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WA gov: New tax package the only option left

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire says Democratic lawmakers can either approve her "go-home" offer on tax hikes, or sit back and watch her slash state spending across the board.

Democratic leaders in the House and Senate continued to count votes Friday on the latest version of an $800 million revenue package, which would help balance the state budget through next June.

The proposal includes temporary tax hikes on service businesses, pop and mass-market beer, along with higher taxes on tobacco, candy, gum, bottled water, out-of-state businesses, and more.

The state's pop bottlers are hammering on the plan, saying it unfairly targets their industry. Some grocery and convenience store owners also say the pop tax is a bad idea in the slow economy.

 

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