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Arizona Budget: Down to the WireDeadline is June 30Updated: Tuesday, 30 Jun 2009, 6:44 AM MDTPublished : Monday, 29 Jun 2009, 3:43 PM MDTPHOENIX - The budget deadline is fast approaching, and the legislature and Gov.

Brewer have yet to come to a compromise -- while the threat of a state government shutdown looms.Gov.

Brewer is at odds with her own party over a temporary 1-percent sales tax increase to help close the projected $3.2 billion shortfall -- while GOP lawmakers are leaning towards spending cuts."I will not allow K-12 education to be decimated nor will I allow the elderly, the children and the most frail of our society to be put at risk," Brewer said.

But her opponents say the last thing Arizona needs amidst the frail economy is a tax increase.Now, the House is waiting for the Senate to act on a budget plan that made it through Friday night.Friday, Brewer and GOP leaders came to a compromise that includes sending the sales tax increase to a November special election ballot and approving outright a brand-new proposal to flatten the state's income tax in 2012.

And if initial revenue from the sales tax increase boosts state revenue in what's left of the new fiscal year above projections, spending cuts for K-12 schools would be automatically reduced.But come Monday, no decisions have been made.There has never been a lapse in government before in Arizona's history -- which means many state agencies would grind to a halt or be seriously limited until a budget is in place.Copyright AP Modified, Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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