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Budget in the House….

House Democrats were huddled Tuesday, putting the finishing touches on a budget that’s reportedly gentler than the no-new-taxes version the Senate’s suggesting.
Here’s how: the Associated Press is reporting that the House’s version includes about $670 million in new taxes, including a sales tax boost, candy taxes, higher liquor and cigarette taxes and a new every-few-minutes Keno game, like Oregon has. The House also reportedly has $100 million in old tax exemptions in its gunsights.
What that would pay for: a small pay raise for state workers, pay hikes for teachers, Medicaid funding to avoid cutting 40,000 children off health programs, and restored prenatal care for the children of illegal immigrants.
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