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Getting closer…

Some House Democrats say they’re getting very close to settling on a package of state budget cuts and new taxes.
Agreement is also very close between the House and Senate, according to Gov. Gary Locke, on a gas tax increase and other taxes and fees to pay for transportation projects. (Lawmakers have been considering a 3-cent to 5-cent hike in the state gas tax.)
Many lawmakers continue to maintain that they’ll have everything wrapped up in time for the end of the session at midnight Sunday. Others say that negotiations are likely to take somewhat longer, throwing the session into legislative overtime.
Stay tuned…

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