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Poll: Weak support for Washington initiatives

Three initiatives that would change the state’s tax policies – instituting an income tax, dropping a series of consumer taxes or requiring supermajorities to pass new taxes – have more …


Liberty Lake City Council gets advice on budget crisis

The Liberty Lake City Council continued to hear ideas to help solve an impending budget crisis expected to hit the city sometime next year, including closing the library. During the …


City, Valley might back vehicle tax, Mielke says

Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke said Tuesday that Spokane and Spokane Valley city officials have indicated they may seek a countywide vehicle tax. A countywide “transportation benefit district” requires the …


Initiative campaigns attract $30 million in state

Soda pop sellers, liquor distributors and warehouse retailers are pouring millions of dollars into Washington to influence residents’ votes on a slew of statewide ballot measures. Some $30 million so …


Eye on Boise: Holiday travel expected to go up despite gas prices

BOISE – Idaho’s average gas price is now $2.99 per gallon, up four cents in the past three weeks and 31 cents above the national average of $2.68, according to …


AAA: Washington gas prices up 14 cents over year

The AAA auto club says drivers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend in Washington will find gasoline prices 14 cents a gallon higher than they were this time last …


Allred’s tax reform role attacked

BOISE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred in 2006 played a major part in boosting a tax break for Idaho homeowners that’s reduced their annual payments, despite a Republican attack …


Tax cut sends message, council members say

Several Spokane Valley City Council members have been making a big deal out of a proposal to lower the 2011 property tax rate by 1 percent. What has been left …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.