One point of contention in the South Dakota governor’s race is Republican Congresswoman Kristi Noem’s claim that her opponent, Democrat Billie Sutton, is in favor of a state income tax. She reiterated her claim during a stop in Mitchell on Thursday afternoon.
A fact check article by The Associated Press finds that Noem’s claim is mostly false. Sutton commented on a state income tax during a state education funding task force meeting three years ago, but his campaign says the comment was made in jest. The Associated Press could find no other evidence of Sutton supporting a state income tax publicly.