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Mid-Columbia Lawmakers Not Completely Happy with Budget

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- The state legislature's latest budget proposals are good and bad news for the Mid-Columbia.

Local lawmakers say the budget puts certain projects in this area in jeopardy, including tax breaks for some Hanford contractors.  

Area lawmakers say the Democratic led proposal focuses mostly on west side projects, taking money away from the Mid-Columbia and the rest of eastern Washington.

"We've transferred all of our transportation dollars that we might have had in our districts to the Westside to fund their projects over here, and this is a fear that I'd had for the last three or four years," said Richland State Representative Larry Haler.

Lawmakers also appear to have rejected an attempt to get more state money for the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.  

Neither the House or Senate included the proposal in their budgets.