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Legal refugees feel pinch as state assistance declines

OLYMPIA – For 18 years, Devi Prasai lived in a packed refugee camp after fleeing from ethnic tensions in his native Bhutan. Prasai waited for a chance at a better …


Governor’s proposed capital budget leaves off Spokane medical school

OLYMPIA – A new medical school building in Spokane is not on the list of large construction projects being proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire for the next two years, a …


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 …


Clinics face crisis, CHAS chief says

Looming state budget cuts threaten to unravel a network of Spokane health clinics that treat the region’s poorest people. Peg Hopkins, executive director of the Community Health Association of Spokane, …


Spin Control: How about trimming bloated rhetoric budget?

OLYMPIA – When the Legislature starts Monday, it would be nice if the first bill they passed would outlaw certain stock phrases that are already worn out. The much-needed Bill …


Higher-ed task force unveils list of solutions

SEATTLE – A task force charged with finding stable money to pay for higher education in Washington state has some ideas it wants the Legislature to consider. At the top …


Charities not likely to fill gaps

OLYMPIA – When Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed a budget that cut many programs that help Washington state’s poor, she said that it was “up to us as a community” to …


Year produced array of calculations, ideas, tired phrases

It was a year when government budgets always hurt for money and initiative campaigns never did. When candidates seemed to come out of retirement, out of the woodwork or from …


State earns bonus for child insurance

A $17.6 million windfall from the federal government could prevent thousands of children in Washington from losing their health insurance in March if the state decides to spend the money …


Schools will lose Salmon in Classroom

SEATTLE – Each year, 40,000 schoolchildren in the state have been introduced to the life of the salmon through the Salmon in the Classroom program. But beginning in January, the …


Vestal: In Washington, a penny could go a long way

Now can we soak the rich? How about just dampening the hems of their gowns?


State’s hodgepodge primary system is ignored – until it’s endangered

OLYMPIA – One casualty of the state’s budget woes could be the 2012 presidential preference primary. It’s on the block in Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget proposal, and a good fiscal …


Caldwell: ‘Immoral’ cuts shine light on economic reality

Gov. Chris Gregoire did the moral and immoral in a single turn last week: She released a balanced budget for the 2011-’13 biennium. The 40-page summation is moral in that …


Gregoire’s budget lays out harsh cuts

OLYMPIA – Saying the state faces an economic crisis that requires deep cuts and government restructuring, Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday proposed eliminating some state programs for schools and some …


Governor proposes MAC closure

“Stunned,” “shocked” and “disappointed” were the words used by Chris Schnug, president of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board, after learning that the governor’s 2011-’13 budget proposal calls …


Deal cuts hours, pay for state workers

OLYMPIA – Union leaders for state workers have agreed tentatively to cuts in wages and increases in health premiums for the next two years. Union officials and Gov. Chris Gregoire, …


Gregoire urges changes in pensions, insurance

OLYMPIA – The state should cut off automatic pension increases to some state retirees and keep others from retiring and being rehired for their old jobs, Gov. Chris Gregoire said …


Interpreter services for patients face cut

SEATTLE – About 70,000 Washington residents who do not speak English fluently may lose access to interpreters during medical visits under a proposed budget cut. The proposed $2 million cut …


Special education funding ruled fair

SEATTLE – The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state is not shortchanging school districts in the way it pays for special education. In an 8-1 ruling, the high …


State cuts to health clinics affect thousands

Washington state is suspending grants that enable community clinics to provide health care to about 300,000 uninsured patients. Suspension of the program was announced this week by the Washington State …


Gregoire beefs up collection force for business taxes

OLYMPIA – Facing revenue shortfalls for the next 30 months, Washington state is making changes in its tax collecting agency to go after businesses that aren’t paying what they owe, …


Lawmakers’ deadline arrives with few budget proposals

OLYMPIA – Warning that every month is critical in solving the state’s looming budget shortfall, Gov. Chris Gregoire tried Monday to prod legislators into suggesting budget cuts more palatable than …


State economist still bullish, but forecast has officials scrambling

OLYMPIA – Little changes can have big costs. That may be the main lesson from last week’s announcement that Washington state’s budget appears to be another $1.2 billion out of …


$1.2 billion shortfall looms for Washington

OLYMPIA – The state is still being buffeted by the “Great Recession” and will have about $1.2 billion less than previously expected through mid-2013, Arun Raha, the state’s chief economist …


Director outlines Idaho’s gloomy Medicaid outlook

BOISE – Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are considering using volunteers to help those who now rely on its services. State …


Idaho panel predicts shortfall as budget lacks stimulus, reserves

BOISE – State lawmakers got a grim glimpse of the decision-making that awaits them when they convene in January, as the Idaho Legislature’s joint budget committee gathered Monday to go …


Final decision on state cuts, layoffs to come by Oct. 1

State health care programs could shrink or disappear in the coming months, at least one state prison could close and college classes could be more crowded next semester as state …


Budget cuts eliminate survey used for drug prevention programs

BOISE – Idaho has made much of a startling statistic – that teen meth use in the state dropped 52 percent from 2007 to 2009. It’s the largest percentage drop …


Idaho budget holes may get $80 million in patches

BOISE – The state’s modest economic recovery should help Idaho finish the fiscal year with $80 million more tax revenue than the 2010 Legislature predicted, if a new forecast holds …


State budget woes strike welfare program

OLYMPIA – Fewer people will qualify for a state welfare program that provides child care subsidies and help finding a job under cuts announced by Gov. Chris Gregoire on Thursday. …