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Dire warnings of Prop. 100 foes didn’t come to pass (access required)

Dire warnings of Prop. 100 foes didn’t come to pass <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

Three years after voters approved Proposition 100, the naysayers’ doom-and-gloom predictions about the consequences of the temporary sales tax hike haven’t panned out.

Arguments against Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal for a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase often veered into predictions of catastrophe. Many said it would severely hamper the state’s economic recovery efforts, that the tax hike would herald a future of tax-and-spend policies in support of an expanding and bloated government that would scare off businesses, and push Arizona toward bankruptcy and turn the state into another California.

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Brewer budget plans for slow growth, cautious spending (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer is treading carefully and offering a multiyear budget that plans that includes hundreds of millions in one-time expenditures, but gives the state a financial cushion for the coming fiscal cliff in 2014.

The Governor’s Office today unveiled budget plan for fiscal year 2013 and the remainder of 2012 that is projected to leave the state in the black by about $329 million when the Proposition 100 sales tax increase expires and federal health care mandates are expected to take a major toll on the state budget in fiscal year 2014.

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Governor, lawmakers will need to reconcile budget estimates (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer today laid out her spending plan, but before she can hammer out a deal with lawmakers, the two sides will have to reconcile their revenue projections for the next few years.

Right now, their only clear agreement is that, barring another economic downturn and events beyond the state’s control, revenues will climb steadily, albeit slowly.

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