budget

Public Health Services
7:21 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oregon County Turns Public Health Function Over To State

Counties across the Northwest are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services. Now, one county in Oregon has told the state it will no longer provide those services. That's left state officials scrambling to figure out how to cover the gap. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington Budget
4:46 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Washington Governor Directs Agencies To Identify 15 Percent Cuts

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget.
Credit Colin Fogarty / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee is directing state agencies to identify 15 percent cuts in the next budget. The directive comes as the latest revenue forecast out Tuesday shows an ongoing sluggish recovery. State budget director David Schumacher says the budget-cutting exercise does not mean all agencies will be cut by 15 percent.

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Washington Budget
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Budget Deal Struck In Washington Legislature

This budget deal represents a compromise between the Democratically-controlled Washington House and mostly Republican majority in the state Senate.
Credit Tradnor / Wikimedia Commons

Washington public schools will get an additional nearly $60 million, but teachers will not get a cost of living raise this year. That’s the upshot of a budget deal that’s being announced at this hour at the Capitol in Olympia.

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Washington Budget
6:05 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Washington Senate Budget Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks.
Credit Cacophany / Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks – mostly for businesses. Governor Jay Inslee supports the largest of those tax incentives. But overall the Senate package unveiled Monday runs counter to the Democratic governor’s push to eliminate several tax exemptions to pay for education.

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Firefighting
5:21 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Obama Backs Idaho, Oregon Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement . The plan is being advanced by a bipartisan team of Oregon and Idaho senators in reaction to the growing cost of massive wildfires.

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Marijuana Revenues
5:12 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy

Washington is predicted to take in $157 million in the next two year budget cycle.
Credit Scott Beale / Flickr

Within the next year marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers. But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales? Washington’s revenue forecaster recently unveiled his first estimate, but the numbers may be a bit hazy.

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Marijuana Revenue
3:18 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates: Low Or High?

Cannabis Training University Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 5:27 pm

Washington is about to get a new stream of revenue into its coffers – from marijuana taxes.

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Washington Budget
4:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Inslee Proposes More Prison Beds, No Teacher COLAs In Budget Update

Members of the Washington Education Association wore these buttons to Governor Jay Inslee’s supplemental budget rollout to signify five years without voter-approved cost-of-living increases.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 9:01 am

More prison beds, but no cost of living raises for school teachers are two takeaways after Washington Governor Jay Inslee proposed a modest update to the state’s two-year budget.

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Hanford Competition
4:35 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Competition Seeks To Save Money At Hanford

Federal, contractor and national laboratory staff participate in the Office of River Protection’s Grand Challenge Workshop this past July.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Managers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are looking for creative ways to save money at the southeast Washington site. They’re holding an idea competition with federal and contractor employees called the Grand Challenge. 

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Hanford Layoffs
4:18 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Contractors Say Hanford Layoffs Due To 'Budget Uncertainty'

File photo of the under-construction waste treatment plant at Hanford.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 3:42 pm

Three federal contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say they’ll lay off 450 workers over the next year.

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