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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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