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Idaho House divided over removing sales tax from Girl Scout cookies

The Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Wednesday to remove the state’s distinction as one of just two states that imposes sales taxes on Girl Scout cookies, after North Idaho Rep. …


Idaho Senate bill seeks to regulate knives, too

On a 25-10 vote, the Idaho Senate has endorsed legislation banning local government ordinances regulating the carrying or use of knives, despite an Idaho attorney general’s opinion that the measure …


City braces for budget cuts despite strong sales taxes

Spokane is collecting sales taxes like it hasn’t since before the recession. Even so, city officials are preparing for another multimillion-dollar deficit in 2014.


Cash-poor states want to collect revenues from online retailers

AUSTIN, Texas – State governments across the country are laying off teachers, closing public libraries and parks, and reducing health care services, but there is one place they could get …


Amazon tells shareholders it won’t budge on sales taxes

SEATTLE — Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos left little doubt that the company will stand its ground against efforts in many states to require the Internet giant to charge sales …


Law exempts restaurants from tax on worker meals

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday signed into law a bill to exempt restaurants from paying sales tax on the free meals they provide for their employees. Current law …


Convention center expansion hinges on tax vote

Five years after opening a new convention center, the Spokane Public Facilities District is readying plans to ask voters for a $65 million expansion. The proposal would add more than …


Facilities district seeks $65 million expansion

Five years after opening a new convention center, the Spokane Public Facilities District is readying plans to ask voters for a $65 million expansion.


Exports, credit, taxes among initiatives to boost businesses

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Tuesday ordered state agencies to develop programs and institute reforms that will boost small businesses faltering in the economic slowdown. The initiatives range from help with …


Soda industry puts up fight as state considers tax

OLYMPIA – Washington state consumers started paying more for soda, candy and gum this year amid a nationwide push to impose higher taxes on sugary foods. But the soft drink …


STA seeking public input on budget cut proposals

Spokane Transit Authority officials are asking for the public’s help in cutting 7 percent from the bus agency’s budget next year. A recently released list of potential cuts is the …


Caldwell: I-1098 is not a business-friendly tax option

Nobody out here in Eastern Washington likes to admit it, but King County is the great trough from which most of the rest of us feed. Initiative 1098 is a …


Business in brief: Sales taxes see worst decline in 50 years

As Americans have tightened their belts, making make fewer big purchases, state and local sales tax collections experienced their worst decline in 50 years, according to a report released Tuesday. …


In brief: Sales tax extension to go on August ballot

Spokane County voters will be asked to extend a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax for criminal justice programs in the August primary rather than in May. County commissioners, who …


Area retail sales dip slightly from late 2007

Retail sales in the city of Spokane and Spokane County fell during the fourth quarter of 2008, but both did better than Washington’s other major urban areas as the state …