After reelection, Noem looks to cut taxes

Sioux Falls, S.D.: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took the stage late Tuesday after a hearty reelection win in her deep red state, speaking behind a sign that captured her ambition for staying in the national spotlight: “America’s governor.”

The Republican governor has sprung to national prominence during her first term as the state’s first female governor, and her 27 percentage point victory margin — larger than many expected — seemed to prove the popularity of her hands-off approach to the COVID pandemic and rightward political push.

Noem is widely seen as a potential 2024 White House contender, though she told her crowd of supporters who gathered at a Sioux Falls hotel Tuesday she was looking forward to four more years in South Dakota.

Noem is looking to kick off her second term by enacting a historic tax cut, fend off attempts to soften the state’s abortion ban, and address shortages in both child care and affordable housing. But she will be working with a Legislature, that despite being firmly held by Republicans, has sometimes produced significant political headaches for the governor.

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