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Originally published Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 1:04 PM

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WA Senate leader suggests income tax referendum

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown wants voters to weigh in on the idea of an income tax on high earners.

Associated Press Writer

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown wants voters to weigh in on the idea of an income tax on high earners.

In a blog posting on Thursday, Brown suggested that the Legislature pass the Senate Democrats' temporary sales tax increase proposal and that it take effect immediately. But, under her plan, a referendum would be added to the measure.

Under the referendum, voters in November would decide whether to repeal the three-tenths of a cent increase and additionally lower it to 6 cents, and in its place, approve a "high earners" income tax.

The tax would be on 4.5 percent on all income over $200,000 for individuals, $300,000 for heads of households, and $400,000 for married couples.

A hearing on the bill is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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