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Sales tax off the table in WA House, Senate talks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A sales tax increase is now off the table as Senate and House Democrats move closer to a tax-package deal. Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, confirmed Wednesday that a sales-tax increase was not in the newest compromise tax plan being considered by lawmakers.

House and Senate Democratic leaders were counting votes on the newest offer, which may be enough to get lawmakers out of town. Democratic leaders have struggled to agree on a revenue package to help balance the state budget's projected $2.8 billion deficit through June 2011.

Brown says that lawmakers are still considering about $800 million in tax increases.

 

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