State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Tax Reform

Jay Williams: A call for rationality: Tax is NOT a dirty word

Williams has a history of supporting higher taxes and has said Americans aren't taxed enough. "Look at yourself. If you have property, ask for your property taxes to be raised. If you have income, lobby for a state income tax. If you buy lots of things, go for sales tax," he said during a presentation called "Tax is NOT a dirty word: A call for rationality" in Yankton in 2011.

That pro-tax stance and a lack of name recognition could be problematic for Williams, said the chairwoman for the South Dakota Republican Party. "Jay Williams isn't known to many South Dakotans today but as they learn about his passionate support for increased income, property and sales taxes on the rich and poor, young and old, I believe the choice for U.S. Senate will become very clear," she said in a statement. "We don't need to send someone to the U.S. Senate who would be another vote for the Obama-Clinton-Sanders agenda."

Source: Argus Leader on 2016 South Dakota Senate race Feb 18, 2016

Jay Williams: Pushed for $1.4M property tax to fund school operations

During his time on the school board, Williams backed a two-year, $1.4 million opt-out from the property tax levy to fund school operations. The opt-out was struck down by voters in February 2012. Williams has a history of supporting higher taxes and has said Americans aren't taxed enough.
Source: Argus Leader on 2016 South Dakota Senate race Feb 18, 2016

Gordon Howie: Rein in bloated government instead of raising taxes

Today all four candidates running for South Dakota's seat in the US Senate, Republican Mike Rounds, Democrat Rick Weiland and Independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie, debated at Dakotafest in Mitchell. And while they hit on a number of topics, all of them boiled down to you and your money.

On potential tax increases, Independent Gordon Howie said, "We've had enough. It's not a problem that we are taxed too little. The problem is we have a bloated government and we need to rein it in."

On overcoming the current do-nothing Congress, Republican Mike Rounds said, "They don't want folks to come on in and promise everything and then turn around and borrow it from the next generation."

Independent Gordon Howie says Congress must get the federal budget in line. "We can cut our spending, we can reduce our debt and we can stop government growth."

Source: KSFY/ABC News on 2014 South Dakota Senate debate Aug 27, 2014

Larry Pressler: Raise taxes on estates worth more than $10 million

Pressler has declared his support for the president's health care law and frequently invites the president to visit the state to lecture on the law. He had previously endorsed Obama for president and talked up his support for gay marriage. He recently highlighted his support for raising taxes on estates worth more than $10 million and offering a five-year path to citizenship for immigrants who enter the country illegally. "This is my last campaign and I'm saying exactly what I believe," Pressler said.
Source: Rollcall e-zine on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Larry Pressler: Rich people willing to pay more taxes to help our country

He thinks a solution to the deficit would be pretty easy to reach if both sides cared more about policy than politics: raise some taxes, close some loopholes, slightly raise the Social Security eligibility age, lower the cost-of-living adjustment and cut defense spending.

"I don't meet any rich people who aren't willing to pay slightly more taxes, if it would help our country," he said, criticizing past GOP presidents for running up deficits and Grover Norquist for pushing the no-new-taxes pledge.

Source: on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Nov 14, 2013

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