With tax collections falling 13.7% in November, Arizona lawmakers face a tougher challenge balancing a budget after severe cuts in 2008.

Joint Legislative Budget Committee analysts said plummeting consumer confidence fueled a 13.3% drop in sales tax revenue, the 11th straight month of year-over-year reductions. At the same time, individual income tax collections, the other major revenue source for the state, dropped by 14.8% in November as employment fell by 83,100 jobs from a year earlier.

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