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Wash. Legislature heads into overtime

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - State lawmakers are back in town to start an overtime session needed to balance a $2.8 billion budget deficit.

Gov. Chris Gregoire wants the special session that begins noon Monday to last for a week.

Lawmakers can stay for a month if needed, but Democratic leaders say they're close to an agreement on patching the state budget.

They plan to cut spending, raise taxes, and use one-time fixes, including federal bailouts. But the details weren't settled by Thursday, which was the last day allowed for the regular 60-day session.

Special sessions are estimated to cost taxpayers at least $18,000 a day. A lot of that cost comes from the legislators' $90-per-day expense allowance.

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