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UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 7:47 a.m.

Spokane School Board votes to dip into reserves to reduce cuts, but it hasn’t decided what will be saved

The Spokane Public School Board of Directors chose Wednesday to spend more of its rainy day funds but to delay many of the tougher budget decisions facing the district next …


Despite $20 million budget shortfall WDFW not planning significant cuts

Despite facing a $20 million budget shortfall, Washington’s wildlife management agency will not be making significant cuts.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 1:54 p.m.

Spokane Public Schools to consider budget that would eliminate librarians, expand early-release Fridays for elementary students

The school board will consider a $459 million budget Wednesday after layoff notices went to dozens of teachers and staff members this spring. Additional state money was dedicated to the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 10:34 p.m.

EWU trustees approve $3.6 million budget cut; 55 tenured faculty offered voluntary buyouts

Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday approved a 3% cut to the school’s operating budget for fiscal 2020. A presentation from the trustees’ meeting documents indicates about half …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 10:31 a.m.

Most Spokane elementary schools dropping art class in favor of science

Spokane Public Schools are moving ahead with changes to teaching visual arts: Under the format for next year, students in all 34 elementary schools will spend most of their day …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 7:24 p.m.

Spokane schools officials to outline district’s financial status for public

On Wednesday night, the public will get its last, best chance to offer input on next year’s Spokane Public Schools budget.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 10:12 p.m.

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.


‘Bursting at the seams:’ Crosswalk Teen shelter plans move to new facility, secures $1 million in first round of funding

The Crosswalk Teen Shelter – Spokane’s oldest emergency youth shelter – is “bursting at the seams.”


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Washington lawmakers allow local school districts to increase taxes in final budget deal

Legislature goes into its final day of the 2019 regular session with budgets and taxes to pass.


Legislature to vote on $52.4 billion budget today

Legislature moves toward passing a $52.4 billion operating budget and adjourning today.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 8:42 p.m.

Democrats have tentative deal on $52.4 billion budget

Budget negotiators in Olympia reach tentative agreement on a $52.4 billion two-year budget.


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

State budget deal reached but no details released

Budget leaders for House and Senate Democrats reached a tentative deal Thursday on a compromise for a record state operating budget of more than $52 billion. But they aren’t saying …


UPDATED: Tue., April 23, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Spokane school officials lobby for more special education money, but not higher local levies

With the clock ticking toward Sunday’s scheduled end of the legislative session and a possible deal on the state operating budget, Spokane Public Schools officials were making pleas Monday to …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 10:38 p.m.

Mead School District board hears recommended areas to cut $12 million

In a lead-up to potential layoffs at the Mead School District, the board of directors heard recommendations on where to cut $12 million out of its budget.


EWU restructuring programs, cutting positions to fix $3.6 million shortfall

Facing a projected $3.6 million budget shortfall, Eastern Washington University is working to cut costs by restructuring colleges and academic departments – a process that will affect jobs. EWU President …


Even opponents can try to cash in on a hero bill

When a “hero” bill becomes a “villain” bill.


House, Senate budgets advance alongside new tax proposals

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Budget discussions advanced in the state Capitol on Friday, with Senate Democrats unveiling a two-year budget the same day House Democrats passed their own proposal — and …


Washington lawmakers defend Special Olympics funding

Washington lawmakers opposed a proposal that would cut federal funding to Special Olympics, a cut President Trump is backing away from as well, Associated Press reported.


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 10:51 p.m.

School board’s ‘procedural step’ lays groundwork for staff reductions under looming budget cuts

While hoping for the best from Olympia, the Spokane Public Schools board is preparing for the worst in the face of a projected $43.5 million reduction in levy revenue.


House Democrats likely to punt on budget

House Democratic leaders appear likely to give up on passing a budget this year rather than trying to bridge divisions between progressives seeking more money for domestic programs and more …


UPDATED: Mon., March 25, 2019, 7:41 p.m.

Expanded programs, new taxes in House Democrats’ budget proposal

House Democrats’ budget calls more spending on schools, mental health and college scholarships, plus new taxes to help pay for it.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:52 a.m.

Washington Legislature approves bill to buy back bump stocks for $150 each before they become illegal

Bump-stock buyback program will be quick, if the Legislature agrees to a plan that comes up with the money.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 9:08 a.m.

Outcry over Trump’s cuts to Medicare hospital payments

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. Trump later went back on his Medicaid promise, and now he’s being criticized for steep …


Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent: New Trump budget is a horror show for Dems and Paul Ryan’s dream come true

The budget proposal that the Trump administration just released contains enormous cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, not to mention domestic programs. In a word, it is positively savage.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

Trump’s record $4.7 trillion budget relies on strong growth

President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

WSU plans to add 20 students to Spokane medical school faces budget hurdle

Washington State University’s plan to increase enrollment at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine caught in budget negotiations.


White House fires opening salvo in budget skirmish

The White House fired an opening salvo Monday in an upcoming fight with Capitol Hill Democrats over spending on domestic agencies that face sharp budget cuts without a new budget …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Budget committee approves $2.2 billion for Idaho schools

The Legislature’s budget-setting committee has approved about a 6 percent increase to $2.2 billion for public schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.


Aaron Blake: Trump’s national emergency, and its massive unintended consequences

President Trump’s announced intention to declare a national emergency to build a wall on our southern border allows everyone an escape hatch in the near term, but the long-term unintended …


Provost: UI cutting budget by $5 million

Faced with falling enrollment, the University of Idaho will cut $5 million from its budget effective July 1, the start of the school’s fiscal year.