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December 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM

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Gregoire plans to propose a tax package

Posted by Andrew Garber

Gov. Chris Gregoire, saying she can't live with an all cuts budget, plans to propose a tax package next session to help close a $2.6 billion budget shortfall.

State lawmakers have said for weeks that they're open to raising taxes. This is the first time a Democratic leader has said they will propose something.

"A revenue package is in the cards," Glenn Kuper, a spokesman for the governor, confirmed this morning.

It's not clear what kind. New taxes and closing existing tax breaks are some of the things being looked at, Kuper said. It's also not clear if the governor will discuss her plans for taxes when she releases her budget next week.

Gregoire told TVW in a recent interview that: "We're at a point now where there's no doubt in my mind I can't live with that budget. I can't cut hospice care. I can't cut maternity care. I can't cut all state need grants. I can't do that. That's not my values, and I don't believe it's the values of the people of the state of Washington."

TVW is a nonprofit television station largely funded by the state.

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