Term Limits Pledge

Posted June 1st, 2020 in Uncategorized by isaac

Candidates were repeatedly contacted and asked If they would support Term Limits for congress and asked to sign the U.S. Term Limits pledge.  I am the only candidate who has signed the pledge to date (I’ve signed twice, and introduced resolutions to force term limits on congress multiple years).

2020 Family Voter Guide

Posted May 27th, 2020 in Uncategorized by isaac

It is imperative to know what candidates believe about the issues that matter to your family.  The Family Heritage Alliance is the top pro-family advocacy group in our state. Here you can find candidate answers to their questions for our (or any) district.  https://dakotavoter.com/district-six/

2020 Conservative Scorecard

Posted May 27th, 2020 in Uncategorized by isaac

South Dakota Citizens for Liberty publishes scorecards to help citizens  know how legislators voted on issues relating to Freedom, Life, Taxes, 2nd Amendment, and defending the Constitution. Click the link to find out how people voted in the past years. Here is the summary for me and my opponent:

2018 Detail
http://sdcitizensforliberty.org/

 

2020 Candidate Questions (Argus)

Posted May 27th, 2020 in Uncategorized by isaac

Here are my answers for the Argus Leader Candidate Questionnaire. Full article here.

Senate District 6 Republicans

District 6 covers part of Lincoln County, including the southwestern and southeastern corners of Sioux Falls and the cities of Harrisburg, Tea and Lennox. 

Isaac Latterell

Isaac Latterell of Tea has represented District 6 in the South Dakota House of Representatives for four terms. He previously served as a Republican majority whip in the House. He is a technology business owner.

What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the state of South Dakota, and how should the Legislature address it?

Other states are taking a dark path violating constitutional freedoms, raising taxes and crushing their economies. South Dakota will experience hardships, but if we guard our liberties, stop tax increases and keep people free, we’ll be a beacon of hope. My record proves I am the candidate to do that.

What is your top issue you plan to work on as a legislator, if elected? 

If I return to Pierre as a senator, I will continue to fight for the unborn, and also work with the governor to decrease burdensome business regulations. Surprisingly, South Dakota has many “protectionist” laws which are a barrier for people who want to move here or move up in life.

Attack Ad Lies debunked

Posted May 20th, 2020 in Uncategorized by isaac

Recently, opponents have sent out attack ads claiming that I was a sponsor of a bill to “stop the vaccination of school children.”

This is false. I believe immunizations and vaccines have stopped the spread of many dangerous illnesses in the world, and fully support the right of all parents to vaccinate their children and of schools to offer and encourage vaccination.

What is more troubling is the big-money, big-government opponents willing to distort the truth in order to ensure I don’t cause them more problems with their agenda in Pierre. 

The bill referenced by the attack would NOT stop the vaccination of school children, but it would have required school medical officials to obtain the consent of parents to conduct any immunizations on their children, and Continue Reading »

2018 Ballot Questions Overview

Posted November 2nd, 2018 in Uncategorized by isaac

Here you will find my reviews of the 2018 ballot measures that we will be voting on Tuesday. I recorded a series of videos to give you a balanced view from both sides of each ballot question. Also, linked below is the information document prepared by the secretary of state with a pro/con statement by the proponent and opponents on each ballot question:https://sdsos.gov/elections-voting/assets/2018BQPamphlet.pdf

Amendment W
My overview:

 

Liberal viewpoint: Conservative viewpoint:

 

Overview of Amendment X

Overview of Amendment Z

Overview of IM24

Overview of IM25

That’s it! Thank you so much – please drop me a note by clicking here and let me know what you think!

Candidate Questions for Tea and Lennox newspaper

Posted November 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized by isaac

I recently submitted the following responses to the Tea Weekly’s candidate questionnaire:

What Qualifies you to represent the citizens of District 6?

