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Daugaard changes no new taxes stance

Dennis Daugaard
Dennis Daugaard
Venhuizen on gas tax (Download MP3)
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Pierre, SD (KELO-AM) South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) says all options should be on the table to pay for bridge and road maintenance, including a hike in the gas tax.

A group of state lawmakers this Summer will study South Dakota's future transportation finding needs and how to pay for them, especially in light of the fact that one-time federal dollars are going away.

Daugaard spokesman Tony Venhuizen says the state gas tax is unusual because it is imposed per gallon rather than per dollar so doesnt adjust with the rising cost of gasoline. it is 22 cents per gallon today just as it was when last set in 1999 when the price of gas was about $1.50 a gallon.

In the past, Daugaard has said he wouldn't support tax hikes except in an emergency, but Venhuizen says the Governor wants people to know that in this case, it is one possiblity he would consider.