at a state trucking association meeting this past weekend, South
Dakota's six candidates for governor all agreed that a 4 percent
tax paid by the state's commercial haulers is unfair, according
to the Aberdeen American News. Candidates said the tax is a
symptom of a larger problem - the need for tax reform.
said they view the tax as unfair, partly because farmers aren't
required to pay as do commercial drivers. They also fear the
tax pushes business out of the state as farmers living near
the state's border opt for out-of-state trucking to avoid the
state's tax. Increasing fuel taxes as a replacement for the
truckers tax was suggested as a possible alternative.
the overall consensus to abolish the tax, none of the candidates
seemed to expect the tax to be repealed because of a $38 million
deficit. "I would love to tell you I will take that tax
off," said one of the candidates, "but I can't tell