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Washington State Lawmakers Had 180-Plus Bills To Raise Fees, Taxes

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - During the 2013 Legislature, lawmakers proposed raising taxes or fees more than 180 times.
The Columbian newspaper reports (http://is.gd/ri5deC ) 188 bills to raise taxes or fees were proposed. Those bills would have raised more than $6 billion for the state if they had passed. Just 35 revenue bills did pass and the Office of Financial Management estimates they will raise at least $3 billion over the next decade.
Those numbers come from an analysis by the Washington Policy Center, a Seattle-based conservative think tank.
The group says that despite what lawmakers say about not being interested in raising taxes, about 7 percent of the nearly 2,500 measures introduced in 2013 would have raised taxes or fees. Those proposals came from Democrats and Republicans alike.

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