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October 5, 2012

Court: state pollution tax is constitutional

  • The tax, approved by voters in 1988, brings in about $125 million a year for environmental cleanup projects.
    Associated Press

    OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's hazardous substances tax is constitutional.

    The high court upheld a King County Superior Court ruling that found the state is not precluded from using the current tax of 0.7 percent imposed on oil products, pesticides and other chemicals for environmental cleanup projects.

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