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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.


December U.S. budget deficit shrinks to $23.2 billion

The federal government recorded a budget deficit of $23.2 billion in December, smaller than a year ago. But for the first three months of this budget year, the deficit is …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, 7:36 p.m.

Federal tax changes leave Montana budget outlook in doubt

Montana’s revenue chief said there’s a possibility the state will have to call another special session of the Legislature to address a possible budget shortfall resulting from changes to federal …


U.S. says it negotiated $285M cut in United Nations budget

The U.S. government says it has negotiated a significant cut in the United Nations budget.


Goodman: Tax bill passes on darkest day

A country’s annual budget is often described as a moral document, defining the nation’s values. Its tax system codifies its fairness. Who pays into the system, and who reaps the …


Senate approves stopgap measure, evading shutdown

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday, averting a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday but pushing into January showdowns on spending, immigration, health care and national security.


Idaho jail looks to save money by limiting shower times

A jail in northwestern Idaho is reducing the amount of time inmates can spend in the shower and when showers are available as part of a plan to cut back …


CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender” – in any …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


Robert J. Samuelson: Favoritism toward welfare state threatens U.S. security

The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered. Welfare programs – Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and other …


Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Retention counselors, grad stipends spared in WSU budget

Washington State University departments have found ways to keep retention counselors on the payroll and avoid cutting graduate research stipends, but some remain dissatisfied over the administration’s handling of a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Leaders seek to end GOP fissures over bill averting shutdown

Top Republicans delayed a planned House vote on a short-term budget bill Tuesday to give themselves time to quell party divisions and avert a partial government shutdown by the weekend.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget

Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …


Congress’ top 2 Dems to meet Trump on government spending

Congress’ top two Democrats said Monday they’ve accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump for a White House budget summit later this week as the two parties try to avert …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

McConnell: No government shutdown this week over immigration

Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country …


Why Republicans who once fought budget debt now embrace it

When did Republicans stop worrying and learn to love budget deficits?