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Judge rejects challenge to constitutional amendment proposal on schools-focused tax

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A state judge Friday rejected the city's challenge to the constitutional amendment proposal to increase taxes on investment properties to pay for education.

The city had argued that the proposal was vague and deceptive, but Circuit Judge Jeff Crabtree disagreed.

"I do not find the proposed language is deceptive. Is the language as thorough and definite as one would like? No," he said.

The city and the neighbor island counties are considering appealing.

"We are disappointed in the court's ruling today. But we are determined to make sure that the voters in the November election are fully informed about language and the consequences of the constitutional amendment," said Honolulu Corporation Counsel Donna Leong.

Some businesses say they will oppose the measure because they believe it could allow state lawmakers to raise this tax as much as they want.

But the teachers union, which backed the proposal, said the schools need the money.

"Today was a victory for Hawaii's keiki and a loss for those millionaire outside investors that are driving up the cost of living for everyone in Hawaii and treating Hawaii's aina as a commodity," said Corey Rosenlee, president of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.

The state Office of Elections says ballots with the constitutional amendment proposal will be printed over the weekend.

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