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Looking at the measures, laws on your ballot

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Hard to believe we're just two days from Election Day, Tuesday.

As voters prepare to hit the polls, they say it's a detrimental year to do so.

"I'm excited to vote and I think everyone who can, should vote. It's something they need to do," SD voter Stephanie Rebelein said.

Also something to do, beforehand, your homework. There's a lot to know including the referred laws and measures, along with the constitutional amendments and your local and national candidates.

Referred Law 14 would establish a large Project Development Fund with excise tax money from the state's general fund.

"This becomes a big deal to companies that are evaluating where they're going to place their new businesses. And make their investments. We want to make sure that they make investments here in south Dakota. Not just jobs...not just any jobs but quality jobs...comes to our state," SD Development Foundation's Slater Barr said.

People who oppose say developing a fund like this would lead to corporate welfare.

Initiated Measure 15 would increase the state's general sales and use tax from 4% to 5% to help fund education and Medicaid with $180 million dollars each year.

The opposition says the tax increase is too high and Measure 15 puts education and Medicaid ahead of other state-funded programs that are more important to South Dakota.

Referred Law 16 is an education reform act supported by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard. It has 5 key points.

First, it would create scholarship programs for eligible college students who commit to teach in SD in certain subject areas.

Second, there would be yearly bonuses for eligible math and science teachers.

Third, it would provide yearly state-funded merit bonuses that would be awarded by the school board. Some boards could opt-out.

Fourth, it would evaluate teachers and principals through a rating system.

Lastly, it would eliminate tenure for teachers.

For a closer look at what's on your South Dakota ballot, visit the Secretary of State's web site here: https://sdsos.gov/

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