Top Wash. lawmaker says taxes are on the table - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Top Wash. lawmaker says taxes are on the table

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Public discussions about higher taxes are picking up a notch, as lawmakers try to solve Washington's budget deficit.

State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Spokane, says lawmakers will definitely search for ways to raise more money.

Brown also says the Legislature can't place the tax burden on people who are already paying too much. Brown says the current tax system is "unfair."

Gov. Chris Gregoire has proposed a no-new-taxes budget that would cut more than $3 billion in state spending. Democratic leaders aren't happy with that plan, but any tax increases would have to go to the voters for approval.

It's still not clear what types of taxes might be in the mix.

The deficit is now at about $8 billion through 2011.

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