Legislator questions impact on state budget if sales tax on food is eliminated  (Audio)

April 26, 2024

YANKTON, S.D.–If the sales tax on food is removed in South Dakota, how will that impact the state budget?

That’s a question Senator Jean Hunhoff of Yankton has been wrestling with the last few years.

She chairs the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee, and says this year’s budget was tight.

But, she says trying to patch a hole of at least 100-million dollars without the food tax will make the challenge much more difficult…

Senator Hunhoff says it will be even more challenging because the appropriations committee is losing several key members this year.