Stories tagged: state budget
Fri., April 23, 2010, 2:34 p.m.
Gregoire signs package of tax hikes
OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed two major tax increases Friday, insisting the state had no choice but to raise taxes on a wide range of businesses and consumer goods …
Wed., April 14, 2010
Washington tax may send smokers east
Cigarettes soon will cost about $8 a pack as Washington legislators add another $1 in taxes. The higher state taxes – which brings the total on every pack to $3 …
Sun., April 11, 2010
Fixed menu for budget might leave a bad taste
OLYMPIA – When talking about the Legislature, it’s easy to get wrapped up in parliamentary details and arcane political jargon. To avoid that, here’s a simple way to look at …
Thu., April 8, 2010, 10:15 a.m.
Wash. high court: Can’t order governor to pay unions
The state Supreme Court says it can’t force the governor to include a public employee union’s pay raises in the state budget.
Sun., April 4, 2010
Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives
BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …
Sat., April 3, 2010
Olympia budget gridlock still unsolved
OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature’s special session could continue through next weekend. House members, who had much of the week off but returned Friday to vote on a few bills, …
Thu., April 1, 2010, 12:36 p.m.
Idaho cuts welfare programs amid shrinking budgets
The shrinking budget for Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare is already having an impact on dozens of mentally ill patients and some of the services those clients receive.
Wed., March 24, 2010, 6:10 p.m.
Gregoire warns of 20 percent cuts if budget stalls
Gov. Chris Gregoire warned Wednesday that she could be forced to make across-the-board cuts of 20 percent if the Legislature doesn’t come up with a budget-balancing agreement. Gregoire expressed frustration …
Wed., March 24, 2010
‘Impasse’ endures amid budget talks
OLYMPIA – Most legislators took a couple days of “rolling recess” this week, staying away from the Capitol while their leaders tried to bridge the two opposing views on solving …
Wed., March 10, 2010
Transportation plan passes
The state Legislature has passed an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will bankroll thousands of construction jobs.
Wed., March 10, 2010
Federal reform ban heads to Otter
Idaho lawmakers have sent Gov. Butch Otter legislation to ban the enforcement in Idaho of any federal requirement that all individuals and businesses purchase health insurance, and to require the …
Tue., March 9, 2010, 10:57 a.m.
IPTV budget cut, but not as much as Otter wanted
Idaho Public Television got its budget trimmed Tuesday, but the damage was far less than Gov. Butch Otter called for earlier - and Otter not only supported the plan, he’ll …
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.
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
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, 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.
Mon., March 1, 2010
Idaho Health and Welfare offices to close
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says starting this Friday it will close its offices every other Friday through at least June 11 to save money.
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010
Senate OKs curb on I-960 for third time
OLYMPIA – For the third time in three weeks, the state Senate voted to suspend a state law that requires a two-thirds majority for any tax increase. The arguments from …
Sat., Feb. 20, 2010
Idaho schools’ budgets left intact
BOISE – Idaho schools will be spared from further budget cuts this year, the Legislature’s joint budget committee decided unanimously Friday, but likely will face big cuts next year. The …
Fri., Feb. 19, 2010
U.S. rep. gives budget warning
OLYMPIA – Washington state should not use federal stimulus money to fill its budget gap, a Republican congresswoman said this week. Instead, it should make tough choices to cut or …
Tue., June 30, 2009, 4:14 p.m.
ISP: Cut would mean no more highway patrol
If the Idaho State Police had to absorb the loss of all its gas tax funding a year from tomorrow, it wouldn’t have anyone left to patrol the state’s roads, …
Sat., June 20, 2009, 1 a.m.
Washington counting on boost in liquor sales
OLYMPIA – It’s as predictable as a hangover: In hard economic times, governments reach for the hard stuff, jacking up liquor taxes and loosening “blue laws” to siphon money from …
Sat., June 6, 2009
Gas tax grab raises ire
BOISE – More than 30 years ago, Idaho’s boaters, snowmobilers, dirt-bikers and ATV riders made a deal: They’d give up their gas tax refunds for gas burned off-road if the …
Tue., May 19, 2009, 3:39 p.m.
Gregoire signs new $35B state budget
Gov. Chris Gregoire has put the finishing touches on the recently concluded legislative session by signing into law a $35 billion, two-year state budget.
Sun., May 17, 2009
Gov. Gregoire defends move to fill speechwriter job
Practically everyone attached to state government in Washington is being forced to cut back. Universities are canceling programs, and students are facing higher tuition. Schoolteachers are getting layoff notices. State …
Thu., March 12, 2009
School cuts inevitable, Otter says
BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter is endorsing cuts in public school funding in Idaho, saying the $1.2 billion in federal economic stimulus funds he’s decided to accept won’t stave them …
Sun., Jan. 25, 2009
History deserves a look before action on groups, museums
The difficulty of trimming the state’s budget by nearly $6 billion may be best illustrated by a few lines in the governor’s proposal to trim a tiny fraction of the …
Sat., Jan. 24, 2009
Gregoire proposal combines museums
Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to cover a small piece of the state’s projected shortfall by combining the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture with the Washington State History Museum in …
Sat., Jan. 17, 2009
State calls for spending halt
BOISE – The co-chair of the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday called on all state agencies to stop spending money except for operating costs “until further notice.” The …
Thu., Sept. 18, 2008
Otter planning for budget cuts
BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is drawing up plans to cut the state budget midyear by at least $27 million and possibly as much as $68 million, after an …