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WA House approves millions in fees, more to come in budget

Associated Press - March 10, 2008 10:35 PM ET

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The state House has approved a bill that rolls together millions of dollars in fees, helping to pay for various state programs.

Tim Eyman's Initiative 960 brought government fees to the forefront this legislative session.

Normally, the Legislature delegates most fee and tuition increases to government agencies, as long as the fee hikes are just to keep up with the cost of providing services. But I-960 means that those fee decisions now have to be voted on by lawmakers.

There are millions more in fee increases still on the way, but those will be tucked into the state budget. Lawmakers are still working on final negotiations to put the budget together.

Overall, the expected fee package this year is worth about $85 million.

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