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State’s raiding of fund for budget illegal, court rules

July 25, 2009
English Language LearnersState & Local
Matthew Benson
The Arizona Republic

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Friday that Gov. Jan Brewer and state officials violated the state Constitution earlier this year when they took money from an early-childhood-education fund to help balance the state budget. That fund, known as First Things First, was created by state voters in 2006 with their passage of a ballot proposal that increased tobacco taxes to fund a variety of education and health programs for children.