South Dakota legislature to debate tax cuts this week

PIERRE, S.D.(WNAX)- Picking among competing tax cuts will be a priority for South Dakota legislators this week.

District 18 Representative Mike Stevens of Yankton says he is optimistic some cut will pass.

Governor Kristi Noem has threatened a veto of the budget bill if her food tax cut is not included. Stevens says they can’t worry about that.

Stevens says he wants to make sure any tax cut is sustainable over the long term.

District 18 Representative Julie Auch of Lesterville says she hopes something passes.

Auch says she would have preferred a bigger sales tax cut.

Auch says most members are on the outside of the ongoing negotiations.

If the South Dakota legislature passes any sort of tax cut this year, the 2024 budget proposal would have to be adjusted.

District 18 Senator Jean Hunhoff of Yankton is Chair of the Joint Committee on Appropriations that will do the adjusting.

Hunhoff says there appears to be more support for a tax cut that has an end date.

Hunhoff voted for a property tax credit that came through the Senate last week.

A budget has to be approved before the session can adjourn on Thursday.