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Obama wants to cut $17B from budget

President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday to approve $17 billion in additional spending cuts in the coming budget year, a sum that amounts to less than one-half of one …


House of Charity could cut summer hours

The House of Charity will close its overnight accommodations for homeless men during the summer unless it can find additional funding.


East Valley outlines steep budget cuts

Sixty-two East Valley teachers and certificated staff will receive letters this week notifying them that they may not have a job in September.


Senate passes budget

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Legislature granted final approval to a grim two-year budget late Saturday, with Democrats and Republicans arguing into the night over a spending blueprint that would whack $4 …


Our View: Licensing office closures easier for urban residents

Before Washington state bureaucrats decide which driver’s licensing offices to close, we recommend they grab an atlas – preferably a used one to save money – and measure the distance …


Schools take hit in either state budget plan

Neither of the proposed state spending plans being assembled by each legislative chamber in Olympia contains good news for schools. But if Kettle Falls School District Superintendent Greg Goodnight had …


Obama talks up his budget plan at Web event

President Barack Obama kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet-era town hall at the White House on Thursday, pushing hard for public support of his $3.6 trillion budget and asking people to …


Spokane mayor warns of impending 2010 deficit

Mayor Mary Verner warned the Spokane City Council on Monday that the city faces a $5.5 million deficit next year. The gap is so large, she said, that the city …


Legislators vote to use stimulus to save jobs

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers voted Friday to set a budget target for next year even lower than Gov. Butch Otter is now recommending but use more of the federal stimulus …


Conservation On the line

A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


Colville hatchery among proposed state cuts

A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


UI may seek 8 percent student fee increase

The University of Idaho may seek to increase student fees next year by more than 8 percent.


Job cuts could slice into tax revenue

BOISE – Idaho expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000. This year’s 4 percent …


UI president: Of programs to be cut, few are popular

Of the 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that the University of Idaho is proposing eliminating, few are popular, acting UI President Steven Daley-Laursen told JFAC this morning.


As Idaho lawmakers consider their options, some are turning to educators for advice

BOISE – Idaho state legislators have fanned out to their districts across the state this weekend, and many are hoping to hear from local teachers and others about where cuts …


Gregoire’s stimulus plan includes local projects

OLYMPIA – Trying to kick-start the state’s lagging economy, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday unveiled a $1.2 billion proposal that includes more than $90 million in buildings at Spokane-area …


Otter says budget cuts difficult but needed

BOISE — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter was at a meeting last month when a woman confronted him over cutbacks in her autistic son’s services through the Department of Health and …


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 …