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Latah County officials: Idaho needs tax reform that benefits hardworking citizens

Property taxes have been a focus of the Idaho Legislative Leadership this session. What is needed is meaningful tax reform that rebalances our broken system.


5 big issues the Washington Legislature will debate in 2020

Some years, the Legislature faces huge issues, spends months in partisan wrangling and needs extra weeks or even months to complete some tasks. 2020 might not be one of them.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Bill Gates pushes for higher taxes on rich as wealth soars

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates started the last decade worth more than $50 billion and with a pledge to donate large parts of his fortune to charity.


Welcome to 2020 – and to some new laws in Washington

A new year means new laws. Here’s a look at some of the changes.


Getting There: Spokane considering other tax options for roads after passage of I-976

Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab initiative has put the city in a bind trying to come up with cash for its future road projects. City Council President-elect Breean Beggs is …


‘We need each other more than we pretend’: Data contradicts sense of geographic imbalance in state taxes, services

Based on some calculations, Spokane residents get more from the state General Fund – but less from the Transportation Fund – than they send Olympia in taxes. But the formulas …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Judge blocks Eyman’s $30 car tab measure

A King County Superior Court judge temporarily halted the Dec. 5 implementation of Initiative 976, which would limit car tabs to $30 a year, eliminate a host of programs that …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Robert B. Reich: Billionaires benefit from of anti-capitalist advantages

There are basically only five ways to accumulate a billion dollars, and none of them have to do with being successful in free-market capitalism.


City Council raises property taxes by 1%

The Spokane City Council authorized a 1% increase in the city’s property tax levy in 2020.


Spin Control: Tax votes aren’t an automatic no, this election showed

An article of faith among certain political “experts” says voters, given the chance, will always vote against taxes. But voters don’t automatically do so.


Agencies, lawmakers scramble to fill $4 billion pothole from I-976

State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Bernie Sanders joins Elizabeth Warren in criticizing Amazon’s spending on Seattle City Council elections

Bernie Sanders has joined fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren in decrying Amazon’s heavy spending on Seattle’s pivotal City Council elections.


Spokane Valley leaders don’t plan to raise taxes this year, but may need to in the future

Spokane Valley leaders won’t increase taxes this year, but may consider doing so in the future as funds the city has historically relied on to pay for streets and other …


Spokane County, Spokane Valley vote to redirect state sales tax for affordable housing

Spokane County and Spokane Valley could soon have hundreds of thousands more to invest in affordable housing after voting to keep a small percentage of state sales taxes local.


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

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

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

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

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

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 …