Stories tagged: state budget
Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 9:08 p.m.
Governor signs special session bills, vetoes 2
Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday signed six bills that he proposed as part of a solution to the state’s projected $227 million budget shortfall, vetoed one he found “disingenuous” and …
Sat., Sept. 2, 2017
Sue Lani Madsen: Chaos from Hirst decision spilling into local districts
This wasn’t how the school year was supposed to start. The plan was to open bids in July and proceed in August. Construction equipment and temporary safety fencing should have …
Sun., July 30, 2017, 2:21 p.m.
Montana House speaker defends pending state budget cuts
Montana’s House speaker defended $97 million in budget cuts triggered by less-than-expected state income by saying the cuts are doing what they are supposed to: Reducing the size of state …
Sun., June 18, 2017, 4:57 p.m.
Kansas tax hike hailed as fix doesn’t quite balance budget
The big income tax increase Kansas legislators enacted over Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto won’t balance the budget by itself, despite immediately boosting the state’s credit outlook.
Wed., Nov. 16, 2016, 4:32 p.m.
Will Washington schools get $1.75 billion more in 2018? Panel split.
Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.
Wed., Nov. 9, 2016
College fundraising has become pivotal
Budgetary pressure has put the squeeze on colleges and universities. This is a nationwide trend that has forced university presidents to be as adept at fundraising as they are at …
Wed., May 25, 2016
Editorial: Open up public employee bargaining
There is no value added in keeping the public in the dark on negotiations that commit the state to huge expenditures.
Tue., Dec. 22, 2015
Editorial: Inslee budget right on fires, mental health; wrong on education
The governor should wait until a work group comes up with another plan to comply with state Supreme Court education rulings.
Sun., June 21, 2015
Spin Control: No criminal charges allowed in case of late budget
The old saying that there’s never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law …
Thu., April 2, 2015
Inslee signs bill allowing WSU med school; funding still in flux
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday that allows Washington State University to launch a new medical school in Spokane. But after he was surrounded by supportive legislators …
Fri., Sept. 19, 2014
Marijuana money boosts Washington’s budget
OLYMPIA – Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that …
Thu., Sept. 19, 2013
Washington state revenue forecast exceeding projections
OLYMPIA – Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that …
Sun., Jan. 13, 2013
Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session
OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …
Wed., Dec. 19, 2012
Reaction lukewarm to Gregoire’s budget ideas
OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed two lame-duck budgets Tuesday for her successor and the next Legislature to consider. One cuts programs to stay within the revenue the state expects …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 12:47 p.m.
Gregoire: School programs will require more taxes
OLYMPIA — In her last budget proposal as governor, Chris Gregoire offers a budget of cuts and no taxes she labels “simply unacceptable” and another she calls a balanced solution …
Thu., Oct. 25, 2012, 11:46 a.m.
Gregoire says successor will need to raise taxes
OLYMPIA — The next governor will have to raise taxes, regardless of what they promise on the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Gregoire predicted today. The budget she proposes for the …
Thu., Sept. 20, 2012
Revenue forecast up for biennium
OLYMPIA – Compared to the last time economists tried to predict Washington’s economic future, in June, the revenue forecast is up just slightly for the rest of this biennium and …
Thu., June 21, 2012
Washington facing slow recovery
OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook barely changed over the last four months as the state’s few bright spots – jobs in aerospace and software – were all but canceled by …
Thu., April 12, 2012
Both sides win issues in hard fought state budget
OLYMPIA – For almost 91 days the Legislature wrestled with a looming budget problem. For the first 90, it was even odds, at best, whether the Legislature would win. The …
Wed., March 28, 2012
Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader
The Democratic majority leader of the Washington Senate is facing her first reelection challenge by an opponent with a winning campaign history. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, launched …
Thu., March 8, 2012
Lawmakers at budget impasse
OLYMPIA – The Legislature is headed into overtime over its troubled budget, although like most things dealing with spending this year, there are significant disagreements on the whats and whens …
Thu., March 8, 2012
Senate budget includes funds for Sally’s
Funding for the Salvation Army’s Sally’s House, a safe harbor for children who have been abused or neglected, or whose parents have been jailed, was included in a budget passed …
Mon., March 5, 2012
Sally’s House serves as children’s haven
Three-year-old Kate lived in a dog crate in a meth house in Spokane and walked on hands and knees like an animal. Winston lived in a home with no running …
Sun., March 4, 2012
Spin Control: Neither side has corner on budget transparency
OLYMPIA – As the state Senate descended into an extended match of political jujitsu Friday, the word of the night – perhaps the entire legislative session – was “transparency.” It …
Sun., March 4, 2012
Washington Senate OKs GOP budget
OLYMPIA – A $30 billion budget drafted by minority Republicans passed the Senate early Saturday morning after more than nine hours of sometimes contentious debate and parliamentary maneuvering. That spending …
Wed., Feb. 29, 2012
Senate Democrats offer state budget
OLYMPIA – Democrats in control of the state Senate want fewer cuts in key programs than there were in the budgets proposed last year by Gov. Chris Gregoire and earlier …
Fri., Dec. 23, 2011
State also faces a deficit of understanding the other guy
So Kevin Parker said this great thing the other day about the state budget: “We can’t just cut, cut, cut.” My thoughts exactly. Which was not what I expected to …
Thu., Dec. 15, 2011
State Senate approves partial budget fix
OLYMPIA – Realizing it wouldn’t find $2 billion in budget savings in 30 days, the Legislature settled Wednesday on a fourth of that in 17 days, and called it quits …
Mon., Nov. 21, 2011, 11:12 a.m.
Gregoire to seek half-cent sales tax hike
OLYMPIA — Voters could be asked to approve a half-cent sales tax increase next March to help replace some of the $1.7 billion in cuts the Legislature will be asked …
Sat., Oct. 29, 2011
Shadle students discuss budget with Gregoire
If Chris Gregoire gets tired of being Washington’s governor, she might have a future as a Shadle Park High School economics teacher. She might, anyway, if the state weren’t making …