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UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

WDFW to discuss looming $30 million budget shortfall during public webinar Monday

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a public webinar Monday to discuses funding challenges, according to a WDFW news release.


Froma Harrop: If you want fiscal responsibility, elect Democrats

Before last year’s big tax cuts, the economy was improving nicely. After the tax cuts, the economy is doing the same – for now, anyway. What’s different is the $1.9 …


Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Spokane Schools looking at $436 million budget and considering bond for November ballot

Spokane Public Schools officials are looking ahead to next week, next year and the next decade as they assemble a $436 million budget for next year.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

WSU regents approve plan to balance athletics budget

The Washington State University regents unanimously approved a plan to balance the school’s athletics department budget.


John Blanchette: Washington State’s plan for balanced athletics budget uses mental gymnastics

In the world of NCAA sports, Washington State is to fiscal gymnastics what Alabama is to football. If only they handed out national championships for that sort of thing.


Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Kentucky, Oklahoma teachers rally as rebellion grows

Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding.


UPDATED: Tue., March 27, 2018, 8:04 p.m.

Budgets, new laws may satisfy court order on public schools

Budget bills, other changes to state education policies and programs may satisfy Supreme Court order on providing adequate money for public schools.


Federal heating aid program saved, expanded in Trump budget

A federal heating aid program for low-income residents has survived another attempt by President Donald Trump to kill it.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:09 p.m.

Congress OKs $1.3 trillion budget, averting another shutdown

Congress gave final approval Friday to a giant $1.3 trillion spending bill that ends the budget battles for now, but only after late obstacles skirted close to another shutdown as …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 6:41 p.m.

Lawmakers release huge budget; big military, domestic boosts

Congressional leaders finalized a sweeping $1.3 trillion budget bill Wednesday that substantially boosts military and domestic spending but leaves behind young immigrant “Dreamers,” deprives President Donald Trump some of his …


UPDATED: Tue., March 20, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Salary cap for Spokane city employees part of budget reforms proposed by Ben Stuckart

The City Council president said a limit on earnings at four times the median household income of the city was reasonable and would address citizen concerns about the city’s increased …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Shutdown looming, Congress and White House seek budget deal

Capitol Hill Democrats have rejected a White House bid to extend protections for so-called Dreamer immigrants in exchange for $25 billion in funding for President Donald Trump’s long-sought border wall …


Washington lawmakers send Inslee $1.2 billion supplemental budget

Legislature passes $1.2 billion supplemental budget with extra money for public school salaries, a property tax cut in 2019 and no new taxes.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

Property tax break, capital gains in Democrats’ budget

House Democrats propose budget with property tax break and capital gains tax.


Trump-sought military parade could cost $10M-$30M

The White House budget director said Wednesday that a military parade envisioned by President Donald Trump could cost between $10 million and $30 million, although that money is not included …


Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

The GOP is the party of fiscal responsibility no more. That’s according to some conservatives who are grappling with a Republican-backed spending binge that threatens to generate trillion-dollar deficits for …


Robert J. Samuelson: America’s prudence deficit

The bipartisan budget agreement reached last week by congressional leaders is nothing if not a huge evasion of responsibility. Neither party will make the unpopular choices necessary to pay for …


Trump administration proposes $230M cut for Hanford

The Trump administration is proposing a $230 million cut in cleanup spending at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in fiscal 2019.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Trump’s $4 trillion budget helps move deficit sharply higher

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.4 trillion budget for next year that heralds an era of $1 trillion-plus federal deficits and – unlike the plan he released last year – …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Mulvaney says Trump budget will have money for border wall

President Donald Trump’s budget director says the budget that the administration sends to Congress on Monday will seek to move some of the billions of dollars in extra spending that …


With passage of budget deal, bills sponsored by McMorris Rodgers become law

On a busy day in Congress Tuesday, three bills sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won the support of the House. Friday morning, President Trump signed two of those bills …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

In pre-dawn vote, Senate passes budget deal; House set to act next

Lawmakers were striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 9:54 a.m.

Down one colleague because of budget cuts, Spokane County District Court judges are picking up the slack

After Judge Gregory Tripp retired, the Spokane County District Court effectively gave up most of the money that would have gone toward his 2018 salary and benefits.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Senate celebrates budget deal – but shutdown still possible

Senate leaders brokered a long-sought budget agreement Wednesday that would shower the Pentagon and domestic programs with an extra $300 billion over the next two years. But both Democratic liberals …


McMorris Rodgers: End filibuster in Senate for spending bills

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Senate should end the fillibuster for spending bills. But Sen. Patty Murray says the filibuster (or threat of one) forces cooperation on bipartisan legislation.


For government contractors, no end in sight to budget uncertainty

For most in Washington, D.C., last week’s short-lived government shutdown seemed to be mostly an annoyance, causing little more disruption than a passing snowstorm. For federal contractors, though, the stoppage …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s 1-year festivities

President Donald Trump had hoped to spend the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration amid friends at his opulent Palm Beach, Florida, estate. Instead, he’s facing a government …


Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government

Chances of a government shutdown grew Monday as Republicans concluded that they would be unable to reach a long-term spending accord by the Friday deadline.