Budget

Marijuana Legalization
5:58 am
Mon August 13, 2012

What Are The Budget Impacts Of Legal Marijuana

This fall Washington voters will consider an initiative that would allow the growth and sale of marijuana. Friday, the Washington State Office of Financial Management issued its report on how Initiative 502 would affect the finances of state and local governments. KUOW’s Phyllis Fletcher has more.

The gist of the report is “we don’t know.”

The Office of Financial Management uses the phrase “indeterminate, but non-zero” several times in the report. That’s because of what could be called “known unknowns.”

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Food Stamp Cutbacks
6:45 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Legal Immigrants Hit Hard By Cuts

Hard times just got harder for legal immigrants who receive food stamps from the State. Their benefits were cut in half Sunday. The move is part of many cut-backs to balance the State’s budget. Lesley McClurg reports.

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Idaho Budget
4:49 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Idaho Budget Writers Tour U- Idaho, Other North Idaho Locations

U- Idaho illustration of proposed integrated science research facility
Northwest News Network

Members of Idaho’s state legislative budget committee are on a fact- finding tour of locations in north central Idaho this week.  The delegation is making the rounds in places like Moscow and Orofino, with the intent being to better understanding issues and budget requests that will come up in the next legislative session.

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Lane County Budget
7:17 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Lane County To Cut Budget By More Than 15 Million

Like many Northwest counties, Lane County is experiencing a budget shortfall. The county Budget Committee has approved more than 15 million dollars in cuts to youth services, the sheriff's office and medical examiner among others. Desmond O'Boyle has more.

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Oregon Jobs Gains
4:53 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Oregon's Recovery Uneven Around The State

Oregon's economy is recovering slowly but steadily according to the latest forecast from state economists.
Photo credit: Wikimedia user M.O. Stevens Wikimedia Commons

Oregon's economy is recovering slowly but steadily according to the latest forecast from state economists. But not all parts of the state are along for the ride.

Some economic indicators are looking up in Oregon. That's according to state economist Mark McMullen. But he told state lawmakers that even though the pace has been slow statewide, it's even worse once you get away from the Willamette Valley and the Columbia Gorge.

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Curry County Budget
6:08 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Curry County Paves Own Path On Insolvency

GOLD BEACH, Ore. -- Curry County Commissioners have rejected the state's plan to help put the county on a path to fiscal stability. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports the Commissioners say they can't support spending  $75,000 to pay for the committee that would work out a restructuring plan. 

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Washington Budget
3:41 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Wash. Governor Wishes New Budget Had Bigger Cushion Of Reserves

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is concerned by the slim cushion of reserves in the state's budget.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is praising the rebalanced state budget that the legislature delivered to her in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. But Gregoire also told reporters Thursday that she's concerned by the very slim cushion of reserves lawmakers left in the state treasury. She indicates she will selectively veto some proposed spending to keep more cash in reserve.

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Washington Budget
5:33 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Wash. Lawmakers Miss Midnight Deadline, Work Through Night

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers missed a midnight deadline Tuesday night to rebalance the state budget. But they didn’t go home. Instead, Governor Chris Gregoire called yet another overtime session. At this hour, lawmakers are still voting on a final budget deal. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has the latest.

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Washington Budget Battle
6:00 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Wash. Gov: Progress, But No Deal As Final Day Of Special Session Arrives

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It’s the final day of Washington’s 30-day special session. But still no deal on a plan to rebalance the state budget and pass a series of government reform measures. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports closed door talks broke up late Monday night.

A weary Governor Chris Gregoire held a news conference just before midnight.

Gregoire: “We’ve made progress over 11 hours, but we’re not done and everybody’s still working.”’

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Washington State Budget
5:16 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Wash. Special Session: No Budget Deal, House Plans Action Anyway

Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Governor Chris Gregoire’s deadline for a bipartisan budget deal has come and gone. Lawmakers Tuesday failed to agree on a plan to rebalance the state budget and implement so called government reforms.

Now, House Democrats say they will pass their own budget in hopes of breaking the logjam.

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