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New target date for budget: Aug. 20 (access required)

Arizona lawmakers are planning to send a set of budget bills to the Governor's Office on Aug. 20, after a short floor session today that ended without any action. But that budget plan will not include the proposal for a sales tax referral, something that Gov. Jan Brewer has insisted on for months.

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Capitol Quotes 8/14 (access required)

“If we can’t be successful within the party, we are going to have to go to the Democrats. They have been perfectly reasonable and trying to help us. I think we need to go to the Democrats. There’s no choice.” ...

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Senate revives sales tax referral (access required)

The Arizona Senate has revived a measure that contains a provision for a sales tax increase, even though some lawmakers have called it a "dead horse." Senate President Bob Burns indicated lawmakers would continue to work to pass the ballot referral.

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Two reasons Sen. Harper flipped on budget (access required)

Two recent developments persuaded a conservative Republican senator to switch his stance from opposition to support for a budget package that has stalled in his chamber for weeks. One was an e-mail from the Americans for Tax Reforms, a national anti-tax group that administers the No New Taxes Pledge.

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