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Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

The initiative aimed to raise $170 million for K-12 education by boosting taxes on corporations and individuals making more than $250K
An Idaho group collecting online signatures for an education initiative for the November ballot has suspended the effort following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them. 
Photo taken on July 13 shows Luke Mayville, the co-founder of Reclaim Idaho talking about getting signatures online.
An Idaho group collecting online signatures for an education initiative for the November ballot has suspended the effort following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them. Photo taken on July 13 shows Luke Mayville, the co-founder of Reclaim Idaho talking about getting signatures online.(Reclaim Idaho)
Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM MDT
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho group collecting online signatures for an education initiative for the November ballot has suspended the effort following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them.

Reclaim Idaho on Thursday said it was ending the drive though the court case remains alive. But it’s back at the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and not likely to wrap up with enough time left to get the initiative on the ballot.

Reclaim Idaho contended online signatures should be allowed during the coronavirus pandemic. But Idaho doesn’t allow online signatures.

The initiative aimed to raise $170 million for K-12 education by boosting taxes on corporations and individuals making $250,000 or more.

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