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South Dakota to Vote on Rare Ballot Initiative Which Raises Threshold to Approve Tax Increases


  • June 7, 2022
  • /   The Epoch Times
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South Dakota to Vote on Rare Ballot Initiative Which Raises Threshold to Approve Tax Increases
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.–A ballot initiative that South Dakotans will see on their ballot on June 7 will amend the state’s constitution and is described as “rare,” as it is appearing on the primary ballot instead of the general election ballot in November. Amendment C or the “taxpayer protection amendment,” is a Republican-sponsored bill that requires at least 60 percent of the voters to approve ballot initiatives that amend the state’s constitution, raise taxes, or involve $10 million in spending over five years. The South Dakota constitution currently says that a “measure must obtain a majority of the votes cast” to be approved. Prior to appearing on the ballot, initiatives must also receive two-thirds of the vote from the members in each legislative branch. The initiative on Tuesday’s ballot would alter the simple majority rule to require three-fifths public support to approve measures which raise taxes, alter the constitution, or involve more than $10 million in spending over five years....
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