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Wash. House Dems detail $760M tax plan

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - State House Democrats want to raise about $760 million in taxes by closing a long list of exemptions and collecting more money from smokers, banks, lawyers and accountants.
     
It's the latest of three competing tax proposals floated by state leaders as they try to balance a $2.8 billion budget deficit.
     
The House's five-part plan is heavy on closing tax exemptions. That includes sales tax exemptions on bottled water, candy and gum and custom software.
     
Gov. Chris Gregoire and Senate Democrats have already put different tax plans on the table. The House, Senate and governor will now have to hammer out an agreement.
     
There's only 11 days left in this year's legislative session. If they can't reach agreement in time, lawmakers may have to work beyond the limit.

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Gov. Chris Gregoire has approved a measure that will temporarily suspend the tax-limiting constraints placed on lawmakers by voter-approved Initiative 960.
     
Gregoire signed the bill Wednesday afternoon, just days after the Legislature approved the measure. The bill spurred two weeks of heated debate in both the House and Senate.
     
I-960 made it harder for lawmakers to raise taxes or to close tax exemptions, which is why the Democratic majority wanted it suspended.
     
Budget writers want a mix of spending cuts, tax increases and one-time fixes to fill a $2.8 billion deficit. But I-960, approved in 2007, required two-thirds approval from legislators to raise taxes, a significant hurdle compared with the simple majority needed to pass other measures.

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    COLFAX, Wash. (AP) - It looks like the tours and ghost hunts will continue at the haunted hospital in the town of Colfax. A structural engineer from Spokane has told the city's Downtown Association that the building is structurally sound, opening the door for one more year of tours at St. Ignatius Hospital. The Lewiston Tribune reports the tours raised more than $30,000 from 2015-16 for the Colfax Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Association. 

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    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) - Is there going to be another addition to the Jenner-Kardashian clan? Several media outlets, including TMZ and People, are reporting Friday that 20-year-old Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the reality show family, is expecting a child with her boyfriend Travis Scott. Reps did not confirm the pregnancy, however, and did not immediately respond to The Associated Press' request for comment. (Copyright 2017 The Associated Press

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