$1 Billion tax increase proposed by Gov. Brewer

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Brewer: Won't be fixed until at least 2012

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday proposed a $1 billion temporary tax increase along with spending cuts and use of federal stimulus money to close a projected $3 billion deficit in

the next state budget.

Brewer indicated the tax increase would be for more than one year but her proposal doesn't specify what tax should be increased. She said the tax increase could be either approved by legislators and herself or put to voters in a special election.

Brewer also called for using roughly $1 billion of stimulus money annually for three years to get the state's fiscal house back in order.

She said doing that also requires asking voters to relax spending mandates that she said force lawmakers to cut essential state services because other programs are protected from cuts.