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Lawmakers had 180-plus bills to raise fees, taxes

During the 2013 Legislature, lawmakers proposed raising taxes or fees more than 180 times.

The Columbian newspaper reports 188 bills to raise taxes or fees were proposed. Those bills would have raised more than $6 billion for the state if they had passed. Just 35 revenue bills did pass and the Office of Financial Management estimates they will raise at least $3 billion over the next decade.

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