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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Democratic state lawmakers are moving ahead with their first major plans for raising taxes as they try to solve a huge budget deficit.
     
The likely two-part strategy began to emerge Wednesday, in bills from both the House and Senate.
     
Senators are considering a bill that would amend Initiative 960, which set up a difficult two-thirds vote hurdle for raising taxes.

Once that's done, the Democratic majority can raise taxes without trying to win the votes of reluctant Republicans.
     
In the House, lawmakers are unveiling a bill that would raise about $270 million for the budget by closing an array of tax exemptions.
     
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