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2/3rds for taxes amendment fails in Senate

OLYMPIA -- The Senate turned down a proposed constitutional amendment that would have required a two-thirds majority to raise taxes, failing to give it that same two-thirds approval on the vote. Supporters insisted "the will of the people" dictated that the Senate pass the amendment...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013

OLYMPIA -- Joe Korbuszewski, who works at Red Hot Beer Bar in Tacoma, addresses a rally against an increase in the tax on microbreweries Friday on the north Capitol steps. (Jim Camden)

So many taxes, so many comments

Joe Korbuszewski addresses the group protesting a new tax on microbreweries Friday on the Capitol steps. OLYMPIA – The Legislature looked at raising a wide array of taxes Friday -- on beer, gasoline or bottled water, on doctors, lawyers or janitors or on nonresidents who...

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Special Session 3.0: Senate passes tax bill 

OLYMPIA -- A plan to end a tax exemption for large banks and extend tax breaks for some other businesses passed the Senate over objections from some of the chambers more conservative Republicans and more liberal Democrats. The bill, which removes an exemption for large...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011

Lawsuit challenges supermajority for taxes

OLYMPIA – A coalition of House Democrats and education advocates are asking the courts to void the supermajority required for tax increases, arguing that it’s an unconstitutional limit on legislative authority. State Republicans and the sponsor of initiatives that have repeatedly resulted in voters imposing...

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MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010

TUESDAY, FEB. 9, 2010

WA Lege Day 30: Bill passes 26-23

OLYMPIA -- The Senate approved changing state law to allow taxes to be raised this year and next with a simple majority.After a lengthy debate and a time out for parliamentary measures, the Senate voted 26-23 to suspend the provisions of Initiative 960 that requires...

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WA Lege Day 30: Time to vote?

OLYMPIA -- A Republican amendment described as an attempt to fix technical problems with the title is being discussed."Enough is enough," Sen. Rodney Tom, a Democratic vice chairman of the Ways and Means Committee argues. "It's time to vote" on the bill itself.Amendment fails 22-26,...

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WA Lege Day 30: Debate continues

OLYMPIA -- Arguing against changes to the state's supermajority for tax increases continues, and some senators are attempting to usie t to their best advantage"The citizens voted their conscience. Now we're throwing that away. We're ignoring the will of the people," Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver,...

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