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Jun 20, 2012 3:45 AM

Ariz. sales tax initiative backers report progress

PHOENIX (AP) - Supporters of a proposed Arizona ballot initiative for a 1-cent sales tax increase say they're preparing to file more than 260,000 signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

The so-called Quality Education and Jobs campaign says they obtained voter signatures from all 15 Arizona counties.

A minimum of 172,809 valid signatures are required by the July 5 deadline. Campaign chairperson Ann-Eve Pedersen says organizers will do a final validity check before submitting the petitions.

The campaign also has retained retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Stanley Feldman in case there's a legal challenge to the petitions.

Money raised by the 1-cent sales tax increase would be directed to education, health care and other state services. The increase would take effect after a previously approved temporary increase expires in mid-2013.

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