The other morning, Sen. Corey Brown rescued from the political scrapyard one of the better ideas to surface in recent years at the Legislature.
Republicans’ assistant leader — certainly didn’t need to do.
In fact some partisans might say he shouldn’t have helped Rep. Susy Blake. She’s a Democrat, after all, trying to eliminate a program Republicans started eight years ago.
And there’s one other matter. There’s probably not much goodwill that a legislator from Gettysburg can gain among local voters by giving a hand to a Sioux Falls legislator.
For a few moments, Blake actually started to quarrel with Brown and seemed ready to reject his help.
But then she showed how smart she is too when she agreed.
At issue was the future of South Dakota’s program that provides sales-tax refunds to lower-income households for their food purchases.
It was started in 2004 by Republican legislators, as a pre-emptive response to an initiated measure that was on the November ballot later that year seeking to exempt food from sales tax.
The people opposing the exemption prevailed, as 67.5 percent of South Dakota voters rejected the measure.
But the refund program never caught on with the people it was intended to help. People had to enroll, and they had to meet income guidelines.