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Washington should be careful with pot tax money, Pew study warns

Washington and other states that have legalized recreational marijuana should be careful about how they spend the tax money it generates, according to a study released Monday by The Pew …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:27 p.m.

Voters signal support of Spokane County library levy

In the first night’s count, many Spokane County voterscast their ballots for an increase in property taxes for county libraries, with about 53.3% voters saying yes on Spokane County Library …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

Spokane County asks voters to renew sales tax to maintain criminal justice system

Spokane County leaders are asking voters to renew a $6 million-a-year sales tax that the region has approved twice before to maintain the criminal justice status quo.


So many bills, so little time and space to report them

A quick review of some new laws that may have been overshadowed or lost in the crush of the final days.


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

NY puts Democrats a step closer to getting Trump tax returns

New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump’s state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 10:49 a.m.

Mnuchin: Draft IRS memo doesn’t undermine rationale to block release of Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that a confidential IRS memo does not undermine the agency’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Donald Trump’s tax returns.


Judge upholds House subpoena demanding years of Trump’s financial records

President Donald Trump on Monday lost an early round of his court fight with Democrats when a federal judge ruled that the president’s accounting firm must turn over his financial …


Millionaires flee their homelands as tensions rise and taxes bite

About 108,000 millionaires migrated across borders last year, a 14 percent increase from the prior year, and more than double the level in 2013, according to Johannesburg-based New World Wealth.


Legislators chose help for schools, colleges and mental help – and the taxes to pay for it

If governing is about choosing, the Legislature made hundreds of choices by what they passed, and more than a thousand by what they didn’t pass.


How lawmakers beat the clock, and wound up with a budget and other needed legislation

With two hours to midnight and the statutory end of the regular session of the 2019 Legislature, the odds seemed better than even that lawmakers would miss that deadline and …


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019, 1:29 p.m.

Washington lawmakers allow local school districts to increase taxes in final budget deal

Legislature goes into its final day of the 2019 regular session with budgets and taxes to pass.


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.”


100 years ago in Central Washington: Railroad workers strike over lack of bathtubs, decent meals

About 300 men working on a project to electrify the Milwaukee Railroad’s line through Washington were on strike at their job site west of the Columbia River.


Tax time complications for cannabis

Their products are considered illegal by the federal government, but Washington cannabis growers and sellers are still required to submit a portion of their earnings to Uncle Sam.


White House lawyers consulted Treasury on Trump’s tax returns, Mnuchin says

ATTN: National editors; one video. Updates Mnuchin’s comments; adds reaction. Damian Paletta


House, Senate budgets advance alongside new tax proposals

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Budget discussions advanced in the state Capitol on Friday, with Senate Democrats unveiling a two-year budget the same day House Democrats passed their own proposal — and …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

State expects $850 million revenue boost over next 28 months

State revenues are projected to grow, but Democrats and Republicans see that news differently.


Mnuchin says he’ll protect Trump privacy if taxes requested

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin suggested Thursday he will protect President Donald Trump’s privacy if he receives a request from House Democrats for Trump’s tax returns.


100 years ago in Spokane: IRS worker explains the income tax

An Internal Revenue Service collector in Spokane attempted to explain the complex rules regarding a relatively recent kind of tax, the federal income tax.


Shawn Vestal: Legislature considers sales-tax refunds for Washington’s poor

When compared to the tax-paying woes of the rich, the tax-paying woes of the poor get too little consideration in Washington state.


Google seeks tax breaks for $600M data center in Minnesota

Google’s plan to build a $600 million wind-powered data center in central Minnesota could hinge on the tech giant’s request for officials to waive 20 years’ worth of future taxes.


Your federal tax refund only a pittance? You’re not alone. Here’s why.

The amount Spokane residents pay this tax season likely will change due to the passage of major tax reform – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – in December 2017, …


Matt O’Brien: If it weren’t for the estate tax, the majority of the superwealthy’s money would never be taxed

If it weren’t for the estate tax, the majority of the super-rich’s money would never be taxed at all.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

How Trump’s State of the Union is connected to Spokane and Inland Northwest

President Donald Trump will address a very different Congress than he did a year ago, but many of the issues are the same. Lawmakers remain at odds on funding for …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:53 p.m.

Spokane County returns $4.4 million in overpaid taxes

Spokane County has returned more than $4 million in taxes to residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations that made overpayments or were eligible for tax exemptions.


It’s not too late to save money on 2018 business taxes

Small business owners with sloppy records will not only find it harder to compile their returns, the haphazard books may be costing them money, and they may overlook expenses that …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 1:26 p.m.

Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

Yellow vest protesters marched on the headquarters of leading French broadcasters Saturday, as small groups turned out in Paris and around France despite waning momentum for their movement.


State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Shelly Short offer GOP perspective for upcoming legislative session

The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …


Charles Lane: On taxes, 41 may have had the last laugh

George H.W. Bush may have lived just long enough to witness the moment at which tax cuts have finally reached the point of diminishing political returns for Republicans.


Spokane real estate excise tax revenue again expected to hit post-recession highs

Spokane’s strong real estate market has again helped boost city street and other projects.