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  • Washington officials announce state budget deal

    OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


  • Under state budget deal, college tuition will fall, but leaders haven’t said by how much

    OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


  • Legislative special session focuses on Boeing breaks

    OLYMPIA – The Legislature opened its third special session, which some have dubbed the Boeing session, with a look back 10 years, trying to make sure the aerospace giant keeps …


  • Spin Control: Budget negotiators follow silly policy

    OLYMPIA – Among the bromides passed off as great wisdom during this special session of the Legislature is that budget negotiators should not – nay, absolutely must not, and therefore …


  • Schools, taxes top Inslee proposal

    OLYMPIA – Temporary tax increases on beer and some business services should be made permanent, and a variety of existing tax breaks should be eliminated to raise an extra $1.2 …


  • Subsidy zones to be cut

    A program aimed at boosting development downtown and in key neighborhood centers has perhaps been an even bigger boost to the fringes of town. That’s one reason why the Spokane …


  • Senate panel examines tax breaks

    OLYMPIA – From frozen bull semen and chicken bedding to big banks’ mortgage profits, Senate Democrats took aim at the state’s system of tax breaks for businesses Wednesday. They generated …


  • Spin Control: Groups plan to make noise: Cut tax breaks, not spending

    OLYMPIA – When the party that’s in becomes the party that’s out, one can expect an increase of unhappy people coalescing and demonstrating against the new order. But if one …


  • Labor council to push to close tax loopholes

    OLYMPIA – Labor leaders say they will push for something that is often mentioned but rarely accomplished in a legislative session: closing tax loopholes for many businesses to bring in …


  • Many Idaho voters undecided about sales tax breaks

    Idahoans favor reform of the state’s tax structure, but the path to change is full of obstructions. In a Spokesman-Review poll done in collaboration with six other daily newspapers in …


  • Kendall Yards tax benefit sought

    Owners of nearly 300 residences in the Kendall Yards development won’t have to pay property taxes on the new structures for a dozen years under a proposal the Spokane City …


  • Three bills to repeal tax breaks clear panel

    BOISE – The push to re-examine Idaho’s plethora of tax exemptions and tax breaks has dwindled to just three bills that would repeal three tax breaks. Meanwhile, new tax breaks …


  • Tax exemption reform gets cool reception

    BOISE – After six months’ study of Idaho’s huge array of tax exemptions, the first run at actually repealing any hit a brick wall Thursday in the House Revenue & …


  • 3 tax breaks get ax, for now

    BOISE – Idaho should do away with its investment tax credit and with special tax breaks for ski areas, broadcasters and publishers, a joint legislative committee decided Monday. But the …


  • State panel re-examining tax break policies

    BOISE – State Sen. Brent Hill says he’s not against tax breaks – as a CPA, he’s spent a career searching them out for his clients. But as the chairman …

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