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  • Luna may dip into reserves

    BOISE – Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna on Thursday proposed dipping into state reserves for nearly $53 million to help balance next year’s school budget – a proposal that …


  • Otter lays out plans for parks

    BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and state Parks Director Nancy Merrill announced a plan Friday to save $4.5 million at the state parks department next year – but not …


  • Area delegation gets message: Don’t ask

    OLYMPIA – A Spokane-area delegation on its annual pilgrimage to the state capital got a consistently downbeat message this week: Don’t expect money for new programs or projects. “The message …


  • Gregoire looks for balance in new budget

    Saying that many of the cuts she proposed last month are “unwise and unjust,” Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a combination of program cuts, tax increases and federal aid to close …


  • Gregoire wants to create 40,000 jobs

    Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to combat the state’s high unemployment rate by drawing new businesses to the state and creating up to 40,000 new jobs this year.


  • Gregoire: Tax hikes needed to save programs

    Making her case for tax increases, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday presented a bleak plan to balance the state budget by wiping out spending for health care, welfare and education …


  • Gov. Gregoire eliminates 17 boards and commissions

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has eliminated 17 boards and commissions by executive order and she is asking lawmakers to get rid of 78 other boards.


  • CV prepares for more cuts

    It was hard for the Central Valley school board to see any light at the end of a long, dark budget tunnel after receiving a gloomy budget prediction Monday night. …


  • Wash. budget gap zooms to $2.6B through mid-2011

    Tax increases probably can’t be avoided as the state tries to patch a budget deficit that’s ballooned to about $2.6 billion, top Democratic lawmakers said Thursday.


  • Federal funds kept schools afloat, but ‘safety net’ ends soon

    Washington, unlike many other states, was quick to use federal stimulus funds to shore up school budgets during the last wrenching budget cycle. The state spent $362 million in stimulus …


  • Riding out the recession

    It wasn’t long ago that the Spokane Transit Authority was riding high. Boardings were up nearly 50 percent, and the agency’s cash reserve had grown thanks to voter approval of …


  • Wash. budget short about $2B through mid-2011

    Higher costs for government services have driven the state’s projected budget shortfall to about $2 billion, Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget office said Friday.


  • Fire budget vote planned

    Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioners are to conduct a final hearing Monday and take action on a 2010 budget that calls for construction of a new station. Chief Mike Thompson …


  • Fire commissioners plan hearing on 2010 budget

    Newman Lake Fire & Rescue commissioners will conduct a public hearing Monday on their proposed 2010 budget. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Station 1, 10236 N. West …


  • Lakeland Village staff rally

    Employees and supporters of Lakeland Village protested a cost-cutting recommendation to close the residential facility for the developmentally disabled to all but the most acute-care patients by 2017. A few …


  • Rally protests cuts at Medical Lake facility

    Employees and supporters of Lakeland Village protested a cost-cutting recommendation to close the residential facility for the developmentally disabled to all but the most acute-care patients by 2017.


  • City OKs 2010 budget

    Spokane Valley City Council members adopted a 2010 budget Tuesday and opposed a statewide initiative they felt would undermine future budgets. Both actions were unanimous despite some sympathetic rhetoric about …


  • Sheriff bills state for expense of search for hospital escapee

    The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office will submit a $37,000 bill to the state for the cost of hunting down escaped Eastern State Hospital patient Phillip A. Paul. The manhunt, which …


  • Historic Campbell House to reopen

    The historic Campbell House at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will reopen Oct. 7, after being closed since Jan. 2. The reopening is made possible by a “shift …


  • CdA balances budget without job cuts

    When Coeur d’Alene opened its new library two years ago, space quadrupled and attendance and usage more than doubled. But staffing has only increased from 15 full-time employees to 16.5. …


  • East Valley budget preserves teachers’ jobs

    East Valley School District directors adopted a 2009-2010 budget Tuesday that preserves all teaching and classified jobs despite deep cuts. The budget follows a plan developed in May, in response …


  • CV approves football fee

    The Central Valley school board voted Monday night without discussion to add a $125 fee for middle school boys to play football. The move is part of a pay-to-play plan …


  • EV board approves restoring resource officer

    As the East Valley district budget for the 2009-2010 school year inches toward adoption in August, school board members gave Superintendent John Glenewinkel approval to bring back the school resource …


  • Stimulus funds allow schools to avoid grim year

    Stimulus money and selected cuts will help Spokane Public Schools avoid an ugly budget scenario next year. Superintendent Nancy Stowell’s recommended budget for 2009-’10, released Wednesday, adds all-day kindergarten at …


  • EVSD plan would save jobs

    The East Valley School District won’t have to lay off teachers or cut popular programs as originally feared if residents give their blessing Monday to an alternate proposal for closing …


  • New plan could mean no layoffs in East Valley district

    The East Valley School District won’t have to lay off teachers or cut popular programs as originally feared if residents give their blessing Monday to an alternate proposal for closing …


  • Idaho school districts declaring emergencies

    BOISE – At least a dozen Idaho school districts have declared financial emergencies under a new state law, and more are considering the move as they face their first-ever cut …


  • Gregoire signs new $35B state budget

    Gov. Chris Gregoire has put the finishing touches on the recently concluded legislative session by signing into law a $35 billion, two-year state budget.


  • House of Charity to maintain summer service

    House of Charity’s overnight accommodations for homeless men will remain open this summer thanks to a combination of budget cuts and the hope of additional funding.


  • UI to drop, merge academic programs

    The University of Idaho will eliminate 62 positions and either drop or consolidate about 35 academic programs as part of a plan to cut its budget by $11.7 million next …

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