Teachers union tax petition has enough signatures; paid $460,000 to get it done

The state teachers union has sufficient signatures to qualify its margin tax petition, and it reports having paid 205 circulators a total of $460,000.

That's according to the secretary of state -- documents attached here. Now that the raw numbers of 152,713 signatures has been counted -- more than twice as many as were needed -- clerks will now examine statutory amounts of signatures in selected counties. They have nine days to do so.

But remember: The state Supreme Court has to decide next month if the petition can move forward to be considered by the Legislature.