Stories tagged: budget
Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 11:50 a.m.
Budget chief to Legislature: Time’s a-wasting, pass a budget
OLYMPIA — The state can’t wait until next year to make changes to its budget that will reduce spending, the state’s budget director told legislators today.
UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 28, 2011, 8:23 p.m.
Protests shut down special hearing on budget
Washington lawmakers beginning a 30-day special session were met by hundreds of protesters Monday, and a committee meeting focusing on solutions to the state’s budget woes was abruptly halted amid …
Mon., Nov. 28, 2011, 12:44 p.m.
Medicare back on the brink over cuts to doctors
Politicians of both parties outdo each other vying for the approval of seniors, but their inability to compromise on the federal budget has put Medicare in the crosshairs again. Unless …
Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
Baby could fall through hole in safety net
When Michelle Casey received the first ultrasound of her second pregnancy, she got some unexpected news. Her daughter had a bilateral cleft lip and palate. The ultrasound technician reassured her, …
Fri., Sept. 16, 2011
Economic recovery likened to mirage
OLYMPIA – With economic recovery described as “a mirage in the desert” and a projected gap between income and spending growing to $1.4 billion, state officials began setting the stage …
Sat., Aug. 27, 2011
Some legislators opt to cut pay in solidarity
OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same 3 percent pay cut they imposed on state workers. Many who have …
Thu., Aug. 11, 2011
Spokane Public Schools OKs budget
Spokane Public Schools adopted its 2011-’12 budget Wednesday, but reaching the finish line was a challenge, as district officials tried to offset a $13.1 million shortfall. “We certainly have experience …
Wed., Aug. 3, 2011
Vestal: Budget cutter’s plea for millions more in spending shows duality
On Friday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers issued two news releases. One was full of tiresome rhetorical ballast about the deficit and the debt ceiling. The House had just passed a …
Thu., July 21, 2011
Kootenai County cuts staff
Kootenai County has eliminated another 10 positions, bringing to 20 the number of staff reductions that have occurred since two new commissioners took office in January. The recent reductions in …
Wed., July 13, 2011, 7:28 p.m.
Obama to GOP: Don’t call my bluff
President Barack Obama bluntly told Republican congressional leaders Wednesday they must compromise quickly if the government is to avoid an unprecedented default, adding, “Don’t call my bluff” by passing a …
Wed., July 13, 2011, 5:23 p.m.
Leaders lack followers to resolve debt showdown
For President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, the debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling has provided a stark lesson on the limits of their power. Each of their proposals …
Thu., June 23, 2011
School board commits to maintaining class sizes
Spokane Public Schools officials agreed to a 2011-’12 preliminary budget Wednesday that does not increase any class sizes, but there’s still work to be done. About $1 million remains to …
Wed., June 22, 2011, 8:59 p.m.
SPS won’t increase class sizes or cut special ed assistants
Spokane Public Schools’ officials agreed to a 2011-12 preliminary budget Wednesday that does not increase any class sizes, but there’s still work to be done. About $1 million remains to …
Thu., June 16, 2011, 10:14 a.m.
Washington revenue forecast falls again
Washington state’s projected revenues for the next two years are down slightly, said Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist and executive director of the economic and revenue forecast council.
Thu., June 9, 2011
100 Spokane teachers receiving recall notices
Spokane Public Schools recalled 100 teachers Monday after the school board decided to not increase class size in the elementary grades. Of the 238 employees who received pink slips in …
Thu., June 9, 2011
WVSD expecting about $780,000 in cuts
The West Valley School District is expecting about $780,000 in cuts from the state budget this year. In order to make up for those cuts, it held the first of …
Wed., June 8, 2011, 12:53 p.m.
Spokane Public Schools recalls staff
Spokane Public Schools will recall 100 teachers and other certified staff today after the school board decided not to increase class sizes in grades K-6.
Wed., June 8, 2011
Sheriff gets $128,000 for gear
Spokane County commissioners gave Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich $128,223 from reserves Tuesday – about one-third of the amount he requested for equipment and software. Knezovich requested $372,631 last week, but commissioners …
Wed., June 1, 2011
Sheriff argues for supplies
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich gave county commissioners a $372,631 list of equipment and software Tuesday that he’d like to buy with county reserves. Commissioners took no action, but agreed to discuss …
Fri., May 27, 2011
No revenue problem, just every other problem
Now that the state – by which I mean all of us, in combination, led by our leaders – has arrived at an utter failure of a budget, it’s good …
Thu., May 26, 2011
Nearly $3 million in state funds preserve MAC
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture will not have to close. The museum received just under $3 million for the coming biennium as part of the state budget that …
Wed., May 25, 2011, 9:41 p.m.
Budget passes Senate with bipartisan support
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Senate has easily approved a new budget plan for Washington state, passing the measure in the final hours of the 30-day special session.
Wed., May 25, 2011, 6:29 p.m.
MAC wins state funding, will remain open
The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) will not have to close. The museum received just under $3 million for the coming biennium as part of the state budget …
Sun., May 22, 2011
Workers’ comp deal reported near to break legislative logjam
OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime today on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said Saturday …
Sat., May 21, 2011, 6:46 p.m.
Legislature grinds toward compromise
OLYMPIA – Legislators may reach a deal sometime Sunday on one of the key stumbling blocks to passing a budget and adjourning, a spokesman for Gov. Chris Gregoire said this …
Sun., May 15, 2011
Editorial: Move to let schools set tuition is long overdue
In Washington, like other states, students and the state share in the cost of higher education. The less the state kicks in, the more students and their families are charged …
Fri., May 13, 2011
County parks rely on volunteers
Spokane County parks officials are preparing for summer with the assumption that last year’s budget crunch is the new normal. Parks Director Doug Chase is planning a more sustainable austerity …
Wed., May 11, 2011, 8:33 p.m.
City may tap ‘Photo Red’ money for general fund
Spokane Mayor Mary Verner gave a preview Wednesday of a 2012 budget she says would be painless for residents who obey the law. Verner proposed to close a tentative $6.6 …
Tue., May 10, 2011
Scholars may lose state prize
A Washington program that’s offered four-year college scholarships to outstanding high school students for 30 years could become another casualty of a down economy. Letters sent out last month notifying …
Fri., May 6, 2011
Medicaid bill would shift control
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., this week introduced a Republican proposal touted as a way to corral Medicaid spending by giving states more say in who qualifies and who …