Proponents of a measure to increase South Dakota’s sales tax to fund K-12 and Medicaid said they have gathered more than twice the required signatures to put it on next year’s ballot.

The group, Moving South Dakota Forward, needed 15,855 signatures and got 33,850, they said

The measure would increase the sales tax to 5% from 4%. It would generate a projected $180 million in new money annually. Half would go to K-12 education and the other half would go to Medicaid reimbursement rates.

The South Dakota Education Association and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations support the effort, local reports said.

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