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Arizona judge hears $2.9 billion back funding case

PHOENIX — Attorneys representing Arizona have argued that a judge does not
have the authority to force the state to pay out $2.9 billion to schools.

Attorneys argued before Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper
for two hours on Friday.

The case stems from a September ruling by the state Supreme Court that found
the Arizona Legislature had failed to abide by a voter-approved proposition
requiring annual inflation adjustments to school funding. Proposition 301 passed
in 2000.

Attorneys representing schools say Cooper has the authority to impose those
fees on the state. They say the Legislature broke the law by not adjusting
school funding according to inflation.

The judge will now review arguments from both sides before making a decision.


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