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Spokane mayor warns of impending 2010 deficit

Mayor Mary Verner warned the Spokane City Council on Monday that the city faces a $5.5 million deficit next year. The gap is so large, she said, that the city …


Legislators vote to use stimulus to save jobs

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers voted Friday to set a budget target for next year even lower than Gov. Butch Otter is now recommending but use more of the federal stimulus …


Conservation On the line

A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


Colville hatchery among proposed state cuts

A Colville hatchery that raises sport fish for more than 60 regional lakes is slated for closure as part of $30 million in anticipated budget cuts at the Washington Department …


UI may seek 8 percent student fee increase

The University of Idaho may seek to increase student fees next year by more than 8 percent.


Job cuts could slice into tax revenue

BOISE – Idaho expects to lose up to $7.5 million in tax revenue next year because it cut tax compliance workers this year to save $979,000. This year’s 4 percent …


UI president: Of programs to be cut, few are popular

Of the 41 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that the University of Idaho is proposing eliminating, few are popular, acting UI President Steven Daley-Laursen told JFAC this morning.


As Idaho lawmakers consider their options, some are turning to educators for advice

BOISE – Idaho state legislators have fanned out to their districts across the state this weekend, and many are hoping to hear from local teachers and others about where cuts …


Gregoire’s stimulus plan includes local projects

OLYMPIA – Trying to kick-start the state’s lagging economy, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday unveiled a $1.2 billion proposal that includes more than $90 million in buildings at Spokane-area …


Otter says budget cuts difficult but needed

BOISE — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter was at a meeting last month when a woman confronted him over cutbacks in her autistic son’s services through the Department of Health and …


Council has a few words on budget

The road to passing the 2009 budget got a little bumpy Tuesday when two Liberty Lake City Council members verbally sparred over a proposed amendment to the budget. Much of …


Otter says more cuts needed

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has ordered another 3 percent cut from Idaho’s current state budget, on top of the 1 percent he trimmed in September. Layoffs of state …


Budget trouble forcing layoffs at county

Spokane County leaders will lay off potentially dozens of employees because of expected shortfalls in the county’s budget. County CEO Marshall Farnell has been meeting this week with the three …


Idaho revamps teacher pay plan

BOISE – In a rare move, the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee Wednesday reconsidered the teacher pay plan it approved a day earlier, passing an entirely new plan. This time, …


House budget good for schools

OLYMPIA – Despite a lean budget year, the House of Representatives’ budget proposals unveiled Wednesday include millions of construction dollars for Spokane-area projects. The main operating budget would spend an …


Deal brings new rest area to Idaho

BOISE – Idaho’s newest official state rest area is a Flying J truck stop. Wrapping the rest area into the truck stop through a public-private partnership cost the state just …


Schools hope to stave off cuts

Early budget forecasts show Spokane Public Schools may be looking to fill a gap of more than $2 million next school year. But the district is hoping to stave off …


Budget draws scant attention

So far only a Coeur d’Alene skateboarder has shown interest in the city’s proposed $66.6 million budget, which includes a 3 percent property tax increase and enough cash to hire …


Kootenai deputies get a pay bump

Most Kootenai County sheriff deputies and jailers are getting an immediate raise as the county commission works to fix an inequitable pay system that has caused an exodus of staff. …


EV officials received big raises

Despite growing budget concerns and looming teacher layoffs, some East Valley School District administrators were given big salary increases last year. The increases, ranging from 7 percent to 23 percent, …


CdA priorities at street level

Adding more police staff and spending more to repave streets top the Coeur d’Alene City Council’s list of funding priorities for the coming year. Council members and the mayor spent …


Crowd interrogates schools chief on proposed cuts

Parent Bryce Hatch approached a mob of people while waiting for his turn Monday to grill Superintendent Brian Benzel about school budget cuts. “I wouldn’t want that guy’s job,” Hatch …


Lawyers Argue For Line-Item Veto

The Clinton administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to quickly overturn a federal judge’s ruling and clear the way for continued use of the president’s line-item veto power. Justice …


Lawmakers Rush To Make Their Spending Deadline Sticky Issues Such As Congressional Pay Raise And Arts Funding Survive The Onslaught

From federal funding for the arts to a $3,000 bump in their own paychecks, lawmakers picked their way through numerous contentious items Tuesday as they labored on overdue spending bills …


Republicans Ready To Take Negotiated Tax Bill To Clinton President Has Vowed To Veto House Version Of Capital Gains And Child Tax Credit Provisions

House and Senate Republicans said Tuesday night that they had resolved nearly all the differences between their respective tax bills and that they would present a united front in trying …


Senate Bucks House, Boosts Nea Funding

A Senate panel agreed Friday to increase spending for the National Endowment for the Arts instead of cutting off support as the House voted to do last week. “There was …


Disabled Children’s Families Will Get Less Aid Reductions Coming In Both Federal, State Programs

Hundreds of Washington state families caring for developmentally disabled children at home are facing cuts in government aid that helped make home care possible. Over the next eight months, state …


County Sings A New Tune On Symphony Commissioners Vote To Restore $17,000 Gift

The band will play on. In a reversal of an earlier decision, Spokane County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to give the Spokane Symphony $17,000 from a pot of money reserved …


County Commissioners To Vote On $1 Million For Repair Of Pools

Spokane County’s four swimming pools are lined up for $1 million worth of repairs next year. County commissioners will vote on the $966,000 expenditure next month when they decide on …


Negotiations On Funding Bill Slow To Crawl

White House and congressional bargainers wearily sought a handshake agreement Friday on a big bill that would fund dozens of agencies when the new fiscal year begins Tuesday. But disputes …