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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 …


Getting There: Tallying the transportation tab

How much does transportation cost you?


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.


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 …