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Tuesday, January 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Council has a few words on budget

The road to passing the 2009 budget got a little bumpy Tuesday when two Liberty Lake City Council members verbally sparred over a proposed amendment to the budget. Much of …


Otter says more cuts needed

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has ordered another 3 percent cut from Idaho’s current state budget, on top of the 1 percent he trimmed in September. Layoffs of state …


Budget trouble forcing layoffs at county

Spokane County leaders will lay off potentially dozens of employees because of expected shortfalls in the county’s budget. County CEO Marshall Farnell has been meeting this week with the three …


Idaho revamps teacher pay plan

BOISE – In a rare move, the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee Wednesday reconsidered the teacher pay plan it approved a day earlier, passing an entirely new plan. This time, …


House budget good for schools

OLYMPIA – Despite a lean budget year, the House of Representatives’ budget proposals unveiled Wednesday include millions of construction dollars for Spokane-area projects. The main operating budget would spend an …


Deal brings new rest area to Idaho

BOISE – Idaho’s newest official state rest area is a Flying J truck stop. Wrapping the rest area into the truck stop through a public-private partnership cost the state just …


Schools hope to stave off cuts

Early budget forecasts show Spokane Public Schools may be looking to fill a gap of more than $2 million next school year. But the district is hoping to stave off …


Budget draws scant attention

So far only a Coeur d’Alene skateboarder has shown interest in the city’s proposed $66.6 million budget, which includes a 3 percent property tax increase and enough cash to hire …


Kootenai deputies get a pay bump

Most Kootenai County sheriff deputies and jailers are getting an immediate raise as the county commission works to fix an inequitable pay system that has caused an exodus of staff. …


EV officials received big raises

Despite growing budget concerns and looming teacher layoffs, some East Valley School District administrators were given big salary increases last year. The increases, ranging from 7 percent to 23 percent, …


CdA priorities at street level

Adding more police staff and spending more to repave streets top the Coeur d’Alene City Council’s list of funding priorities for the coming year. Council members and the mayor spent …


Crowd interrogates schools chief on proposed cuts

Parent Bryce Hatch approached a mob of people while waiting for his turn Monday to grill Superintendent Brian Benzel about school budget cuts. “I wouldn’t want that guy’s job,” Hatch …


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 …