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Wash. Democratic lawmakers look at new tax options

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says she's "disgusted" by the drawn-out special session, which will continue into its third week.

The state Senate's top Democrat says lawmakers are weighing different tax options to help patch a $2.8 billion budget hole.

Majority Democrats are trying to agree on a tax package worth roughly $800 million through June 2011. About $200 million of the higher taxes is in dispute.

House Democrats and Gregoire are balking at the Senate's preference for a temporary sales-tax hike. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, say they can't get enough votes for several of the targeted taxes offered by the House and the Democratic governor.

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown says lawmakers are now looking at some fresh tax options to help break the stalemate. She declined to offer examples.

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