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Backers of Arizona sales-tax initiative file suit

PHOENIX – 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 filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Maricopa
County Superior Court, asking for a review of nearly 291,000 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.