Wednesday, 29 February 2012 13:51
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ The South Dakota House supports a bill that
repeals a current tax rebate program for low-income households and
reallocates the money for a different system to help people buy
The measure would scrap the South Dakota Sales Tax on Food
Refund Program that gave about $2.3 million to 34,580 households in
2005 but this year will give $59,000 to 264 families. The decline
is largely due to a 2009 change that made food stamp recipients,
among others, ineligible.
The Department of Social Services would get the roughly $838,000
leftover from the tax system to fund grants requested by the
state's food distribution entities.
House members voted 61-6 on the bill whose main sponsor is Rep.
If Gov. Dennis Daugaard signs the bill, it becomes law.
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