President Clinton's strategy to strengthen the economy is based on reducing the federal budget deficit, lowering trade barriers, and empowering workers, families, businesses and communities to succeed. Here are some of the results for the nation and South Dakota after the first two years of the Clinton Administration:
18 TIMES MORE SOUTH DAKOTA FAMILIES RECEIVE A TAX CUT THAN A TAX INCREASE: As a result of the expanded Earned Income Tax Credit, 39,016 working families in South Dakota will receive a tax cut. This compares to an increase in the income tax rate for only the 2,155 wealthiest taxpayers in South Dakota .
TAX CUT FOR 3,970 SMALL BUSINESSES IN SOUTH DAKOTA: The President helped entrepreneurs, proprietors, and other small businessmen and women by expanding the annual expensing allowance from $10,000 to $17,500. About 3,970 small businesses in South Dakota are likely to benefit from the expansion of the expensing allowance this year alone and many more will benefit over the coming years.
88,000 SOUTH DAKOTA WORKERS PROTECTED BY FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT: The Family and Medical Leave Act allows workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth of a child, to care for a sick family member, or if they become too sick to work. This law covers about 88,085 workers in South Dakota, and protects the jobs of 5,292 workers in South Dakota who are likely to use unpaid leave this year alone.
124,600 STUDENTS AND FORMER STUDENTS IN SOUTH DAKOTA WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM STUDENT LOAN REFORMS: Approximately 124,600 South Dakota borrowers -- 87,200 current borrowers and 37,400 new borrowers in the next few years -- can take advantage of the new direct student loan program by participating directly in the program or by consolidating guaranteed loans into direct loans. Some will benefit from lower interest rates, and all will benefit from more repayment options, including income contingent repayment.