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  • Gregoire beefs up collection force for business taxes

    OLYMPIA – Facing revenue shortfalls for the next 30 months, Washington state is making changes in its tax collecting agency to go after businesses that aren’t paying what they owe, …


  • Lawmakers’ deadline arrives with few budget proposals

    OLYMPIA – Warning that every month is critical in solving the state’s looming budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried Monday to prod legislators into suggesting budget cuts more palatable than …


  • Letter details targeted cuts to Medicaid services

    Thousands of Washington’s poorest residents will receive a letter early next month informing them that they will lose health care services in the coming year as the state cuts Medicaid …


  • State economist still bullish, but forecast has officials scrambling

    OLYMPIA – Little changes can have big costs. That may be the main lesson from last week’s announcement that Washington state’s budget appears to be another $1.2 billion out of …


  • Deal with firefighters would preserve jobs

    Spokane firefighters avoid layoffs under a tentative agreement accepted this week by Mayor Mary Verner. If the deal is approved by union members and City Council, Local 29 of the …


  • $1.2 billion shortfall looms for Washington

    OLYMPIA – The state is still being buffeted by the “Great Recession” and will have about $1.2 billion less than previously expected through mid-2013, Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist …


  • Council approves 1 percent property tax increase levy

    During a sometimes heated meeting before a packed chamber Tuesday night, the Liberty Lake City Council passed by a 5-1 vote a 1 percent property tax increase levy. The levy …


  • Director outlines Idaho’s gloomy Medicaid outlook

    BOISE – Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are considering using volunteers to help those who now rely on its services. State …


  • Local recovery slow going

    The economic recovery will grind slowly forward next year, extending this year’s modest improvements but not breaking out strongly enough to significantly affect unemployment and household income, economists John Mitchell …


  • City Council delays vote on tab tax

    Motorists in Spokane soon could have to pay an extra $20 a year to license their vehicles. But a final decision on whether to impose the local tab tax was …


  • Idaho panel predicts shortfall as budget lacks stimulus, reserves

    BOISE – State lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go …


  • State targets wildlife budgets

    OLYMPIA – Some fishing and hunting opportunities are almost certain to decline as Washington’s state budget woes continue. Even though wildlife officials have drafted a blueprint for the first across-the-board …


  • Tense exchanges reveal city’s budget stress

    Call it the e-mail thread heard round the city. As Spokane wrestled with its sad but necessary budget-cutting in recent weeks, a series of e-mail messages – forwarded to all …


  • College class sizes grow, programs suffer as cuts deepen

    Enrollment is up at community colleges throughout the nation, and the White House considers the two-year institutions a key to America’s economic recovery. But even as more students are seeking …


  • Battalion chiefs’ pay soars with overtime

    A plan aimed at cutting city spending to help balance the budget has become an unexpected windfall for some Spokane firefighters. Most of the Spokane Fire Department’s nine battalion chiefs …


  • GOP gains mean more of the same at Idaho Statehouse

    BOISE – While much of the nation endorsed a sharp change in political direction Tuesday, Idaho went its own way – the same way it’s headed for the past four …


  • State leaders see tighter coffer, bipartisan tilt

    OLYMPIA – Washington politicians who had any doubt the public is in no mood for more taxes should have had that cleared up Tuesday. For the budget struggles ahead next …


  • Residents rally for library branch

    Several library users fought tears Wednesday as they implored Spokane library trustees to keep the city’s East Side branch open. “This place provides access,” said Spokane resident Scott Engelhard, his …


  • Library board considering East Side branch’s closure

    Several times a week Lewis and Clark High School freshman Janelle McNeal heads to the East Side Library to finish homework, connect with friends online and read books. But that …


  • College presidents plead for state funding

    SEATTLE – The Legislature doesn’t get back to work for about three months, but leaders of Washington’s public colleges and universities began their fight for a share of dwindling state …


  • Airport directors OK budget on same fees

    Spokane International Airport directors unanimously voted Wednesday to pass along a proposed $60.3 million budget to Spokane County and the city of Spokane for approval. The 2011 budget, split into …


  • Vestal: Improving job prospects through school has hefty price

    Sara Kerbs-Ridenour is a schoolteacher working on a master’s degree in special ed. She’s 24, with three years of experience in the classroom. A Spokane native, she returned to Eastern …


  • WSU deans seek ‘vertical’ cuts

    Washington State University is coming to terms with how it will make nearly $25 million in state budget cuts, and the prospects look painful.


  • Spokane Valley council passes 2011 budget

    The Spokane Valley City Council unanimously passed its budget for 2011 Tuesday night, despite objections by Councilman Bill Gothmann to the cut in a cost of living adjustment raise to …


  • Richard, Knezovich spar over budgeting

    A 2 ½-hour Sheriff’s Office budget meeting Tuesday produced more heat than light. Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and County Commission Chairman Mark Richard each accused the other of “insulting” …


  • STA seeking public input on budget cut proposals

    Spokane Transit Authority officials are asking for the public’s help in cutting 7 percent from the bus agency’s budget next year. A recently released list of potential cuts is the …


  • For street and water projects, downturn has an upside

    In the midst of the Great Depression, Spokane won federal money to upgrade the Upriver Dam to generate more power and construction jobs. Nearly 75 years later and in the …


  • Vestal: Alleged givebacks are a cop-out

    Give it back. This is the terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad mantra of this recession. Give back your job. Give back some salary. Give back your raise. Give back a …


  • Guild, city of Spokane spar over layoffs

    Spokane Police Guild leaders this week sent a strong message to Mayor Mary Verner: We dare you. In a letter received by Verner on Thursday, Guild President Ernie Wuthrich warned …


  • City layoff list puts 120 workers at risk

    Spokane administrators next week will inform about 120 workers that they will lose their jobs by the end of the year. Some could be demoted but remain on the city …