Stories tagged: budget cuts
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Montana lawmakers urge cuts that have least effect on services
As Montana faces a potential $227 million budget deficit, a legislative committee is asking Montana’s governor to make budget cuts that have the least effect on services to vulnerable citizens.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 5:02 p.m.
Citizens say Montana budget cuts will hurt people in need
Cuts proposed to balance Montana’s budget may save money in the short term but will cost the state and people in need much more in the long run, dozens of …
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:59 a.m.
Sheriff, prosecutor say budget cuts would undermine public safety in Spokane County
Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials say proposed budget cuts would force them to lay off deputies and prosecute fewer cases.
Sun., July 30, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
Montana House speaker defends pending state budget cuts
Montana’s House speaker defended $97 million in budget cuts triggered by less-than-expected state income by saying the cuts are doing what they are supposed to: Reducing the size of state …
Wed., June 21, 2017, 7 p.m.
Endangered species budget cuts could impact jobs
Many state groups and agencies that handle Endangered Species Act functions for the federal government have been casting worried looks at the endangered status of their funding.
UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 2:19 p.m.
EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce
The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order last …
Fri., March 10, 2017, 9:29 a.m.
Trump’s proposed cuts to climate agency would disarm our coasts in the face of rising seas, scientists say
A proposed White House budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could put coastal communities throughout the nation at a major disadvantage as they struggle to adapt to threats …
Sun., Feb. 26, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
AP sources: White House to propose slashing agency budgets
WASHINGTON – The White House is moving to propose slashing cuts to longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it …
Wed., May 18, 2016, 3:51 p.m.
Pullman’s SFCC branch to stay open; cuts unknown
The Pullman branch of Spokane Falls Community College won’t be shutting down at the end of the semester as many had feared.
Tue., April 12, 2016, 3:35 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Cutting funds for state auditor’s office is punitive, counterproductive
The state is poised to spend less time, energy and money on the best tool we have for double-checking the work of government: audits.
Fri., Jan. 24, 2014
Idaho schools chief Tom Luna pitches $66.9 million plan
BOISE – Idaho’s schools, hard-hit by budget cuts during years of economic downturn, would see a 5.1 percent boost in funding next year under a budget plan pitched to lawmakers …
Wed., Jan. 15, 2014
Idaho re-examines Medicaid dental cuts
BOISE – When Idaho eliminated nonemergency adult dental coverage under its Medicaid program in 2011, it hoped to save money. But it didn’t. Instead, emergency room costs ballooned, with dental-related …
Sat., Dec. 7, 2013
Shawn Vestal: It’s time to decide what value we place on parks
Is it too soon to declare our state parks a complete failure and call in the profiteers? Or should we cut their budgets further first? Maybe to zero? We are …
Wed., June 19, 2013
Cuts to Guilds’ School stir criticism
Funding cuts to an organization serving vulnerable children have caused backlash for county health officials as they restructure how to distribute stagnant funding at a time when needs are growing. …
Sat., March 9, 2013
Local air traffic operations face cuts
Federal budget cuts that went into effect last week could result in closure of the Felts Field air traffic control tower and elimination of the tower night shift at Spokane …
UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
Federal cuts doom Skyfest air show revival
The Thunderbirds precision flying team has canceled its Spokane appearances in May, citing budget cuts that likely will doom what was supposed to be the return of the popular SkyFest …
Sun., Feb. 10, 2013
Eye on Boise: Idaho losing money by cutting costs
BOISE – When it comes to lawyers, some of Idaho’s budget cuts in recent years are proving penny-wise but pound-foolish. Lawmakers heard from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that cutting attorney …
Tue., Jan. 29, 2013
Volunteers keep Idaho parks open, director tells lawmakers
BOISE – Idaho state parks are staying open thanks in part to thousands of volunteers, the state parks chief told lawmakers Monday. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation now …
Thu., March 22, 2012
Special food aid on state cutting block
OLYMPIA – For 15 years, Washington has helped thousands of people the federal government wouldn’t, providing food assistance to legal immigrants struggling to survive in America. That includes residents of …
Mon., March 5, 2012
Sally’s House serves as children’s haven
Three-year-old Kate lived in a dog crate in a meth house in Spokane and walked on hands and knees like an animal. Winston lived in a home with no running …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2012
Bell makes NIC budget pitch in Boise
BOISE – North Idaho College has seen its funding burden shift more and more to its students as government spending falls and tuition and fees climb, college President Priscilla Bell …
Sun., Jan. 22, 2012
Eye on Boise: Medicaid cuts’ impact coming clear
BOISE – Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up …
Sat., Jan. 21, 2012
STA cancels cut in service
Spokane Transit Authority officials have abandoned plans for a 7 percent cut in service this year after sales tax collections and passenger numbers increased last year. They had warned that …
Wed., Jan. 11, 2012
Otter budget doesn’t restore steep cuts
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal for next year wouldn’t restore any of the steep cuts the state has made in the past three years of economic downturn, …
Sun., Dec. 18, 2011
Talk at federal, state levels alarms rural hospitals for future
Many of Eastern Washington’s small hospitals are bracing for cutbacks as federal and state governments look to save money. Consider Providence St. Joseph Hospital in Chewelah: On any given day …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2011
State Senate approves partial budget fix
OLYMPIA – Realizing it wouldn’t find $2 billion in budget savings in 30 days, the Legislature settled Wednesday on a fourth of that in 17 days, and called it quits …
Fri., Dec. 9, 2011
State budget deal elusive
OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire acknowledged legislators are unlikely to pass some $2 billion in budget cuts she proposed in this special session. The governor also sees no chance …
Sun., Dec. 4, 2011
Teachers union backs Inslee for governor
SEATTLE – The state’s largest teachers union endorsed U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee for governor after Attorney General Rob McKenna backed out of plans to speak to the organization’s leadership on …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
Millwood leaders air budget solutions at forum
Poor economic conditions and the prospect of losing funding sources put the city of Millwood in the position of a potential budget shortfall for a second consecutive year. As a …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2011
State may cut malpractice insurance for volunteer providers
Among budget cuts Washington state lawmakers are considering is eliminating a program that pays for the malpractice insurance of health care providers who volunteer to treat the poor at free …