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Backers of Ariz. sales tax initiative to file suit

Backers of Ariz. sales tax initiative to file suit

CREATED Jun 27, 2012

Web Producer: Ina Ronquillo

PHOENIX (AP) - Supporters of a 1-cent sales tax initiative are challenging the Arizona Secretary of State's decision to disqualify it from the November ballot.
The Quality Education and Jobs campaign intends to file a lawsuit Wednesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, asking for a review of the 290,000 voter signatures.
Secretary Ken Bennett says the language on the initiative circulated to voters didn't match the version pre-filed with his office.
Campaign chairwoman Ann-Eve Pedersen says the group filed the correct copy electronically and complied with all requirements of the state Constitution. They have retained a former Arizona Supreme Court justice to represent them.
Revenue from the tax would be directed to education, health care and other state services.
The increase would take effect after a previously approved temporary increase expires in mid-2013.

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