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Montana legislature reaches budget fix without raising taxes

Montana lawmakers have agreed to a plan to address the state’s projected $227 million budget deficit without raising taxes in a complicated mix of interconnected bills that make it nearly …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 5:33 p.m.

Spokane Valley council passes $77.4 million city budget

Spokane Valley adopted a $77.4 million budget that reflects a projected revenue surplus to be spent on building railroad bridges as well as parks and infrastructure improvements.


U.S. budget deficit up sharply to $63.2 billion in October

The federal government began its new budget year with an October deficit of $63.2 billion, up sharply from a year ago.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Montana lawmakers return for deficit-focused special session

Montana lawmakers return to the Capitol this week for a special session to address a projected $227 million budget deficit


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 11 p.m.

Montana lawmakers battling over budget shortfall

Some Montana lawmakers appear to be playing a game of political chicken with the budget, even as the state faces the possibility of not being able to afford a $120 …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 26, 2017, 1:07 p.m.

House passes $4T budget in step forward for Trump tax plan

Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead in delivering President Donald Trump’s promise …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 10:37 p.m.

WSU president announces sweeping budget cuts to reduce $30 million deficit

Washington State University President Kirk Schulz announced sweeping budget cuts in an online statement Monday evening, fulfilling a promise he made when starting the job to curb the university’s spending …


Senate votes to raise revenue by drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Senate rejected an amendment Thursday that sought to block a key panel from raising revenue through drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a move that could make it …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 20, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget

President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday “which will be the biggest in the history of our country!” following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump’s ambitious promise of “massive tax cuts and reform.”


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 17, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that’s key to taxes

The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party’s politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 12:20 p.m.

GOP budgets to permit first steps on tax overhauls

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday kicked off debate on House and Senate budget plans that promise slashing cuts to social programs – but whose real purpose is to grease the skids …


Montana Democrats try to marshal support for special session

Montana Democrats are trying to marshal public support for a special session to address the budget shortfall while Republicans argue state government needs to live within its means.


Strong economy takes state revenue forecast up $288 million

Projected revenue for the state of Washington has increased by about $288 million through the middle of 2019.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

Montana budget director recommends $229 million in spending cuts

The governor’s budget director is recommending Montana agencies cut $229 million in general fund spending over the next two years to balance the state’s budget due to lower revenues than …


Family of killed sailors hear Navy describe strain on force

WASHINGTON – As grieving family members watched, top Navy leaders and lawmakers on Tuesday said frequent extended deployments, delayed maintenance and nearly a decade of budget constraints have strained the …


Floods, fires, other disasters add stress to state budgets

A summer of natural catastrophes, from epic hurricanes to scorching wildfires, has exposed another peril in disaster-prone states: How to pay for the rescues, repairs and rebuilding.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 4:43 p.m.

House passes $1.2 trillion spending bill

The Republican-led House on Thursday passed a sweeping $1.2 trillion spending bill that provides billions more dollars for the military while sparing medical research and popular community development programs from …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Senate GOP struggles with deficit in work on budget, taxes

Senate Republicans are struggling with how many billions of dollars President Donald Trump’s tax code overhaul will add to the deficit as they work on a GOP budget plan that’s …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Montana, broke and burning, looks at cuts to fill budget gap

Montana plans to cut programs and services to fill a projected $227 million budget shortfall in the midst of a disastrous drought and dozens of wildfires that are draining the …


‘Build the wall’ takes back seat to rebuilding after Harvey

The U.S. government carefully designed a path of least resistance to building a border wall in Texas, picking a wildlife refuge and other places it already owns or controls to …


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Latah County passes budget of $19 million

The Latah County Commissioners approved a $19 million budget Wednesday for the upcoming fiscal year that includes another 4 percent annual or hourly pay increase for all county employees and …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 6:36 p.m.

Montana to cut more spending with $227M shortfall forecast

Montana will face a $227 million budget shortfall within two years unless state government agencies cut their spending by another 10 percent, Gov. Steve Bullock’s budget director said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 11:46 a.m.

Spokane schools’ budget to grow 7.2 percent, majority of money earmarked for teachers

The Spokane Public Schools’ budget will grow by 7.2 percent with much of that money going toward teachers and teaching supports.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Spokane City Council to consider jumping into Washington state construction budget fight

City lawmakers will soon decide whether to jump into the fray unfolding in Olympia over the state’s budget for new construction and a controversial court ruling involving water rights.


Secret Service says it will run out of money Sept. 30 to protect president and his family

The Secret Service said Monday that it has enough money to cover the cost of protecting President Donald Trump and his family through the end of September, but after that …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Spokane County Commission reverses course on property tax vote

Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 2:27 p.m.

Daunting budget deadlines loom for government

The Trump administration and Congress face a daunting set of budget-related deadlines in the coming weeks. Blowing them could upend global financial markets and cause a partial government shutdown.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 10:56 p.m.

Parents, advocates address Spokane Public Schools in hope of influencing budget

Parents and advocates addressed the Spokane Public Schools board of directors Wednesday night in an effort to guide the creation of the district’s annual budget.