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SDDP Statement on Trump’s FCC Destroying Net Neutrality →

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SDDP Statement on Trump’s FCC Destroying Net Neutrality

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voting to reverse net neutrality rules:

“Democrats enacted historic net neutrality rules to help ensure that all businesses and Americans could make their voices heard. Unfortunately, Republicans don’t seem to care about a free and open internet. With today’s decision, Republicans and the Trump administration are hurting our economy and punishing the American people, who could face higher prices and less access to the web – all so the big telecom companies can get richer.

“Democrats believe that an open internet is fundamental to free speech, innovation, and a competitive economy. The internet needs to remain a level playing field where the reach of one’s voice is determined by quality of ideas and not a handful of CEOs. Democrats will keep fighting so that all Americans can benefit from the power and potential of our nation’s economy – not just the wealthy and large corporations.”

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GOP House Candidates Compete to Be the Most Extreme →

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GOP House Candidates Compete to Be the Most Extreme

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the Republican candidates for U.S. House competing to take the most extreme positions in favor of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and voter suppression laws:

“While it’s disappointing to see Secretary of State Shantel Krebs holding a fundraiser with Kris Kobach, a divisive figure known for his creation and support of anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and voter suppression policies, it’s downright disturbing to see the race to the bottom on these policies between the Republican House candidates caused by Kobach’s visit.  While the Republican Party and their candidates rush to embrace the discriminatory and unconstitutional policies of Kris Kobach and the Trump administration, Democrats will keep fighting for equal opportunity and equal protection for everyone, regardless of race, religion, or background.”

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The SDDP Calls for Tax Transparency from Noem →

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The SDDP Calls for Tax Transparency from Noem

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the serious questions being raised by the national media about Rep. Kristi Noem’s story about her family’s experience with the estate tax:

“Because Rep. Noem has told this story so often to argue not only for the repeal of the estate tax, but also to argue for the tax policies of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress which benefit millionaires and billionaires at the expense of everyone else, she owes the people of South Dakota answers to the serious questions raised about it. Rep. Noem will have to decide if she will be open and transparent in the face of these tough questions, or if she will follow the path of Donald Trump, who refuses to release any tax returns. Her constituents deserve to know if her story adds up, or if – like the Trump/GOP tax plan she supports –  it is built on fuzzy math and misinformation.”

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SDDP Statement on MFG Plant Closure →

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SDDP Statement on MFG Plant Closure

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s announcement from Molded Fiber Glass Companies (MFG) that they would close their plant in Aberdeen in response to “proposed revisions in tax policies impacting the wind energy industry in the United States:”

“Today’s news is the latest evidence that the tax policies of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress – supported by Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune – will cost South Dakotans jobs. The 409 MFG employees who will lose their jobs are just the latest victims of a Republican tax agenda that is great for the wealthy and large corporations, but will harm everybody else. Unlike Republicans, Democrats are fighting for a pro-growth tax structure that promotes manufacturing jobs, including in the wind energy industry and other renewable energy industries. We believe our economy should work for everyone, not just the privileged few.”

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SDDP Responds to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address →

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Democrats Respond to Governor Daugaard’s Budget Address

SIOUX FALLS – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to today’s Budget Address by Gov. Dennis Daugaard:

“Policy failures and a lack of leadership from Gov. Daugaard and the Republican majority in Pierre have caused South Dakota’s economy to sink to the second-to-last place in the nation, which, in turn, has caused yet another bleak budget outlook for our state government. And, yet again, the Governor’s Address was long on the details of the challenges facing the state in slow revenue growth, but short on the details of what, if anything, he might do to promote economic development and growth.

“This Legislative Session, Democrats will continue to promote pro-growth policies to help create an economy that works for everyone, not just the privileged few. Democrats understand that more money in the pockets of average South Dakotans means more money spent in our communities, and a more stable state budget outlook. The continued weakness of our economy makes it more clear than ever that this is a time for new, Democratic leadership in state government and not the same old way of doing business that got us here.”

Here’s a look at some of the weak economic performance numbers in South Dakota resulting from failed Republican leadership:

  • South Dakota’s economy shrank 0.3% from Quarter 1 to Quarter 2 this year. Iowa was the only other state with a negative GDP (-0.7%) in Q2.
    • South Dakota’s economy has now shrunk in three (3) consecutive quarters (-2.9 in Q4 of 2016, -5.9 in Q1 of 2017, and -0.3 in Q2 of 2017)
  • Since 2011, Gov. Daugaard’s first year in office, through 2016, SD’s per capita GDP growth has been 0.2% (an average of 0.04% a year)
    • During that period the overall per capita GDP growth in the United States has been 6% – 30 times faster than South Dakota’s.
    • The only neighboring state which has underperformed South Dakota during this period is Wyoming.
  • In 2016, South Dakota’s per capita personal income grew just 0.4%, below the national average of 2.5% in metro areas and 1.0% non-metro areas.

