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Arizona ballot spot for tax increase up to court

PHOENIX -— Legal briefs filed with the Arizona Supreme Court provide a preview of the kind of a lineup of who’ll likely be taking sides for and against a proposed sales tax increase.

That’s if the justices rule that the initiative measure can go the ballot despite a paperwork error that resulted in two paragraphs being omitted from a paper copy filed when the initiative campaign started.

School groups, business alliances and other initiative supporters say use of the initiative process to set public policy shouldn’t be thwarted over a minor mistake caught early in the process.

Republican legislative leaders and a conservative advocacy group join elections officials in saying there’s already been confusion over versions of the initiative and that the integrity of the initiative process is at stake.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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