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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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Goddard unsure how he’ll vote on tax hike (access required)

After 10 months of debate on the issue, Attorney General Terry Goddard, the presumptive Democratic nominee for the governor's race, said he doesn't know whether he'll vote for the temporary one-cent sales tax increase that will go before voters on May 18.

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For want of a vote, will a budget be lost?

The debate in Capitol hallways and offices today (Aug. 17) revolves around what will happen with the budget bills that have been approved by both chambers, having not secured the needed votes in the Senate for the tax referral. "We've tried it every which way. The votes just aren't there and they never will be," said one Republican source involved in the wrangling for votes.

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No statewide sales tax vote on Nov. 3

There may still be a vote on temporarily raising the state's sales tax rate, but it won't be on Nov. 3. According to Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake, the next feasible date on which a special election could be held is Dec. 8. Municipal and school board elections will be held Nov. 3, and the voting machines will not be available for at least two weeks afterward because they will be sequestered for the election canvass, Drake said.

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Brewer’s tax hike a recipe for bankruptcy (access required)

Several otherwise conservative legislators are thinking very hard about capitulating to Gov. Jan Brewer's scheme to put on the ballot an 18-percent increase in Arizona's sales tax rate. Those legislators have argued they could wring more spending reductions out of the governor by allowing the sales tax referendum to go to the ballot.

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