Gov. Brewer leads birthday celebration and calls for special session to boost economy

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Monday was not just Valentine's Day, it was also Arizona's 99th birthday.

A celebration was held at the State Capitol Monday morning.  Governor Jan Brewer says this kicks off the "Countdown to Centennial."

"We're just 365 days away from once in a lifetime opportunity to commemorate and celebrate Arizona's 100th birthday, Statehood Day," said Gov. Brewer.

Brewer established the Arizona Centennial Commission to oversee events leading up to Arizona's 100th birthday.

And on Arizona's birthday, Governor Brewer asked lawmakers to meet in special session to pass legislation intended to jumpstart the economy.

It will do so by cutting corporate taxes, reducing regulations and a $25 million deal-closing fund to help bring new companies to Arizona.

"We are looking high quality, high paying, high skilled jobs.  And that is why this piece of legislation is so very very important.  To be competitive, to bring those kinds of businesses to Arizona," said Gov. Brewer.

Lawmakers will begin deliberating the measure Tuesday.  The governor hopes the measure will be on her desk ready for her signature by the end of the week.