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House delays vote on sales tax hike for raising teacher pay

PIERRE (AP) -- The state House has postponed voting on the proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to boost teacher pay.

PIERRE (AP) - The state House has postponed voting on the proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan to boost teacher pay.

The chamber briefly considered the tax measure Wednesday. But legislators used a procedural move to postpone more debate until next week.

Spectators had filled the chamber's gallery to watch.

More than $60 million from the hike would go toward the teacher salary plan. House Republican leader Brian Gosch is pursuing a teacher pay hike without increasing taxes.

The governor's office says Daugaard is "optimistic" about his proposal. Chief of Staff Tony Venhuizen says the administration sees the delay as a sign that opponents "know that they don't have the votes to kill it."

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It takes two-thirds support in each chamber to pass a tax hike.

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