With election day quickly approaching, the fight over votes for Invest in Ed, the ballot initiative that would tax wealthy residents in Arizona to pay for public education, is turning into a bare-knuckle brawl.
The initiative, which is technically called Proposition 208, would levy a 3.5 percent tax on people earning above $250,000 and married couples with incomes over $500,000. The revenues would be spent on various aspects of Arizona’s K-12 public education system, like teacher salaries, technical education programs, and boosting pay for school support staff. Proponents of the measure estimate that it will raise hundreds of millions annually.
Opponents of the measure, primarily the Arizona Chamber of Commerce-backed group Arizonans for Great Schools and a Strong Economy, had attempted to keep it off the November ballot by filing a lawsuit alleging that the 100-word summary of the initiative used by petitioners to get signatures was misleading. A lower