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Senate approves stopgap measure, evading shutdown

Congress passed a stopgap spending bill Thursday, averting a partial government shutdown at midnight Friday but pushing into January showdowns on spending, immigration, health care and national security.


Idaho jail looks to save money by limiting shower times

A jail in northwestern Idaho is reducing the amount of time inmates can spend in the shower and when showers are available as part of a plan to cut back …


CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases – including “fetus” and “transgender” – in any …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


Robert J. Samuelson: Favoritism toward welfare state threatens U.S. security

The Pentagon and the welfare state have been locked in brutal combat for decades, and the Pentagon has gotten clobbered. Welfare programs – Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and other …


Start the clock for Trump, GOP in last push on taxes, budget

Start the countdown clock on a momentous two weeks for President Donald Trump and the GOP-run Congress.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Retention counselors, grad stipends spared in WSU budget

Washington State University departments have found ways to keep retention counselors on the payroll and avoid cutting graduate research stipends, but some remain dissatisfied over the administration’s handling of a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Leaders seek to end GOP fissures over bill averting shutdown

Top Republicans delayed a planned House vote on a short-term budget bill Tuesday to give themselves time to quell party divisions and avert a partial government shutdown by the weekend.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget

Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …


Congress’ top 2 Dems to meet Trump on government spending

Congress’ top two Democrats said Monday they’ve accepted an invitation from President Donald Trump for a White House budget summit later this week as the two parties try to avert …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

McConnell: No government shutdown this week over immigration

Testing the resolve of Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Sunday there won’t be a government shutdown this week over the question of protecting immigrants brought to the country …


Why Republicans who once fought budget debt now embrace it

When did Republicans stop worrying and learn to love budget deficits?


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 2, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

House GOP unveils plan to avert government shutdown

House GOP leaders have unveiled a plan to avert a government shutdown next weekend and keep the government open through Dec. 22.


Spokane loses out on federal grant that would have paid for some new police next year

The Justice Department announced this week that the Spokane Police Department was not among the 179 law enforcement agencies in the country receiving a federal grant to bolster hiring. Officials …


Seattle budget includes money for safe-injection site

The Seattle City Council has passed a 2018 budget that includes $1.3 million to create what could be the nation’s first authorized safe-injection site for drug users.


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 …