PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ordered on Friday the Invest in Education proposal be removed from the November ballot because multiple violations occurred while getting signatures, but the legal battle isn’t over.
According to the court ruling, supporters gathered enough signatures to get on the ballot, but many didn’t count because of how they were collected and what was said while getting the signatures. Judge Christopher Coury said in the ruling that the 100-word description on the petition left out critical parts of the proposal. The summary focused on increasing teachers’ salaries but Coury said it omitted parts like a new and permanent tax, an increase in the tax rate on certain individuals and more.
“Defendant Invest in Education circulated an opaque ‘trojan horse’ of a 100-word description, concealing principal provisions of the initiative,” Coury said in the ruling.
In addition to the misleading description, the…