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Senate Approves Highway Budget House Leaders Optimistic Differences Can Be Ironed Out

The Washington Senate approved state transportation and construction budgets Thursday night that have received strong reviews from the Republican-dominated state House. The $3.1 billion, two-year highway budget sailed through the …


State Asked To Help Kids In Sex Ring

Douglas County commissioners have asked Gov. Mike Lowry for as much as $50,000 a month for the next two years to provide counseling for sexually abused children now in foster …


Lapwai Schools May Face Layoffs District Prepares To Make Up For Reduction In Federal Impact Aid Revenue

The Lapwai School District might lay off some teachers and classified employees because of a reduction in federal impact aid revenue. The money is paid by the government in lieu …


Budget Negotiations Open For First Time Ballard Hails ‘Bold New Step’| To Allow Public In Meetings

When negotiators from the state House and Senate begin meeting Monday to hammer out a budget compromise, the public will be invited to observe for the first time in state …


Deans Submit Program Cuts At UW

Deans of several University of Washington schools and colleges on Friday submitted their proposals for $6.5 million in program cuts to UW President William Gerberding. The proposed reductions include elimination …


Senate Reaches Compromise On Spending Cuts Republicans Add To Cuts To Pay For California Quake Relief, Deficit Reduction

Breaking more than a week of partisan stalemate on the eve of a two-week Easter recess, the Senate late Thursday approved a $16 billion package of spending cuts to help …


Hanford Cleanup: $48 Billion National Bill May Reach $230 Billion, According To Latest Doe Estimate

Without changes in its agreement with Washington state, the Department of Energy estimated Monday that cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation would cost almost $48.7 billion over the next 75 …


Cost Of Nuclear Waste Cleanup Skyrockets New Energy Department Review Estimates $230 Billion As Minimum, Over A Period Of Decades

The cleanup of radioactive waste left over from decades of nuclear weapons production will take longer than the Cold War itself and cost between $230 billion and $350 billion, the …


Ag Market News Agency To Close Fruit Price And Supply Information Service Will Shut Yakima Office July 1

Market News Service, the U.S. Agriculture Department agency that reports fruit and vegetable price and supply information, will close its Yakima office July 1 due to the lack of state …


Gingrich To Hold A Balance-The-Budget Retreat For Gop

Looking beyond the “Contract With America,” House Speaker Newt Gingrich intends to convene a two-day retreat for Republican lawmakers this spring to help forge agreement on the steps needed to …


Packwood Relents On Tax Cut Proposal

If the federal budget can be balanced without touching Social Security or harming the economy, “then there is room for a tax cut,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Bob Packwood said …


House Budget Foes Swamp Senate Panel With Complaints

Senate budget writers, preparing to release their spending plan on Wednesday, got an earful Monday from lobbyists lambasting the House proposal to cut public schools, social services and higher education. …


Ewu Raises Granted Despite 2-Year Freeze Administrators’ Pay Hikes Draw Questions From Faculty Leaders

Top administrators at Eastern Washington University are receiving pay raises despite a two-year legislative freeze on salaries above $45,000 a year. President Mark Drummond said the raises were given in …


Clinton Outlines New List Of Spending Cuts Nasa Takes Brunt Of Latest Trimming; No ‘Mean Spirit’ In Plan, President Says

With a vow to slash the cost of government without resorting to “a mean spirit or a meat ax,” President Clinton on Monday announced another set of spending cuts in …


Funding Fight Due For WSU Wheat Research Center Senators Want To Restore Budget Cuts Made By House

Congress may be headed for a fight over money for a wheat research center at Washington State University. The Senate wants to keep $426,000 for the center in an upcoming …


Legislature Puts Education In A Tough Spot Board Will Either Have To Break Promise To Students On Fee Hikes Or Cut Programs

Members of the state Board of Education on Wednesday found themselves facing the choice of breaking faith with Idaho’s college students on annual fees or slashing programs in the wake …


Priority Is To Cut Deficit, Gop Senator Says Oregonian Says House Gop’s Tax Cut Plan Likely To Die In Senate

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Proposed Cuts Cast Shadow On Day Care Cutting Money For Meals Will Lead To Higher Prices, Providers Warn

Connor Keller, 4, enjoys lunch at a north side day-care center. Photo by Joe Relk/The Spokesman-Review


Orange County Now Seeks Help From Accountant It Once Spurned

The accountant whose warnings of financial ruin went unheeded by Orange County voters was sworn in as treasurer Friday, nine months after his defeat at the polls. “You want me …


County’s Worker Files A Big Mess System For Tracking Hours, Pay Is Susceptible To Abuses, Violates Federal Rules, Audit Says

An audit shows that Spokane County government’s system for tracking employee time and attendance is costing taxpayers money, is ripe for abuse and violates the law. Vicky Dalton, a certified …


Batt Wins Battle As Senate Sustains Veto The Killed Bill Let Vehicle Sellers Notify The State That They Are No Longer Liable For Tickets Or Accidents

The Republican-dominated Senate on Thursday sustained a veto by GOP Gov. Phil Batt, averting a major political setback for the new governor in an otherwise successful first legislative session. Twenty …


House Oks Bunker Cleanup Money

The state House of Representatives on Wednesday approved $2.26 million for cleanup of the contaminated Bunker Hill site. The appropriation bill passed 59-5. It now goes to the state Senate, …


Democrats Let Gop Have Its Way

House Republicans pushed their “Contract With America” tax cuts through the Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday after Democrats declared the package hopelessly flawed and abandoned efforts to change it. …


Courthouse Crackdown Security Guards Begin Patrolling Courthouse, But There’s No Money For Metal Detectors

Joseph Peterson and Beverly Walling get directions Monday from new security guards at the county courthouse. Photo by Molly O’Hara/The Spokesman-Review


Gop Wants Food Stamps Cut $16.5 Billion The Proposal Represents A Fundamental Shift In The Design Of The Program

House Republicans said Sunday that they wanted to cut $16.5 billion from the food stamp program over the next five years by establishing strict new work requirements for recipients and …


Spokane Forced To Scale Back Goals Cost-Cutting Officials Likely To Slash Funding For Area’s Top Projects

Spokane is pushing big budget requests in a tight-fisted year. The likely outcome is the city won’t get what it wants, said Rep. Jean Silver, R-Spokane, chairman of the House …


Balanced Budget Amendment Defeated Republicans Blame Clinton For One-Vote Loss, Vow To Bring It To Vote Again

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On Lousy Day In Neighborhood, Panel Reduces Funds For Pbs Mr. Rogers, Vice President Gore Defend Spending On Educational TV

Mr. Rogers and Vice President Gore meet with children at a D.C. day care center. Photo by Associated Press


House Panel’s Cuts Take Slice Out Of Doe Grumbly Warns Reductions Could Slow Hanford Work

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved a package of more than $17 billion in spending cuts, including ones the Department of Energy has warned could slow construction of a …


Broke D.C. Closes For Day To Save Money

The District of Columbia government shut down Monday. There was no trash pickup, no street cleaning, no city business, no open recreation centers - services that have eroded and then …