Now likely to appear on the November ballot, Reclaim Idaho’s initiative would raise more than $300 million a year in income and corporate taxes, and put the proceeds into K-12.
Let’s not lose sight of the big-picture questions raised by the Reclaim Idaho initiative: How much should Idaho spend on public schools, and who ought to pay?
“The (federal) court simply gave Reclaim Idaho an opportunity — far from a sure thing — to meet Idaho’s rigorous standards to qualify its initiative for the fall ballot,” Reclaim Idaho attorneys wrote Tuesday.
Reclaim Idaho says it gathered more than 5,000 signatures last week for its initiative to raise $200 million in new taxes for K-12. The state’s attorneys say the online petition process is susceptible to fraud and abuse.
Attorneys for the state say the Supreme Court should stop the Reclaim Idaho K-12 funding initiative, in order to “restore voter confidence and the integrity of election systems.”
The group is resuming its campaign for its $170 million to $200 million K-12 funding initiative. The state hopes to get the U.S. Supreme Court to block the effort.
Thursday’s ruling could clear the way for Reclaim Idaho to resume its push for a $170 million K-12 funding initiative. A U.S. Supreme Court appeal remains possible.