Judge to hold hearing on Ariz. sales tax proposal

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A judge will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether a proposed sales tax increase will appear on Arizona's November ballot.

Supporters of the increase are challenging Secretary of State Ken Bennett's decision to leave the proposal off the ballot.

The printed copy submitted to launch the initiative campaign omitted two paragraphs saying how some of the revenue from the proposed penny-on-the-dollar increase would be spent.

Supporters call that "a hyper-technicality" thwarting voter will because petitions circulated to voters had copies with the missing paragraphs.

Bennett says the error wasn't a minor clerical error because the omission affects how hundreds of millions of dollars would be spent.

Bennett's lawyer says the printed version must be correct to prevent fraud and that it doesn't matter that a computer disc submitted to Bennett's office included the paragraphs.