Democrats in the House of Representatives have delayed a vote on a bill that attempts to give businesses millions of dollars in tax breaks and bump up unemployment benefits.
The delay comes one day before a deadline Gov. Chris Gregoire wanted legislators to meet for the tax break provision. Gregoire wanted a bill approving an estimated $300 million tax break for this year by Tuesday. Gregoire says that if the deadline is not met, businesses could see their unemployment taxes jump by an average of 36 percent.
But late last week, House leaders unveiled their version of the bill. It couples the tax break and a bump in unemployment benefits. They say questions about the bill's language delayed the voting Monday.
They now will vote on the measure later this week.
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The Senate has already approved a bill that establishes the tax breaks, leaving the question of unemployment benefits to another bill later in the session.