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by Sarah J.F. Braley | June 29, 2011

 The state of Washington is shuttering its tourism marketing office tomorrow, making it the only state not spending money on promoting itself to visitors. "When you're taking kids off health care and raising tuition, you have to make some tough decisions," Senate Republican leader Mike Hewitt told the Associated Press. Individual city programs are not affected, and other state organizations have joined together to form the Washington Tourism alliance, a nongovernmental group whose mission is to sustain destination marketing for the state. Among the members are the Washington Lodging Association, the Puget Sound Attractions Council, the Washington Destination Marketing Organizations Association, the Port of Seattle and others.