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Spin Control archive for April 24, 2013


House passes tax bill

OLYMPIA -- Democrats in the House pushed through a $900 million package of tax changes they say is designed to improve public schools, but Republicans insisted were job-killers. On a 50-47 vote, it passed and sent to the Senate a bill that repeals or narrows…

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House takes up tax bill

OLYMPIA -- The House is debating a package of tax changes that would raise about $900 million over the next two years by closing or reducing some tax exemptions, credits and preferences. There are only a few amendments. The first, by Democrats, to give non-residents…

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GOP: We could still finish on time. Maybe.

OLYMPIA -- The Legislature might still finish on time Sunday, even though the House and Senate have two very different budget proposals and disagreements on some key policy issues, Republican leaders of the Legislature and the Democrat who heads up the Senate's majority coalition said…

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OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee tells reporters a special session will likely be needed to finish the Legislature's work. (Jim Camden)

Inslee: Odds favor special session

Gov. Inslee explains why he thinks Legislature will need more time. OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee all but conceded the Legislature will need a special session to finish work on budgets and key issues like education. "I think we'd have to draw to an inside…

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