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  • Spin Control: Same old budget battle story

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns to town Monday in search of a compromise on a two-year operating budget that keeps the state in the black, uses relatively few accounting gimmicks, …


  • Quick fixes to life start in the kitchen

    We’ve all heard the news: Cooking at home is the remedy for a host of budget and health concerns that many of us struggle with today. Want to save money …


  • House budget plan passes along largely partisan lines

    OLYMPIA – The House passed a $34.2 billion budget Friday that would add money to public schools and assumes a jump in some taxes on businesses and consumers. In a …


  • House budget cuts exemptions, extends taxes

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats want to spend about $1.9 billion more on education over the next two years, paying for much of it by extending some taxes set to expire …


  • Spin Control: Fight on budget sustains a word

    OLYMPIA – For the next three weeks, at a minimum, legislators will be throwing around the word “sustainable” more than a bunch of organic farmers hectoring an executive from Archer …


  • State Senate releases budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Washington now has two “starting points” for its $32.5 billion operating budget, and each would take the state in very different directions when it comes to raising and …


  • Wash. Senate set to unveil budget proposal

    A Republican-dominated coalition in the Washington state Senate is set to unveil its budget proposal.


  • Kitchen-table analogy oversimplifies budgetary process

    OLYMPIA – It is a rare day during the session when some legislator doesn’t offer the folksy wisdom that the state should just balance its budget like the folks back …


  • Inslee: Extend temporary tax, spend more on schools

    Budget recommendations for the next two years from Gov. Jay Inslee call for the state to keep temporary tax increases on beer and some business services and spend an extra …


  • State lauded for showing expenditures; chided for budget process

    OLYMPIA – Washington gets a good grade for showing its residents how the state spends their money but deserves lower marks for letting them see how those spending decisions are …


  • Revenue forecast is rosier

    OLYMPIA – Revenue projections for the next two years suggest Washington’s budget will grow by about $2 billion. That’s more than some legislators expected and more than enough to fuel …


  • Washington State University among research schools vulnerable to sequester

    PULLMAN – Washington State University researcher Michael Kahn is already reeling from state and federal budget cuts. Now Kahn, the associate director of the university’s Agriculture Research Center, said sequestration …


  • Region plans for sequester

    WASHINGTON – The so-called “sequester” squeeze will cost Inland Northwest school districts millions of dollars and throw into question conservation and recreation programs if implemented. The deadline to avert the …


  • Murray unveils online budget tool as GOP digs in

    It didn’t take long for U.S. Sen. Patty Murray to get comfortable in her new cyberspace digs. A few days after officially assuming the role of Budget Committee chairwoman, the …


  • Spin Control: Inslee, GOP hardly exchanging bouquets in early jousting

    OLYMPIA – The start of a new Legislature with a new administration is much given over to pomp and ceremony, so it wasn’t too surprising that most of the players …


  • 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 …

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