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Washington Legislature nears finish line

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Our public schools and our colleges and universities will likely be the main focus of budget cuts to help close the 2.8 billion dollar gap. With the finish line in site, lawmakers are scrambling to get this special session wrapped up by their deadline of Tuesday night.

Details of the Legislature's budget agreement were released Monday, just one day before a 30-day special session expires.

The budget would reduce state general fund spending by about $755 million through June 2011. Big cuts include money to K-12 schools and public universities, along with savings in prisons and some welfare reforms.

A revenue package of close to $800 million is a key part of passing the budget. It would raise taxes in several areas, including service businesses, beer, candy, pop, bottled water, and more.

House and Senate lawmakers are preparing for final votes on the budget and tax plans.

 

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