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Tax deal near? Realtors cry foul

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on April 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
April 8, 2010 8:45 am

House Speaker Frank Chopp and Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown took a back exit out of the Governor’s Office late this afternoon to avoid reporters wanting the latest news on their tax-package talks.

The word is they have a tentative agreement, and House Democrats were going to talk by phone conference at 7 p.m. to see if the new plan really flies. Brown told reporters earlier today that a sales tax is no longer part of the deal, but that doesn’t mean much if the House doesn’t like the taxes she suggested for replacing $90 million in revenues that would have come from a temporary, 0.1 percent sales tax increase.

Meanwhile, the Washington Association of Realtors’ president Bill Riley says that a business-occupations tax increase on real estate appears to be part of the tentative deal. Riley shared this statement with The Olympian and News Tribune:

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