Arizona governor wants sales tax measure on November ballot
PHOENIX, Arizona: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants to place the issue of a temporary one-cent hike in the 5.6 percent sales tax rate on the November ballot for voters. In late June state lawmakers submitted an approved spending plan for fiscal year 2010, however, the plan did not include the governor's sales tax. A day later, Brewer vetoed the bill. According, to state officials the state is facing an approximately $3 billion deficit for FY 2010. Brewer said that although the legislatively approved budget includes several budget cuts, it isn't enough. The sales tax recommended by the governor specifically would ask voters to hike the tax to 6.6 cents, a penny increase, on every dollar of taxable items purchased. According to state officials the proposed tax is expected to generate approximately $1 billion a year. Yesterday, Republican lawmakers announced that they are likely to approve the governor's proposal to place the sales tax increase on the ballot.