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Wash. Special Session starts Monday

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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.>>
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    Gov. Chris Gregoire and lawmakers are expected to start announcing their plans for possible tax increases next week.Gov. Chris Gregoire and lawmakers are expected to start announcing their plans for possible tax increases next week.
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A court case that extended tax breaks to out-of-state companies has pushed Washington's state budget deficit to about $2.8 billion.>>
    OLYMPIA, Wash. - A court case that extended tax breaks to out-of-state companies has pushed Washington's state budget deficit to about $2.8 billion. But there's finally some positive news from the state's Revenue Forecast Council, which tells state legislators how much money they have to spend. Without that court loss, the state would actually have more tax money than previously expected. Lawmakers are more than halfway through their scheduled 60-day session.>>

















(Gov. Gregoire wants the special session that begins noon Monday
to last for a week)


OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers have started an overtime session needed to balance a $2.8 billion budget deficit.
     
Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the special session to last for a week. Lawmakers can stay for a month if needed, but Democratic leaders say they're fairly close to an agreement on patching the state budget.
     
They plan to cut spending, raise taxes, and use one-time fixes, including federal bailouts. But the details weren't settled by Thursday, which was the last day allowed for the regular 60-day session.
     
Special sessions are estimated to cost taxpayers at least $18,000 per day. A lot of that cost comes from the legislators' $90-per-day expense allowance.

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