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  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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. …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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, …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • Clinic staff, patients rally against cuts to health services

    Medical clinics for the poor are fighting proposed government funding cuts that they say will undo basic health care services and send thousands more people to emergency rooms. “We’re down …


  • Wash. state budget goes back to drawing board

    Stop us if you’ve heard this one: Washington state’s revenues are down, its demand for services is up. The budget won’t balance. The Legislature needs a special session to make …


  • Gregoire to seek half-cent sales tax hike

    OLYMPIA — Voters could be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase next March to help replace some of the $1.7 billion in cuts the Legislature will be asked …


  • Cuts spur pushback

    Social service providers, clergy and people of faith gathered in a West Central neighborhood parish Thursday evening to try to head off further tears in the state’s already tattered safety …


  • With budgets tight, middle schools seek to keep kids active

    Eighth-grader Seairra Rice comes from a family of wrestlers, but she’s the first girl in her family to participate in the sport. “She wanted to show the boys she could …


  • Shadle students discuss budget with Gregoire

    If Chris Gregoire gets tired of being Washington’s governor, she might have a future as a Shadle Park High School economics teacher. She might, anyway, if the state weren’t making …


  • ‘Dreadful’ budget cuts loom

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list Thursday of possible choices to slash $2 billion from the state budget, more than a fourth of that total from public schools …


  • Gregoire proposes service and pay cuts

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire released a list of possible cuts to slash $2 billion from the state budget, including an end to the state’s Basic Health Plan which would …

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