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  [WA] State 'sin tax' increases sought
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Last EditedRalphie  Dec 17, 2004 08:58am
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
News DateFriday, December 17, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionOLYMPIA -- Democratic Gov. Gary Locke yesterday proposed a record $26 billion state budget, financed in part by a $504 million "sin tax" increase that would boost the price of soda pop, beer, wine and hard liquor.

"This is a practical and realistic budget" that preserves core services, while the Republicans' goal of a no-new-taxes budget would clearly hurt education, higher education and services for the poor and vulnerable, the lame-duck governor told a news conference.

The revenue plan avoids a general tax increase on the Big 3 -- sales, business and property taxes. The "sin tax" package does not tax tobacco or gambling, but raises more than $500 million by boosting the wholesale taxes of pop and beer, adding roughly 5 cents to the cost of each beverage, administration officials said. Liquor and wine taxes also would rise.
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