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January 13, 2016

Governor Proposes Raising Sales Tax to Increase Teacher Pay

The Rapid City Journal reports that Governor Daugaard proposed raising the state sales tax by one-half cent to allocate more funds for education.  With the increase, Rapid City Area Schools could anticipate over $7.5 million in extra funds to be distributed per the Board of Education.  Any state funds not dispersed to education would be used for property tax relief.  Democrats feel that the Governor's proposal is inadequate because the increase only raises the average pay to $48,500 reports another article in the Rapid City Journal.  They feel that a one cent raise would be better because then the average could be about $50,000 per year for a teaching salary.  Either tax increase does include an exemption for food. 

For more information about teacher pay in South Dakota, please visit our archives

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