- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An advocacy group that supports abolishing Oklahoma’s income tax has filed a legal challenge against a petition for a one-cent sales tax to help fund education and teacher pay raises.

The advocacy arm for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs filed its application Thursday with the Oklahoma Supreme Court. OCPA Impact claims the initiative petition launched by University of Oklahoma President David Boren violates the state constitution’s single-subject rule.

OCPA Impact chief executive Dave Bond called the petition a “misleading, unconstitutional money grab.”

Filed last month, the initiative petition proposes a one-cent sales tax that would generate around $615 million a year, mostly to pay for a $5,000 annual pay raise for teachers. Money would also go to the state’s colleges, universities and career-technology centers.

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