Arizona sales tax measure may be 2010 initiative
PHOENIX, Arizona: Gov. Jan Brewer is hoping for a sales tax increase measure to be placed on a future ballot, hopefully by way of citizen initiative. According to the governor, there is some hope to have a failed sales tax proposal reappear to lawmakers and temporarily hike up revenue, if enacted by voters.
According to Arizona state law, an initiative would eliminate the mandatory procedure to marshall the votes in the legislature to place the measure on the ballot. If the proposal goes down this path, the soonest an initiative could appear on the ballot was November 2010. According to Brewer, “We’ve got an $11 million budget and we’ve got $7 billion in revenues. Somewhere, somehow, we’ve got to resolve it.”