OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Democrats in the Washington Legislature are backing away from a plan that would have raised money by extending a business tax.
Under a revised state budget proposal released Wednesday, the Democrats would still add nearly $1 billion to the state's education system. About one-quarter of that money would come from a plan to eliminate or narrow tax preferences, such as requiring nonresidents to apply for sales tax refunds instead of getting them automatically.
Senate leaders had balked at a proposal to extend a business tax surcharge, which is currently set to expire. Extending the tax would have raised some $500 million over the next two years.
Democrats say the less ambitious tax plan means they won't be able to add as much money to the education system as they would have liked. Lawmakers are in the final week of their special legislative session.