Chairman’s Note: Senator Tim Johnson has released a county-by-county map this week that shows how a failure to extend the payroll tax cut will affect South Dakota families. This is no small potatoes. The average family in Pennington County, for example, would save $1,456 per year with the expanded tax cut and pay $939 if the current tax cut expires, for a total difference of $2,395. Keep this in mind as you watch GOP Senators like John Thune vote against Democratic and Republican proposals to extend the payroll tax cut for working families. It’s become clear that the GOP’s support for tax cuts only extends to the top 1% of income earners.