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Arizona Supreme Court to hear challenge to new education tax

Arizona governor signs education sales tax extension
Posted at 10:35 PM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-20 01:35:41-04

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court is set to hear an expedited constitutional challenge to a new voter-approved tax on high-earning Arizona residents.

The tax is designed to boost school funding.

The justices will hear arguments Tuesday from attorneys representing the Republican-controlled state Legislature and a group of businesses opposed to the tax.

They argue it needed a two-thirds vote in November's election to pass, not the simple majority that approved Proposition 208.

Opponents also say the new cash will put schools over a legal spending limit.

Proponents say a lower court judge properly ruled in their favor when he rejected the challenge.