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First take: Budget choices

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BUDGET INTERACTIVE Should’ve been the state, specifically the legislature, doing this. But there’s nothing wrong with the effort by the Seattle Times: An interactive that allows people to make their own choices about what the state budget should look like. Budget choices are priority choices, after all. The Times introduces its interactive this way: “State lawmakers have a big problem: The next two-year state budget faces a shortfall of up to $1.3 billion. And on top of that, the state Supreme Court has said Washington isn’t meeting its obligation to fully fund basic education. Meeting that mandate could cost an additional $500 million to $1.7 billion over the next two years, depending on whom you ask. Here’s your chance to decide how you would balance the state budget and increase education funding at the same time.” But did they have to call it a budget “game”?

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