Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano is considering a special session of the Legislature to close a $1.2 billion budget gap, just six months after lawmakers combined spending cuts and other measures to cover a $2 billion shortfall.

Napolitano and legislative leaders must decide whether the shortfall requires a special session before the opening of the regular session in January. The $1.2 billion deficit is for the remainder of fiscal 2009, which ends June 31. It follows a $2 billion gap in the $10 billion general fund budget that was bridged through cuts, use of state reserves, and other adjustments.

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