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Arizona Senate sends education program repeal question to ballot

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March 17, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: Two proposed Arizona ballot measures were heard by the Arizona State Senate on March 16, 2010, but only one survived as the chamber passed the measure that would repeal the First Things First program. The measure was sent to the ballot after clearing the final hurdle of the Senate, with a vote of 17-13. The Arizona House of Representatives had passed the measure on March 11, 2010, prior to the Senate vote.[1]

The First Things First program, an early childhood services program, would be cut and it's $324 million would be placed into the general fund to be used for "health and human services for children." The measure is set to be placed before voters on the November 2, 2010 ballot.[2]

The second bill was defeated due to a lack of support, and was subsequently killed. The measure would have asked voters whether or not to repeal tax credit presented to businesses to cover the cost of collecting sales taxes. Both measures that were presented to the legislature were intended to help balance the budget, much like Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer's proposed sales tax increase slated for the May 18, 2010 special election ballot.[3]

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