Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer outlined a five-step budget recovery program last week that included levying temporary taxes to generate $1 billion a year for up to three years and reducing general fund spending by $1 billion in fiscal 2010.

Addressing an unusual joint session of the state Legislature, Brewer challenged the lawmakers to work with her administration to resolve a $3 billion budget shortfall in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Without long-term action, she said, the deficit could total $13 billion by fiscal 2014.

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