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Wash. voters could decide $3B in school makeovers

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A state lawmaker wants voters to approve a $3 billion round of renovations at public schools and other government buildings.

The plan is from Rep. Hans Dunshee, D-Snohomish. He wants to sell state bonds to finance the building makeovers. The projects would emphasize energy-efficient upgrades.

It's not clear how the bonds would be paid back. But Dunshee says some of the money saved through energy-efficiency projects could help foot the bill. More details are being released Monday afternoon.

Voters would have to approve the plan in November. Lawmakers also are weighing a couple of tax plans that could go on the ballot later this year, including a sales tax hike to help the budget deficit and an income tax on the state's highest earners.

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