Remember the good old days when state government revenue was so ample that legislators were free to spend their days debating gay marriage and abortion? I was reminded of that not-so-distant past today when a new report from the Institute on Money in State Politics landed in my e-mail inbox. The report says $20 million was raised in 2008 for abortion ballot issues in three states, including South Dakota.
Of South Dakota specifically, the report says 70 cents of every dollar raised for our state’s ballot issue was from out of state. You may recall that South Dakota’s ballot issue was Initiated Measure 11, which would have banned most abortions and could have set up a court challenge to Roe v. Wade. Voters rejected the measure, 55 percent to 45 percent.
I’m working on a story about the report for tomorrow’s paper. In the meantime, you can view the report yourself by clicking here.