What happens at the Solutions Summit in the Tr-Cities won't stay in the Tri-Cities. The Washington Policy Center says the summit can result in legislation affecting several major issues.
PASCO, WA. - Many of
Washington state's most influential people came to the Tri-Cities Tuesday to
talk about health care and other major issues affecting the state.
"The Tri-Cities is an
important part of Washington State and that's why we chose to have the
conference here," says Chris Cargill with the Washington Policy Center, which,
along with the local chambers of commerce organized the Solutions Summit.
"This is a conference where everybody
tries to come up with solutions that the legislature can use," Cargill says.
"That's why so many lawmakers from around the state are here, because they take
a lot of these ideas with them to Olympia."
Cargill says what
happens during the summit will determine which direction the state legislature
takes in dealing with healthcare, transportation, the environment, education
reform, small business and government reform.
The conference included
addresses by state senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, and political commentator
Speakers and experts from the state, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut,
Washington, D.C. also attended the summit, including former state auditor Brian
Sonntag. The group moves on to Bellevue on Wednesday to for a second