As governor, Dennis Daugaard makes decisions that affect the state as a whole. A Rapid City Journal article explores three major decisions from the 2016 legislative session. Gov. Daugaard asked the legislature to raise the state sales tax from 4% to 4.5%, with the additional revenue going to pay teachers. The measure was opposed by many of Daugaard's fellow Republicans, but eventually passed. Another bill sought to prohibit transgender students in public schools from using the restrooms of the gender they identify as. Although initially supportive of the bill, Daugaard ultimately vetoed it. Finally, Daugaard supported the creation of the Board of Internal Control to help with auditing of state finances.
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