Judge hears testimony in challenge to education tax proposal

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on hiking taxes on the most wealthy to fund education could depend on how petition circulators got paid.

Challengers funded by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry contend that those gathering signatures to put the initiative on the November ballot were compensated based on how many signatures they collected. That, they argue, violates a state law which specifically forbids paying people on a per-signature basis.

Evidence was presented at a court hearing Tuesday showed that not all circulators were paid the same.

But the question for Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Christopher Coury is whether that runs afoul of the law.

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