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Gary Crooks: A modest proposal to fund schools

We could come up with a solution to fully funding basic education in Washington state: “A Modest Proposal for Preventing Children From Being a Burden to Wealthy Taxpayers.”

Liberty Lake town hall bond fails; Airway Heights bond on track to pass

Voters in Liberty Lake have rejected plans for a new town center after the bond received only 56 percent of votes in favor – four percentage points lower than it needed to pass. Meanwhile, voters in Airway Heights look to be narrowly approving a $13 million proposed recreation center.

NFL stiffs Websters

In the final years of Mike Webster’s life, the former Pittsburgh Steelers center shocked himself with a stun gun to sleep. Nicknamed “Iron Mike” for durability during 17 seasons in the NFL, Webster couldn’t hold down a job. He got lost on routine trips. The husband and father who loved John Wayne movies seemed to disintegrate into a haze of angry outbursts, depression and paranoia.

Band boosters reunite couple, engagement ring

A pit stop, Pearl Jam and a proposal nearly derailed. This is the story of Jesse Kearney and Amanda Stout, a couple from Selah, Wash., who bought tickets to see their favorite band playing at the Spokane Arena on Saturday.

Supermajority margin for tax hikes approved for Spokane

The next time the Spokane City Council considers a tax increase, it will take five of seven votes to pass. Most of the remaining ballots in Tuesday’s special election were counted Wednesday, and support for supermajority Proposition 2 increased, widening a close lead it had after Tuesday’s count.

Reaction lukewarm to Gregoire’s budget ideas

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed two lame-duck budgets Tuesday for her successor and the next Legislature to consider. One cuts programs to stay within the revenue the state expects to collect; the other adds some programs it may need to improve public schools, and would need some extra tax revenue. Neither her successor, Jay Inslee, nor the 2013 Legislature are obligated to follow either plan; on Tuesday they showed little interest in the proposed tax increases.

Gregoire: School programs will require more taxes

OLYMPIA -- In her last budget proposal as governor, Chris Gregoire offers a budget of cuts and no taxes she labels "simply unacceptable" and another she calls a balanced solution that includes new and extended taxes.

Shock players hear AFL’s labor proposal

Shortly after practice ended Tuesday, Spokane Shock players gathered in the end zone as majority owner Brady Nelson detailed the Arena Football League’s latest proposal that he hopes will settle a labor dispute. Owners offered a seven-year agreement. If accepted, player pay would go from $400 per game this season to $500 in Week 16 (next week). Per-game salaries would be $825 in 2013, with an additional $25 each year to reach $975 in 2019. Players would pay for housing – it’s currently provided by teams – at a to-be-determined “average market rent.”