- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Members of South Dakota’s all-Republican congressional delegation say ideas presented by Democratic President Barack Obama in his State of the Union speech will increase government bureaucracy and hurt the middle class.

Obama called for higher taxes on wealthy Americans and new initiatives to boost the middle class, but Sen. Mike Rounds says he thinks the taxes would impact small business owners, entrepreneurs, and farmers and ranchers.

Sen. John Thune says it’s time for new ideas “after six years of the same stale policies,” and he says the Republican-controlled Congress is focused on reform.

Rep. Kristi Noem says she thinks most of Obama’s speech “was about politics.” She says South Dakotans deserve to hear about opportunities instead.

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