Stories tagged: budget
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
Montana cuts to its firefighting fund loom as blazes spread across state
Montana’s $60 million wildfire reserve fund could be halved by budget cuts next month at the peak of what state officials say is emerging to be a very active and …
Fri., July 21, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says
The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.
Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:42 a.m.
University of Montana may see third round of buyout offers
A third round of buyout offers may be coming to the University of Montana.
Tue., July 18, 2017, 3:10 p.m.
House budget blueprint boosts military, cuts food stamps
House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending, a blueprint …
Mon., July 17, 2017, 7:51 p.m.
Progressive center that opposed anti-tax measure fined for campaign violations
A progressive think tank will pay the state more than $30,000 to settle claims of campaign finance violations in its failed efforts to defeat a 2015 initiative.
UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
New Washington budget boosts money for special education programs
Spokane Public Schools will get an extra $3 million for special education students thanks to a change in state funding.
UPDATED: Sun., July 9, 2017, 12:22 p.m.
Welcome back, Congress. Health care, budget await lawmakers
Congress is still trying to send President Donald Trump his first unqualified legislative triumph, nearly six months after Republicans grabbed full control of Washington. Now, lawmakers are returning from their …
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding
Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:13 p.m.
Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse
The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in than two years and ending the nation’s …
Tue., July 4, 2017, 9:12 a.m.
An unapologetic Chris Christie announces deal to end N.J. shutdown
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced late Monday night that he had struck a budget deal with Democrats to end a three-day shutdown of the state government, following an outcry …
Mon., July 3, 2017, 7:52 a.m.
N.J. government enters third day of shutdown on budget impasse
New Jersey’s government shutdown entered a third day as lawmakers failed to approve a budget for fiscal 2018 and social media lambasted Gov. Chris Christie and his family for lounging …
Sun., July 2, 2017
Editorial: Budget passed with an unconscionable secrecy, haste
What is it that public servants are afraid the public will see? According to lawmakers who defend the secrecy, the answer is honesty. Can’t be frank if the public is …
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 9:57 a.m.
Congress comes up short on major action so far this year
Republicans are stuck on health care, can’t pass a budget, and hopes for a big, bipartisan infrastructure package are fizzling. Overhauling the tax code looks more and more like a …
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:20 p.m.
After midnight: $4 billion Capital Budget in limbo over water rights dispute
Some $4 billion in construction projects remain in limbo as the Legislature entered a new fiscal year Saturday morning without passing a capital construction budget or settling a major water …
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed
Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.
UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 1:50 a.m.
Legislature passes $43.7 billion budget, and taxes to pay for it; Inslee signs before midnight
Washington lawmakers began the heavy lifting Friday morning of passing a $43.7 billion budget and staving off a partial government shutdown before midnight.
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:31 a.m.
Washington Legislature plays beat the clock on historic budget, school changes
Record Washington budget and major change in public school policy come up for a vote Friday. Budget must pass and be signed by midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown.
Thu., June 29, 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Panels demand billions more for defense than Trump requested
The GOP-controlled Congress has taken the lead on one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, pressing for tens of billions of dollars more for active-duty troops, combat aircraft, and …
Wed., June 28, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
As wildfires rage in West, D.C. lawmakers fight over forest policy
With wildfire season raging in western states, Congress is embroiled in a battle over how best to fight the fires.
UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 5:11 p.m.
What’s in Washington 2017-19 budget deal? Public might not see until Friday morning
Legislative leaders reached a deal on the 2017-19 operating budget, apparently averting a possible government shutdown that would start Saturday.
UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:47 p.m.
Longest Washington budget talks with no deal
Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …
UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:17 p.m.
Consultant: Spokane needs 44 more police officers on patrol
A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department reviewed three years’ worth of data about how officers on the streets spend their time and said Monday the additional cops were …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
Top Republican to press for $696.5 billion defense budget
An influential House committee chairman will press his case for a $696.5 billion defense budget in 2018, a blueprint that provides more military spending than at any point during the …
UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:14 p.m.
Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached
About 60 people gathered in Spokane Thursday afternoon as part of a statewide series of rallies to plead with the legislature to pass a budget before the state government is …
Wed., June 21, 2017, 8:44 p.m.
Lawmakers scold VA as they seek to fix its sudden budget gap
The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion …
UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 10:28 p.m.
Budget clock ‘running out,’ Inslee warns, as third special session starts
Legislature starts its third special session with Gov. Jay Inslee vowing to veto a short-term budget.
UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 10:17 p.m.
Revenue forecast bump provides little help for budget stalemate
Washington’s economic forecast calls for an extra $87 million for the next two years, but that may not be much of help at breaking the logjam over the state’s 2017-19 …
Fri., June 16, 2017, 7:03 a.m.
Decades-old work-study program faces major cuts
Hannah Zwick put herself through college by working as a fundraiser for her university under the federal work-study program. She liked the job so much that she decided to pursue …
Thu., June 15, 2017, 1:19 p.m.
EPA head defends White House’s plan for massive cuts to his agency
President Donald Trump once vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving behind only “tidbits.” On Thursday, the man he appointed to lead the …
Sun., June 11, 2017
As lawmakers crawl toward budget deal, state makes plans for partial shutdown
With 10 days left in the second special session, and 19 until the end of the state’s fiscal year, detectable budget progress appears slow and the state must, by law, …