Initiative backers call it quits on education ballot drive

An Idaho group that had been collecting online signatures for an education initiative called off the effort on Thursday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling against them late last month.

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 it should be allowed to collect online signatures during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative would have raised $170 million for K-12 education by raising taxes on corporations and individuals making $250,000 or more annually.

The group backs initiatives and successfully got Medicaid expansion on the ballot several years ago that ultimately became law.

Idaho does not allow online signatures for ballot initiatives. The state argued in court documents that allowing such signatures undermines the election process. (AP)

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