Goddard ties Ariz. sales tax hike to tax cut fate

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PHOENIX  -- Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard says he can't support a proposed temporary sales tax increase to help balance the state budget unless Gov. Jan Brewer commits to not approving tax hikes for businesses that would use up the additional sales tax money.

The presumptive Democratic nominee for governor said that without "clarification" from Brewer, voter approval of the sales
tax increase would just be a "shell game."

Goddard spoke to reporters after addressing a Democratic Party group in Phoenix on Wednesday.

The one-cent, three-year sales tax increase will appear as Proposition 100 on a May 18 special election ballot.