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Judge to hold hearing on Ariz. sales tax proposal

Judge to hold hearing on Ariz. sales tax proposal

CREATED Jul 18, 2012

Web Producer: Laura Kittell

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

Supporters 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 it doesn't matter that a computer disc submitted to his office included the paragraphs. He says the printed version must be correct to prevent fraud.

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