KELO: Poll shows 65% of South Dakotans in favor of raising cigarette taxes
Raising taxes isn't usually popular. However, a recent poll showed nearly 65 percent of South Dakota voters are in favor of increasing taxes on tobacco products.Read it here.
If approved in November, initiated measure two would add one dollar of tax to each pack of cigarettes in the state. It would also raise the tax on other tobacco products from ten percent, to 35 percent. The projected revenue from the additional tax would be about 30 million dollars a year for South Dakota.
However, opponents of the proposal say higher tobacco taxes are unneeded.
Craig Dewey of the “Americans for Prosperity” groups says, “Currently, South Dakota has parity among neighboring states with current levels of tobacco tax. If approved, South Dakota would have higher tobacco taxes than every neighboring state except Montana."
The group, Americans for Prosperity, says it would hurt small businesses near bordering states with lower tobacco taxes.