Tuition-cutting initiative may suspend campaign

Backers of an initiative to raise cigarette and tobacco taxes to reduce Idaho college tuition by about 22 percent are suspending operations on Sunday unless they can find some last-minute support.

Stop Tuition, which launched the effort, doesn’t have the money to keep the campaign going or to get the signatures it needs, said Bill Moran, spokesman.

Moran said earlier this week it had collected about 4,200 signatures, but needs more than 47,000 signatures by the end of April to get the initiative on the ballot in November.

Moran said in a statement that he had put up about $10,000 of his own money and six months of his life into the effort.

“I can look at myself and think that I have done a lot and yet I still feel that I have not done nearly enough,” he said in a statement.