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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.


Fires are torching Montana, and the money is running out

Montana’s worst fire season in years is expected to scorch the drought-stricken landscape well into fall, long after the state’s firefighting reserves run out thanks to politicians diverting millions of …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017, 4:56 p.m.

Spokane schools to present proposed budget to community Wednesday

Community members can comment on a proposed Spokane Public Schools budget, Wednesday.


House passes better Hanford budget than Trump administration wanted

The U.S. House passed a package of appropriation bills that included a budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation for the next fiscal year before members scattered for a five-week summer …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:18 p.m.

Montana revenue shortfall triggers worst-case budget cuts

Montana revenues have fallen far enough below projections to trigger a worst-case scenario $97 million in spending cuts across state government starting as soon as next month.


House moves to fill VA’s budget gap despite vets’ objections

The Republican-led House is moving to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of …


Montana cuts to its firefighting fund loom as blazes spread across state

Montana’s $60 million wildfire reserve fund could be halved by budget cuts next month at the peak of what state officials say is emerging to be a very active and …


Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says

The Legislature’s failure to pass a capital budget means the state Department of Natural Resources is short of money to deal with unhealthy forests, the agency director said Friday.


University of Montana may see third round of buyout offers

A third round of buyout offers may be coming to the University of Montana.


House budget blueprint boosts military, cuts food stamps

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a budget that proposes trillions of dollars in cuts to the social safety net and other domestic programs while sharply boosting military spending, a blueprint …


Progressive center that opposed anti-tax measure fined for campaign violations

A progressive think tank will pay the state more than $30,000 to settle claims of campaign finance violations in its failed efforts to defeat a 2015 initiative.


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

New Washington budget boosts money for special education programs

Spokane Public Schools will get an extra $3 million for special education students thanks to a change in state funding.


UPDATED: Sun., July 9, 2017, 12:22 p.m.

Welcome back, Congress. Health care, budget await lawmakers

Congress is still trying to send President Donald Trump his first unqualified legislative triumph, nearly six months after Republicans grabbed full control of Washington. Now, lawmakers are returning from their …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.

Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding

Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 3:13 p.m.

Illinois House approves state budget, ends historic impasse

The Illinois House voted Thursday to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of a budget package, giving the state its first spending blueprint in than two years and ending the nation’s …


An unapologetic Chris Christie announces deal to end N.J. shutdown

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced late Monday night that he had struck a budget deal with Democrats to end a three-day shutdown of the state government, following an outcry …


N.J. government enters third day of shutdown on budget impasse

New Jersey’s government shutdown entered a third day as lawmakers failed to approve a budget for fiscal 2018 and social media lambasted Gov. Chris Christie and his family for lounging …


Editorial: Budget passed with an unconscionable secrecy, haste

What is it that public servants are afraid the public will see? According to lawmakers who defend the secrecy, the answer is honesty. Can’t be frank if the public is …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Congress comes up short on major action so far this year

Republicans are stuck on health care, can’t pass a budget, and hopes for a big, bipartisan infrastructure package are fizzling. Overhauling the tax code looks more and more like a …


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

After midnight: $4 billion Capital Budget in limbo over water rights dispute

Some $4 billion in construction projects remain in limbo as the Legislature entered a new fiscal year Saturday morning without passing a capital construction budget or settling a major water …


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.

Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed

Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 1:50 a.m.

Legislature passes $43.7 billion budget, and taxes to pay for it; Inslee signs before midnight

Washington lawmakers began the heavy lifting Friday morning of passing a $43.7 billion budget and staving off a partial government shutdown before midnight.


UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 10:31 a.m.

Washington Legislature plays beat the clock on historic budget, school changes

Record Washington budget and major change in public school policy come up for a vote Friday. Budget must pass and be signed by midnight to avoid a partial government shutdown.


Panels demand billions more for defense than Trump requested

The GOP-controlled Congress has taken the lead on one of President Donald Trump’s key campaign promises, pressing for tens of billions of dollars more for active-duty troops, combat aircraft, and …


As wildfires rage in West, D.C. lawmakers fight over forest policy

With wildfire season raging in western states, Congress is embroiled in a battle over how best to fight the fires.


UPDATED: Thu., June 29, 2017, 5:11 p.m.

What’s in Washington 2017-19 budget deal? Public might not see until Friday morning

Legislative leaders reached a deal on the 2017-19 operating budget, apparently averting a possible government shutdown that would start Saturday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 27, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Longest Washington budget talks with no deal

Legislators have gone later than ever without at least an agreement “in principle” on the budget needed to keep the state running after June 30. They also lack agreement on …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017, 11:17 p.m.

Consultant: Spokane needs 44 more police officers on patrol

A consultant hired by the Spokane Police Department reviewed three years’ worth of data about how officers on the streets spend their time and said Monday the additional cops were …


Top Republican to press for $696.5 billion defense budget

An influential House committee chairman will press his case for a $696.5 billion defense budget in 2018, a blueprint that provides more military spending than at any point during the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 22, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Dozens gather in Spokane to protest looming state government shutdown if budget deal isn’t reached

About 60 people gathered in Spokane Thursday afternoon as part of a statewide series of rallies to plead with the legislature to pass a budget before the state government is …