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Washington State Senate Approves Budget Proposal, Session Ending Soon

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state Senate has approved a revised budget plan similar to a proposal the chamber passed during the regular session as part of an overall plan that makes some concessions on revenue if certain reform bills are passed.

The measure passed on a 25-23 vote Saturday. The plan includes a requirement that nonresidents apply for sales tax refunds instead of getting them automatically, and ends a tax break for residential phone services.

The budget proposal doesn't seek to close additional tax exemptions as the Democratic-controlled House did in its budget proposal passed earlier this week, which also eliminated the sales tax exemption on bottled water.

The Senate plan also offers a fix to a recent ruling on the estate tax that could cost the state millions of dollars in refunds.

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