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  • Washington Legislature’s special session begins

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying to close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget. Legislative leaders said they …


  • Wash. lawmakers start special session to pass budget

    The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.


  • Tax collection emphasis OK’d

    BOISE – Idaho’s budget outlook for next year is looking a bit brighter, after legislative budget writers on Friday decided to hire more state tax auditors to bring in an …


  • Richard recounts county’s highs, lows

    County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it. He delivered his remarks to a breakfast …


  • Spokane Co. commissioner outlines accomplishments, cuts

    County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it.


  • Idaho lawmakers ponder taxing online sales

    BOISE – Two lawmakers from the same North Idaho district are at opposite ends of a legislative battle over taxing Internet sales, which Idahoans already are required by law to …


  • Central Valley budget cut options decided

    The Central Valley School District board of directors decided on a list of potential budget cuts to help offset losses expected when the state budget is approved. The list is …


  • City gets lots of green from red-light cameras

    I realize Spokane is strapped for cash, but is Photo Red the way to get us in the black? Come on. There must be more ways for a city to …


  • Transportation plan passes

    The state Legislature has passed an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will bankroll thousands of construction jobs.


  • Federal reform ban heads to Otter

    Idaho lawmakers have sent Gov. Butch Otter legislation to ban the enforcement in Idaho of any federal requirement that all individuals and businesses purchase health insurance, and to require the …


  • Governor: Wash. school reform is required

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she’ll keep lawmakers in Olympia until they resolve their debate over school reform.


  • Gregoire says special session a possibility

    With lawmakers racing to negotiate a budget and tax package, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday it’s possible she’ll need to call a special session to extend the talks beyond Thursday’s …


  • IPTV budget cut, but not as much as Otter wanted

    Idaho Public Television got its budget trimmed Tuesday, but the damage was far less than Gov. Butch Otter called for earlier - and Otter not only supported the plan, he’ll …


  • GOP’s ‘emergency’ call wouldn’t change much

    OLYMPIA – Republicans have argued for weeks the governor should declare a financial emergency and reopen the contracts with the state employees unions, cutting pay and benefits to help balance …


  • Senators spar over tax hike package

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Senate delays vote on tax plan

    OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


  • Idaho tax revenue is $41M behind estimates

    Idaho has missed its tax revenue forecasts by a combined $41 million since December. House leaders confirmed that revenue fell more than $15 million short of February’s targets.


  • Tax plan progresses in spite of criticism

    OLYMPIA – A new tax proposal would place unfair burdens on a wide range of residents, from janitors to plastic surgeons and cigar sellers to candy makers, opponents of the …


  • UI: Furloughs for 2,600 will save $1.2 million

    The University of Idaho plans to implement furloughs for 2,600 employees during the next four months to save about $1.2 million and help offset shortfalls in state funding for higher …


  • House enters tax plan fray

    OLYMPIA – People who smoke, chew gum, drink bottled water or get a face lift would pay more taxes this year under a plan by House Democrats to find extra …


  • Wash. House Democrats detail $760 million tax plan

    State House Democrats want to raise about $760 million in taxes by closing a long list of sales and business tax exemptions and collecting more money from smokers, bankers, lawyers …


  • Gregoire wants $4.1 million for droughts

    Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking the Legislature to set aside $4.1 million for drought-relief projects that may be needed to counter below-average mountain snowpack this winter.


  • Committee presents budget

    BOISE – The Idaho Legislature’s leading budget-setters put all their cards on the table Thursday, laying out to the 20-member joint budget committee and to the public their tentative plan …


  • Governor signs I-960 suspension

    OLYMPIA – There was no drama, but plenty of theatrics, as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill Wednesday making it easier for the Legislature to raise taxes. Gregoire signed a …


  • Senate Dems: Sales tax hike would help balance cuts

    Senate Democrats unveiled a budget proposal that calls for a three-tenths of 1 cent sales tax hike for the next three years, an extra $1 per pack for cigarettes and …


  • Plan for Idaho schools would delay budget cuts

    BOISE – Idaho schools wouldn’t see midyear cuts this year under a plan unveiled by legislative budget writers on Thursday, but they’d face bigger cuts next year. The plan, which …


  • Courts ask surcharge to patch budget

    BOISE – Idaho’s court system has a plan to cope with steep budget cuts and still keep courthouse doors open: Anyone found guilty of a crime or infraction would pay …


  • Idaho leaders tap reserves to add money for schools

    BOISE – After a long and fierce debate, Idaho’s top five elected officials voted 3-2 on Wednesday to give public schools an extra $22 million from state reserves next year …


  • Idaho officials OK $22 million for schools from reserves

    BOISE - After a long and fierce debate, Idaho’s top five elected officials voted 3-2 on Wednesday to give public schools an extra $22 million from state reserves next year …


  • Idaho revenues off again

    BOISE – Idaho’s tax revenues fell $12.8 million below forecasts in January, but the state’s chief economist says the dip is due to a timing issue, and “it’s not necessarily …

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