State Report SD 2: South Dakota Advantages
South Dakota Advantages
by Crystal Bogue
As a general rule, most people dedicated to the FSP think that states such as New Hampshire or Wyoming will win this race. Granted those two seem like the place to be for one reason or another and both rank considerably high on the scale of being more "libertarian" than the other eight. Depending on the poll and the reason for it, South Dakota always seems to fall in the middle. Never number one but never number ten either. Let's consider what South Dakota has to offer in relation to the other states and what makes it the best candidate for success in this "free state race."
South Dakota has taken it upon itself to prove that states don't need income tax from the people. It is interesting because there are VERY few states that believe this. This is not to say that SD doesn't have taxes. All the states of taxes in some form or another. When considering the sales tax of the states, SD only has a 4% tax on all items. This percentage is relatively low when considering other states.
Cost of living is another factor. South Dakota is among the bottom percentage of cost of living which contributes to the ability of the people to stay in business. This lower cost of living coupled with a growing economy only spells success for the state in more ways than one. Sioux Falls is home to many large corporation businesses because there is no corporate tax in this state. It is interesting to note that more and more companies are moving here from other states to take advantage of this tax break. With an increase in big business, little businesses can only benefit. Construction of new homes and new factories is driving the premium cost of land in Sioux Falls up very quickly. Even though Sioux Falls is a city of about 100,000, it has been noted that it is one of the top three cities of that size that are showing a high rate of growth while keeping unemployment at an all time low of only 2.9%. Rural living is a majority in South Dakota but Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen are all relatively large towns that offer the many things that individuals enjoy about big cities.
The right to keep and bear arms is a big issue for a considerable amount of people involved in this project. Even though Alaska ranks as number one for their gun laws, South Dakota hasn't ever had a law that made carrying a pistol a financial burden. It is VERY economical and convenient to apply and receive a concealed carry permit in South Dakota. If it were any more economical, it would be a mimic of Alaska and be no cost at all. It is important to note that South Dakota believes that the owner of a firearm is responsible for that firearm and NOT the manufacturers or sellers of such items.
This porridge is not too hot nor too cold, but just right. Because of this middle of the road outlook and position, South Dakota is best placed at the top of the FSP list simply because once South Dakota is picked and changes for the betterment of the living conditions and political outlook is made, North Dakota won't be far behind in making the same changes. This factor is very important in the choice of which state should be THE Free State. Within months, North Dakota would join the trend of South Dakota's success as it has done so many times before. Not too cold, not too hot, but just right.