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Sue the government? Maybe not so much

You hit that huge pothole, bust your axle and you think: I oughta sue the government! They’re supposed to maintain the roads, aren’t they?

Suits like that can get iffy, but Washington state in 2009 doled out about $50 million in settlements and judgments.

Its officials say that’s more than in comparably-sized states. And Attorney General Rob McKenna reportedly is planning legislation that will make suing the state a lot harder.

In these state budget-cut times, that’s understandable and probably inevitable. But tell it to the guy who figures he’s been wronged by the state. Who pencils out best in that equation?

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