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Voter-approved education tax blocked after court ruling

A judge has declared that a tax on high-earning Arizona residents to boost education spending can’t be enforced because of a state Supreme Court ruling and has ordered its collection permanently blocked.

Friday's ruling in Maricopa County Superior Court was widely expected after the Supreme Court ruled in August that the tax was unconstitutional if it put schools above a legal spending cap.

Voters approved the tax in 2020 to increase teacher pay and school spending in a state with both the lowest educator pay in the nation and overall per-student spending levels.

It was expected to add more than $800 million a year for K-12 schools.

In a press release today, Gov. Doug Ducey said the ruling is a win for Arizona taxpayers. He also said Arizona will continue to from having the lowest flat income tax rate in the nation.