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Group files ballot measure for 1-cent sales tax hike (access required)

A coalition aiming to bolster K-12, higher education, state infrastructure and children’s health care funding filed a ballot measure today for a new 1-cent sales tax hike that would go into effect as soon as Proposition 100 expires in 2013.

The initiative, filed by the group Quality Education and Jobs, would direct about 80 percent of the money it raises to education, with the overwhelming majority going to K-12 schools. The tax would raise about $1 billion a year.

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Senate Appropriations approves $1 in funding for IRC (access required)

With the cash-strapped Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on the verge of going broke and the threat of yet more legal action looming, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to give the remapping panel just a single dollar in funding for the rest of the fiscal year.

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IRC prepares to sue over funding (access required)

The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission hoped for the best but prepared for the worst, authorizing its attorneys to take legal action if the Legislature doesn’t swiftly approve extra funding it will need before the end of the fiscal year.

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