The Controversy Of A Possible Tobacco Tax Increase In South Dakota

The upcoming November 6 ballot includes a controversial item regarding tobacco taxes and schools.

Initiated Measure 25 would raise the price of cigarettes and other tobacco items to lower tuition at the state’s four tech schools.  For example, if passed, the tax on a pack of cigarettes would go up by $1.

A group called “South Dakotans Against Higher Taxes” opposes the measure.  They claim it will harm small businesses and kill jobs.

State House Speaker Mark Mickelson supports the measure and calls opponents’ claims “inaccurate.”  He says the state’s tech schools are among the most expensive in the nation and the tax increase would help make them more affordable.

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