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Gates Family Battles Ballmer, Bezos Over Washington Income Tax

A battle over a proposed Washington state income tax is pitting Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, the richest American, against some of his fellow billionaires.

Gates and his father, Bill Gates Sr., support an initiative to tax the wealthiest 1.2 percent of state residents, which would raise $2 billion a year for education and health-care programs shrunk by budget cuts. The state now collects no personal income taxes.