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Lawmakers wrestling over final $200 million

OLYMPIA – Much of this year’s legislative time has been devoted to a $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget, but the special session is essentially locked up over …


Parents weigh in on school budget

The Central Valley School District is mulling options for cuts to help make up a possible shortfall in state funds in the 2010-’11 school year. To help the school board …


Lawmakers stuck on $200 million

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature entered its third week of a special session to settle budget matters with no resolution in sight, but leaders of the Senate and House insisted …


Gregoire warns of 20 percent cuts if budget stalls

Gov. Chris Gregoire warned Wednesday that she could be forced to make across-the-board cuts of 20 percent if the Legislature doesn’t come up with a budget-balancing agreement. Gregoire expressed frustration …


Spokane County looking at budget staff

Spokane County is moving to shore up its financial management with several new specialists. A back-burner plan to hire a budget director will heat up next month. Commissioners plan to …


Paying to play

Looming budget cuts are prompting a closer look at the costs of extracurricular activities in area public schools. Eliminating sports with low participation or implementing fees are among school officials’ …


House passes revised budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


Keeping kids a priority hard for pinched district

Priorities. Ask anyone what their priority in life is and the answer most likely will be something that relates to the well-being of their family. For parents, many will say …


House drops sales tax from budget plan

OLYMPIA – Using a compromise plan suggested by the governor, House Democrats stripped an increased sales tax out of plans to balance the state budget and countered with higher business …


Senate OKs sales, business tax hikes

OLYMPIA – The Senate passed increases in state sales and business taxes Friday afternoon, sending a slightly pared-down version of its original tax package to the House, which had rejected …


County sales tax receipts up a tick

Spokane County commissioners got a small measure of financial cheer this week. Chief Executive Officer Marshall Farnell reported that sales tax receipts are up slightly and that he may not …


Sluggish session frustrates governor

OLYMPIA – As the Legislature crawled through its fourth day of a special session without a solution to its budget problems, Gov. Chris Gregoire was among those expressing frustration with …


Washington Legislature’s special session begins

OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying to close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget. Legislative leaders said they …


Wash. lawmakers start special session to pass budget

The Washington Legislature picked up Monday where it left off Thursday, trying close an estimated $2.8 billion hole in the state’s operating budget.


Tax collection emphasis OK’d

BOISE – Idaho’s budget outlook for next year is looking a bit brighter, after legislative budget writers on Friday decided to hire more state tax auditors to bring in an …


Richard recounts county’s highs, lows

County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it. He delivered his remarks to a breakfast …


Spokane Co. commissioner outlines accomplishments, cuts

County Commissioner Mark Richard’s “state of the county” speech Friday wasn’t written in red ink, even though the county has plenty of it.


Idaho lawmakers ponder taxing online sales

BOISE – Two lawmakers from the same North Idaho district are at opposite ends of a legislative battle over taxing Internet sales, which Idahoans already are required by law to …


Central Valley budget cut options decided

The Central Valley School District board of directors decided on a list of potential budget cuts to help offset losses expected when the state budget is approved. The list is …


City gets lots of green from red-light cameras

I realize Spokane is strapped for cash, but is Photo Red the way to get us in the black? Come on. There must be more ways for a city to …


Transportation plan passes

The state Legislature has passed an updated state transportation budget that lawmakers say will bankroll thousands of construction jobs.


Federal reform ban heads to Otter

Idaho lawmakers have sent Gov. Butch Otter legislation to ban the enforcement in Idaho of any federal requirement that all individuals and businesses purchase health insurance, and to require the …


Governor: Wash. school reform is required

Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday that she’ll keep lawmakers in Olympia until they resolve their debate over school reform.


Gregoire says special session a possibility

With lawmakers racing to negotiate a budget and tax package, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Tuesday it’s possible she’ll need to call a special session to extend the talks beyond Thursday’s …


IPTV budget cut, but not as much as Otter wanted

Idaho Public Television got its budget trimmed Tuesday, but the damage was far less than Gov. Butch Otter called for earlier - and Otter not only supported the plan, he’ll …


GOP’s ‘emergency’ call wouldn’t change much

OLYMPIA – Republicans have argued for weeks the governor should declare a financial emergency and reopen the contracts with the state employees unions, cutting pay and benefits to help balance …


Senators spar over tax hike package

OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


Senate delays vote on tax plan

OLYMPIA – After more than four hours of sometimes contentious debate over a proposal to raise taxes on consumers and a wide range of businesses, Senate Democrats and Republicans put …


Idaho tax revenue is $41M behind estimates

Idaho has missed its tax revenue forecasts by a combined $41 million since December. House leaders confirmed that revenue fell more than $15 million short of February’s targets.


Tax plan progresses in spite of criticism

OLYMPIA – A new tax proposal would place unfair burdens on a wide range of residents, from janitors to plastic surgeons and cigar sellers to candy makers, opponents of the …