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Thune Meets with Special Interests on Tax Bill, Ignores Average South Dakotans →

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Thune Meets with Special Interests on Tax Bill, Ignores Average South Dakotans  

The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to Sen. John Thune meeting with the Koch brothers-funded group Americans for Prosperity about the GOP tax bill yet refusing to hold any public town halls:

“It’s disappointing, yet all too predictable, that Senator Thune apparently doesn’t feel he has the time to hold a town hall in South Dakota about the GOP tax bill, but he does feel he has the time to attend an event with an interest group whose billionaire founders will benefit the most from this bill at the expense of the rest of us. It’s disappointing because he is not fulfilling his duty as an elected official to meet in a public setting with constituents to explain his support of a tax bill which would increase taxes on middle class families and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations. It’s predictable, because as his support of the Senate GOP tax bill shows, it is clear his priority is serving the wealthy special interests who fund his and his fellow Republicans’ campaigns, and not the working families of South Dakota he was elected to represent.”

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Noem Votes to Give Huge Tax Cuts to Wealthy and Corporations at the Expense of South Dakotans →

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Noem Votes to Give Huge Tax Cuts to Wealthy and Corporations at the Expense of South Dakota Workers and Communities 

Rep. Kristi Noem joined the majority of her fellow House Republicans today in voting for a tax bill which would increase taxes on middle class families and provide massive giveaways to billionaires and wealthy corporations. South Dakota taxpayers deserve a balanced tax reform plan that strengthens our workforce and small businesses and creates economic opportunities for all South Dakotans.

Despite Rep. Noem’s claims, the Republican tax plan is a bad deal for millions of working families across the country who will be will be worse off under this bill than if Congress had done nothing. On top of permanently raising taxes on millions of Americans, the Republican tax bill pays for a permanent tax break for the wealthy by cutting programs and deductions that the working families of South Dakota rely on every day.

It’s long past time for Kristi Noem and her Republican colleagues in Congress to get serious about actual tax reform and join Democrats in building an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.

Here’s a look at the impact of the Republican tax plan in South Dakota:

  • The House Republican tax bill is a giant giveaway to wealthy corporations and rich South Dakotans, at the expense of everyone else.
    • The richest 1% of South Dakota taxpayers will receive 57% of the tax cuts under House Republican tax bill.
    • The richest 1% of South Dakotans will receive an average tax cut of $101,570, more than 339 times what the average middle-class family would get.
    • 16% of middle-income taxpayers in South Dakota would even see their taxes go up, by $410 on average.
  • The House Republican tax bill hurts teachers in South Dakota, by repealing a tax credit for teachers who buy their own school supplies.
  • College students in South Dakota will also be hurt, because the House tax scam makes student loans more expensive. 49,413 graduates in South Dakota take advantage of the student loan interest deduction House Republicans want to eliminate, saving $1,086 on average.
  • South Dakota seniors will find it harder to save for retirement or cover their medical bills. In fact, the House GOP tax bill would take away all South Dakotans ability to deduct their medical expenses. 21,626 South Dakota residents deducted their medical expenses in 2014, saving $12,786 on average.
  • The House Republican tax bill could also force $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare next year. More than 156,127 South Dakotans who rely on Medicare could be at risk.
  • Workers in South Dakota would be hurt by the corporate tax giveaway. The Republican tax plan incentivizes large companies to move jobs overseas by giving them a 0% rate on most foreign profits. While big corporations take advantage of this loophole, small businesses on Main Street will find it harder to compete.
  • The Republican tax scam threatens to take the state and local tax deduction (SALT) away from tens of millions of households nationwide. The deduction ensures that Americans are not taxed twice on the same income. In South Dakota 50,000 residents would no longer be able to use the state and local deduction to save hard-earned money on their federal tax returns under the House tax scam.
  • Distressed and rural communities could lose an important program that funds hundreds of hospitals, daycare facilities, alternative energy projects, and small businesses. The House GOP plan ends the New Market Tax Credits program, which has spurred over $154 million in community investments in South Dakota and created over 1183 full-time jobs since 2003.
  • Clean and renewable energy businesses looking to invest and build in South Dakota would be at a disadvantage under the House tax plan. The bill would phase out popular tax credits for wind and solar energy that renewable and natural energy industries in South Dakota rely on, making it more difficult for South Dakota businesses to qualify for the construction tax credits.
  • South Dakotans recovering from a natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado, or fire would be at a disadvantage, because the House Republican tax bill eliminates a critical infrastructure financing measure designed to help states rebuild after sudden events.

