Reclaim Idaho said last month it had turned in more than enough signatures to get its education initiative on the ballot in November.
On May 2, Reclaim Idaho said they had gathered more than 97,000 signatures to turn in for verification. The group posted the following message on Twitter,
We did it! With nearly 97K signatures submitted, we’re confident that the Quality Education Act will appear on the ballot!Advertisement
This means that voters will have a chance to increase K-12 funding by $323 million annually—with no new taxes on anyone making under $250K a year. #idpol
No official announcement has been made on whether or not the signatures Reclaim gathered have had enough verified to put their education initiative on the ballot officially. Idaho Dispatch reached out to the Secretary of State’s office for an answer, but we have not yet received one.
To get the initiative on the ballot, Reclaim had to gather 6% of registered voters from at least 18 of the state’s 35 legislative districts. Groups will often gather more than the necessary amount because signatures can be tossed out for various reasons.
Some individuals signing may give an incorrect or incomplete address, and those signatures are then invalidated.
We asked Reclaim co-founder Luke Mayville if he knew whether or not the signatures had been verified. Mayville responded to Idaho Dispatch initially by asking if it was too late to answer some of the questions we had sent him. We informed him there was still time but have not heard back from him yet.
Reclaims “Quality Education Act” would raise the tax rate on those making more than $250,000 a year ($500,000 for a couple) and raise the corporate tax rate from 6.5% to 8%. Reclaim estimates that approximately $323 million will be raised for education through the tax increases.
The group also says on its website that none of the increase would go to administrative costs.
One of the questions Idaho Dispatch asked Mayville was whether he thought the current state of the economy would have any impact on their effort to pass the initiative. If Mayville responds to our original questions, we will update the article.
Those opposed to the initiative say it is not time to raise taxes on Idahoans and that spending more money on education will not yield better results.
One online commenter posted a reply to Reclaim’s tweet from May 2 saying,
The irony of this, of course, is that those making more than $250k a year are already the ones paying for the bulk of the taxes and their kids don’t even attend them. Way to stick it to the man!
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Tags: Ballot Initiative, Education, Quality Education Act, Reclaim Idaho