Stories tagged: budget
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 9:01 p.m.
Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill
With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown, as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners but promised …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 11:43 a.m.
House passes stopgap measure as senators raise objections
A day ahead of a government shutdown deadline, the House easily passed a stopgap spending bill to keep federal agencies running through the end of April. The legislation’s fate in …
Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
GOP adds $10B for wars, $4B for disasters to stopgap spending bill
Congress is quickening its pace toward adjourning late this week, marching toward a final vote on legislation boosting medical research and speeding drug approvals and readying a separate stopgap spending …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 1:51 p.m.
Seattle Public Schools predicts $74 million budget shortfall
Seattle Public Schools is preparing for the worst-case scenario as it predicts a $74 million budget shortfall for the 2017-18 school year.
Fri., Dec. 2, 2016, 10:22 a.m.
House passes $611 billion defense policy bill by wide margin
The Republican-led House on Friday overwhelmingly backed a $611 billion defense policy bill that rejects a number of President Barack Obama’s key proposals for managing the nation’s vast military enterprise.
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
WSU president says school had $17M deficit last year
Washington State University operated at a $17 million deficit last year, and President Kirk Schulz said departments that overspent must develop plans to repay the money so the university can …
Wed., Nov. 23, 2016, 8:02 a.m.
Pentagon warns stopgap spending bill could hurt terrorism fight
The Pentagon comptroller has warned Congress that continuing to rely on stopgap spending bills will undermine U.S. forces in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a memo exclusively obtained by …
Thu., Nov. 17, 2016, 10:54 a.m.
Forecasts predict strengthening Montana economy, revenues
Forecasts released this week predict a strengthening economy and a modest revenue boost for Montana over the next two years, though a legislative leader says the recent declines amid a …
Tue., Nov. 1, 2016, 10:58 a.m.
Pentagon set to ask Congress for $6 billion in additional funds
The Pentagon will request about $6 billion more for the current fiscal year to pay for troop increases in Iraq, a slower draw-down of troops from Afghanistan and more intense …
Tue., Oct. 4, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Rosy Scenario gets magic wand
The notion that Trump can wave a magic wand over these matters and – presto! – produce vast revenues is either wishful thinking or deliberate deception.
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 6:44 p.m.
Ice ribbon in Riverfront Park delayed by design that came in over budget
An overly ambitious design will delay the opening of Riverfront Park’s new ice skating ribbon, the first signature project in Riverfront Park’s massive taxpayer-funded renovation. It’s the latest in a …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
What’s in, what’s out of bill to avert government shutdown
The short-term spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down is, to be honest, the only thing lawmakers really have to do before exiting Washington for the fall campaign.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 12:32 p.m.
Washington revenue forecase shows slight increase
An updated forecast shows Washington state is expected to rake in $336 million more in revenues than previously thought for the current two-year budget cycle.
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 1:58 p.m.
Congress struggles to finish Zika aid, prevent shutdown
Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus, …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes
Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.
Fri., Sept. 16, 2016, 12:09 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Writing a state budget is like writing a family budget – if your family procrastinates and bickers
The state budget process starts Friday, but it’s not likely to end on time.
Mon., Sept. 12, 2016, 7:56 p.m.
Obama, McConnell strike hopeful tone on budget, Zika
Striking a conciliatory tone after an Oval Office sitdown, President Barack Obama and the top Senate Republican declared themselves hopeful Monday that an agreement can be reached to keep the …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2016, 1:12 p.m.
No six-month stopgap for Democrats, Senate minority leader insists
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid confirmed Thursday that Democrats this month will oppose any stopgap spending bill that would punt current government funding and policies into 2017, a strategy favored …
Wed., Aug. 31, 2016, 6:54 a.m.
Japanese Defense Ministry seeks record $51 billion budget
Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high 5.17 trillion yen ($51 billion) budget for the 2017 fiscal year to bolster missile defense capability amid an escalating North Korean threat and …
Tue., Aug. 9, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
Whitman County accounting errors create $150K shortfall
The Whitman County Commissioners must find a way to deal with a 2016 budget shortfall of about $150,000 that is the result of a series of recently discovered accounting errors.
Wed., July 13, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
U.S. sees small surplus in June, but deficit up for year
The federal government recorded a small budget surplus in June, but the deficit so far this budget year is still running 26.7 percent higher than a year ago.
Fri., July 8, 2016, 12:25 p.m.
Bill to limit office expenses of ex-presidents sent to Obama
Congress has voted to put limits on the expense accounts that ex-presidents get from American taxpayers.
Mon., June 27, 2016, 1:43 p.m.
Trump’s budget, tax plans add at least $10 trillion to debt, study shows
A new Washington study says Donald Trump’s tax and budget plans would make the national debt skyrocket by $10 trillion or more over the coming decade, mostly because of his …
Fri., May 20, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
Airlines say Congress is contributing to long airport lines
As airport security lines get longer, the finger-pointing over blame is growing too. The nation’s leading airlines, already feuding with the Transportation Security Administration, are now taking on Congress.
Thu., May 19, 2016, 9:46 a.m.
Bipartisan deal in House to help Puerto Rico with $70B debt
In a breakthrough, House Republicans and Democrats have struck a deal with the White House to help rescue Puerto Rico from $70 billion in debt.
Wed., May 18, 2016, 7:02 p.m.
State asks Washington Supreme Court to end education sanctions
Attorneys from the office of Attorney General Bob Ferguson says the state is on track to fulfill its constitutional requirement to properly fund education and in a court filing Wednesday …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 2:33 p.m.
Food stamps would be cut by $23 billion under GOP budget plan
Republican leaders have proposed more than $23 billion in food stamp cuts in a budget plan that could be brought to the House floor in the next two weeks, several …
Fri., May 6, 2016, 12:33 p.m.
U.S. consumer borrowing jumps 10 percent in March
U.S. consumers sharply increased use of their credit cards in March, pushing up total borrowing at the fastest pace in more than a decade.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 9:36 a.m.
Taxable retail sales increase in 2015
Washington state revenue officials say taxable retail sales in 2015 topped $135 billion. That was an 8.4 percent increase over 2014.
Wed., April 27, 2016, 5:39 p.m.
$8 million deficit to trigger Community Colleges of Spokane cutbacks
Community Colleges of Spokane will eliminate some staff and faculty positions starting in the fall in response to an $8 million deficit, which Chancellor Christine Johnson blamed partially on last …