Referee to hear arguments in penny education tax challenge

Referee to hear arguments in penny education tax challenge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee is set to hear arguments in a legal challenge to a petition for a one-cent sales tax to help fund education and teacher pay raises.

Oral arguments are scheduled Thursday before the referee in a challenge from a conservative advocacy group that supports abolishing Oklahoma's income tax.

OCPA Impact is the lobbying arm of the conservative think-tank Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. It filed an application with the Oklahoma Supreme Court claiming the initiative petition launched by a group of business and civic leaders violates the state constitution's single-subject rule.

Supporters of the proposal are seeking to gather enough signatures to place the question on the November ballot. It would generate around $615 million a year for common education, higher education and career-technology centers.

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