DALLAS — Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano asked lawmakers to put on the ballot a transportation tax proposal that would finance highway and transit projects statewide. She made the request in her wide-ranging state of the state address yesterday, the first day of the 2008 Arizona Legislature.

The Democratic governor acknowledged the pressures created by a budget deficit estimated at close to $1 billion for fiscal 2008 and up to $1.8 billion for fiscal 2009, but said the state’s current economic downturn is only a temporary problem.

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