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Rossi talks estate tax, takes on Murray

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By HEATHER BOSCH
KIRO Radio

A day before the primary, Republican Dino Rossi is already taking on his likely opponent in the general election.

The Republican candidate for U.S. Senate toured GM Nameplate in Seattle. The company makes face-plates and touch screens for appliances, ATMs and other equipment.

Rossi says the federal estate tax hits family members who inherit businesses like this.

"Just to pay that 55 percent tax you'd have to sell to some group from out of state or out of the country, instead of passing it on to the next generation," Rossi said.

The federal estate tax is set to return next year.

Rossi accuses Democrats, including Senator Patty Murray, of failing to act to eliminate the tax permanently.

Murray's campaign says the senator supports a bi-partisan plan that would exempt farms and small businesses from the estate tax.

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