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Wash. Senate approves state budget plan

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Senate's Democratic majority has narrowly approved its plan for balancing the state's $2.8 billion budget deficit.

The Senate budget counts on about $920 million in tax increases. But Senators haven't settled on the details of their tax package yet.

The budget also calls for about $840 million in spending cuts, $580 million in federal aid, and $500 million in one-time fixes like fund transfers.

Majority Democrats say it's a balanced approach that would protect critical state programs. But Republicans say it relies too heavily on tax hikes and short-term solutions.

The budget passed on the Senate a 25-19 vote. It will have to be blended with a competing budget from the House before legislators can adjourn their short, election-year session.

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