Governor Kristi Noem talks about ending the grocery tax

PIERRE, S.D.(DRGNews)- South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem spent some time working a register at Lynn’s Dakotamart in Pierre this week as part of her re-election year proposal to repeal the state’s 4.5% sales tax on groceries.

Noem says she told republican leadership that she was in favor of the repeal during the 2022 Legislative Session, although she didn’t advocate for it publicly.

When speaking in Sioux Falls earlier this week, Noem’s democratic challenger and House Minority Leader Jamie Smith is quoted as saying, “We don’t need to tax things more. We need more things to tax.” Noem says most South Dakotans can’t afford to have more money taken out of their paychecks.

Noem says groceries aren’t the only thing that has people concerned.

Smith has supported the grocery tax repeal in past legislative sessions. He was also among a group of legislators urging Noem to call a special session to repeal the tax, but the Governor declined admitting she doesn’t have enough votes to pass the grocery tax repeal just yet.

Libertarian Tracey Quint is also running for Governor.