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Project Access needed full funding

Thank goodness the Sedgwick County Commission got its act together and funded Project Access, a nationally recognized health care initiative. Though the commission voted last August to put $250,000 into the county's budget to support Project Access, it deadlocked 2-2 last month on the appropriation, meaning that Project Access wouldn't get any money. Wednesday, with all its members present, the commission voted 3-2 to approve the funding. Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Karl Peterjohn tried to reduce the funding to last year's level of $182,000, but Commissioners Dave Unruh, Tim Norton and Jim Skelton recognized that Project Access has seen a dramatic increase in patients and needed full funding.