Stories tagged: budget
Fri., March 5, 2010, 11:38 a.m.
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.
Wed., March 3, 2010, midnight
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 …
Tue., March 2, 2010, 12:45 p.m.
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 …
Tue., March 2, 2010, midnight
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 …
Mon., March 1, 2010, 1:01 p.m.
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 …
Mon., March 1, 2010, 11:21 a.m.
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.
Fri., Feb. 26, 2010, midnight
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 …
Thu., Feb. 25, 2010, midnight
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 …
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010, 9:39 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Feb. 19, 2010, midnight
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 …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2010, midnight
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 …
Thu., Feb. 11, 2010, midnight
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 …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2010, 5:44 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 10, 2010, midnight
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 …
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, midnight
The high cost of free
Local governments often turn to grants to supplement tight budgets, but Spokane County is so broke it can’t even afford “free” money. Facilities Director Ron Oscarson recently had to give …
Mon., Feb. 8, 2010, midnight
The Medical Lake City Council unanimously approved a resolution last week opposing any new jail in the city. City officials also have threatened legal action if Spokane County or the …
Sun., Feb. 7, 2010, midnight
State ignoring own report on Pine Lodge issue
OLYMPIA – Last year, the Legislature spent $500,000 for a consultant to tell Washington state which prisons should close and which should stay open. The consultant released his study in …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2010, midnight
School administrators’ pay among highest in county
Spokane-area public school administrators were not sheltered from the budget storm that howled across Washington last year. An analysis of top administrators’ pay in the Spokane area’s three largest districts …
Thu., Feb. 4, 2010, 4:45 p.m.
King County judge rules state failing education
The state of Washington isn’t fully paying for basic public education, a violation of its constitutional duty, a King County judge ruled Thursday in a lawsuit brought by a coalition …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2010, midnight
Gregoire counting on federal cash
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire said she’s confident the federal government will come up with $435 million for Medicaid reimbursements over the next 18 months, easing somewhat the cuts the …
Mon., Feb. 1, 2010, 10:52 a.m.
Obama budget would impose host of tax increases
While President Barack Obama is proposing to cut some taxes for companies that hire workers, his budget would raise a host of other taxes on businesses and wealthy individuals.
Mon., Feb. 1, 2010, 10:47 a.m.
Obama unveils budget with $3.83T in spending
President Barack Obama unveiled a multitrillion-dollar spending plan Monday, pledging an intensified effort to combat high unemployment and asking Congress to quickly approve new job-creation efforts that would boost the …
Sun., Jan. 31, 2010, 2 a.m.
Salaries soared at regional universities
Raises have been scarce and budget cuts common at colleges dealing with the fallout from the worst state budget in memory. But between January 2007 and January 2009, the largest …
Fri., Jan. 29, 2010, midnight
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 …
Sat., Jan. 23, 2010, midnight
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 …
Fri., Jan. 15, 2010, midnight
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 …
Wed., Jan. 13, 2010, midnight
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 …
Tue., Jan. 12, 2010, 2:24 p.m.
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.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2009, 9:06 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Dec. 4, 2009, 10:34 a.m.
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.