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U.S. budget deficit up sharply to $108 billion in March

The federal government’s budget deficit rose sharply in March, pushing the deficit for the first six months of this budget year above the same period a year ago.


U.S. consumer spending flat, sending savings rate up

U.S. consumers kept their spending flat in December and instead boosted their savings rate to the highest level in three years.


White House and GOP leaders appear close to budget deal

WASHINGTON – The White House and congressional Republican leaders are close to reaching a bipartisan budget agreement that would resolve the stalemate over government funding and, if implemented, shift the …


Senate bill would help local housing projects apply for federal funds

A return to normalcy in the way Congress doles out federal dollars could be a boon to housing in the region. The Senate Appropriations Committee signed off Thursday on a …


Spokane County commissioners seek financial flexibility

Spokane County commissioners say they want more flexibility in how they handle the county’s financial affairs, as the cost of delivering services has been rising by 3 to 5 percent …


Pentagon to bear brunt of upcoming budget cuts

WASHINGTON — A second, deeper round of automatic federal budget cuts is on its way, and it’s going to hit the Pentagon hard.


State higher education spending sees big decline

MIAMI — State funding for higher education has declined because of a slow recovery from the recession and the end of federal stimulus money, according to a study released Monday.


$1 trillion-plus spending bill taking shape in Congress

Weary after a year of partisan bickering, lawmakers reached a tentative agreement today on a sprawling $1 trillion-plus spending bill that chips away at military and environmental spending but denies …


Smart Bombs: Floyd was suited to the task

On Election Day, you’ll find Doug Floyd trudging up to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (or wherever) to drop off his ballot. If you wonder why, he’ll be glad to tell …


Factory activity fueling modest economic recovery

Hopes that America’s factories will help drive the economic recovery gained support Monday from news that manufacturing activity grew in January to its strongest point since 2004.


State’s stimulus take hefty

In the race for stimulus dollars, Washington is well ahead of the pack in winning valuable government contracts. Federal contracts awarded to companies and government agencies in the state are …


Federal money fueling projects across the region

Justin Koogler’s personal stimulus came in the form of $300 for textbooks at North Idaho College. A returning Iraq war veteran, Koogler was having trouble covering the expenses of going …


Obama wants to cut $17B from budget

President Barack Obama challenged Congress on Thursday to approve $17 billion in additional spending cuts in the coming budget year, a sum that amounts to less than one-half of one …


Safe keeping

The credit crunch is bringing back an old payment strategy for the holidays: layaway. A pay-over-time strategy first popularized during the Great Depression, layaway allows customers to put a down …


Fed Not So Tight When It Comes To Staff Director Of Support Services Earns More Than Cabinet Secretaries

The Federal Reserve, renowned for its tightfisted control of the nation’s money supply, is considerably more generous to its own staff: In just the last three years, it has more …


Report Details Waste Within United Nations

The snowmobiles were never used. The uniforms weren’t needed. Many of 1,400 generators never made it out of their crates. And that was just Bosnia. A U.N. report about internal …


Ewu, WSU Presidents Live Like Kings Foundations Fund Their Opulent Surroundings To Help Them Land Big-Money Donations

1. Drummond 2. Smith


House Approves Cuts; More To Come Rancor Erupts Over Whether Savings Will Go To Deficit Or Tax Cuts

House Republicans began their promised assault on the federal budget in earnest Thursday by approving $17.1 billion in cuts to current domestic spending and recommending another $100 billion they want …


Gop Stingier With Pay Raises Spending Plan Also Has Workers Pitching In For Health Coverage

State lawmakers face a more than $500 million question: whether state employees should get a raise. Gov. Mike Lowry included a raise for everyone who gets a paycheck from the …


Murray Rips Gop Tactics On Species Act

Two Western Democrats charged Thursday that Republicans launched a sneak attack on the Endangered Species Act by voting to slash $1.5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service budget. …


Fox Wants To Reject Federal Funds

State Schools Superintendent Anne Fox says she will advise the state Board of Education next week she wants to reject nearly a half-million in federal funds under the Goals 2000 …