"This is an example of the kind of endless and subjective challenges the court has routinely discouraged," Fox and Deputy Attorney General
They went on to say, "Since petitioner (MEA-MFT) has failed to show untruth, partiality, argumentation or prejudice in the ballot statement, the court should reject their arguments, regarding the statement of purpose and implication."
Fox's office was responding to a petition filed
Charter received clearance
The cable, telecommunications and Internet company is seeking to reverse a December decision by the
Charter's initiative seeks to undo those decisions by reclassifying its property and blocking a tax hike exceeding 300 percent.
As a result of the reclassification, Charter's property taxes rose by 329 percent, from
The Attorney General's office disagreed with the MEA-MFT that the initiative unconstitutionally appropriates state funds.
"Such a broad interpretation of 'appropriations of money' is not supported by
Fox and Bennion said the fact that a ballot measure has a fiscal impact does not automatically mean it unconstitutionally appropriates money.
The Attorney General's office also disputed MEA-MFT's argument that
It cited the fiscal note from the governor's budget office that said the proposed law wouldn't exclusively apply to one company.
In coming up with a ballot statement, the Attorney General's office said it sought out parties on both sides of the issue, including MEA-MFT, for their advice and substantially revised Charter's original language.
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