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2012 General Election Ballot Guide: South Dakota


Statewide Measures

  • ( ) Voters will decide on Referred Law 14, which would dedicate 22 percent of contractors’ excises taxes to the Large Project Development Fund. This fund would then make grants to various development projects in the State.
  • ( - ) Taxpayers will decide Constitutional Amendment N, which would allow legislators to set their own travel reimbursement rate. Currently, the rate sits at a taxpayer-friendly 5 cents per mile.
  • ( + ) Citizens will vote on Constitutional Amendment P, which amends the State Constitution to expressly require a balanced budget and would pro- hibit spending that exceeds anticipated and existing tax revenue.
  • ( + ) South Dakotans will decide on Referred Law 16, which creates a program that would give teachers bonuses based on performance, establishes a new evaluation system that is the same for all teachers, and removes state requirements for tenure.
  • ( - ) Taxpayers will also decide on Initiated Measure 15, which raises the state sales tax from 4 to 5 percent. The additional revenue is to be used on two programs that are already large recipients of funding: education and Medicaid.