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Tax day demonstrations planned across Washington

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Rallies are planned across Washington Wednesday as part of the national Tax Day Tea Party to protest taxes and government spending.

To see a list of planned events Statewide, click here.
The largest rally is planned on the Capitol steps in Olympia where lawmakers are talking about budget cuts or possible tax increases to deal with a $9 billion gap between projected spending in the next two years and expected revenue.

One Tea Party sponsor is the Evergreen Freedom Foundation in Olympia. The foundation's Amber Gunn told The Olympian the state is expected to take in as much money in the next budget as in the current budget, so the $9 billion gap is debatable.


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Hundreds stage anti-bailout protest in Yakima

Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Yakima to protest the federal government's program of bailouts and stimulus spending to fight the economic recession.

Saturday's demonstration was billed as a "tea party" in the revolutionary spirit of the 1773 Boston Tea Party.

Some participants wore tea bags as earrings, and protest signs urging personal responsibility bore slogans such as, "Spread my work ethic, not my wealth," and, "Drunken sailors have better budgets."

Loudspeakers blasted the famous "mad as hell" quote from the film "Network."

Speakers criticized the idea of the government using tax dollars to rescue those hurt by the slumping economy.

Organizers are planning another "tea party" on Wednesday the day federal income taxes must be filed.

Obama's economic update a hedge to good news

President Barack Obama is proclaiming signs of economic progress but warning Americans that "by no means are we out of the woods."

Obama was delivering an economic speech Tuesday morning at Georgetown University. The White House released excerpts from his remarks in advance.

In the speech, the president juggles a glass-half-full take on the economy with a determination to not be seen as naive about how well things are going. He said that a full recovery is some time off, and that it depends on two things: building a new foundation for the U.S. economy and making changes in the political landscape.



 

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