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The School Year Ahead: After unsettled spring, Spokane elementary teachers prepare to juggle new classrooms, more students

With classes scheduled to begin on Thursday, problem-solving is happening in every building in Spokane Public Schools. Teachers and administrators are forming new teams and finding new efficiencies, because there …


Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids

For immigrant kids in care of the federal government, English-language classes, outdoor recreation and legal services may be a thing of the past


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 10:40 p.m.

60 teacher positions cut as Central Valley trims budget by $12.45 million

The Central Valley School Board unanimously approved $12.45 million in budget cuts Tuesday evening, which will result in the loss of about 60 teachers.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 10:59 p.m.

Parents, teachers, students make pleas for special programs funding at Spokane Public Schools board meeting

Parents, teachers and students voiced their concerns to the Spokane Public Schools board of directors during Wednesday night’s meeting. It was the first time the board had heard from the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 28, 2017, 8:47 p.m.

Montana dropping contracted case management services for developmentally disabled

The state health department is ending its contracts with four organizations that provide case management services for 2,100 adults with developmental disabilities, a move that will put about 70 people …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 9:48 a.m.

Montana dentists fear cuts’ effect on vulnerable patients

Montana dentists say they fear state budget cuts for adult dental care will hurt people with disabilities and elderly people most.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017, 5:18 p.m.

Montana lawmakers urge cuts that have least effect on services

As Montana faces a potential $227 million budget deficit, a legislative committee is asking Montana’s governor to make budget cuts that have the least effect on services to vulnerable citizens.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Citizens say Montana budget cuts will hurt people in need

Cuts proposed to balance Montana’s budget may save money in the short term but will cost the state and people in need much more in the long run, dozens of …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 6:59 a.m.

Sheriff, prosecutor say budget cuts would undermine public safety in Spokane County

Spokane County’s top law enforcement officials say proposed budget cuts would force them to lay off deputies and prosecute fewer cases.


Montana House speaker defends pending state budget cuts

Montana’s House speaker defended $97 million in budget cuts triggered by less-than-expected state income by saying the cuts are doing what they are supposed to: Reducing the size of state …


Endangered species budget cuts could impact jobs

Many state groups and agencies that handle Endangered Species Act functions for the federal government have been casting worried looks at the endangered status of their funding.


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

EPA plans to offer buyouts as part of Trump push to shrink workforce

The Environmental Protection Agency said this week that it would begin the process of shrinking its 15,000-employee workforce through buyouts, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive order last …


Trump’s proposed cuts to climate agency would disarm our coasts in the face of rising seas, scientists say

A proposed White House budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration could put coastal communities throughout the nation at a major disadvantage as they struggle to adapt to threats …


AP sources: White House to propose slashing agency budgets

WASHINGTON – The White House is moving to propose slashing cuts to longtime Republican targets like the Environmental Protection Agency in a set of marching orders to agencies as it …


Pullman’s SFCC branch to stay open; cuts unknown

The Pullman branch of Spokane Falls Community College won’t be shutting down at the end of the semester as many had feared.


Shawn Vestal: Cutting funds for state auditor’s office is punitive, counterproductive

The state is poised to spend less time, energy and money on the best tool we have for double-checking the work of government: audits.


Idaho schools chief Tom Luna pitches $66.9 million plan

BOISE – Idaho’s schools, hard-hit by budget cuts during years of economic downturn, would see a 5.1 percent boost in funding next year under a budget plan pitched to lawmakers …


Idaho re-examines Medicaid dental cuts

BOISE – When Idaho eliminated nonemergency adult dental coverage under its Medicaid program in 2011, it hoped to save money. But it didn’t. Instead, emergency room costs ballooned, with dental-related …


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to decide what value we place on parks

Is it too soon to declare our state parks a complete failure and call in the profiteers? Or should we cut their budgets further first? Maybe to zero? We are …


Cuts to Guilds’ School stir criticism

Funding cuts to an organization serving vulnerable children have caused backlash for county health officials as they restructure how to distribute stagnant funding at a time when needs are growing. …


Local air traffic operations face cuts

Federal budget cuts that went into effect last week could result in closure of the Felts Field air traffic control tower and elimination of the tower night shift at Spokane …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2013, 4:43 p.m.

Federal cuts doom Skyfest air show revival

The Thunderbirds precision flying team has canceled its Spokane appearances in May, citing budget cuts that likely will doom what was supposed to be the return of the popular SkyFest …


Eye on Boise: Idaho losing money by cutting costs

BOISE – When it comes to lawyers, some of Idaho’s budget cuts in recent years are proving penny-wise but pound-foolish. Lawmakers heard from Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that cutting attorney …


Volunteers keep Idaho parks open, director tells lawmakers

BOISE – Idaho state parks are staying open thanks in part to thousands of volunteers, the state parks chief told lawmakers Monday. The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation now …


Special food aid on state cutting block

OLYMPIA – For 15 years, Washington has helped thousands of people the federal government wouldn’t, providing food assistance to legal immigrants struggling to survive in America. That includes residents of …


Sally’s House serves as children’s haven

Three-year-old Kate lived in a dog crate in a meth house in Spokane and walked on hands and knees like an animal. Winston lived in a home with no running …


Bell makes NIC budget pitch in Boise

BOISE – North Idaho College has seen its funding burden shift more and more to its students as government spending falls and tuition and fees climb, college President Priscilla Bell …


Eye on Boise: Medicaid cuts’ impact coming clear

BOISE – Idaho’s former state chief economist Mike Ferguson estimates that the $35 million in state funds cut from Medicaid this year – which with federal matching funds adds up …


STA cancels cut in service

Spokane Transit Authority officials have abandoned plans for a 7 percent cut in service this year after sales tax collections and passenger numbers increased last year. They had warned that …


Otter budget doesn’t restore steep cuts

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s budget proposal for next year wouldn’t restore any of the steep cuts the state has made in the past three years of economic downturn, …