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Lawmakers on the Navajo Nation have approved legislation to tax alcoholic beverages sold in the tribe's casinos.

The 3.25 percent tax is expected to raise $73,000 a year. The revenue would go into a fund administered by the tribe's Division of Public Safety to combat drunken driving on the reservation.

Tribal officials say the tax is directed on retailers and distributors, but consumers are responsible for paying it.

People legally can buy alcohol and drink it only in tribal casinos and at a tribal marina at Lake Powell in Page.

A veteran state lawmaker wants voters to siphon cash away from a program for early childhood development to instead help fund services for foster children and the families that care for them. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Gov's Panel Recommends Taxing Web Sales

Dec 14, 2012

A gubernatorial panel on Thursday recommended changes in state law that eventually could mean Arizonans paying sales taxes on everything they buy on the World Wide Web.

Did you buy a car or truck last year? If so you may have helped fund the campaign to kill Proposition 204.

Penny Sales Tax Initiative Has New Opposition

Oct 10, 2012

A ballot measure designed largely to raise money for education has picked up new opposition -- and for a very unusual reason.

State Supreme Court Rules Sale Tax Can Stay on Ballot

Aug 14, 2012

The Supreme Court ruled today that voters will get a chance to decide in November whether they want the sales tax rate to stay as high as it is now.

Backers of an extension of the state's sales tax surcharge filed a new lawsuit Wednesday, this one over how their measure is being described to voters.

Penny Sales Tax is Back on Ballot

Jul 19, 2012
Howard Fischer / Capital Media Services

A state judge ruled Tuesday that Secretary of State Ken Bennett was wrong to refuse to process initiative petitions seeking to make the one-cent sales tax surcharge permanent.

Backers turned in more than 290,000 signatures for the plan. But Bennett noted the language on the petitions is different than what initiative organizers prefiled on paper with his office in March. Assistant Secretary of State Jim Drake said it was that prefiled language that Bennett put on the office's web site so voters could review it.

Battle over Internet Sales Tax Heating Up

Jul 11, 2012

The state's retailers are gearing up for what could be an extensive and expensive political and public relations campaign to get lawmakers to start taxing items sold on the World Wide Web. 

Gov. Brewer Opposes Permanent 1 Cent Sales Tax

Jul 9, 2012
Gage Skidmore

Governor Jan Brewer said today she's opposed to the ballot measure to permanently extend the one-cent surcharge on the state sales tax.

It was Brewer who promoted the original voter-approved levy in 2010 to help balance the budget, with the idea it would disappear in three years. Now a group is pushing an initiative to make the extra tax permanent, with the proceeds specifically earmarked for K-12 education, university scholarships, health care and road construction. Brewer said this is a bad idea.