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  • Local lawmakers’ reactions to State of the Union vary

    While they liked some overall themes in President Barack Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the …


  • NW delegation finds reasons to cheer, jeer in Obama speech

    While they liked some overall themes in President Obama’s call for more innovation, more cooperation and less spending, some members of Congress from Idaho and Washington wondered about the details. …


  • As funding wanes, school districts look to levies

    Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene school districts, like most in the nation, have made tough cuts in the past two years because of a declining economy. Education officials expect the …


  • D.C. holiday means extra weekend to file taxes

    Looks like we can thank the District of Columbia for this one. The Internal Revenue Service today announced the deadline to file and pay federal 2010 taxes has been pushed …


  • Hart averts another tax fight

    BOISE – Tax-protesting Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart narrowly avoided a court order over the holidays when he belatedly filed his 2009 state income tax return three days before Christmas. …


  • As gasoline use drops, so does state revenue

    The trend toward lower gasoline consumption is like a flashing yellow light in the new 20-year plan from the Washington Transportation Commission. To improve or even maintain mobility in the …


  • Vestal: In Washington, a penny could go a long way

    Now can we soak the rich? How about just dampening the hems of their gowns?


  • Vestal: Hart ethics panel holdout Loertscher has a point

    Tom Loertscher is the one guy on the Idaho House Ethics Committee who wants to leave Phil Hart alone. How about Hart’s unpaid half-million in taxes and lame, I’m-a-legislator excuses? …


  • Caldwell: Deficit discussions are truly farcical

    Here’s one bottom line on all the foolishness about perpetuating the worst-conceived tax cuts in U.S. history: the transfer of $500 billion more in American wealth to the Chinese. Not …


  • Budget preserves East Side Library

    Spokane’s endangered East Side Library will remain open at least another year. The Spokane Public Library branch had been on the chopping block to deal with budget cuts.


  • East Side branch will remain open

    Spokane’s endangered East Side library will remain open at least another year. The Spokane Public Library branch had been on the chopping block to deal with budget cuts. But the …


  • Poll: Idahoans favor sin tax hike

    BOISE – Idahoans overwhelmingly support raising state taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to address the state’s budget deficit, even as they oppose other tax hikes and spending cuts, according to …


  • Teachers union says secret deals erode schools

    BOISE – Three education groups are seeking to join Rep. Shirley Ringo, D-Moscow, in her lawsuit over secret tax deals by the state Tax Commission, saying the alleged deals are …


  • Exports, credit, taxes among initiatives to boost businesses

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Tuesday ordered state agencies to develop programs and institute reforms that will boost small businesses faltering in the economic slowdown. The initiatives range from help with …


  • Square off: Extend cuts for 98 percent who need them

    WASHINGTON — George W. Bush summed it up at an $800 a plate dinner back in 2000 with a joke: “This is an impressive crowd — the haves and the …


  • Square off: Extending tax rates will boost economy

    WASHINGTON – It has been said a lie can make it half way around the world before the truth can even put its boots on. No one is suggesting that …


  • Initiative support tepid in poll

    Washington voters may be experiencing initiative overload this year with a near-record number of ballot measures. They can stage a “tax revolt” by lifting new taxes imposed by the Legislature …


  • 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 …

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