Cities and Towns Win Lawsuit to Block State From Taking Extra Money
The Arizona Supreme Court today ruled that the state cannot collect an additional $30 million from cities and towns to help balance the budget.
Back in November, it appeared the lawsuit against the state by the League of Arizona Towns and Cities was on firm footing when we wrote about how Dean Martin, the state treasurer, hoped the League would win. Martin figured the case would hinge on the legislature's failure to get a two-thirds majority of lawamkers to approve the collection of funds, which Martin saw as an extra tax. However, the Supreme Court focused on the vital question of the nature of appropriations -- a subject only lawyers could love.
Read the court's ruling here.
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