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Vt. House approves big tax package

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

House lawmakers gave final approval to a big tax package Thursday.

The plan raises $27 million by increasing income taxes on top earners, sales taxes on soda and candy, and meals and cigarette taxes. Wednesday, Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, said he'd find a tall building to jump off before seeing tax hikes signed into law. But Democrats pushed the plan through and House Republicans say they'll stand with the governor to stop the tax hikes.

"We want to save the governor (laugh), we save the governor, all he needs to do is veto the bill and he doesn't have to jump out the window," said Rep. Don Turner, R-Milton.

Shumlin won't say if he will veto the plan if it wins approval in the Senate.

Vt. House Minority Leader Turner says Republicans do have the votes to block the majority from overriding a potential veto.

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