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House approves $34.5B budget on 54-to-43 vote

The House budget battle with the state Senate is joined. By a 54-to-43 vote, House Democrats pushed through a $34.5 billion budget bill to fund Washington state government operations for 2013-15 on Friday. It  spends $1.3 billion more than what the Republican-steered Senate passed on a bipartisan vote one week ago.

The House plan also requires  $1.3 billion in new revenues. Only one Democrat, freshman Rep. Monica Stonier of Vancouver, crossed over to join Republicans, all of whom voted no.

Rachel LaCorte of The Associated Press has the story here:

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The state House

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UPDATE – House Democrats budget proposal puts $1.9 billion extra into K-12; also raises $1.3 billion in new revenues

A lot of the attention in the House Democrats’ budget plan being unveiled during lunch today will be on the $1.34 billion in new revenues – including closed tax exemptions for oil refineries, bottled water, insurance agents, and out-of-state purchases of everything except cars.

The Democrats’ $34.5 billion budget, which House Appropriations chairman Ross Hunter has said he would not unveil if he didn’t have at least 50 votes to pass it, also spends at least $1.3 billion more than the Senate’s $33.2 billion spending plan that passed on a bipartisan vote of 30-to-18 Friday evening. An Appropriations hearing begins at

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