Ruling keeps roads, land measures off Ariz. ballot

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A state Supreme Court ruling means Arizona voters won't be deciding proposed ballot measures on transportation funding and conservation of state trust land.

Neither measure was deemed to have enough petition signatures and a trial judge had ruled that supporters missed a deadline to challenge part of those determinations by the Secretary of State's Office.

The Supreme Court ruling Tuesday upholds the judge's ruling, and a lawyer representing supporters of both initiatives says it means neither will be on the ballot.

Proposition 203 would have raised the state sales tax by a penny to pay for highway and other transportation improvements. Proposition 103 would have set aside more than 500,000 acres of trust land as open space.

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