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  Democrats used power to spend
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Last EditedServo  Apr 27, 2005 11:20pm
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MediaNewspaper - Seattle Times
News DateThursday, April 28, 2005 05:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe state Legislature kicked off three months ago amid widespread predictions that the Democrats in charge would increase taxes, spend more money, and cater to the demands of political allies.

The predictions were right.

The Legislature passed a $26 billion operating budget, a nearly $3 billion increase over the current one, and an $8.5 billion transportation package — the largest in state history. To pay for it all, lawmakers made it more expensive to smoke, drink, drive and, for some people, to die.
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