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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 …


Timber Retraining, Fish Money Survive Senate Panel Moratorium On Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling Would Be Continued

The government would continue to spend millions of dollars retraining timber workers in the Pacific Northwest, but the Clinton administration would have to provide a better accounting of the program …


House Bill Cuts $184 Million From Hanford Cleanup Lawmakers Also Target Yucca Mountain, Long-Term Nuclear Waste Repository

The House on Wednesday moved to reign in spending to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and other Department of Energy sites and approved legislation cutting $742 million from DOE’s …


Hospitals Fear Medicare Changes

The nation’s largest hospital association warned Monday that Republicans were moving too fast in their attempt to fundamentally overhaul the Medicare program in the next 90 days. Officials with the …


Welfare Reform A Question Of Money

The thing you have to keep in mind with welfare reform, now stalled in the Senate, is that it has nothing to do with making the poor self-sufficient, elevating the …


State’s Deficit Won’t Be As Sizable As Predicted About $5 Million Of $33 Million Intended For Prison Expansion Will Be Used To Erase Red Ink

The state opened the new budget year on Monday coping with a much more modest deficit from the last fiscal year than analysts had feared. Final figures on the red …


Gorton Wants Funds For N-Dump In Nevada Senator Tries To Stop Proposals For Storing Waste At Hanford

Congress should give the Energy Department the money it needs to build temporary tanks at Yucca Mountain, Nev., to store spent nuclear fuel until a permanent facility planned there is …


Marital Money Couples Who Work As A Team Achieve The Most Success In Managing Their Finances

It’s been said that the first time one marries it should be for love, and the second time for money. Can finances and love not join to make marital harmony?


House Approves Reviving The B-2 Stealth Bomber

The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to revive the B-2 Stealth bomber with a new order for 20 more of the planes despite objections from the Clinton administration and the …


Plan To Cut Doe Budget Gains Additional Support

A Republican plan to cut $742 million from the Department of Energy’s cleanup budget picked up additional support Tuesday, this time from a key House appropriations subcommittee. The House energy …


Clinton Offers Budget Plan Gop Appears More Responsive Than Democrats To President’s Balanced Budget Proposal

WASHINGTON President Clinton, stung by Republican criticism and scrambling to carve out a role in Congress’ budget deliberations, unveiled a spending plan Tuesday night that embraces the Republican goal of …


Millions Wasted On Vip Planes, Gao Says Fleet Used For Routine Trips, Sending Cadets To Games

The Defense Department is wasting at least $200 million a year maintaining an unnecessary fleet of 600 VIP aircraft for senior officers, members of Congress and other government officials, a …


Governor Lauded By Business At Bill-Signing, But Clouds Near

Basking in the applause of business and government leaders, Gov. Mike Lowry on Thursday signed into law a major tax break for manufacturers. But there were already signs the cheers …


Clinton Back In Game With His First Veto Republican Spending Cuts Too Harsh, Says President

President Clinton, in a preview of coming budget battles with Congress, cast his first veto Wednesday as he rejected a bill to rescind $16.4 billion in previously approved appropriations for …


Nethercutt Wants To Ax Land Study Congressman: Cut Funds For Eastside Ecosystem Project

Fearing costly and stifling new regulations, a congressman from Spokane wants to slash the budget for a massive federal land study due out next year. U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., …


Spending Habits Put Future In Hock Paltry Savings Contribute To Nation’s Economic Woes; Few Willing To Change Lifestyle

Spend, spend, spend. Here in the world’s consumer paradise, that’s one of the things Americans do best - and it’s a habit that could land us in hot water, if …


Nra Fundraising Letter Warns Members It Faces Big Budget Cuts

The National Rifle Association, after claiming that its letter which prompted President Bush to quit as a member was a fundraising success, is warning in a new appeal that it …


Assessor Gives City More Bad News

Assessor Charlene Cooney says that revaluing properties is a “huge task” made worse by “bad luck.” Photo by Craig Buck/The Spokesman-Review


Radio Station Supporters Argue For Sfcc Program

Supporters of the rock radio station at Spokane Falls Community College argued Wednesday against cutting it from the budget, but won no promises. Last month, a 12-member council proposed pulling …


Senate Approves Rescession Bill; Clinton Again Promises To Veto It

Bob Dole


College Tuition To Rise About 4 Percent But Average Student Won’t Pay More Than $3,145 Per Year

Tuition at Washington’s public colleges will rise by an average of 4 percent in each of the next two school years, and 5,258 new enrollment slots will be created, negotiators …


Nasa Cuts Deeply To Reduce Its Budget

NASA said Friday that it would make deep cuts in its work force and streamline its operations as its budget shrinks in a new era of austerity. Under the plan …


Whitworth Victim Of Ailing Fund-Raiser Organization That Owes College $3.5 Million Files For Bankruptcy

Whitworth College is one of 300 unsecured creditors in the bankruptcy of a nationwide fund-raising organization. Whitworth President Bill Robinson said Wednesday the college is owed about $3.5 million by …


Assessor Under Fire For Lost-Tax Fiasco Schools, City, Other Taxing Districts Stand To Lose $1.4 Million Due To Inaccurate Property Appraisals

Charlene Cooney


Officials Should Be Called On The Carpet

It’s amazing what the glare of the spotlight can do to bring public officials back in line. Two years ago, an internal audit showed Spokane city and county employees were …


Arena District Gets Pay, Role Clarified

The state Legislature has approved a measure clarifying the powers of the public agency building Spokane’s new arena and allowing its board members to receive small paychecks. The Senate sent …


Meeting On Plans To Fight Milfoil

A Washington state grant will be used to fight milfoil, a weed that has infested some Stevens County lakes, and threatens parts of the Little Pend Oreille and Colville rivers.