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Republican leader anticipates sales tax hike will pass House

PIERRE (AP) -- The state House Republican leader says he anticipates Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax increase for teacher pay will advance through the chamber after narrowly failing last week.

PIERRE (AP) - The state House Republican leader says he anticipates Gov. Dennis Daugaard's proposed half-cent sales tax increase for teacher pay will advance through the chamber after narrowly failing last week.

The chamber is scheduled to reconsider the bill Monday. Representatives on Thursday voted 46-23, just one vote short of the two-thirds margin required to pass a tax hike.

But supporters successfully pushed to have the bill reconsidered later.

House Majority Leader Brian Gosch, an opponent of the tax increase, says he thinks it will pass the House. It would then head to the Senate.

Republican Rep. Scott Craig said Friday he plans to flip his vote to keep the tax proposal under consideration.

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Most of the increase would go toward teacher salaries, but a large chunk is for property tax relief.

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