Brewer calls special legislative session

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is calling the Legislature into special session Thursday to act on the state's budget crisis.

Brewer's office says topics in the call issued Tuesday include spending cuts and proposed special-election ballot measures on temporarily loosening protections for voter-approved spending and increasing the state sales tax.

Majority Republicans hope for a one-day special session but that would require cooperation from minority Democrats. They weren't at the table when Republicans decided the legislation to be considered.

The special session would be the fourth this year on the state's budget troubles. The state faces a $1.6 billion midyear shortfall even after $452 million of cuts and other changes made during a November special session.