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UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 17, 2020

Eastern Washington University faculty members propose cutting sports to pay for academics

“Eastern’s not doing anything outrageous. We’re not doing anything extravagant,” EWU Athletic Director Lynn Hickey said. “At the same time, we know that we need to be responsible, fiscally. But …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Idaho lawmakers aim for transparency in budgeting process

The co-chairmen of the Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee are backing Republican Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s call for “transparent budgeting.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

City adopts $1.1 billion budget

From criminal justice reform to an increase in its own staffing levels, the Spokane City Council adopted a $1.1 billion city budget on Monday that includes significant revisions to Mayor …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Spokane, Spokane County approve $89 million airports budget, expect more than 4 million annual passengers

Spokane County Commissioners and Spokane City Council approved a $89 million Spokane Airport budget Tuesday, which is slightly smaller than last year due to less spending on infrastructure projects.


Spokane County approves $675 million budget

Spokane County commissioners approved a $675 million budget Monday, which is smaller than last year due to a change in behavioral health funding.


Facing looming budget crisis, WDFW asks for $26 million from state

The state’s wildlife and habitat management agency is taking another crack at procuring full funding.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Spokane Valley approves budget, forgoes tax increase for 11th straight year

Spokane Valley approved their 2020 budget without a tax increase and adding an employee to enforce city codes.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

EWU moves forward with budget cuts while some decry focus on athletics

EWU is continuing to pursue campuswide budget cuts while raising money for a new football stadium and routing funds into student-athlete scholarships, frustrating some faculty members. President Mary Cullinan, meanwhile, …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 1, 2019

Mayor David Condon releases 2020 budget, notes ongoing questions for successor

The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Spokane agrees to buy building for warming shelter, hopes to open next month

The building at 527 S. Cannon St. should be open in the next two weeks to provide shelter to the city’s homeless. Jewels Helping Hands, a local nonprofit that provided …


WDFW submits $26M budget request

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife submitted a $26 million supplemental funding request to the governor’s office on Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Spokane County hosting three public budget meetings

The first meeting, on Oct. 1, will focus on the county’s general fund, property valuation and taxation. The second meeting, on Oct. 8, will focus on law and justice. The …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

WSU eliminates $30 million deficit, but athletics department still overspends

The university said it closed the 2019 fiscal year, which ended June 30, with a balance of about $7.8 million, marking the first time it has broken even or had …


Spokane Parks faces nearly $1 million budget shortfall in 2020

The division will present potential options to close that gap to the Spokane Park Board in the fall. Officials say the increase in costs is driven primarily by salary and …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Spokane Public Schools board passes budget that includes cuts to staff, early Friday release

It will go down as the budget that no one wanted to approve. But pass it did Wednesday night – a $461 million General Fund expenditure for the upcoming year …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

School board set to adopt budget that includes large cuts in staff

Capping a summer of conversation and revision, the Spokane Public Schools board of directors is poised to adopt a $461 million balanced budget for the upcoming school year.


Spokane Public Schools emphasizing nutrition, even in tough budget times

The district will continue its scratch-cooking program and will be offering smoothies to students at middle and high schools in the next school year. Though staff reductions hit lunchrooms hard, …


As Spokane Public Schools considers budget, early release Fridays for elementaries seems like a done deal

Spokane Public Schools still has several unanswered questions about next year’s budget. But don’t expect the district and school board members to reinstitute full days for elementary students on Fridays …


Spokane Public Schools has a lot of numbers to crunch for 2019 budget as beginning of classes nears

The district’s board of directors has authorized up to an additional $3.6 million for next year’s budget. That could mean a combo of options, including reducing class sizes, eliminating so-called …


Trump signs bipartisan budget and debt deal into law

President Donald Trump on Friday signed a bipartisan debt increase and new set of spending limits that would help lock in spending increases for the Pentagon and elsewhere in the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

Hard-won budget, debt deal clears Senate, advances to Trump

A hard-won budget and debt deal easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, powered by President Donald Trump’s endorsement and a bipartisan drive to cement recent spending increases for the Pentagon …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Trump encourages Republicans to back bipartisan budget bill

President Donald Trump urged reluctant GOP lawmakers on Thursday to swing behind a split-the-differences bipartisan budget and debt deal between his administration and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.


Trump announces deal with Democratic and GOP leaders on budget and debt ceiling

WASHINGTON – White House officials and congressional leaders reached a deal Monday evening to lift the nation’s debt limit and boost federal spending by about $320 billion over caps set …


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019

Spokane School Board votes to dip into reserves to reduce cuts, but it hasn’t decided what will be saved

The Spokane Public School Board of Directors chose Wednesday to spend more of its rainy day funds but to delay many of the tougher budget decisions facing the district next …


Despite $20 million budget shortfall WDFW not planning significant cuts

Despite facing a $20 million budget shortfall, Washington’s wildlife management agency will not be making significant cuts.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019

Spokane Public Schools to consider budget that would eliminate librarians, expand early-release Fridays for elementary students

The school board will consider a $459 million budget Wednesday after layoff notices went to dozens of teachers and staff members this spring. Additional state money was dedicated to the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019

EWU trustees approve $3.6 million budget cut; 55 tenured faculty offered voluntary buyouts

Eastern Washington University’s board of trustees on Thursday approved a 3% cut to the school’s operating budget for fiscal 2020. A presentation from the trustees’ meeting documents indicates about half …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019

Most Spokane elementary schools dropping art class in favor of science

Spokane Public Schools are moving ahead with changes to teaching visual arts: Under the format for next year, students in all 34 elementary schools will spend most of their day …


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

Spokane schools officials to outline district’s financial status for public

On Wednesday night, the public will get its last, best chance to offer input on next year’s Spokane Public Schools budget.


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Gov. Inslee signs record state budget, new taxes to pay for it

Gov. Jay Inslee signs record state operating budget, along with new taxes needed to cover some of the spending.