By Alex Philippidis

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Washington state lawmakers have exempted the state's non-profit research institutes, their startup spinouts, and other biotech businesses from an increase in the business and occupation tax surcharge contained in a new supplement to the state's two-year budget.

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