- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The state House has again delayed voting on the proposed half-cent sales tax hike that would help fund Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s plan to raise teacher salaries in the state.

The chamber took up the tax measure on Tuesday. But legislators for the second time used a procedural move to postpone more debate until later in the week.

If the tax measure is approved, it would be sent to the Senate for consideration.

More than $60 million from the hike would go toward the teacher salary plan. House Republican leader Brian Gosch is pursuing a teacher pay hike without increasing taxes.

The governor’s office has said Daugaard is optimistic about his plan to raise South Dakota’s lowest-in-the-nation teacher compensation. It takes two-thirds support in each chamber to pass a tax hike.

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