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Washington Lawmakers To Start Special Session Saturday

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers are assembling for a special session to take a bite out of the state's $1 billion budget deficit.

Democrats and Republicans worked together on a budget-savings blueprint that could cut the deficit by more than $700 million through June. Gov. Chris Gregoire brought lawmakers together to find those savings after a new state revenue forecast tipped the already strapped budget back into the red. Tax hikes are off the table following November's election, which saw voters renew restrictions on the Legislature's tax-increasing powers.

Even after they fix this problem, lawmakers face a roughly $4.6 billion deficit in the $33 billion two-year budget that runs from 2011 to 2013.

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