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Eye On Olympia

Budget deal…

No 50-cent tax hike on cigarettes. No four-minute Keno in bars. And children can keep scarfing down Skittles, Paydays and gobstoppers tax-free.
House and Senate negotiators, after nearly three weeks, have at last decided how much they have to spend. Their agreed-upon $23 billion budget includes $184 million in new revenue, but the only new tax is a boost in the liquor tax.
Now lawmakers can get down to brass tacks: how to spend that money. There are major differences between House and Senate proposals so far, mostly over health care for the poor, raises for teachers and state workers, and approving a $97 million contract by newly unionized home health aides.
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