Morning update: Session Day 51

Staff reportsMarch 4, 2014 

The Washington state Legislative Building shown in a June 2013 file photo.

STEVE BLOOM — The Olympian

The House could vote the state budget off the floor Tuesday, sending it back to the Senate.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan signaled Monday that Democrats may seek to merge their budget with some of their proposed add-on education spending, including cost-of-living increases for teachers.

That spending would rely on tax proposals that are awaiting action. The House Finance Committee, in its 8 a.m. hearing, is about to consider tax proposals that would raise money for schools.

House Bill 2795 would tax electronic cigarettes similarly to other tobacco products.

The other, House Bill 2796, would close or narrow four tax breaks that benefit oil refineries, out-of-state shoppers, resellers of prescription drugs and buyers of bottled water.

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