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Panel Rejects Batt’s Request For More Cops For Second Time, Budget Writers Ignore Plea

Legislative budget writers took another major step toward their goal of freezing the total number of state employees on Friday when they overwhelmingly rejected Republican Gov. Phil Batt’s proposal to …


Panel Backs UI Engineering Plan Plea By Simplot Goes Unheeded As Higher Ed Package Approved

Legislative budget writers withstood pressure from Idaho’s richest man on Tuesday and backed the Board of Education’s proposed expansion of University of Idaho engineering education in Boise. And the Joint …


Batt Wants UI Surplus For Boise

Republican Gov. Phil Batt wants cash-strapped budget writers to earmark the $2 million he had analysts identify as unneeded payroll money given the University of Idaho to underwrite expanded engineering …


Higher Ed Funding Called Inadequate President Says WSU Favors 4.3 Percent Tuition Increase

Washington State University President Sam Smith complained Tuesday that colleges and universities are taking a back seat in the funding of state services. Four-year institutions are expected to receive only …


Selling Apples Takes More Than One Pitch In Japan

Yuichi Okazaki got a taste of Washington grown apples while grocery shopping on a recent Saturday in a Tokyo suburb. He sampled a U.S. red Delicious apple at Ito Yokado, …


6 Weeks In Office, Batt Wins Cuts In Property Taxes $40 Million Package Criticized As Favoring Business, Agriculture Over Homeowners

Senate Republicans easily approved Gov. Phil Batt’s $40 million property tax reduction plan on Thursday, handing the GOP’s first governor in 24 years a major victory six weeks into his …


Gop Gives Cold Shoulder To Closure Of Mines Office

President Clinton wants to close the Spokane Bureau of Mines office, revamp the Northwest’s largest electricity producer, spend more money on saving salmon and keep farm programs at current levels. …


Low Numbers Mean More Cash For Classrooms Fewer Students, Teachers Than Expected Mean More Money For School Districts

Slower-than-expected enrollment growth and below-capacity staffing in some school districts combined this winter to increase the amount of state aid going to every classroom in the state. In fact, the …


Senators Endorse Tax Control

Senate tax-writers have given unanimous endorsement to a proposed constitutional amendment that would require a super-majority of the Legislature for approval of any future tax or fee increases. The amendment, …


House Oks Balanced Budget Amendment A Provision Requiring A Three-Fifths Majority To Raise Taxes Fails

The House voted overwhelmingly Thursday to add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution by 2002, making good on perhaps the most the far-reaching promise in the Republicans’ “Contract With …


Funds Diverted In Orange County

In another fiscal jolt, Orange County officials disclosed Saturday that the county treasurer’s office had wrongly diverted about $85 million into two special accounts, shortchanging scores of cities, school boards …


‘Penny Pinching’ Offers Practical Advice

According to the December issue of Kiplinger’s magazine, the consumer price index is expected to rise about 3.5 percent in 1995, compared with a 3 percent rise for ‘94. If …


Council Oks Spending $465,217 On Trash Carts 10,000 Special Bins First Step Toward Automating City Garbage Pickup

It’s top of the line with a streamlined lid, reinforced bottom and easy-roll tires. One might even call it the Cadillac of garbage carts. That’s exactly what two City Council …


Fox May Ask State For Less Education Aid New Schools Superintendent Says Proposed Salary Increase May Be Way To Cut $30 Million

Anne Fox