BOISE, Idaho — Reclaim Idaho announced Thursday that they will be suspending their signature drive after the U.S Supreme Court ruled to block their funding initiative.
Seeking to raise $170 million for K-12 education, their goal was to collect enough signatures from Idahoans to appear on the November election ballot.
The court ruled in favor of Republican Gov. Brad Little's request that a district court's order allowing online signatures be stayed until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears the case and makes a ruling.
Reclaim Idaho released the results of a poll conducted last year. Idahoans were asked how they would vote if an initiative to raise K-12 funding in the state. 62% of those surveyed said they would vote in favor of such a measure.
"It is disheartening to see the Governor fight tooth-and-nail to defeat an initiative for K-12 funding," said Luke Mayville, co-founder of Reclaim Idaho. "This is an initiative that promised to save Idaho from deep cuts to the K-12 budget, and it's an initiative that the vast majority of Idahoans support."
The K-12 funding initiative will not appear on the November election ballot.
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