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Wash. Special Session starts Monday

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    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.>>
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(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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