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Judge won’t edit Wash. voter’s pamphlet for I-1033

A judge has refused to order changes to the state voter’s pamphlet in a dispute over Initiative 1033, the latest ballot issue sponsored by professional anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.


Idaho gov tells agencies to prepare for new cuts

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has given state agency directors until the end of next week to draft plans to cut millions from their spending as state tax revenue continues to …


Tax critics to rally again

OLYMPIA – Encouraged by the large turnout this spring at anti-tax rallies, critics of government spending are planning a new round of demonstrations July 4. Events are planned in more …


Baucus outlines possible tax

WASHINGTON – A Senate plan to overhaul the nation’s health system is likely to include a new tax on some employer-provided health benefits that exceed the value of the basic …


Obama open to benefits tax

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama, in a pivot from some of his harshest campaign rhetoric, told Democratic senators Tuesday that he is willing to consider taxing employer-sponsored health benefits to …


State imposes costly cure for budget hangover

OLYMPIA – If you like liquor – particularly high-end stuff – buy it before August. Washington’s liquor control board Wednesday voted to raise the state markup on liquor by an …


Difficult times require response by taxpayers

I join all people of goodwill who are dismayed by the prospects of this economy and the horrendous ripple effects forced on state government. But it isn’t enough to throw …


Eye on Olympia: Education reform pits PTA, WEA

OLYMPIA – In a legislative session with more than its share of surprises, one of the biggest has been the heated battle between school advocates over proposed reforms. On one …


CdA voters face decision on replacement school levy

New math books, field trips and some teachers are among cuts planned in the Coeur d’Alene School District. And that’s if the district’s replacement levy is passed by voters this …


Health care groups push for sales-tax hike

Health care groups and advocates for low-income families are hoping lawmakers will ask voters to raise sales taxes.


Income tax burden near its all-time low

WASHINGTON – As thousands of anti-tax protesters rallied across the nation Wednesday and the president promised tax cuts for most, new data showed that the federal income tax burden is …


Thousands protest taxes in Olympia

A crowd of 4,000 to 5,000 descended on the state capitol in Olympia today, blasting taxes and government spending.


In brief: Mail center best bet for late tax postmark

With the advent of online tax filing, the U.S. Postal Service has scaled back the number of locations it keeps open to accommodate those needing the all-important April 15 postmark. …


Tax-day tea parties planned around region

From the Spokane Convention Center to Coeur d’Alene’s Independence Point to Colfax’s Codger Pole, tax protesters around the Northwest will gather Wednesday at Tea Parties.


Cal Thomas: Taxpayers, keep a tight fist

April 15 might become the biggest tax-and-spend protest since the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Politicians fear spontaneous citizen outrage. That’s because when the public realizes they have been scammed, …


For some tax filers, streamlined system another reason to wait

Don Hearn is waiting until the last minute. As he usually does. “Even when I’m getting a refund,” he says. “I don’t care. I file late.” The last minute has …


Tax procrastinators take note: Act now or pay the price later

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, you might want to start counting the hours – rather than days – until deadline. Tax returns, and any taxes owed, must be …


Senate votes to keep sales tax deduction

WASHINGTON – The Senate fulfilled a dream for taxpayers in several states without income taxes by making permanent the sales tax deductions on their federal income tax. Senate Majority Leader …


Assessor parses a tax bill

When 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wanted to know whether there was a Santa Claus in 1897, she turned to the New York Sun. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” reporter …


Mileage tax gaining favor in Congress

WASHINGTON – Despite opposition from the White House, a proposal to tax motorists on the number of miles they drive each year is gathering speed on Capitol Hill. Its popularity …


Court dismisses Brown’s tax-hike fight

OLYMPIA – Declining to wade into a Senate dispute, Washington’s highest court Thursday rejected Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s challenge to an anti-tax ballot measure. The unanimous ruling leaves in …


Tax on jobless benefits often a surprise to unemployed

CHICAGO – Some Americans are learning a jarring lesson about unemployment as they prepare their tax returns. At a time when the newly laid-off are swelling unemployment rolls to record …


Eye on Olympia: High court rejects tax case

The Washington state Supreme Court has just ruled against state Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown, D-Wash., who filed suit last year to try to overturn a requirement that tax increases …


Lawmaker warns federal tax breaks could mean revenue loss for Idaho

BOISE – Under the federal economic stimulus, people who buy new cars, pickups or RVs between Feb. 17 and the end of the year can get a tax break on …


Wealthiest to take tax hits

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama’s $3.55 trillion budget proposal includes tax cuts for some and a wide range of increases for others. Though more details are expected in April, here’s …


Tax season brings changes worth considering

It’s not yet the last minute, but tax season has more than arrived. While every year brings changes in the tax code, there’s even more to keep up with for …


Bill would undo wheat farmers’ tax breaks

Washington wheat farmers are upset about legislation that would undo tax breaks they have enjoyed since the Great Depression.


City to place tax measure on March ballot

Ignoring a plea from school officials, the Spokane City Council on Monday decided to ask voters in March for $18.5 million.


Council weighing tax vote in March

Six months after rejecting Mayor Mary Verner’s plan to raise property taxes for a police evidence building, animal shelter and other requests, the Spokane City Council appears headed to endorse …


Higher alcohol tax proposed

BOISE – Cash-strapped drinkers may soon have a reason besides the lousy economy to cry a tear in their beer – a nonpartisan group is pushing Idaho lawmakers to raise …