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House approves $109.9 million telecommunications tax bill on bipartisan vote

The state House passed a bill to equalize taxes levied on various telecommunications services Thursday, winning strong support from both sides of the aisle for what is in effect a $109.9 million increase in taxes on home and cell telephone services. The vote in the Democrat-controlled chamber was a lopsided 74-to-18 with more than 20 Republicans voting for it and just 17 opposed. Among Democrats, only Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver voted against it – something the first-year lawmaker has done on several tax measures this year.

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House tax package clears first committee on party-line vote; beer no longer in $900M bill

The House Finance Committee has voted 8-to-5 along party lines to approve a $900 million tax package. The biggest piece of House Bill 2038 is the permanent extension of a business-occupations tax surcharge that otherwise expires in June. But in its scaled-back form, it no longer extends the temporary tax surcharge on beer that was adopted in 2010.

Republicans offered a series of amendments seeking to omit elements of the package – everything from closure of a tax-break for out of state shoppers to a tax on certain imports and bottled water. A final striking amendment from

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