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  • Washington House passes supplemental budget

    OLYMPIA – In a prelude to end-of-session budget negotiations, the House dumped the Senate’s no-new-taxes budget that extended some tax loopholes for businesses, replacing it with a plan to spend …


  • Washington Senate Democrats offer budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – A day after some members said they’d support a no-new-taxes budget with relatively few changes in state spending plans, Senate Democrats unveiled a more ambitious – and more …


  • Plan wisely to avoid holiday spending hangover

    It’s a holiday season tradition that you don’t want to observe. Many consumers spend more than they can afford, often racking up huge credit card balances. But there’s no need …


  • Chief addresses response to Best Road fire

    Spokane Valley Fire Chief Bryan Collins reported on his efforts to quell concerns from neighbors upset about the response time to a recent fire during Monday’s fire commissioner meeting. The …


  • Murray, Crapo pursue budget deal again

    WASHINGTON – As the 29 members of the congressional Budget Conference Committee gathered for opening remarks Wednesday, perhaps the only thing hanging more heavily in the air of the subterranean …


  • Spokane police, firefighter salaries outpace region’s average wages

    As budget discussions ramp up at the city of Spokane, a conservative think tank has released a study suggesting that pay for Spokane’s police and firefighters has not only outpaced …


  • Go figure: Most of us don’t keep a budget

    It was an oft-invoked image on last year’s campaign trail: the typical American couple, sitting around the kitchen table making a budget to ensure their bills were paid and spending …


  • Innovate Washington loses state funding

    State legislators have eliminated funding for Innovate Washington, an agency created just two years ago by the merger of Sirti and the Washington Technology Center and charged by the Legislature …


  • CV budget cuts class sizes

    In creating a list of budget priorities, the Central Valley School Board focused on reducing class sizes for young students, and extending the day for kindergartners. The priorities, which were …


  • Governor signs budget in time

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new two-year budget on Sunday, averting a government shutdown that state officials had been planning for in case the new spending plan wasn’t …


  • Spin Control: Lessons the Legislature teaches us

    There are things one learns after 153 days watching the Legislature. Well, technically not 153 days of watching, because there were big stretches of time in the 105-day regular session, …


  • Legislature passes construction budget on final day

    OLYMPIA – After 153 days, the Washington Legislature decided Saturday it had had enough, even though Gov. Jay Inslee wanted it to do more. In quick succession, the House and …


  • Senate passes budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – The state Senate on Saturday approved a budget plan similar to a proposal the chamber passed earlier this year during the regular session, but made some concessions on …


  • House Democrats offer state budget compromise

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats offered to trim spending and drop many proposals on taxes as part of a compromise they say would allow the Washington Legislature to pass a 2013-15 …


  • Spin Control: Budget impasse doesn’t spell doom

    OLYMPIA – Politics, like nature, abhors a vacuum. So it’s not surprising that into the vacuum that is the Legislature’s special session – where the most special thing about it …


  • Taxes, savings bring $3 million surplus

    The city of Spokane Valley pocketed a $3 million surplus at the end of 2012 even as other cities and counties across the state continue to trim budgets, cut costs …


  • City braces for budget cuts despite strong sales taxes

    Spokane is collecting sales taxes like it hasn’t since before the recession. Even so, city officials are preparing for another multimillion-dollar deficit in 2014.


  • Restoration of funding means opportunities for schools

    These are righteous times for Washington school districts. The first spoils from a lawsuit requiring the state to fund basic education will help launch all-day kindergarten across Spokane, hire more …


  • Washington budgets remain in limbo

    OLYMPIA – With four days left to pass three multibillion-dollar budgets and make the changes in state law that accompany them, House Democrats on Wednesday pushed through a $900 million …


  • Budgets could force special session

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature is running out of days faster than it is running out of controversial issues, but leaders are still wary of saying they will need a special …


  • House budget cuts exemptions, extends taxes

    OLYMPIA – House Democrats want to spend about $1.9 billion more on education over the next two years, paying for much of it by extending some taxes set to expire …


  • Obama budget a mix of spending, saving

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called for higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans in his proposed new federal budget released Wednesday, but he also offered for the first time changes …


  • State Senate releases budget proposal

    OLYMPIA – Washington now has two “starting points” for its $32.5 billion operating budget, and each would take the state in very different directions when it comes to raising and …


  • College grads can learn and earn their way out of student loans

    Scott Anderson knew he wanted to go into veterinary medicine, a profession shared by his father and his uncle. Affording the degree, however, posed a challenge. “It’s incredibly expensive,” said …


  • Schools, taxes top Inslee proposal

    OLYMPIA – Temporary tax increases on beer and some business services should be made permanent, and a variety of existing tax breaks should be eliminated to raise an extra $1.2 …


  • City facing cuts to fire service

    Less than a week after Spokane firefighters pulled two people from a burning home, the Spokane City Council is considering a budget that will essentially end first-response firefighting capabilities at …


  • Budgets’ numbers beat expectations in Millwood

    The Millwood City Council was treated to good budget news during last week’s regular City Council meeting. City Treasurer Debbie Matkin said three funds that were expected to have large …


  • Spokane mayor hands out layoff notices

    Spokane Mayor David Condon is continuing on the path of change and reorganization at City Hall. This week, the city’s arts director, the last remaining employee in Spokane’s consumer protection …


  • McMorris Rodgers voted for trigger

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Spokane Republican, is among those who voted for the 2011 budget bill that set in motion the deep, looming spending cuts that she and …


  • CV unveils budget for next year

    Finance Director Jan Hutton unveiled the Central Valley School District’s 2012-’13 budget during the school board’s meeting Monday. For the first time in several years, there was good news.


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