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Teacher pay tax hike set for debate in legislative committee

PIERRE (AP) -- A legislative panel is set to take up the half-cent sales tax increase that helps fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan. The House Committee on Appropriations will consider the tax measure Monday. More than $60 million from ...

PIERRE (AP) - A legislative panel is set to take up the half-cent sales tax increase that helps fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard's teacher pay plan.

The House Committee on Appropriations will consider the tax measure Monday.

More than $60 million from the hike would go toward the teacher salary plan.

House Republican leader Brian Gosch is pursuing a separate avenue that would raise teacher pay without increasing taxes.

Gosch says one proposal would use current state dollars and put $30 million toward teacher pay in the first year, $20 million in the second year and $20 million in the third year.

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Gosch says he wants feedback from Daugaard before releasing the full details.

The governor's office says Daugaard is "optimistic" about his proposal and declined to comment about private conversations with legislative leaders.

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