Burns: Tax hike won't appear on Nov. 3 ballot

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PHOENIX -- Senate President Bob Burns says the Legislature won't be able to put Gov. Jan Brewer's sales tax hike on the Nov. 3 ballot and a later date for the election is now being considered.

Lawmakers get 1 more day

Deadline for sales tax election extended 1 day - Election officials gave the Legislature another day to put Gov. Jan Brewer's sales tax hike on the Nov. 3 ballot for voters to decide.

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Election officials say the next possible special election date is Dec. 8.

Burns concluded a later date was necessary because GOP leaders haven't yet rounded up enough support for passage of a larger budget-balancing plan that includes the tax increase.

Election officials say they were running out of time to prepare for a Nov. 3 election.

The Senate was supposed to vote on the budget plan Tuesday, but postponed a vote because key senators were missing.

The plan was approved by the House on July 31.

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