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Supreme Court upholds sales tax initiative (access required)

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled today that a citizen initiative to make permanent a one-cent sales tax increase can go to the November ballot, despite the organizers’ error in submitting two different copies of the proposed ballot measure to the Secretary of State’s Office.

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Sales-tax supporters cheer court ruling (access required)

Supporters of the Quality Education and Jobs Initiative celebrated on the steps of the Maricopa County Superior Courthouse today, moments after Judge Robert Oberbillig overturned the Secretary of States’ decision that more than 290,000 of the group’s petition signatures were invalid due to a paperwork error.

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No easy answers if you lose

If the courts ultimately keep the Quality Education and Jobs initiative off the ballot, the organizers are going to have to answer a lot of uncomfortable questions from the various businesses who have so far contributed more than three-quarters of a million dollars to the effort. The committee’s campaign finance report shows $499,000 raised through May 31, of which $422,000 came from businesses.

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