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October 2, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Federal government shutdown sequesters kids

During the federal government shutdown, the National Institutes of Health plans to turn away roughly 200 patients each week from its Washington, D.C.-based clinical research center, including children with cancer, according to The Washington Post. Patients enroll in NIH clinical trials after conventional medical treatments have failed. But with nearly three-quarters of the NIH staff being furloughed, taking…

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June 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Lawmakers should compromise on budget and avert second special session

Gov. Jay Inslee was on to something Tuesday when he said lawmakers on different sides of the political aisle would have to compromise on the state’s final operating budget by engaging in some give and take. Actually, it seems to me Democratic and Republican legislators have done a considerable amount of both. Despite some reported differences…

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March 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Poll: Should Washington state raise taxes or hold the line on spending?

Now that Washington legislators know how much money they have to spend, the real work of setting the state budget begins. As The Seattle Times’ Andrew Garber reports in this news story, lawmakers have different philosophical views on the issue of closing an estimated $1.3 billion shortfall and fulfilling a court-ordered mandate to better fund…

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