Attack vs. the Truth

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At least the attack mailer that came today used a decent picture of me, unlike other years.

I absolutely stand by my votes to:

1) improve teacher pay and provide property tax relief (HB 1182 of 2016), and

2) keep our current sales tax rate when we are trying to improve State Employe salaries and help prepare South Dakota for the anticipated fiscal cliff economists are predicting.

By the way, the attack mailer got it wrong, which is probably to be expected from an out-of-state group. There was no HB 117 in the 2022 legislative session. Senate Bill 117, when I voted on it, was an act to streamline government and eliminate unnecessary reports. It was amended in the House first to address fees collected by the Secretary of State, and then at the last minute to deal with the tax on food. I voted with the overwhelming majority of the Senate not to support these changes to the bill, especially because they happened without the chance for committee hearings and citizen input.

Why serve?

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Serving in the State Legislature is about just that: serving.

South Dakota is a wonderful place to live, to work, and to raise a family. And that’s what my husband and I have done. Ron and I raised two wonderful daughters, who are married to wonderful young men (one of them from South Dakota, and one who has adopted South Dakota as home). I am grateful for the strong foundation that Ron and I each had while growing up on opposite sides of our state, and the community spirit we found while raising our family in central South Dakota.

One of my goals serving in the legislature is to allow others to enjoy those things that make South Dakota a place worth calling “home.”