Republicans are confusing me again. When we Democrats call on Pierre to stop shorting public education and raise teacher pay, our Republican governor and legislators hide behind local control and say school boards are free to increase their own tax levies to fund their locally perceived needs. But when county governments say they need to increase their revenues with alternative tax policies, Republicans jump on them and say no, no, no, we in Pierre will decide what you can tax and how much you can tax it.
So explain to me, local control conservatives: what's wrong with letting counties levy new taxes? How is it o.k. to let a county (or city, or school board, or sanitary district) pass a property tax levy beyond what the state allows but not o.k. to let a county pass a tax on alcohol or other retail goods and services? Arguably, don't local folks have more control over taxing decisions made by their local commissioners than they do over legislative decisions in Pierre? Doesn't that improved local oversight justify the whole conservative notion of local control?
If Bennett County needs money to stay afloat, and if Minnehaha and other counties need more money to pay for the costs of alcohol abuse, and if commissioners and local voters want to raise that money, what business does Pierre have stopping them from meeting those local needs as they see fit?