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Gov. Gregoire signs package of tax hikes

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed a multimillion-dollar revenue package that increases taxes on bottled water, soda, candy and mass-produced beer.

The tax package was passed by lawmakers at the end of the overtime legislative session last week.

The biggest chunk is a temporary tax increase for service businesses, such as attorneys and real estate agents.

Also temporary are the major-brand beer tax, worth about 28 cents on each six-pack; an additional 2 cents on every 12 ounces of soda pop; and extension of the sales tax to bottled water.

Candy and gum will be permanently subject to the state sales tax. Gregoire also signed a separate bill that raises the per-pack tax on cigarettes by $1.