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Order on analysis of sales tax initiative upheld

PHOENIX – The Legislature will have to make several changes to its
official description of a sales tax initiative headed to Arizona’s November

A panel of three Arizona Supreme Court justices upholds a judge’s ruling that
parts of the official publicity pamphlet’s description of the initiative fall
short of being an impartial analysis.

Under the Supreme Court panel’s order Friday, the description must note that
the proposed penny-on-the-dollar increase would take effect when an earlier
temporary increase expires.

Other provisions needing to be deleted or revised deal with the Legislature’s
ability to change what transactions are taxed and who qualifies as a resident
for scholarships funded by the proposed tax increase.

Initiative supporters sued to challenge the description approved by a joint
House-Senate committee, the Legislative Council.


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