Tax increase one step closer to Arizona ballot

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Jan Brewer

February 4, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: Jan Brewer might get to see her much-wanted sales tax increase placed before voters after the proposed ballot question was approved by the Arizona State Senate. The 16-12 vote came on February 2, 2010, with the senate also voting to hold the special election in May. The measure will be placed in front of the state House of Representatives for a vote on the measure.[1]

The sale tax, if enacted by voters, would raise sales taxes by on percentage point in the state for three years. Currently, the sales tax is at 5.6 percent. It is projected that the increase would rake in approximately $700 million to $750 million in revenue a year. Brewer proposed the sales tax measure due to economic problems in the state and budget deficits.

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