U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem is zig zagging the state, pushing the recent GOP win on tax reform. 

On Wednesday, Noem, who served on the final tax reform negotiating team, stopped in Rapid City to speak will small business owners. The state's 83,000 small businesses employ nearly 60 percent of the workforce.

Noem says that the business tax reduction will allow companies to reinvest in their business and increase wages for employees.

"An automatic 20 percent deduction for businesses that have income under $350,000,” said Noem. “That’s the vast majority of our small businesses in South Dakota. And we also kept tools that were really important."

Noem also touted the economic win for families, saying that the average South Dakota family will save around $12,000 in taxes and could see wage increases between $4,000-$5,000. She added that savings could be used to pay for family vacations, a new car, or to help children pay for college.

With the final bill sunsetting individual tax deductions in 2025, Noem would like to see them extended indefinitely.

"I believe that in these 5 years coming up, where those individuals are seeing those tax cuts, that that benefit will encourage us to continue to make policy to allow that to go forward into the future,” said Noem. “Doing the original policy in a budget bill does tie your hands, but now we'll be able to do those extensions that possibly make it permanent outside of budget reconciliation. The Republicans and Democrats can come together and do together.”

Noem will also visit Pierre, Huron, Watertown, Brookings, and Sioux Falls as part of her statewide Tax Cuts and Jobs Tour, before heading back to Washington D.C. next week.

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