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WA Lege Day 54: Tax hearing recesses

OLYMPIA -- Between Democratic confusion over how to treat tax exemptions for a coal fired power plant in Lewis County, and Republican amendments that demanded public advisory votes on practically every tax Democrats want to change, a Senate committee had to recess Friday afternoon without voting on the main tax package.

The Ways and Means Committee members had to return to the floor to vote on other items. Chairwoman Margarita Prentice said they'll be back a half hour after floor action, which probably won't be until this evening because of the rush to pass bills out of chamber before a deadline.

Stay tuned.

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