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By Lou Marzeles

Bags of hammers and the costs of doing business


December 13, 2017

You may have heard the story about the Washington State politician having dinner with someone in a restaurant high atop a building in Seattle. Gesturing toward the sprawling city beneath him, he said, “Every vote I need is down there.”

He didn’t pull out a map and outline the entire state. He was just saying that all the votes he needed to care about were right there within his sight.

I don’t know if this specific story is true, though it’s often repeated. I do know that the attitude is all too true. When it comes to treating all constituencies in the state on equal footing—small towns and big cities, huge corporations and small businesses—the Washington State Legislature se...

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