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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Budget committee approves $2.2 billion for Idaho schools

The Legislature’s budget-setting committee has approved about a 6 percent increase to $2.2 billion for public schools in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.


Aaron Blake: Trump’s national emergency, and its massive unintended consequences

President Trump’s announced intention to declare a national emergency to build a wall on our southern border allows everyone an escape hatch in the near term, but the long-term unintended …


Provost: UI cutting budget by $5 million

Faced with falling enrollment, the University of Idaho will cut $5 million from its budget effective July 1, the start of the school’s fiscal year.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Inslee tax plan draws critics, supporters in budget hearing

Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed tax increases generated the expected support and opposition Wednesday as the Senate began hearings on new revenue for the state’s upcoming budgets.


High-end home improvements that are worth the splurge (and when it’s best to scrimp)

The only thing harder than setting a realistic remodeling budget is sticking to it. The secret? Knowing when to splurge and when to save. Here are top picks for each …


Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019, 9:20 p.m.

Lawmakers see Idaho revenue projections lower than governor

A pair of budget-related committees accepted Gov. Brad Little’s projected revenue of $3.75 billion for the current fiscal year, but reduced it for the following year.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

Short on solutions, long on blame in second shutdown weekend

President Donald Trump and Democrats are trading blame for the partial government shutdown but doing little substantive talking with each other, as the disruption in federal services and public employees’ …


John R. Kasich: Stop ignoring that 21 trillion-pound gorilla sitting in plain sight

Do deficits matter or not? Because if they do, then the U.S. economy and all of us who depend on its well-being are in deep trouble unless we turn things …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas

A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Gov. Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax

Gov. Jay Inslee will ask the Legislature for an extra $9.7 billion in spending in the state’s main budget over the next two years to pay for improvements to public …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 18, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s out-of-state trips strain budget of Washington State Patrol security detail

In the past fiscal year, the State Patrol’s Executive Protection Unit overshot its $2.6 million budget allotment by $400,000, with overtime and travel accounting for 62 percent of the higher-than-budgeted …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 11:15 p.m.

County hosting public budget meeting on parks and roads

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners is holding the second of three community roundtable meetings on Oct. 9 to gather public input for the 2019 Spokane County budget. The meeting …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Trump signs spending bill to increase Hanford budget

President Trump signed spending bills Friday that include a budget increase for the Hanford nuclear reservation.


Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan unveils $5.9 billion budget proposal

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s budget proposal for 2019 and 2020, unveiled Monday, would boost the city’s overall spending by about $300 million next year.


Hanford’s new budget is out. Trump isn’t going to be happy

A final spending bill for next year puts the Hanford nuclear reservation budget at $2.4 billion, well above the amount proposed by the Trump administration.


Commissioners to host public meetings on Spokane County budget

The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.


Budget office warns Idahoans may face bigger tax bills

Idahoans may see smaller refunds when filing their 2018 taxes next year because of major changes tied to the new tax law, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s budget office warned on …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

With new raises in employee contract, Spokane School Board agrees to spend more than it earns this school year

The budget approved by the Spokane School Board on Wednesday hints at wage increases in employee contract.


Spokane Valley budget reflects familiar goals

Spokane Valley’s budget goals for 2019 remain similar to last year: funding for road preservation and public safety, as well as infrastructure and park improvements. At a projected $70.7 million, …


Five US budget vacation destinations offer bounty for the frugal

In assembling the following five ideas for budget U.S. vacation spots, we stuck to places we’d actually want to go, with mid-to-high-quality lodging for about $175 or less per night …


WDFW commission approves 5 percent hunter, angler fee increase request but brunt of budget request placed on state general fund

Hunters and anglers could see a 5 percent fee increase according to a newly approved Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife budget request.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 7:09 p.m.

Washington State athletics seeking financial stability, fundraising growth under first-year AD Pat Chun

Some might say these are precarious times for an AD in Pullman. On one hand, Chun has a desire to finish the job his predecessor Bill Moos started. On the …


WDFW commission discussing funding, fee increase

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission met yesterday in Olympia to discuss long-term funding options and a potential fee increase aimed at


Lynn Hickey working to both chip away Eastern Washington athletic department’s debt and elevate its status

In USA Today’s annual fiscal report of NCAA Division I schools published last month, EWU ranked ranked 175th out of 230 for the 2016-2017 year. The department had $14,797,340 in …


With shortfall looming, WDFW budget proposal increases user fees, but brunt of funding falls on state general fund

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to balance its budget using a combination of state general-fund money and increased hunter and angler fees.


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 4:51 p.m.

WDFW to discuss looming $30 million budget shortfall during public webinar Monday

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a public webinar Monday to discuses funding challenges, according to a WDFW news release.


Froma Harrop: If you want fiscal responsibility, elect Democrats

Before last year’s big tax cuts, the economy was improving nicely. After the tax cuts, the economy is doing the same – for now, anyway. What’s different is the $1.9 …


Senate approves $145B spending bill to fund energy, veterans

The Senate on Monday approved a $145 billion spending bill to fund the Energy Department and veterans’ programs for the next budget year.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 9:43 a.m.

Spokane Schools looking at $436 million budget and considering bond for November ballot

Spokane Public Schools officials are looking ahead to next week, next year and the next decade as they assemble a $436 million budget for next year.