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Spin Control: Doing the budget the way it’s always done doesn’t make it the best way

Legislature pushes toward its deadline with closed budget negotiations, hasty tax hearings and late-night votes because “that’s the way we always do it.”


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 10:55 p.m.

State operating budget will hit $50 billion for 2019-21, but will it be enough?

The state of Washington expects to collect $50 billion in taxes and fees for its general operations in the next two years. The Legislature will debate how to spend it …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 3:59 p.m.

Idaho prisons mulling 20 percent budget boost

Top officials with the Idaho Department of Correction are considering telling state lawmakers they need a nearly 20 percent budget increase to fund beds, staff and services for the state’s …


UPDATED: Tue., June 19, 2018, 9 p.m.

Strong economic forecast signals extra tax money

Strong economic forecast points to nearly $600 million more in state tax revenue over next three years.


As state cuts back, Colorado college student costs soar

In 2000, Colorado taxpayers footed 68 percent of the costs of a college degree, with students chipping in about one-third.


Governor signs special session bills, vetoes 2

Gov. Steve Bullock on Friday signed six bills that he proposed as part of a solution to the state’s projected $227 million budget shortfall, vetoed one he found “disingenuous” and …


Sue Lani Madsen: Chaos from Hirst decision spilling into local districts

This wasn’t how the school year was supposed to start. The plan was to open bids in July and proceed in August. Construction equipment and temporary safety fencing should have …


Montana House speaker defends pending state budget cuts

Montana’s House speaker defended $97 million in budget cuts triggered by less-than-expected state income by saying the cuts are doing what they are supposed to: Reducing the size of state …


Kansas tax hike hailed as fix doesn’t quite balance budget

The big income tax increase Kansas legislators enacted over Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto won’t balance the budget by itself, despite immediately boosting the state’s credit outlook.


Will Washington schools get $1.75 billion more in 2018? Panel split.

Estimate of $1.75 billion per year extra for public schools put into Washington’s budget outlook.


College fundraising has become pivotal

Budgetary pressure has put the squeeze on colleges and universities. This is a nationwide trend that has forced university presidents to be as adept at fundraising as they are at …


Editorial: Open up public employee bargaining

There is no value added in keeping the public in the dark on negotiations that commit the state to huge expenditures.


Editorial: Inslee budget right on fires, mental health; wrong on education

The governor should wait until a work group comes up with another plan to comply with state Supreme Court education rulings.


Spin Control: No criminal charges allowed in case of late budget

The old saying that there’s never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law …


Inslee signs bill allowing WSU med school; funding still in flux

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Wednesday that allows Washington State University to launch a new medical school in Spokane. But after he was surrounded by supportive legislators …


Marijuana money boosts Washington’s budget

OLYMPIA – Washington tax coffers could get a $25 million boost by next July and nearly $200 million by mid-2017 from legal marijuana, state economists estimate. But much of that …


Washington state revenue forecast exceeding projections

OLYMPIA – Washington state government has been raising more revenue than initially expected as the economy continues to improve, officials said Wednesday. The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council projected that …


Budget remains pressing issue in new legislative session

OLYMPIA – A new year, a new Legislature, a new administration – and maybe some new ideas to solve some old, familiar problems. That may be the best way to …


Reaction lukewarm to Gregoire’s budget ideas

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed two lame-duck budgets Tuesday for her successor and the next Legislature to consider. One cuts programs to stay within the revenue the state expects …


Gregoire: School programs will require more taxes

OLYMPIA — In her last budget proposal as governor, Chris Gregoire offers a budget of cuts and no taxes she labels “simply unacceptable” and another she calls a balanced solution …


Gregoire says successor will need to raise taxes

OLYMPIA — The next governor will have to raise taxes, regardless of what they promise on the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Gregoire predicted today. The budget she proposes for the …


Revenue forecast up for biennium

OLYMPIA – Compared to the last time economists tried to predict Washington’s economic future, in June, the revenue forecast is up just slightly for the rest of this biennium and …


Washington facing slow recovery

OLYMPIA – Washington’s economic outlook barely changed over the last four months as the state’s few bright spots – jobs in aerospace and software – were all but canceled by …


Both sides win issues in hard fought state budget

OLYMPIA – For almost 91 days the Legislature wrestled with a looming budget problem. For the first 90, it was even odds, at best, whether the Legislature would win. The …


Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader

The Democratic majority leader of the Washington Senate is facing her first reelection challenge by an opponent with a winning campaign history. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, launched …


Lawmakers at budget impasse

OLYMPIA – The Legislature is headed into overtime over its troubled budget, although like most things dealing with spending this year, there are significant disagreements on the whats and whens …


Senate budget includes funds for Sally’s

Funding for the Salvation Army’s Sally’s House, a safe harbor for children who have been abused or neglected, or whose parents have been jailed, was included in a budget passed …


Sally’s House serves as children’s haven

Three-year-old Kate lived in a dog crate in a meth house in Spokane and walked on hands and knees like an animal. Winston lived in a home with no running …


Spin Control: Neither side has corner on budget transparency

OLYMPIA – As the state Senate descended into an extended match of political jujitsu Friday, the word of the night – perhaps the entire legislative session – was “transparency.” It …


Washington Senate OKs GOP budget

OLYMPIA – A $30 billion budget drafted by minority Republicans passed the Senate early Saturday morning after more than nine hours of sometimes contentious debate and parliamentary maneuvering. That spending …