After 10 long months of urging the Legislature to put a temporary one-cent sales tax increase on the ballot, Gov. Jan Brewer finally got her wish. After the House approved a May 18 special election and a ballot measure on the proposed tax hike, Brewer issued a statement applauding the votes.
“Today, members and leadership of the Arizona House of Representatives joined with their colleagues in the Senate and demonstrated their faith in the judgment of Arizona voters,” the statement read. “At long last, the voters get a voice. It is a voice key members of the Legislature and I have fought for, a voice for our children and our future, and it was worth the effort.”
Brewer said the day should be marked down as the Arizona “began its recovery in earnest,” though she said there is still a lot of work to do. First on the agenda will likely be the four special session budget bills the House did not vote on before it recessed. House Majority Whip Rep. Andy Tobin told the Arizona Capitol Times that the votes weren’t there yet, but Brewer spokesman Paul Senseman said the governor isn’t concerned.
“I don’t think it will be an issue,” Senseman said.
-By Jeremy Duda