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Spec Sess Day 1: Protesters object to Medicaid cuts

Protesters gather on the north steps of the Capitol on the morning of Nov. 28 before the Legislature starts its special session. (Jim Camden)
Protesters gather on the north steps of the Capitol on the morning of Nov. 28 before the Legislature starts its special session. (Jim Camden)

OLYMPIA -- Several hundred protesters, some in wheelchairs and others being escorted by home care workers, are gathered on the north steps of the Capitol to protest further cuts in payments for Medicaid services.

They're also voicing support for the half-cent increase in the state sales tax, which Gov. Chris Gregoire is proposing to stave off an "all-cuts" budget to carry the state through the final 18 months of the two-year budget cycle.

The protesters' numbers are growing slowly as legislators gather inside for party caucuses before the official start to the special session at noon. They're calling for some mix of budget cuts and "revenue increases".




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Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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