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(Olympia, WA)  --  Republicans in the Washington State Senate say the two-year, 43-billion-dollar state budget they're proposing includes a net increase of one-point-eight-billion dollars to fund public education.  Lawmakers say the additional money would come from higher revenue from existing taxes, transfers from other state accounts, and budget cuts to some government programs.  Republican senators propose rejecting most of the large state employee raises bargained or negotiated last year in favor of smaller raises, and would fund negotiated raises for the Washington State Patrol and some corrections workers.  Democrats are highly critical of the plan, saying it funds education through an unfair property-tax plan and reduces funding for vital state programs.
 

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