Arizonans weigh in on proposed sales tax increase

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

PHOENIX (AP) -- More than 100 Arizonans submitted pro or con arguments for Arizona's May 18 special election on a proposed sales tax increase to help close the state's budget shortfall.

The arguments will be published in the pamphlet mailed to voter households.

Gov. Jan Brewer called the three-year tax increase "temporary but necessary" to avoid damaging education and public safety. Other supporters include university presidents and leaders of education groups, labor unions and the Arizona and Phoenix chambers of commerce.

Opponents include State Treasurer Dean Martin. He said the state should cut spending, "not take more from existing taxpayers."

Other opponents included officers of anti-tax groups and a federation representing small businesses.

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