Stories tagged: tax
UPDATED: Sat., June 17, 2017, 10:23 p.m.
Sex crime arrests in Benton County mount as public safety sales taxes roll in
Two and a half years after Benton County voters approved a public safety sales tax, one of the more surprising outcomes is a rise in the number of people arrested …
Tue., April 18, 2017, 2:20 p.m.
GOP targets trillion-dollar tax breaks for Democratic states
Conservative activists and House Republican leaders want to eliminate a trillion-dollar tax break that mostly benefits wealthy filers in Democratic states, a push that could further imperil President Donald Trump’s …
UPDATED: Sat., April 15, 2017, 9:26 p.m.
Tax Day demonstrators in US take on Trump, his supporters
Thousands of sign-waving, chanting protesters have marched through streets across America demanding that President Donald Trump release his tax returns so the public can examine his business ties and determine …
Tue., April 11, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Montana House kills bill to raise tobacco taxes
The Montana House has killed a bill to hike tobacco taxes after Democrats failed to muster enough votes to bring the measure to the floor for debate.
Thu., March 23, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Seattle gun-sale tax raises less than $200,000 in first year
A city leader says Seattle’s tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition brought in less than $200,000 in its first year.
UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, 11:37 p.m.
Review shows Otter has achieved $1 billion in tax cuts
Gov. Butch Otter said he has lowered the tax burden for Idaho residents by roughly $1 billion during his 11-year tenure, and an Associated Press review shows the numbers added …
Sat., Nov. 26, 2016, 6:02 p.m.
Some fear California’s e-cigarette tax may deter smokers from making switch
Smoking has dropped to historic lows nationwide, dramatically decreasing revenue from tobacco taxes. In search of funds, a growing number of states are taxing electronic cigarettes – a trend that …
Mon., Nov. 7, 2016, 4:43 p.m.
Spokane Valley City Council pauses push for new utility tax
Businesses and residents angered by a proposed utility tax spent the weekend pressuring Spokane Valley City Council members to reconsider the new tax. Their efforts worked.
Mon., May 9, 2016, 1:25 p.m.
Bernie Sanders’ economic plan would pile $18 trillion on federal debt, study says
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ tax and spending proposals would provide new levels of health and education benefits for American families, but they’d also blow an $18-trillion hole in federal deficits, piling …
Thu., May 5, 2016, 1:11 p.m.
5-cent charge for plastic bags set to be imposed in NYC
Every minute of every day, usually without thinking, thousands of New Yorkers reach across the counter at shops and supermarkets and accept a disposable plastic bag. The city’s sanitation department …
Tue., July 29, 2014
Spokane voters to decide on polishing Riverfront Park, fixing streets
There was little controversy at Monday’s Spokane City Council meeting, where discussion centered on two big tax measures: to revitalize Riverfront Park and continue funding for street maintenance. Voters may …
Sat., April 2, 2011
Local governments hope to avoid side effects of federal tax order
Local governments are fighting a federal order to send the IRS 3 percent of what they owe their suppliers and contractors. Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton estimates the unfunded congressional …
Sat., Jan. 8, 2011
Council to weigh tab tax uses
A proposed $20 annual tax on vehicles that was foundering in December has found new life in the new year. The Spokane City Council studied the tax for several months, …
Thu., Sept. 30, 2010
Editorial: Two-thirds requirement a reasonable tax restraint
A significant theme of the campaign against Initiative 1053 has been that it is an assault on majority rule. The opponents should rethink that strategy. If voters approve the ballot …
Mon., Aug. 9, 2010, 9:34 p.m.
$20 tab tax could get OK without public vote
The Spokane City Council has pulled a proposal for tonight’s meeting that would have added a new vehicle license tab fee.Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs …
Thu., April 15, 2010, 9:45 a.m.
Taxes: Late drop-off locations and what to do if you can’t pay
The IRS will make you an offer, and it’s one you shouldn’t refuse. If you owe taxes, but don’t have the money to pay the bill by tomorrow’s deadline, you’ll …
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 …
Tue., Feb. 23, 2010, 9:39 a.m.
Senate Dems: Sales tax hike would help balance cuts
Senate Democrats unveiled a budget proposal that calls for a three-tenths of 1 cent sales tax hike for the next three years, an extra $1 per pack for cigarettes and …
Wed., Jan. 27, 2010
Tax-Aide volunteers gear up
In the interest of helping people file their taxes, Gerald Scharrenberger pretended to be a 49-year-old divorced mother of two on Tuesday morning at Silver Lake Mall. Sitting across from …
Thu., July 2, 2009
Property owner loses tax reduction
Mount Spokane-area resident Bob Webb has settled his dispute with Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker over Webb’s participation in a timberland tax-reduction program. In an overhaul of several loosely managed …
Sat., April 18, 2009
Sales-tax increase could reach ballot
OLYMPIA – Dozens of health care workers and advocates for the poor Friday urged state lawmakers to push ahead with a proposed $1 billion sales-tax increase over the next three …
Mon., Feb. 16, 2009, 6:01 p.m.
Idaho beer and wine tax increase introduced
BOISE – Idaho’s beer and wine taxes would more than triple to pay for substance-abuse treatment under legislation that narrowly won introduction in a House committee on Monday.
Wed., Feb. 11, 2009
Porn tax proposed to buttress budget
OLYMPIA – Washington has long had sin taxes, but they’ve usually been on things like tobacco, liquor and beer. Now, with Washington facing a big budget shortfall, a state lawmaker …
Thu., Jan. 8, 2009, 3:49 p.m.
Non-partisan group asks for higher beer, wine tax
The nonpartisan group The Common Interest is pushing Idaho lawmakers to raise the tax on beer and wine, saying the money should be put toward substance abuse treatment programs.
Thu., Jan. 24, 2008
Bill would add 10 percent to credit for working poor
OLYMPIA – As Congress debates an economic stimulus plan that could land an $800 to $1,600 check in your mailbox, state lawmakers are pitching their own plan to put a …
Tue., Sept. 4, 2007
Error made tax change permanent
When state lawmakers tweaked some tax legislation this spring, they got more than they bargained for: It seems that they inadvertently made some normally temporary tax increases permanent. That’s according …
Sun., April 15, 2007
Tribes, state at odds on fuel tax
BOISE – Idaho Indian tribes are back at the negotiating table with the state over fuel taxes, though the tribes are smarting over legislation Gov. Butch Otter signed into law …
Sun., Sept. 24, 1995
But In North Idaho, Impact Fees Have Been Met With Lawsuits
How do you spell impact fees in North Idaho? R-E-F-U-N-D. Bombarded with lawsuits, defeated in court, and largely unsuccessful in getting builders to donate the money, Hayden and Coeur d’Alene …
Sun., Sept. 24, 1995
Fees Having Little Impact On Growth Boise Area Impact Fees Are Paying For Road, Park Improvements
New homes in southeast Boise appear to prove that impact fees in Ada County have not signigicantly slowed growth in the area. Photo by Betsy Z. Russell/The Spokesman-Review
Thu., July 13, 1995
Big Business Is Split Over Initiative 164
Some of the state’s largest businesses and business associations say they will stay out of the fight over a property rights initiative. Backers of the effort to overturn I-164 say …