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  • City of Spokane short $6.6 million in ’12

    For the fourth straight year, Spokane leaders are forecasting a multimillion-dollar shortfall in the next annual budget. The city predicts a $6.6 million gap between expected revenues and expenses in …


  • Senate’s school cut plan may not add up

    OLYMPIA – School districts around the state might have to “eat” a cut in teacher salaries being proposed by Senate budget writers because they won’t be able to reduce pay, …


  • Senate outlines big cuts

    OLYMPIA – Senate spending plans for the next two years propose cuts for public schools, colleges, health care and social service programs. College tuition would be higher, paychecks to state …


  • Senate proposes spending less, cutting more

    OLYMPIA – Senate spending plans for the next two years propose cuts for public schools, colleges, health care and social service programs. College tuition would be higher, paychecks to state …


  • Spin Control: Let’s kick the canned phrase, lose the chant

    Ping-ponging between the sobering budget hearings and the raucous budget protests of the past week has left me with a desire to get the legislators and demonstrators to the negotiating …


  • House approves two-year state budget

    OLYMPIA – House lawmakers on Saturday approved their version of the next two-year state budget, voting 53-43 in favor of a proposal that would slash $4.4 billion in state spending. …


  • Obama unveils $3.73 trillion budget for 2012

    President Barack Obama is sending Congress a $3.73 trillion spending blueprint that pledges $1.1 trillion in deficit savings over the next decade through spending cuts and tax increases.


  • Governor’s proposed capital budget leaves off Spokane medical school

    OLYMPIA – A new medical school building in Spokane is not on the list of large construction projects being proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire for the next two years, a …


  • Clinics face crisis, CHAS chief says

    Looming state budget cuts threaten to unravel a network of Spokane health clinics that treat the region’s poorest people. Peg Hopkins, executive director of the Community Health Association of Spokane, …


  • State withdraws Medicaid coverage for oral care

    Annmarie Dowd had all her teeth pulled a few weeks ago. Her dentist suggested she hurry up and have the procedure because as of Jan. 1 the state stopped providing …


  • Higher-ed task force unveils list of solutions

    SEATTLE – A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider. At the top …


  • Charities not likely to fill gaps

    OLYMPIA – When Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a budget that cut many programs that help Washington state’s poor, she said that it was “up to us as a community” to …


  • Year produced array of calculations, ideas, tired phrases

    It was a year when government budgets always hurt for money and initiative campaigns never did. When candidates seemed to come out of retirement, out of the woodwork or from …


  • State earns bonus for child insurance

    A $17.6 million windfall from the federal government could prevent thousands of children in Washington from losing their health insurance in March if the state decides to spend the money …


  • Schools will lose Salmon in Classroom

    SEATTLE – Each year, 40,000 schoolchildren in the state have been introduced to the life of the salmon through the Salmon in the Classroom program. But beginning in January, the …


  • Deputy fire chief cut stirs furor

    The Spokane City Council’s decision last week to cut a deputy fire chief position has angered administrators and Mayor Mary Verner. “It was not discussed with me. It was not …


  • State’s hodgepodge primary system is ignored – until it’s endangered

    OLYMPIA – One casualty of the state’s budget woes could be the 2012 presidential preference primary. It’s on the block in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget proposal, and a good fiscal …


  • Caldwell: ‘Immoral’ cuts shine light on economic reality

    Gov. Chris Gregoire did the moral and immoral in a single turn last week: She released a balanced budget for the 2011-’13 biennium. The 40-page summation is moral in that …


  • Gregoire’s budget lays out harsh cuts

    OLYMPIA – Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires deep cuts and government restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed eliminating some state programs for schools and some …


  • Governor proposes MAC closure

    “Stunned,” “shocked” and “disappointed” were the words used by Chris Schnug, president of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board, after learning that the governor’s 2011-’13 budget proposal calls …


  • Liberty Lake makes progress on budget

    In a special meeting Tuesday, the Liberty Lake City Council decided on what to do with $140,139 in funds it didn’t have when the proposed budget was written. The funds …


  • Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

    OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


  • City Council adopts police concessions

    The concessions agreed to by Spokane’s police force to save jobs and help balance the city budget include giving up a scheduled 4 percent pay raise, increasing out-of-pocket costs for …


  • Gregoire urges changes in pensions, insurance

    OLYMPIA – The state should cut off automatic pension increases to some state retirees and keep others from retiring and being rehired for their old jobs, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


  • Interpreter services for patients face cut

    SEATTLE – About 70,000 Washington residents who do not speak English fluently may lose access to interpreters during medical visits under a proposed budget cut. The proposed $2 million cut …


  • Spokane library union set for raises in 2011

    Spokane’s unionized library workers will get a 1 percent raise next year, under a contract ratified this week. Not knowing how contract negotiations would end, the library’s preliminary budget set …


  • County budget to tap reserve

    Next year’s Spokane County budget will dig deeper into county reserves, not taxpayers’ wallets. County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday not to impose legally permitted 1 percent increases in property tax …


  • State cuts to health clinics affect thousands

    Washington state is suspending grants that enable community clinics to provide health care to about 300,000 uninsured patients. Suspension of the program was announced this week by the Washington State …


  • City, guild negotiating concessions

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner said her staff was continuing to meet late Thursday with the Spokane Police Guild on a proposed concession agreement to prevent at least some of the …


  • County considers using reserves to save public safety jobs

    Spokane County commissioners may dip into reserves to save jobs and offset some of the most painful cuts in their 2011 general fund budget. Commissioners Mark Richard and Bonnie Mager …