OLYMPIA, Wash. — For a few weeks this year, the rarest of things seemed like it was about to occur. A state, in this case Washington, was working to pass a bill that would institute a new payroll tax to help cover the cost of a much-needed service: long-term care in a nursing home, in a personal residence or elsewhere in the local community.

Rarer still: At least a couple of Republicans, including one of the bill’s primary sponsors, supported the tax proposal…

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