Stories tagged: budget
Tue., April 25, 2017, 12:58 p.m.
Official estimate could upend Trump tax plan before release
A new congressional estimate could upend President Donald Trump’s tax plan even before he releases it.
UPDATED: Mon., April 24, 2017, 10:31 p.m.
Trump backs away from demand for border wall money
Partisan disputes over health care and President Donald Trump’s border wall threw must-pass spending legislation into jeopardy Monday days ahead of a government shutdown deadline.
UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 12:34 p.m.
White House budget director takes hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutdown looms
White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that President Donald Trump might refuse to sign a government spending bill that does not include money for a wall on the …
Sun., April 23, 2017
Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating
Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.
Fri., April 21, 2017, 9:13 p.m.
Idaho adds more oversight to $2B in special districts
Idaho officials are praising a new system designed to add accountability and transparency involving the more than $2 billion that flows through hundreds of the state’s special districts, but they …
UPDATED: Fri., April 21, 2017, 11:01 p.m.
Washington transportation budget has $75 million for North Spokane Corridor
Senate gives final approval to an $8.6 billion transportation budget with $127 million in projects inside Spokane County.
Fri., April 21, 2017, 4:30 a.m.
Washington Legislature likely to end regular session quietly Sunday, go into OT Monday
With a budget agreement far off, Legislature could go into an overtime session as early as Monday.
Thu., April 20, 2017, 10:47 a.m.
University of Montana to offer buyout and retirement options
A state higher education official says the University of Montana will offer buyouts or early retirement options to 80 to 100 employees in an effort to reduce school spending.
UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 6:32 p.m.
Native American tribes fear end of federal heating help
Native American tribes fear what will happen if President Donald Trump succeeds in eliminating an energy assistance program that they say is crucial to their members.
Sun., April 9, 2017, 3 a.m.
City Council seeks more control of how Police Department uses seized funds
The panel is set to vote on a bill Monday that will put the spending of money seized from suspected criminals under their authority and require regular public reports.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 11:36 p.m.
Dispute over tax vote stalling Washington 2017-19 budget talks
Argument over the conditions for the start of serious budget negotiations makes a special session increasingly likely.
UPDATED: Thu., April 6, 2017, 10:05 a.m.
Trump budget could end Amtrak service to Spokane, other NW cities, says rail group
Amtrak service to Spokane and smaller cities such as Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Ephrata could be axed under the Trump administration’s latest budget proposals, a rail passenger advocacy group says.
Wed., April 5, 2017, 11:26 a.m.
Once again, it’s crunch time for fairs
Washington state lawmakers are threatening to slam the barn door on funding for county fairs.
UPDATED: Sun., April 2, 2017, 12:31 a.m.
Spin Control: Scoring political points without winning votes on the budget debate
The outcome of budget votes is rarely in doubt, but that doesn’t stop the political maneuvering.
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 7:12 p.m.
Back in the spotlight, Hillary Clinton takes aim at Trump’s budget
Hillary Clinton stepped back into the spotlight this week after laying relatively low since the election, and she had some advice for President Trump: Tear up the White House budget …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
Senate Passes construction budget
Washington state senators passed a two-year construction budget that puts more money toward updating schools, mental health facilities and state water services.
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 7:53 p.m.
White House calls for domestic cuts to finance border wall
The White House is calling for immediate budget cuts of $18 billion from programs like medical research, infrastructure and community development grants to help pay for the border wall that …
UPDATED: Mon., March 27, 2017, 9:39 p.m.
House Democrats propose $46.9 billion budget, taxes on upper income Washington residents and big businesses
Upper income residents of Washington would pay more taxes on their investments and their home sales but small businesses would pay less under a $46.9 billion budget for most state …
Sat., March 25, 2017
Froma Harrop: Trump faithful must own consequences
Putting the onus back on Trump’s voters is not only more honest; it is less patronizing.
Sat., March 25, 2017
Charles Krauthammer: Checks and balances holding strong
Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much …
Fri., March 24, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
Trump’s budget plan not what public wants, poll indicates
President Donald Trump wants to boost the military’s budget by billions of dollars. But given the chance, the public – even his fellow Republicans – would do just the opposite, …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:41 p.m.
Washington Senate passes $43 billion budget after midnight on 25-24 vote
The Senate narrowly approved a $43 billion operating budget early Friday that attempts to improve Washington schools and pay for it by raising property taxes in some parts of the …
UPDATED: Fri., March 24, 2017, 9:36 a.m.
Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan
Senate Republicans pushed through a massive shift in property taxes as a way of balancing their two-year, $43 billion spending plan and the school reforms it would contain.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
VA urges ‘hiring surge’ to reduce veterans’ appeals backlog
The Department of Veterans Affairs is warning of a rapidly growing backlog for veterans who seek to appeal decisions involving disability benefits, saying it will need much more staff even …
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
Washington lawmakers say they can’t plan yet for health care changes as GOP hopes to repeal Obamacare stall in Congress
Changes to the Affordable Care Act could be costly to Washington, but lawmakers say there are too many variables to make firm plans yet.
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 1:33 p.m.
Montana forecast predicts $106 million in additional state revenue
Legislative analysts have released a new revenue estimate that paints a rosier economic picture for Montana.
UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:08 a.m.
White House issues gag order to officials on budget details
The Trump White House is instructing Cabinet heads and agency officials what to tell and not tell Congress about the last week’s proposed budget.
Tue., March 21, 2017, 7:57 a.m.
Senate Republicans set to release state budget plan
Senate Republicans in Washington state are set to release their two-year state budget proposal.
Mon., March 20, 2017, 3:58 p.m.
University of Montana surveying faculty about early retirement
The University of Montana is surveying faculty and staff about their interest in early retirement as the university seeks to cut spending due to decreasing enrollment.
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:39 p.m.
State budget would target 1 in 5 workers for big raises
With new staffers walking the wards these days at Western State Hospital, nurse Becky Bailey feels safer. There’s less of a last-minute scramble for nurses to fill vacant positions, said …