Dakotans for Health Collecting Signatures to Repeal State’s Tax on Food

Rick Weiland, Co-Founder of Dakotans for Health, announced that his organization has received final approval from the South Dakota Secretary of State to start collecting signatures for its ballot measure to repeal the state’s tax on food.

Weiland says South Dakota is one of only three states in the country that still taxes groceries at the full state sales tax rate and they are going to change that. He continues, even Governor Noem has publicly stated that she will sign our petition to remove this regressive tax that disproportionately affects low-income, working-class families in South Dakota. They welcome the Governor’s support and thank her for her recent efforts to try and get this done during the last legislative session 

According to Weiland In just the last 10 years, the voters in South Dakota have increased the minimum wage, kicked out payday lenders, legalized medical cannabis and expanded Medicaid insurance to 52,000 uninsured low-income South Dakotans. And every time it was done by putting the issue directly in front of the people. Food security is a big problem here in South Dakota, affecting tens of thousands of our fellow citizens.  Weiland concluded removing the state’s tax on food is the right thing to do and is long overdue.