PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday vowed to fight a proposed tax increase on wealthy Arizonans that raise nearly $1 billion for public schools.

Ducey's comments come a few days after his annual State of the State Address at the Capitol, where he renewed his long-standing pledge to oppose any new taxes.

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When asked during a wide-ranging interview with Arizona's Family if he would fight against the proposal should it get on the ballot, he said, "We don't need any additional taxes in the state of Arizona."

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The proposed ballot measure imposes a 3.5% tax on earnings above $250,000 for an individual and $500,000 for couples.

Supporters estimate it will raise $940 million a year to boost pay for mostly teachers and school staff.

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The measure still needs about 240,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

This would be the second education tax Ducey fought against. In 2012, when he was state treasurer, Ducey successfully fought against the extension of a one-cent sales tax.


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