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Backers of education tax claim enough signatures to put measure on ballot

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Posted: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 2:37 pm

Less than 12 weeks after filing its initiative and launching a petition drive, the Quality Education and Jobs campaign has collected more than 175,000 signatures, exceeding the amount necessary to qualify for the November ballot.

“With the success of our petition drive, it is clear we have tapped into strong public support,” said Ann-Eve Pedersen, chairperson of the campaign.

In order to be placed on the ballot, the campaign must collect a minimum of 172,809 valid signatures of Arizona voters by July 5.

According to Pedersen, the Quality Education and Jobs initiative will provide dedicated, permanent revenue to fund education that the Legislature cannot cut. The ballot measure will support public education, from kindergarten through vocational education, community colleges, universities and GED programs.

For more information about the initiative and for a full list of endorsing organizations, go to

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