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Wash. House OKs package of tax hikes

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state House has approved a multimillion-dollar tax package as the Legislature heads into the final days of the overtime legislative session. The measure passed Saturday night on a 52-44 vote. It now heads to the Senate, which will need to vote on it by Tuesday.

Democratic leaders had struggled to agree on a revenue package to help balance the state budget's projected $2.8 billion deficit through June 2011. A conference committee of House and Senate members officially agreed on the main piece of the tax proposal Saturday afternoon, and the bill that passed Saturday night is worth about $668 million, including temporary tax increases on service businesses, pop bottlers, beer, and more.

 

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