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Wash. House approves $680M package of tax hikes

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state House has approved a tax package that raises roughly $680 million to help balance the state budget.
     
The House approved the tax package on a 52-45 vote early Tuesday morning.
     
The plan does not include a general sales tax. But it does expand the sales tax to bottled water, candy and gum, elective cosmetic surgery and custom software.
     
The House also wants to shrink a long list of tax exemptions, and increase taxes on cigarettes and services, such as lawyers and accountants.
     
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