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Idaho governor eyes tax relief with budget surplus

BOISE – Potential tax relief, as well as investments in education and transportation, are on the table after tax revenue blew past projections for the third consecutive month, resulting in a projected $530 million budget surplus, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Friday.

Trump to U.S. schools: Reopen or you may lose federal funds

President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t reopen in the fall, and he lashed out at federal health officials over school reopening guidelines that he says are impractical and expensive.

Gov. Kate Brown: Second Oregon special session in July or August

SALEM – Gov. Kate Brown on Saturday said she would call a second special legislative session this summer to fix a state budget wrecked by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis and wants to use coronavirus relief funds to help support the Black community and working people.

Ex-Idaho budget director will be jailed in child porn case

BOISE — A former Idaho budget director has been sentenced to 90 days in jail and 10 years of supervised probation after he pleaded guilty to willfully possessing or accessing child sexually exploitative material.

Trump’s OMB nominee gets first Senate committee nod

WASHINGTON — Russell Vought, the acting Office of Management and Budget Director nominated to assume the position officially, cleared the first hurdle to confirmation with a 7-4 vote in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

Pandemic wrecks many state budgets, could trigger deep cuts

As the nation enters a third month of economic devastation, the coronavirus is proving ruinous to state budgets, forcing many governments to consider deep cuts to schools, universities, health care and other basic functions that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.

Lawmakers consider shifting resources from audits to budgets

A panel of lawmakers is looking at making changes to Idaho’s only independent performance evaluations agency, possibly by having staffers focus more on legislative budgets and less on whether state programs are working properly

School officials comment on $31 million budget shortfall

Dr. Shelley Redinger speaks publicly about the Spokane School district's $31 million shortfall and what caused it Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Spokane Schools headquarters. The year after the legislature restructured school funding and the schools handed out big raises to teachers, the district is facing the prospect of large layoffs to balance the budget.

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Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Science grads, Nov. 16, 1982

Special-ed needs the attention of lawmakers

Funding levels for special education services are shaped by two metrics: a cap and a multiplier. Neither one may reflect the reality of particular school districts.

Washington Huskies athletic department budget back from the brink

By the end of June, when the 2017 fiscal year comes to a close, the University of Washington athletic department expects to have a surplus of about $2,000. That sum is, in the overall scope of things, mostly immaterial for an athletic department with revenues of $125 million.

Washington House passes $44.9 billion budget on party-line vote

House Democrats pushed through a $44.9 billion two-year budget Friday that they said keeps faith with the contract between the generations in Washington. Republican criticized it as a plan that grows government without any regard for where the money will come from.