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Scholars may lose state prize

A Washington program that’s offered four-year college scholarships to outstanding high school students for 30 years could become another casualty of a down economy. Letters sent out last month notifying …


Medicaid bill would shift control

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., this week introduced a Republican proposal touted as a way to corral Medicaid spending by giving states more say in who qualifies and who …


Senate panel examines tax breaks

OLYMPIA – From frozen bull semen and chicken bedding to big banks’ mortgage profits, Senate Democrats took aim at the state’s system of tax breaks for businesses Wednesday. They generated …


Tax amnesty offer nets $321 million

OLYMPIA – Washington collected $321 million in delinquent taxes from nearly 9,000 businesses through an amnesty program that ended Saturday. The success of the program surprised state officials, who were …


Spokane schools deficit may increase class sizes

Layoffs are going to be unavoidable for Spokane Public Schools, and tonight the school board will decide whether increases in class size will be part of the equation.


A look at what’s facing legislators in extra session

OLYMPIA – For more than 100 days of a regular session, and for months before that, state leaders worried about and debated over “the budget.” They’re not done. The regular …


Special session starts Tuesday in Olympia

OLYMPIA – The Legislature will go into extra innings Tuesday morning after finishing its regular session Friday with major decisions still to be made. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who called a …


Washington Senate approves budget

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan support to a $32.1 billion spending plan that sets the stage for negotiations with the House in the legislative equivalent of extra …


Protesters march through Capitol

OLYMPIA – Sixteen protesters were arrested in Washington’s Capitol outside the governor’s office Thursday in the third day of demonstrations over proposed cuts to state spending. Fifteen, including three from …


Democrat plan prevails

OLYMPIA – As several hundred protesters chanted about corporate greed and demanded tax increases, House budget writers gathered to decide which of two plans they would endorse to cut billions …


Gov. Gregoire skeptical of Spokane medical school funding plan

OLYMPIA – A House spending plan that includes $35 million to build a medical school in Spokane is “a problem” because it adds debt to the state, Gov. Chris Gregoire …


Spin Control: Groups plan to make noise: Cut tax breaks, not spending

OLYMPIA – When the party that’s in becomes the party that’s out, one can expect an increase of unhappy people coalescing and demonstrating against the new order. But if one …


Critics slam plan to keep Spokane museum open

OLYMPIA — Keeping Spokane’s Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture open with funding from a new “mega-agency” was criticized Thursday by state officials, librarians, Native American tribes and advocates for …


Washington’s budget gap grows by $778 million

OLYMPIA — The gap between Washington state’s projected revenues and the cost of current programs grew by $778 million in the latest economic forecast, resulting in a possible deficit of …


Shawn Vestal: In a recession, honesty is at an all-time low

So, to recap: The country sinks into a massive recession, caused by a fraudulent, out-of-control, unwatched-over financial institutions and free-market wheeler-dealers. The rest of us suffer. Jobs vanish, pay cuts …


Editorial: Federal debt won’t shrink by passing the buck

The household analogy seems to hit home when talking about government budgets, so imagine this scenario: In seven years, the interest payment on your credit cards will exceed your monthly …


Spokane Public Schools administrators agree to furloughs

Spokane Public Schools administrators – including all principals and vice principals – have agreed to take two unpaid days off to help put a dent in the looming budget shortfall …


Budget fix clears Washington Senate 38-9

A budget plan referred to as a $254 million installment in the state’s fiscal crisis passed the state Senate this morning on a bipartisan vote.


Bipartisan budget proposal could get vote this week

OLYMPIA – State Senate budget writers have what’s being described as a $254 million bipartisan budget agreement that could get a vote yet this week. Just hours before a Senate …


Senate plan preserves some Basic Health, Lifeline

OLYMPIA – State Senate budget writers have what’s being described as a $254 million bipartisan budget agreement that could get a vote this week.


Sheriff planning to hire Chilberg

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hopes to profit from former Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg’s recent re-election defeat. Knezovich had been wishing for a budget director when voters gave Chilberg his pink …


Ex-county treasurer will be sheriff’s budget director

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich hopes to profit from former Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg’s recent re-election defeat.


Closure risk heightens MAC’s significance

“Civic cultural institution” – the very phrase conjures an air of granite-like permanence and robust health. Yet one Spokane cultural landmark is in danger of slipping into the equivalent of …


Lawmakers adjourn special session

State lawmakers have adjourned their deficit-reducing special session after one day of work. Lawmakers approved a bipartisan $590 million deficit-cutting plan, taking a significant bite out of the $1.1 billion …


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 …


Agreement would halt police layoffs

Without disclosing the terms, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced late Friday that the Spokane Police Guild had reached a tentative agreement with the city that keeps 35 police officers from …


Police union, city reach deal to save officer jobs

Without disclosing the terms, Spokane Mayor Mary Verner announced late Friday that the Spokane Police Guild had reached a tentative agreement with the city that keeps 35 police officers from …


Deal saves Spokane firefighting jobs

Spokane won’t lose a fire station and firefighters won’t face pink slips for 2011. The Spokane firefighters union voted last week to accept Mayor Mary Verner’s request to forgo raises …


Verner takes lead in longevity

In the decade since Spokane began electing strong mayors, none had served more than three years – until this week. Mayor Mary Verner didn’t even need to finish her term …