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Washington Republicans question gas tax deals


Republican lawmakers in Washington say the state is giving up too much by allowing two tribes to keep most of the gasoline tax revenues generated on their reservations.

Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) signed the deals after a federal judge ruled that the state couldn't impose the tax on the reservation. But the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Swinomish Tribe agreed to contribute 25 percent of the equivalent state tax.

After facing questions from Republicans, Gregoire released additional details of the agreements. They call for the tribes to make a one-time lump sum of $800,000 to the state.

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