Assistant House Minority Leader Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, complains Tuesday about the plan by Gov. Jan Brewer to balance the budget, both in cuts and her plan for higher sales taxes. Sinema said Democrats instead want to expand what is subject to taxation to include various services, saying that could raise hundreds of millions of dollars. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
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PHOENIX -- Gov. Jan Brewer is defending her decision to craft a spending plan contingent on lawmakers enacting an immediate sales tax hike even as Senate President Bob Burns said it's likely dead on arrival at the Legislature.