1-cent sales tax increase takes effect Tuesday

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on June 1, 2010 at 6:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 1 at 5:17 PM

PHOENIX -- Tuesday marks the first day that Arizona will collect a temporary sales tax increase that was overwhelmingly approved by voters two weeks ago.

The 1-cent, three-year increase was put on the May 18 ballot by the Republican-led Legislature at the behest of Gov. Jan Brewer.

Sixty-four percent of people who voted in the special election supported the tax. Thirty-six percent opposed it.

The increase is aimed at averting deeper cuts in education and other public services.

It's estimated to produce $1 billion annually to reduce big shortfalls projected in the state's budget for the next several years.

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