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Editorial: State must boost funding for vital public health agencies

February 26, 2017
The Daily Herald (Washington State)

Washington state ranks near the middle of the rest of the nation in per capita spending on public health needs, according to the latest annual report from the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public health advocacy organization. Washington ranks 23rd for the 2014-15 fiscal year in per capita spending, $38.20 per person. The median spending level is $33.50. Washington is outspent by other Northwest states, such as fourth-ranked Alaska at $126.80 per person and seventh-ranked Idaho at $94.70. Oregon ranks 31st, spending $26.60 per person.

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