoku #6 ready if the 2 #5 9 plan can’t get the Daugaard 3 1 5 8 4 6 2 9 7 5 6 votes to pass. 4 7 8 2 9 1 3 8 4 9 7 5 3 2 6 8 1 2 7 1 9 6 3 of 5 4 3 3 “I think there’s a lot1 support for 5 8 9 5 4 1 7 6 2 6 8 2 7 1 9 3 4 5 it,” Gosch said3about raising teacher 6 1 9 4 know 2 8 5 2 4 6 6 9 5 8 7 37 8 1 salaries. “We don’t 3 7 4what the final 3 8 3 to 1 9 because 8 6 9 3 2 7 5 1 4 bill is going 5 8look2like, 6 4 7 there’s 2 6 5 8 3 9 1 7 5 3 4 8 1 9 2 6 7 six or seven4 amendments out there.” 5 1 7 1 3 5 2 7 6 4 8 9 1 2 6 9 7 3 4 5 8 He added, “Do you abandon the ©52008 KrazyDad.com © 2008 KrazyDad.com 7 9 8 5 7 4 2 6 8 1 3 9 CHALLENGING CH BOOK 60 #8 whole plan or 6 3 a way1 to fund it?” find 1 4 2 3 6 4 2 7 8 9 5 9 3 8 1 5 4 7 6 2 There’s been a steady stream of Last Tuesday’s school boards, local chambers of comSudoku #7 Sudoku Solution #8 merce and statewide business organi3 8 9 2 1 6 5 4 7 8 2 5 7 6 9 1 4 3 zations urging support for Daugaard’s KRAZYDAD.COM/PUZZLES 7 5 4 3 8 9 6 2 1 3 7 1 2 5 4 8 6 9 plan. 6 2 1 4 5 7 9 8 3 6 9 4 8 1 3 5 2 7 Daugaard issued a8column for news© 2008 KrazyDad.com 2 4 6 9 8 7 3 5 1 2 1 6 7 3 4 9 5 paper op-ed7pages 2 4 1 talking about Friday 3 6 8 9 1 8 4 3 5 2 7 6 5 9 Check next Tuesday’s paper for teacher pay. 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