Prop. 208 future still in limbo

(Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents Ann Siner of My Sister’s Closet and Judge John Buttrick in their litigation efforts against 208.)

By Brent Ruffner | Independent Newsmedia

Opponents of an income tax surcharge to fund education have yet to receive a clearcut answer on whether the voter-approved proposition is unconstitutional.

Proposition 208, approved by voters in November, raises taxes of some of the state’s higher earners with a 3.5% surcharge on taxable incomes of more than $250,000 to help fund public education in the state. For married couples, the surcharge applies to those who earn $500,000 or more per year.

Some in opposition to the measure say the legislature — not voters — should be in control of any taxes for education.

Both the Goldwater Institute and the Rose Law Group, a Scottsdale law firm, have filed lawsuits against the proposition, which voters approved in the last election. The law firm is representing Ann Siner, CEO of My Sister’s Closet, and John Buttrick, a retired judge.

“I’m very much for education,” said Ms. Siner. “But Prop. 208 is the wrong way to fund it.”


Help fund the litigation effort of a small business owner and retired Judge in challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 208.

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February 2021