Petition Drive For Initiated Measure Begins In SD
by KDLT News
September 01, 2011 1:50 PM
A group working to put a measure to increase taxes for schools and Medicaid on the November 2012 ballot in South Dakota can begin circulating petitions.
South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant approved language on sample petitions for the proposed measure Thursday. Nearly 16,000 signatures are needed by Nov. 1 to put the item on next fall's ballot.
The measure is supported by the South Dakota Education Association and the South Dakota Association of Health Care Organizations. Officials with the two groups propose increasing the state sales tax by one percentage point, from 4% to 5%, and putting that money toward increasing funding for South Dakota public schools and Medicaid.