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People in the Tri-Cities uncertain about the economy

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PASCO, Wash.- The Tri-Cities has long been considered a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy national economy.

But some say that light may be fading.

Leaders at the Port of Pasco say they are "proceeding with caution" as they decide how to spend the port's money over the next few years.

Leaders say much of their budget is decided by how many people are flying in and out of the Tri-Cities Airport.

"Historically if there's a sense of uncertainty about the local economy we see it almost within a three month lag. We see it almost instantly in the boardings at the airport. Right now they're still good but softening," says Port of Pasco Executive Director Jim Toomey.

Toomey says Hanford layoffs may be a big reason why some people in the Tri-Cities have become less optimistic about the economy.