Supporters discuss benefits of Initiated Measure 25

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - Supporters of raising the tobacco tax in South Dakota gathered to discuss the benefits of passing Initiated Measure 25.

The measure is on the ballot this November and would raise the tax on cigarettes $1, resulting in an estimated $25 million in new revenue for the state.

$20 million of that will go to tech schools.

Supporters said it would improve the state's ability to train and retain a skilled workforce.

"The only constraint we have on growing our company is our workforce. We can only take on as much work as we have skilled people to go and do the job.," Dick Muth, CEO of Muth Electric, said. "We need to do something about that in this state."

Critics of IM 25 said the tax increase is not necessary and some wonder how it will benefit all South Dakotans.