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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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SDDP Statement on the Beginning of the ACA Open Enrollment Period →

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SDDP Statement on the Beginning of the ACA Open Enrollment Period

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Today marks the beginning of this year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, which runs from November 1 to December 15. The South Dakota Democratic Party released the following statement from Executive Director Sam Parkinson encouraging people to sign up for healthcare coverage through HealthCare.gov:

“Today is the first day of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period. Due to countless Republican attempts to sabotage the healthcare system, spread misinformation, and make the process of signing up for affordable health care more difficult – such as cutting the enrollment period in half, slashing funding used for advertising and outreach programs, and abandoning state partnerships that help people enroll in healthcare coverage – it is important that every South Dakotan knows how to enroll and has the opportunity to get covered. Any South Dakotan who wants to get covered should visitHealthCare.gov between now and December 15th to see what coverage is available and to sign up for coverage.

“Contrary to Republican claims, many people who have enrolled for coverageGAC_open_facebook through HealthCare.gov have been surprised by how much they save; eight out of ten people who have enrolled in coverage through HealthCare.gov qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. In fact, most people can find a health insurance plan from $50 to $100 per month.

“Despite the Republican misinformation and sabotage campaigns, the ACA continues to provide coverage for millions of Americans. In fact, the Congressional Budget Office expects 11 million people to enroll in ACA exchanges next year. On top of that, the law is more popular than ever. A record 54% of voters have a favorable opinion of the ACA and 62% want to see the law maintained.

“With the start of open enrollment today, Americans can sign up for healthcare and show Republicans that they need to end their sabotage and misinformation campaigns and work with Democrats to build on the progress of the ACA and make timely and affordable healthcare a reality for every American.”

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