I believe the most important qualification is understanding the proper role of Government in a free country, and that elected officials are employees of the people. I’ve knocked on thousands of doors in our district to talk directly with my bosses about their priorities, our shared values, and possible solutions. I evaluate policies and budgets through the lens of 17 years of business and finance experience to ensure tax dollars are spent effectively and are achieving the desired outcome. I am honored to have been elected 3 times to serve District 6, and have been elected to leadership positions by my colleagues for the past 4 years.

It’s important to realize Government exists to protect God-given rights, not grant them. We can change laws, but can’t change the heart of man.  Government can’t truly heal brokenness, only Jesus can, so we must put our trust in Him if we want to see our families and communities thrive. That perspective ensures I don’t look to Government for every solution, otherwise we would have 100% taxes and 0% freedom. Lastly, I always try to treat others with kindness and find common ground whenever possible. Most people want the same outcome, but differ on the approach.  

Do you think our state government is healthy and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?

While everyone has a different definition of healthy and successful, I believe “healthy” means fiscally and morally responsible,
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Debate on Calling a Convention of States to Amend the Constitution

Posted December 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized by isaac

Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance, debated the merits of a Convention of States with those who are concerned about it on Dec 7, 2016. Click to watch!

http://www.intelligencesquaredus.org/debates/call-convention-amend-constitution

Ballot Measures and Voting Guides!

Posted October 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized by isaac

If you’re wondering about the upcoming 10 ballot measures, here is my take. I was interviewed on the Facts TV with Mike Austad recently and we covered all 10 issues.

Here’s the voter guide by Dakota Voter covering District 6 candidates and asking them questions about many important issues.
Dakota Voter – District 6

Here are the Attorney General Explanations, as well as the Pro/Con on each ballot measure:
Secretary of State – Ballot Measures

View your Sample Ballot

Quick Takes:
Amendment R – Create an independent board for tech schools. Grows government but supposedly more economic development. Amendment S – Amends constitution to add victim rights into constitution. Stronger requirements for notifying and including victims in criminal process. Some law enforcement have concerns it goes too far.
Amendment T – Terrible. Politicizes redistricting process.
Amendment U – Unbelievably slimy payday lenders’ fake 18% cap, invalidates IM21 and gives free reign.
Amendment V – Very bad, help politicians deceive voters about their party affiliation to get elected.
Measure 19 – Correctly adjusts some deadlines for petitions, but bans Rep and Dem voters from nominating independents.
Measure 20 – Small fix to youth minimum wage, helps more youth get hired which is important for job skills.
Measure 21 – 36% cap on payday loans – I’m voting yes.
Measure 22 – Heck no! Taxpayer funding for politicians campaigns, increases political advertising, costs $11 million.
Measure 23 – No way. Less money in your paycheck, forced unionization.

Let’s Raise Teacher Pay, Not Deceive Educators

Posted February 22nd, 2016 in Education by isaac

One of the most contentious issues of the last legislative session was debate over teacher pay. As it was so heated, many misperceptions and mistruths arose. For this purpose, I want to clarify my position to you on this important South Dakota issue. I was, and still am, resolutely in favor of raising teacher pay.
I strongly supported SB 131, the governor’s bill that ensured school boards prioritized raising teacher salaries to an average of $48,500. This bill sent more money from our general fund to schools, with the result being increased teacher pay and a $62 million increase in overall education funding.

South Dakota ranked 37th out of 51st in the nation for education funding, but we stood dead last in terms of compensation for educators. SB131 was the Governor’s solution. It sent more money to schools, and put in place methods to ensure that more money went directly to teachers.

During the legislative session I replied to many e-mails, wrote newspaper articles, and did interviews to clearly communicate my position on this topic. It is sad to realize that media and lobbying organizations were willing to mislead educators on this topic.  In recent conversations I have discovered how much this deception still lingers, and it is important that you know the truth.

