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Policy and Lawmakers Meet in Tri-Cities Looking for Solutions

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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. 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 Scott Rasmussen.

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 summit.  

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