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AZ Supreme Court bans education funding proposal from being on November ballot

AZ Supreme Court bans education funding proposal from being on November ballot

The Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling on Wednesday that the initiative, which would have been Prop. 207, didn't include an adequate description of the proposition and couldn't be on the ballot. They said the 100-word description of the change in tax rate and the omission of the changes in indexing for inflation created a significant "danger of confusion or unfairness."

The order reverses a lower-court ruling earlier this month that rejected a challenge to the measure.

The proposal, also called the Invest in Education Act, would have changed the state income tax brackets from five to seven and increased the tax rate to 8 percent for those earning between $250,001 and $500,000 and raised it to 9 percent for those making more than $500,000 per year.

Opponents said the tax hike would have harmed the state's economy, while supporters say it would have raised an estimated $690 million for schools.

The Secretary of State's Office certified the initiative to be on the ballot last week.

Supporters of the initiative say the high court is playing politics.

"It's a court stacked by Gov. (Doug) Ducey, and unfortunately it's Arizona's children who are losing," said Rep. Isela Blanc, D-Tempe.

She said the justices are going against the will of Arizonans since proposal supporters got the more than 270,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.

"They took advantage of a technicality," said Blanc.

Read the full Supreme Court of Arizona decision here.

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