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  • Verner takes lead in longevity

    In the decade since Spokane began electing strong mayors, none had served more than three years – until this week. Mayor Mary Verner didn’t even need to finish her term …


  • Budget less stress for Spokane Valley

    While governments all around the city of Spokane Valley have been cutting and hacking at budgets with the equivalent of axes and chain saws, Spokane Valley has made what amounts …


  • Budget less stress for Spokane Valley

    While governments all around the city of Spokane Valley have been cutting and hacking at budgets with the equivalent of axes and chain saws, Spokane Valley has made what amounts …


  • Liberty Lake department heads trying to cut costs

    The Liberty Lake City Council heard an accounting from the city’s department heads of what they were doing to reduce costs. Community Development Director Doug Smith told the council the …


  • No Washington special session – for now

    OLYMPIA –With Congress poised to approve $26 billion for Medicaid and school funding, Washington state will dodge the need for a special legislative session or immediate across-the-board spending cuts, Gov. …


  • Forum will hear budget ideas today

    Got a thought on how to help solve the state’s budget woes? Today is your chance in Eastern Washington. That’s when the Office of Financial Management brings its road show …


  • Second special session might be needed, Gregoire says

    OLYMPIA — Washington may need another special session of the Legislature if Congress doesn’t come through with some $480 million in higher payments for Medicaid, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.


  • New food taxes start Tuesday

    If you drink bottled water or beer, eat candy or chew gum, this weekend would be a good time to stock up. Those items – or at least some brands …


  • Spokane schools funding plan makes dropout prevention a priority

    A little savings, slightly higher property taxes, some conservative projections and $54 million in cuts during the last eight years means Spokane Public Schools will be able to avoid trimming …


  • Schools’ budget reality strikes hard

    Consecutive years of belt-tightening are leaving Inland Northwest school districts with fewer notches available to further cinch up their spending. Temporary federal funds for education in the 2009-’11 biennium helped …


  • Verner proposes cutting 44 city jobs in 2011

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner told the City Council Wednesday that she plans to eliminate 41 city jobs next year, including 18 police officers and 9 Fire Department employees.


  • Gregoire signs new state budget into law

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.


  • Washington state furlough law enacted

    OLYMPIA – Thousands of state workers will take 10 days off without pay over the next 14 months under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The new law …


  • Gregoire signs furlough bill

    Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a bill that will order thousands of state workers to take 10 days off without pay through the middle of 2011.


  • Gregoire signs package of tax hikes

    OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods …


  • Budget surveys discussed

    When facing budget cuts, Central Valley School District community members would rather find other reductions before eliminating classroom teachers, librarians and school resource officers. CVSD Superintendent Ben Small announced the …


  • College students getting pinched

    Alina Shanin will be three classes away from a degree in anthropology at the end of spring term, but the 21-year-old is concerned tuition increases coming this fall could make …


  • Late maneuvers cap debate-filled session

    OLYMPIA – By the time the Legislature wrapped up 90 days of heated and sometimes confusing debate over taxes and spending early Tuesday, it had raised taxes on a wide …


  • Washington tax may send smokers east

    Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. The higher state taxes – which brings the total on every pack to $3 …


  • Washington House OKs tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


  • House approves tax plan

    OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to …


  • Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …


  • Verner says new taxes not an option

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner says she’s not considering new taxes to bail the city out of its $10 million hole for 2011. City leaders will present a preliminary budget plan …


  • State sales tax won’t rise

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a deal Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


  • Legislature nearing deal on tax package

    OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a “deal” Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


  • Olympia budget gridlock still unsolved

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature’s special session could continue through next weekend. House members, who had much of the week off but returned Friday to vote on a few bills, …


  • Studded-tire tax is a non-starter

    It is a measure of the political force field surrounding studded tires that in this, the bleakest of times for state budgets, no one is trying to slap a tax …


  • Idaho cuts welfare programs amid shrinking budgets

    The shrinking budget for Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare is already having an impact on dozens of mentally ill patients and some of the services those clients receive.


  • Lawmakers wrestling over final $200 million

    OLYMPIA – Much of this year’s legislative time has been devoted to a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, but the special session is essentially locked up over …


  • Parents weigh in on school budget

    The Central Valley School District is mulling options for cuts to help make up a possible shortfall in state funds in the 2010-’11 school year. To help the school board …


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