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Noem Votes to Raise Taxes for Working Families While Cutting Taxes for the Wealthy →

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Noem Votes to Raise Taxes for Working Families While Cutting Taxes for the Wealthy 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to Rep. Kristi Noem voting today in favor of the Republican tax bill in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee which will raise taxes on working families while cutting taxes for the wealthy and large corporations:

“Today Rep. Kristi Noem voted to cut tax deductions that middle-class South Dakota families rely on while simultaneously giving massive tax cuts to the wealthy and big corporations. We urge Rep. Kristi Noem to stop pushing for tax cuts that benefit the wealthy at the expense of everyone else and start working with Democrats to develop a tax plan that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and large corporations.”

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SDDP Statement on the Republican Tax Plan →

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SDDP Statement on the Republican Tax Plan

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to the tax plan released today by Republicans in the U.S. House:

“Today House Republicans released a tax bill that provides massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations while simultaneously cutting the health care, education, and mortgage deductions middle-class South Dakota families rely on – as well as blowing a big hole in the deficit. We urge Rep. Kristi Noem and Senators Thune and Rounds to vote against this awful plan, and work with Democrats to develop a tax plan that works for everyone, not just the wealthy and large corporations.”

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Republican Budget Cuts Hurt South Dakota Families →

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Republican Budget Cuts Hurt South Dakota Families

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson in response to House Republicans narrowly passing a budget bill this morning:

“This Republican budget – voted for last week by Senators Mike Rounds and John Thune, and voted for today by Rep. Kristi Noem – takes money out of the pockets of hardworking South Dakota families and gives it to the top 1 percent. It will make drastic cuts to vital programs like Medicare and Medicaid to give huge tax cuts to wealthy corporations and millionaire and billionaires. Even worse, these tax cuts aren’t paid for. The Republican budget will increase the budget deficit by at least $1.5 trillion, which will in turn be used by Republicans as an excuse to make even deeper cuts into programs that help South Dakota families.

“But while Republicans continue to fight to give more and more to the wealthy and special interests, Democrats will continue fighting to give all working families the economic security and opportunity they deserve.”

Here is a closer look at how the Republican budget will hurt South Dakota families:

MEDICARE:

  • The Republican budget calls for nearly $500 billion in cuts to Medicare.
  • In South Dakota, 156,127 people who rely on Medicare are at risk.
  • Medicare beneficiaries make up 18 percent of South Dakota’s total population, including:
    • Seniors: 87 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota are seniors.
    • People with disabilities: 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota have a disability.
    • Women: 58 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in South Dakota are women.
    • Rural communities: Nearly one in four Medicare beneficiaries nationwide live in rural areas.

MEDICAID:

  • The Republican budget calls for more than $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid – an even deeper cut than Republicans proposed in their health care repeal bills.
  • In South Dakota 109,100 people who rely on Medicaid are at risk.
  • Medicaid beneficiaries make up 14 percent of South Dakota’s total population, including:
    • Adults: 1 in 12 nonelderly adults in South Dakota.
    • Children: 1 in 3 children in South Dakota.
    • Seniors: 1 in 2 nursing home residents in South Dakota.
    • People with disabilities: 2 in 5 people with disabilities in South Dakota.
    • Women: 65 percent of nonelderly Medicaid beneficiaries in South Dakota are women.
    • Rural communities: Medicaid covers one in four nonelderly rural residents nationwide.
    • Veterans: 4,000 veterans in South Dakota rely on Medicaid services.

NUTRITION & INCOME SECURITY PROGRAMS:

  • The Republican budget calls for deep cuts to programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, and Social Security.
  • SNAP helps 96,000 South Dakota families and workers stay out of poverty and keep healthy food on the table.
    • Almost 75 percent of SNAP participants in South Dakota are in families with children.
    • More than 48 percent of SNAP participants in South Dakota are in working families.
    • Almost 27 percent of SNAP participants in South Dakota are in families with members who are seniors or have a disability.
  • In 2016, SNAP benefits added $145 million to South Dakota’s economy, because families spend their SNAP benefits at local grocery stores and other retailers.
  • 21,041 South Dakotans rely on Social Security Disability Insurance, which workers pay into so they can support their families if they develop a severe disability.

TAX CUTS FOR WEALTHY:

  • By passing their budget, Republicans have cleared the first hurdle in moving forward to a vote on a tax bill that has been written in secret and few have seen. If the Republican tax plan were to pass:
  • The richest one percent of South Dakota residents would receive 62 percent of the state’s total tax cuts in 2018. These households are projected to earn at least $589,600 next year and would see an average tax cut of $129,120 in 2018.
  • In stark contrast, middle-class South Dakotans would only receive 5 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. These households would only get an average tax cut of $500 in 2018.
  • Millionaires alone would get 54 percent of the state’s total tax cuts. Their average tax cut would be 532 times the tax cut middle class families would get.
  • 7 percent of South Dakota households would face a tax hike if the GOP tax plan was in effect in 2018.

OTHER CUTS:

  • CUTS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING: Nationwide, the Republican budget cuts close to $200 billion from services like Pell Grants and student loan assistance over the next decade.

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