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Flat tax ploy rejected by Supreme Court



The state Supreme Court yesterday rejected a "friendly" legal motion to get pre-approval of a devastating proposal to replace all Arkanas taxes with a huge sales tax. That was good. But, having invalidated a secretary of state's finding that the proposal was sufficient for the ballot, the Court also rejected, for now, an intervenor's effort to get the complicated and misleading proposal declared unconstitutional now.

The court said a challenge to a ballot measure couldn't be brought by the sponsor, who couldn't be expected to vigorously challenge it. The intervenor can proceed with its own effort to declare the proposal unconstitutional.

More legal action will follow. The Fort Smith Republicans pushing the idea haven't yet gathered signatures sufficient to put the measure on the ballot.

Here's the court's opinion.

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