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Lawyers Argue For Line-Item Veto

The Clinton administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to quickly overturn a federal judge’s ruling and clear the way for continued use of the president’s line-item veto power. Justice …


Lawmakers Rush To Make Their Spending Deadline Sticky Issues Such As Congressional Pay Raise And Arts Funding Survive The Onslaught

From federal funding for the arts to a $3,000 bump in their own paychecks, lawmakers picked their way through numerous contentious items Tuesday as they labored on overdue spending bills …


Republicans Ready To Take Negotiated Tax Bill To Clinton President Has Vowed To Veto House Version Of Capital Gains And Child Tax Credit Provisions

House and Senate Republicans said Tuesday night that they had resolved nearly all the differences between their respective tax bills and that they would present a united front in trying …


Senate Bucks House, Boosts Nea Funding

A Senate panel agreed Friday to increase spending for the National Endowment for the Arts instead of cutting off support as the House voted to do last week. “There was …


Disabled Children’s Families Will Get Less Aid Reductions Coming In Both Federal, State Programs

Hundreds of Washington state families caring for developmentally disabled children at home are facing cuts in government aid that helped make home care possible. Over the next eight months, state …


County Sings A New Tune On Symphony Commissioners Vote To Restore $17,000 Gift

The band will play on. In a reversal of an earlier decision, Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to give the Spokane Symphony $17,000 from a pot of money reserved …


County Commissioners To Vote On $1 Million For Repair Of Pools

Spokane County’s four swimming pools are lined up for $1 million worth of repairs next year. County commissioners will vote on the $966,000 expenditure next month when they decide on …


Negotiations On Funding Bill Slow To Crawl

White House and congressional bargainers wearily sought a handshake agreement Friday on a big bill that would fund dozens of agencies when the new fiscal year begins Tuesday. But disputes …


City Council Approves North Side Street Paving Projects

Streets and alleys all over Spokane’s North Side are getting a face lift. The City Council on Monday approved plans for nine repaving projects, many of them paid for by …


Public Defender Gets More Money But Commissioners Only Offer $100,000 To Help Busy Office Finish Year Of Costly Cases

Spokane County commissioners agreed Thursday to give the public defender less than half the money he says he needs to finish the year. Public Defender Don Westerman requested $265,000 and …


UI Competing With Agencies For State Money Health Care, Prisons Take Share Of Funding, Not Other Colleges, Says New President

The University of Idaho is competing for state funding with prisons, highways and health care, new UI President Robert Hoover says, not the other state college and universities. Hoover spoke …


County Ups Funding For Sewer Work

A goof in calculating the cost of a Spokane Valley sewer project has resulted in an increased subsidy to the involved homeowners. The Spokane County commissioners Tuesday voted to increase …


Housing Market Cause For New, Remodeled Schools

Rapid growth in north Spokane is spurring a spate of school construction. The five largest school districts in north Spokane County are planning to build or remodel buildings to keep …


Deadbeat U.S. Leaves U.N. Strapped For Cash

A failure by the United States to pay the United Nations a promised $80 million in back dues means that the world body will run out of money this month …


Murder Cases Pinch County Funds State Public Defender System Suggested By Rathdrum Senator

Idaho’s counties need help from the state to deal with the thousands of dollars needed to prosecute capital crimes, the Idaho Association of Counties says. The cost of criminal defense …


Money Scarce For Aquifer Program

A revised protection program for the Rathdrum Prairie aquifer is expected to cost about half what it does now. But even scaled back, the state agencies that now run the …


Prosecutor Makes Case For Additional Money

The Spokane County prosecutor on Tuesday pleaded with county commissioners for more money, warning he might have to let some felons go otherwise. “We are here begging you to help …


Wv Board Oks Downsizing As Funding Loss Forces Change

The West Valley School Board this week approved three resignations, two retirements and the decision not to rehire several teachers who were on one-year contracts. The move accomplishes the downsizing …


Forest Chief Crossing His Fingers Asks Senate For Bare-Bones Fire Funding, Hopes For Best

Forest Service Chief Jack Ward Thomas acknowledged before a Senate panel Wednesday that his agency historically has asked Congress for dramatically less money than is needed to fight forest fires. …


Congress, Clinton Strike Spending Deal Resolving Environmental Issues Clears The Way

Congressional leaders and White House officials announced agreement Wednesday on a huge bill financing dozens of federal agencies for the rest of the fiscal year, solving a months-long standoff that …


Wv School District Losing 12 Teaching Positions State Funding For Several Programs Trimmed This Year

West Valley School District’s teaching staff will shrink next year by as many as 12 positions, officials said. Each school also will lose two aides, or the equivalent in reduced …


Public Periscope

A million here, a million there Much of the debate at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting was over the $15,000 requested by Spokane COPS. But the council authorized nearly $6 …


Batt Won’t Commit To Tapping Reserve For Schools

Gov. Phil Batt on Wednesday reiterated his pledge to restore the $13.3 million in state aid withheld from public schools this year if sluggish tax receipts pick up, but he …


Report Details Waste Within United Nations

The snowmobiles were never used. The uniforms weren’t needed. Many of 1,400 generators never made it out of their crates. And that was just Bosnia. A U.N. report about internal …


Dole Says Senate May Back Off From Tax Cuts Idea Of Slashing Health Care While Granting Tax Breaks Losing Support

Dole speaks with reporters Sunday. Photo by Associated Press


Senate Passes Big Spending Cuts Environment, Homeless, Housing, Veterans Targeted

Over Democratic objections, the Senate passed a $62 billion spending bill Wednesday that would slash money for environmental protection, housing programs and veterans’ benefits. Democrats, who said in advance that …


Democrats Step Up Campaign Against Health-Care Cuts Republicans Want To Trim $450 Billion From Medicare, Medicaid Programs

Thwarted by Republicans at every turn, Democrats from the White House to the statehouse joined their congressional colleagues Wednesday in attempts to block GOP plans for $450 billion in health-care …


Rising Costs Killing School Renovation

Boise School Board members are turning away from plans for a sweeping renovation of historic Boise High School and looking at new Les Bois Junior High to answer their needs …


Senate Cuts Arts Spending But Cuts Are Slightly Less Severe Than House Proposal

The Senate slashed subsidies for arts and humanities programs by a third Wednesday - after defending such spending as essential to bringing art and culture to small communities. The cuts, …


Senate Oks Cuts For Interior Programs

The Senate voted Wednesday to cut spending for federal land management programs, Indian tribes, energy conservation and scientific research on natural resources. The $12 billion spending bill for the Interior …