SB131 – A bill to increase teacher pay by $62 Million – The main bill. Increases teacher pay. Passed overwhelmingly.
HB1182 – A bill to increase sales tax by $107.4 Million – Just one option. Increased tax revenue. Doesn’t increase teacher pay.
$80 Million – Governor’s proposed budget increases before tax increases and teacher pay, based on increased revenues.
$420 million – Education reserve funds (Over 5 years of funding for teacher pay – State should provide districts security to get these funds to teachers)
$972 million – State tax exemptions,  over $50 million of which I supported eliminating. If we are going to raise taxes, this is how it should be done.

Unfortunately for our teachers, supporters of an increase to our state sales tax, found in HB 1182, mislead voters by portraying this tax hike as the bill that increased teacher pay. These supporters (including the SDEA) slandered opponents to this bill as opponents of increasing teacher pay. Then they sent educators to Pierre to lobby for this bill, telling them it increased teacher pay. Sadly, not one of the educators I talked to in Pierre had read 1182, and never heard of 131. The Governor gave the option of funding 131 either by using existing funds, requiring less spending in other areas, or by increasing taxes via 1182. It’s fine if some legislators want to increase taxes and spend more on other areas. But it is wrong to lie to teachers, ignore 131, and tell them that 1182=Teacher pay, which was completely false.

Many media outlets advanced this narrative, ensuring that the supporters of HB 1182 effectively silenced people like me, who were actually in favor or raising teacher pay without an unnecessary increase to taxes. The fact is, 1182 as introduced said nothing about teachers or salaries, precisely because it only dealt with tax rates. Even after weeks of teachers being sold on a disinformation campaign that 1182 increased teacher pay, and with the gallery filled with those who were told that opponents of 1182 were against teacher pay, there still were not enough votes to pass the tax increase, since it wasn’t required for the teacher pay increase. Remember, teacher pay was not even mentioned in the bill.

So, minutes before the vote, an amendment was added that said “sixty-three percent shall be dedicated to increasing teacher salaries.” This did nothing to change the fact that the actual teacher pay bill (SB131) which spent $62 million to increase teacher salaries, could have been funded by the $80M increase over our previous budget, OR by redirecting video lottery funds, OR by eliminating tax exemptions for special interest groups, OR by making better use of reserve funds. Most people do not even know that we began the session with $80 Million more to spend than the previous year without any new taxes. I was an advocate for funding education first.

You may ask, why not just support the tax increase? There are over 34 professions in this state that are 51st in pay compared to the national average. We owe it to those families in our district to look at every possible funding option before we further increase taxes, which was, in fact, the exact directive given by the blue ribbon task force. Tax increases like these could increase jobs in education, but they cause job losses for those who are even worse off than teachers. Is that fair? If we absolutely need increased tax revenues, we should start by examining the $972M of tax exemptions we currently have. Many are legitimate, but many are not. Should I take the easy vote to fleece the low income taxpayer, because lobbyists for the tax exemptions are too influential and legislators don’t have the spine to say no? That’s actually the problem with politics today. I won’t do that.

The tax increase bill should not have been voted on before voting on the teacher pay bill. This unnecessary conflict only served to confuse the issue, damage reputations, and increase taxes that disproportionately harmed those with lower incomes.

The anger and fear created by those intentionally misleading educators about the vote on the tax increase was wrong and unnecessary. The overwhelming majority of legislators favored funding teacher pay. It is our duty to examine all revenue sources and set the best priorities in our four billion dollar budget. I will continue to do this in the next legislative session if elected, as well as continue to fight for higher pay for undervalued South Dakota professions.

Having been a substitute teacher myself and experiencing firsthand the challenges educators face today, I know how important good teachers are to the development of this generation and the success of society in the future. I am committed to working to empower you to work together with parents and have the resources and freedom you need to fulfill this mission to the best of your ability.

I want to thank educators for the work you do, and I have always been eager to meet in person or via phone to hear your perspective, answer questions, and learn what I can do to empower you for success in your mission. I look forward to talking with you.

Sincerely,

Isaac Latterell
State Representative
South Dakota District 6