Stories tagged: budget
Mon., March 1, 2010, 11:21 a.m.
Gregoire wants $4.1 million for droughts
Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking the Legislature to set aside $4.1 million for drought-relief projects that may be needed to counter below-average mountain snowpack this winter.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2010, midnight
Committee presents budget
BOISE – The Idaho Legislature’s leading budget-setters put all their cards on the table Thursday, laying out to the 20-member joint budget committee and to the public their tentative plan …
Thu., Feb. 25, 2010, midnight
Governor signs I-960 suspension
OLYMPIA – There was no drama, but plenty of theatrics, as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Wednesday making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes. Gregoire signed a …
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010, 9:39 a.m.
Senate Dems: Sales tax hike would help balance cuts
Senate Democrats unveiled a budget proposal that calls for a three-tenths of 1 cent sales tax hike for the next three years, an extra $1 per pack for cigarettes and …
Fri., Feb. 19, 2010, midnight
Plan for Idaho schools would delay budget cuts
BOISE – Idaho schools wouldn’t see midyear cuts this year under a plan unveiled by legislative budget writers on Thursday, but they’d face bigger cuts next year. The plan, which …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2010, midnight
Courts ask surcharge to patch budget
BOISE – Idaho’s court system has a plan to cope with steep budget cuts and still keep courthouse doors open: Anyone found guilty of a crime or infraction would pay …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2010, midnight
Idaho leaders tap reserves to add money for schools
BOISE – After a long and fierce debate, Idaho’s top five elected officials voted 3-2 on Wednesday to give public schools an extra $22 million from state reserves next year …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2010, 5:44 p.m.
Idaho officials OK $22 million for schools from reserves
BOISE - After a long and fierce debate, Idaho’s top five elected officials voted 3-2 on Wednesday to give public schools an extra $22 million from state reserves next year …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2010, midnight
Idaho revenues off again
BOISE – Idaho’s tax revenues fell $12.8 million below forecasts in January, but the state’s chief economist says the dip is due to a timing issue, and “it’s not necessarily …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, midnight
The high cost of free
Local governments often turn to grants to supplement tight budgets, but Spokane County is so broke it can’t even afford “free” money. Facilities Director Ron Oscarson recently had to give …
Mon., Feb. 8, 2010, midnight
The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved a resolution last week opposing any new jail in the city. City officials also have threatened legal action if Spokane County or the …
Sun., Feb. 7, 2010, midnight
State ignoring own report on Pine Lodge issue
OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2010, midnight
School administrators’ pay among highest in county
Spokane-area public school administrators were not sheltered from the budget storm that howled across Washington last year. An analysis of top administrators’ pay in the Spokane area’s three largest districts …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2010, 4:45 p.m.
King County judge rules state failing education
The state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a coalition …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2010, midnight
Gregoire counting on federal cash
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with $435 million for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts the …
Mon., Feb. 1, 2010, 10:52 a.m.
Obama budget would impose host of tax increases
While President Barack Obama is proposing to cut some taxes for companies that hire workers, his budget would raise a host of other taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals.
Mon., Feb. 1, 2010, 10:47 a.m.
Obama unveils budget with $3.83T in spending
President Barack Obama unveiled a multitrillion-dollar spending plan Monday, pledging an intensified effort to combat high unemployment and asking Congress to quickly approve new job-creation efforts that would boost the …
Sun., Jan. 31, 2010, 2 a.m.
Salaries soared at regional universities
Raises have been scarce and budget cuts common at colleges dealing with the fallout from the worst state budget in memory. But between January 2007 and January 2009, the largest …
Fri., Jan. 29, 2010, midnight
Luna may dip into reserves
BOISE – Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna on Thursday proposed dipping into state reserves for nearly $53 million to help balance next year’s school budget – a proposal that …
Sat., Jan. 23, 2010, midnight
Otter lays out plans for parks
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and state Parks Director Nancy Merrill announced a plan Friday to save $4.5 million at the state parks department next year – but not …
Fri., Jan. 15, 2010, midnight
Area delegation gets message: Don’t ask
OLYMPIA – A Spokane-area delegation on its annual pilgrimage to the state capital got a consistently downbeat message this week: Don’t expect money for new programs or projects. “The message …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2010, midnight
Gregoire looks for balance in new budget
Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …
Tue., Jan. 12, 2010, 2:24 p.m.
Gregoire wants to create 40,000 jobs
Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to combat the state’s high unemployment rate by drawing new businesses to the state and creating up to 40,000 new jobs this year.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2009, 9:06 a.m.
Gregoire: Tax hikes needed to save programs
Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare and education …
Fri., Dec. 4, 2009, 10:34 a.m.
Gov. Gregoire eliminates 17 boards and commissions
Gov. Chris Gregoire has eliminated 17 boards and commissions by executive order and she is asking lawmakers to get rid of 78 other boards.
Sat., Nov. 28, 2009, midnight
CV prepares for more cuts
It was hard for the Central Valley school board to see any light at the end of a long, dark budget tunnel after receiving a gloomy budget prediction Monday night. …
Thu., Nov. 19, 2009, 12:08 p.m.
Wash. budget gap zooms to $2.6B through mid-2011
Tax increases probably can’t be avoided as the state tries to patch a budget deficit that’s ballooned to about $2.6 billion, top Democratic lawmakers said Thursday.
Tue., Nov. 17, 2009, midnight
Federal funds kept schools afloat, but ‘safety net’ ends soon
Washington, unlike many other states, was quick to use federal stimulus funds to shore up school budgets during the last wrenching budget cycle. The state spent $362 million in stimulus …
Sun., Nov. 15, 2009, midnight
Riding out the recession
It wasn’t long ago that the Spokane Transit Authority was riding high. Boardings were up nearly 50 percent, and the agency’s cash reserve had grown thanks to voter approval of …
Fri., Nov. 13, 2009, 1:09 p.m.
Wash. budget short about $2B through mid-2011
Higher costs for government services have driven the state’s projected budget shortfall to about $2 billion, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget office said Friday.