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  • Inslee wants coal ports, trains studied

    OLYMPIA – State and federal agencies studying potential impacts of a new coal terminal near Bellingham must consider the increased train traffic in Spokane and other cities around the state, …


  • Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session

    OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …


  • Despite deal, taxes to rise for most Americans

    WASHINGTON — While the tax package that Congress passed New Year’s Day will protect 99 percent of Americans from an income tax increase, most of them will still end up …


  • Councilman’s assault on library story time ludicrous

    Story time? Really, Councilman Fagan? The next time you hear the government-phobes launch the script about crushing taxes and runaway waste, remember Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan and his insights …


  • Reality lost in state’s taxing discussion

    Are we all full up on “revenue” here in Washington? Is our problem – as the unending cliché goes – a spending one, and not a revenue one? As we …


  • PR firm contract should be troubling

    As the city scrambles for nickels and dimes everywhere – well, everywhere but certain top salaries – it seems odd that the administration is forking over nearly $50,000 to quietly …


  • Gregoire says successors’ budget proposals won’t work

    OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire served warning Thursday to her two would-be successors that the budget plans they’re pushing on the campaign trail won’t work and they’ll need to …


  • CV unveils budget for next year

    Finance Director Jan Hutton unveiled the Central Valley School District’s 2012-’13 budget during the school board’s meeting Monday. For the first time in several years, there was good news.


  • Vestal: Mayor’s proposed cuts come at price of safety

    Mayor David Condon’s proposed city budget accomplishes his main objective: keeping his campaign promise not to raise taxes. It does not, however, do what he says it does: preserve the …


  • East Central center may switch to a nonprofit

    In a cost-cutting move, city officials likely will convert the East Central Community Center to a nonprofit operation like Spokane’s other community centers. Twelve employees likely would lose their jobs …


  • Spokane Public Schools avoids further cuts

    Spokane Public Schools’ budget situation for the 2012-’13 school year is better than it has been in almost a decade, meaning there will be no layoff notices or agonizing decisions …


  • Spokane schools officials’ pay frozen

    Spokane Public Schools central administrators’ pay will remain unchanged for the 2012-’13 school year, district officials announced Monday. The decision comes as the district’s upcoming budget is being finalized.


  • Gregoire reading fine print

    OLYMPIA – Some state spending that legislators approved shortly before dawn Wednesday as part of a package deal to end the session may not survive the veto pen. Gov. Chris …


  • Shawn Vestal: Disability ‘lifestyle’ must not apply to senator

    Ever wonder who, exactly, “the most vulnerable” are? We’ve all heard of them. The “most vulnerable” are the folks who Republican budgeteers in Olympia vow to protect while they cut …


  • Budget deal may be near

    OLYMPIA – Legislative leaders and the governor worked into the night Monday, searching for a solution to the state’s long-running budget stalemate, one that would allow them to adjourn the …


  • Budget impasse testing tempers

    OLYMPIA – With no budget agreement and time running out in an extended session, tensions boiled over Friday evening as Senate leaders of both parties accused the other side of …


  • House Democrats pass budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Admitting it’s not the final solution to the state’s fiscal problem but a way to “move the process forward,” House Democrats passed and sent to the Senate a …


  • Budget deal may be near

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire lifted her self-imposed boycott of bill signings Thursday and said legislators could be close to reaching a deal on cuts to the state’s operating budget. …


  • Analyst: Obama ups taxes for 1 in 4, mostly rich

    WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan research group estimates that President Barack Obama’s budget would raise taxes next year on 1 in 4 households, but have little impact on families earning under …


  • Special food aid on state cutting block

    OLYMPIA – For 15 years, Washington has helped thousands of people the federal government wouldn’t, providing food assistance to legal immigrants struggling to survive in America. That includes residents of …


  • Spin Control: ‘Media’ negotiations are only problem when they don’t work

    OLYMPIA – “I’m not going to negotiate in the news media.” Politicians at all levels love to utter that sentence – when it’s to their advantage.


  • Senate GOP unveils new budget plan

    OLYMPIA – For the first three days of Washington’s special session, everything involving the state’s troubled budget was done behind closed doors. That went by the wayside Thursday. Senate Republicans …


  • Legislature braces for remaining budget work

    OLYMPIA – For all the criticism heaped on the Washington Legislature for what it didn’t do – fix a yawning gap of more than $1 billion in the state’s main …


  • Washington legislature starts special session on Monday

    OLYMPIA – Overtime starts Monday for the Legislature, which failed to pass a general operating budget by midnight Thursday and was called back for a special session. After issuing a …


  • Both sides guilty of budget-balancing gimmickry

    Amid all the talk of gimmicks wafting out of Olympia these days, it’s important to remember that everybody hates them. Everybody loves sound budgeting, everybody hates a gimmick, and everybody …


  • Special session now looms

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature seemed headed for a special session Monday as leaders of both parties agreed it will be all but impossible in the time remaining to negotiate a …


  • Relatively rosy state budget forecast expected

    OLYMPIA – Washington might get the most optimistic budget outlook in years today when state economists deliver the latest revenue forecast. The demand for state services may be lower and …


  • Obama sends 2013 budget proposal to Congress

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama today sent Congress a new budget that seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade while at the same time showering …


  • GOP proposes ‘Education First’

    OLYMPIA – House Republicans, who say they are fed up with the slow pace of the budgeting process in a session in which that was supposed to be the main …


  • WA House Speaker goals: create jobs, fund education

    OLYMPIA – Washington legislators started their 60-day session with the usual pomp and circumstance, and a quick preview of the debates likely to dominate the remaining 59 days. As soon …

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