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Changing tax status on residence can provide benefits to owners

Mike and Claudia McIntosh have not spent one night in their mountain cabin in 2010. One of their sons was married in June, Claudia’s family held a reunion in Michigan …


Transportation needs get collaborative look

Local government officials in Spokane County say the region needs about $20 million a year in additional funding to keep up with road and highway needs. They are proposing the …


Murray begins fall race in Spokane

Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday stressed her support for programs in Eastern Washington and new financial regulations approved by Congress as she opened her general election campaign Thursday …


Spokane Valley City Council discusses vehicle taxes

The merits of forming a regional Transportation Benefit District to raise revenue for road construction received nearly an hour of discussion at Tuesday’s Spokane Valley City Council meeting, but the …


Hayden man to challenge Hart as write-in candidate

A Hayden businessman has filed to run as a write-in candidate against Idaho Rep. Phil Hart, saying Hart’s tax woes prompted him to jump into the race against a fellow …


License plate tab fee won’t be on ballot

Even though a new $20 tax on license plate tabs got pulled off the agenda Monday by the Spokane City Council, city leaders said they expect to bring it back …


Spokane City Council mixed on proposed tab fees

Facing daunting shortfalls in revenue, the Spokane City Council will discuss tonight instituting a tax on vehicle license tabs. Councilman Bob Apple said he will bring a proposal forward for …


Health organization announces Spokane grants

The drive to establish a four-year medical school program in Spokane received a $75,000 boost from local tax dollars this year. It was one of three grants totaling $180,000 announced …


Budget-patching soda tax starts today

That six-pack of diet soda will cost an extra 12 cents starting today. It’s possible you won’t pay it, but someone will.


Initiative backers submit signatures

Advocates of a property tax that would raise money for early child learning, abuse prevention, treatment and other programs have submitted 12,641 signatures in support of placing the levy on …


Tax commission seeks state help

Idaho tax collectors want another $11 million transfer from the state general fund to bolster the account they use to write refund checks to taxpayers.


Candy, beer taxes taking effect in Washington

Along with the month of June come new sales taxes in Washington on candy, bottled water and mass market beer.


Gregoire signs new state budget into law

Gov. Chris Gregoire has signed the Legislature’s new operating budget, which bridges an estimated $2.8 billion deficit in the state’s general fund.


Spin Control: Drafting in dark messed up soda tax

OLYMPIA – Not to be a nag about the value of public hearings for important stuff government wants to do to us, but legislators’ penchant for closed-door, back-room discussions of …


New $1 cigarette tax starts Saturday in Washington

The new dollar-a-pack tax on cigarettes tax effect Saturday in Washington. While lawmakers are hoping to raise more money, the state Health Department says this could prompt more smokers to …


Governor signs tax increases

OLYMPIA – Washington 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 …


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 …


No real winners, but some didn’t lose as much

OLYMPIA – Most years when the Legislature goes home, the winners and losers are pretty obvious. You count the scars and tote up the pork. This year, everyone has scars …


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 …


Federal tax returns due at midnight

Tax returns, and any taxes owed, must be filed online or postmarked by today in order to avoid steep tax penalties.


Late maneuvers cap debate-filled session

OLYMPIA – By the time the Legislature wrapped up 90 days of heated and sometimes confusing debate over taxes and spending early Tuesday, it had raised taxes on a wide …


Eyman files rollback initiatives on newly passed taxes

Initiative activist Tim Eyman wants voters to roll back several of the tax increases that were just approved by the state Legislature.


Washington House OKs tax plan

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature on Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline …


House approves tax plan

OLYMPIA – Democratic leaders began pushing a package of some $668 million in higher taxes through the Legislature Saturday, suspending rules as they tried to beat the Tuesday deadline to …


Gregoire: ‘Time’s up’ on session

OLYMPIA – The Legislature returns today with time running out in its special session and only two options to fix its unbalanced budget, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Friday: Pass an …


Verner says new taxes not an option

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner says she’s not considering new taxes to bail the city out of its $10 million hole for 2011. City leaders will present a preliminary budget plan …


State sales tax won’t rise

OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a deal Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


Legislature nearing deal on tax package

OLYMPIA – Legislative Democrats and Gov. Chris Gregoire appeared close to a “deal” Wednesday on a package of taxes that would fill part of the state’s budget hole and end …


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 …


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, …