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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Gov. Chris Gregoire has changed the time Wednesday for signing a bill that will allow lawmakers to raise taxes on a simple majority vote.
     
The signing had been scheduled for 10 a.m. and was moved to 4 p.m. in her conference room at the Capitol.
     
The bill suspends Initiative 960, which requires a two-thirds vote for a tax hike. The change also does away with a requirement to list in the November voter pamphlet how lawmakers voted on tax increases.

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It's the first of two legislative budget-balancing proposals being revealed Tuesday in Olympia.
     
Overall, the Senate's majority Democrats say they would raise about $918 million in revenue to help patch the $2.8 billion budget deficit.
     
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