Gubernatorial candidate Jamie Smith & some republican legislators call for special session to repeal grocery tax

YANKTON, S.D.(WNAX)- Some republican legislators along with democratic Governor candidate Jamie Smith are calling for a special session to debate Governor Kristi Noem’s plan to cut the sales tax on groceries.

Senator Jean Hunhoff of Yankton, Co-chair of the Joint Committee on Appropriations, says she would rather wait until the session in January.

Hunhoff says she hasn’t seen any details of the plan.

The cut would drop state revenues by over one hundred million dollars a year. Hunhoff says they can either replace or make budget cuts.

Noem released a statement on the issue..“I have my pen ready to sign into law the repeal of the sales tax on groceries. The legislature needs a 2/3 vote to pass such a measure before legislative session. We have to get South Dakota families relief from Joe Biden’s inflation as soon as possible, and we cannot let this bill fail. It needs to pass.