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Washington wealthy clash over income tax on rich

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state that produced America's richest man has never taken a cut of its residents' income. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and his father would like to change that.

They are among the wealthy Washingtonians who have joined labor unions and other traditional Democratic allies to support a tax-the-rich ballot measure that is dividing the state's business leaders. Other executives at Microsoft and Amazon.com oppose the tax.

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