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WA Lege Day 55: Tax debate begins

OLYMPIA -- Opening salvo in the Senate debate over a package of tax increases to help ballot the state's operating budget.

Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, argues the whole bill is unconstitutional because it contains too many subjects. It's logrolling, he contends.

This bill contains 21 different taxes and I don't believe any one of these can stand on their own," he says.

Senate Tracey Eide, D-Des Moines, counters the title of the bill is broad enough to cover everything in the bill.

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, presiding over the Senate, breaks to make a ruling on Benton's point of order: "The title properly reflects the content of the bill. Sen. Benton's point of order is not well taken."

Debate on amendments will begin.




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