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Spokane real estate excise tax revenue again expected to hit post-recession highs

Spokane’s strong real estate market has again helped boost city street and other projects.


Shawn Vestal: Once again, Washington leads the country in regressive taxation

Another year, another victory for Washington in the race for the most regressive tax system in the nation, and another question for Halloween: Who’s afraid of the income tax?


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers reveal their most admired party leader in Rotary debate

Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:52 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown spar on taxes, economy and health care in second Congressional debate

The two candidates took the stage for the second time in the closely watched contest Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane, in a debate focused on the …


Prescription drugs, lower taxes, power J&J 3Q beat

A jump in prescription drug sales and a sharply reduced tax bill boosted Johnson & Johnson’s third-quarter sales and profit, which beat Wall Street expectations.


Lisa Brown: Walking the Walk: Creating budgets and tax policies that help Eastern Washington

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Congress and the president have blown up the national deficit in a series of spending bills and tax cuts that no credible …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: We must fix our government’s spending problem

In September, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to fund much of the government to the tune of $854 billion. I voted for it in order to avert a partial government …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 12, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

Lisa Brown: From legislator to educator to serious contender for Congress

Supporters say it’s a combination of academic accolades and political bona fides that make Lisa Brown the right candidate at the right time to put Eastern Washington back in the …


In first meeting, Idaho governor candidates talk taxes, schools, roads & groceries

Idaho’s major-party candidates for governor got together Tuesday evening to talk tax and fiscal policy.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on taxes, trade deals and the budget

The largest piece of legislation passed by this Congress was last year’s federal tax bill, which made sweeping changes to both individual and corporate filers. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


Budget office warns Idahoans may face bigger tax bills

Idahoans may see smaller refunds when filing their 2018 taxes next year because of major changes tied to the new tax law, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s budget office warned on …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 9:33 a.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers touts tax reform, Inland Northwest economic growth in speech at Greater Spokane Inc.

In a speech to business interests and nonprofit representatives Wednesday, the congresswoman was joined by members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to tout the tax reform bill as a …


State cannabis taxes fund new Spokane detective position

Bring up the topic of taxes at any cocktail party or the nearest water cooler, and the discussion eventually seems to turn to why all of our state’s problems haven’t …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:04 a.m.

Downtown Spokane stadium plan gets backing from boosters, maybe a second chance from City Council

City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Spokane City Council, school board will meet Wednesday to discuss downtown stadium, bond projects

A public hearing on planned November bond measures will be held Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Elected officials are expected …


Voters to be asked to stop local soda and grocery taxes

Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 4:52 p.m.

Feds say ex-firm of Stormy Daniels’ lawyer owes unpaid taxes

The Justice Department says Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, made “misrepresentations” in a bankruptcy case involving his former law firm that owes more than $440,000 in unpaid federal taxes.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

City attorney says Tracfone agreed to pay $1 million in back taxes, despite nondisclosure agreement

City Attorney Mike Ormsby told lawmakers that the prepaid wireless service provider, which operates under trade names that include Straight Talk and Walmart Family Mobile, will pay about seven years’ …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Trump threatens Harley-Davidson with tax punishment for move

President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to avoid blame for Harley-Davidson’s decision to move some motorcycle production overseas and threatened to tax the manufacturer “like never before!” as punishment for the …


Spokane leaders have ‘no appetite’ for Seattle-like ‘head tax’ to address homelessness

Mayor David Condon and a majority of the Spokane City Council pointed to investments that have already been made in addressing housing issues within city limits that don’t necessitate taxing …


HQ2 cities listen up: Amazon flexing its political muscle sends a message not just to Seattle

The e-commerce titan and Seattle’s biggest single property-tax payer is on a collision course with a majority of the City Council over the proposed head tax. Amazon has played hardball …


UPDATED: Sat., April 28, 2018, 5:42 p.m.

Drugmakers push back against lawmakers’ calls to tax opioids

Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to …


Grow Op Farms in Spokane Valley expanding its already-huge marijuana business

Grow Op Farms has carved out the largest share of a growing marijuana industry in Eastern Washington, with plans to expand. Does that mean the end for small-time outfits?


IRS electronic filing system breaks down hours before tax deadline

The Internal Revenue Service’s electronic system that allows Americans to submit their tax returns online has partly failed Tuesday, complicating filing for the millions of taxpayers attempting to meet the …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 12:02 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers releases tax return for ‘transparency,’ Brown says she will too

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers releases her 2017 tax returns, calling it an exercise in transparency and trust. After initially declining, Democratic challenger Lisa Brown says Tuesday evening she will release …


Procrastinators rejoice: There’s still time to file taxes

If you woke up in a panic realizing that today is April 15, relax. You’ve got until Tuesday to file and pay your taxes without facing a penalty.


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 11:47 a.m.

Tax-Aide volunteers save taxpayers time, money and headaches through free service

Since 1968, Tax-Aide has been taking some of the pain out of tax season. The free tax preparation program targets low- and moderate-income people age 50 and older, but anyone …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 11:24 p.m.

Washington Legislature calls it quits for 2018

Legislature adjourns Thursday night.


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018, 9:19 a.m.

Spokane Valley faces shortfalls in road maintenance budget

Spokane Valley has a reputation for keeping its roads in good condition. But now, with its funding for road preservation in decline, city officials may have to look at raising …