budget

Tax Loopholes
6:21 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Washington Governor Eyes Tax 'Loopholes' For Elimination

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Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 9:18 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Hopes for a rosier budget outlook in Washington are dimming. Expected savings in Medicaid haven’t materialized. And many state lawmakers expect this week’s quarterly revenue forecast to show a downward slide. Add to that, a Supreme Court ruling that requires more funding for schools.

In response, Democratic Governor Jay Inslee is expected to announce soon a list of tax “loopholes” – as he calls them – he wants to eliminate to fund schools. But closing tax exemptions is easier said than done.

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Democratic Budget Plan
4:08 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Murray At Center Stage Guiding Democratic Budget Plan

Senator Patty Murray (D - Wash.) is the new chair of the U.S. Senate’s budget committee.
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Washington U.S. Senator Patty Murray took center stage in the other Washington Wednesday. She’s the new chair the U.S. Senate’s budget committee. In that role, Murray outlined the Democrats’ 10-year plan to get the nation closer to a balanced budget.

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Wilderness Budget Cuts
6:33 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Trails Of Trouble On Wild Lands

Volunteers help clean up trees that have blocked some trails in the Frank Church Wilderness.
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Some federal budget cuts can be found in places you might not be looking -- deep in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. As EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains, for hikers and horse packers, frustration is mounting over the state of disrepair of recreational trails on public land.

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Pension Adjustments
6:39 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Pension Adjustments Would Bring Mixed Impact To Oregon Retirees

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 5:54 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Republicans and Democrats at Oregon's capitol want to balance the state budget by taking aim at the pension system for public workers. Both parties as well as Governor John Kitzhaber say changes to the retirement system would help prevent more cuts to schools. But retirees claim the proposals would break a promise.

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Oregon Budget
6:59 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Budget Debate Kicks Off In Salem

Ways & Means Co-chairs Representative Peter Buckley (left) and Senator Richard Devlin (right) outline their budget proposal at a state capitol press conference.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The stage is now set for a protracted battle over the upcoming state spending plan in Oregon. Legislative budget-writers Monday released a proposal that relies on rolling back tax breaks and reducing benefits to retired public workers. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Education Funding
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Education Leaders See Potential For "Adequate" School Funding, But Cuts Possible, Too

The latest state budget plans released Monday in Salem are drawing mixed reviews from the education community.

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Oregon Budget Proposal
3:57 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Oregon Legislative Budget Writers Release Spending Proposal

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Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 5:12 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon legislature's chief budget writers released their proposed two-year spending plan Monday. The two Democrats in charge of drawing up the budget outline say all of the numbers are subject to negotiation. But state Senator Richard Devlin and state Representative Peter Buckley say it will be hard to persuade them to lower the $6.75 billion they've set aside for K-12 education.

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Detention Center Budget
6:17 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Budget Impasse Leads To Some Releases At Tacoma Immigration Lockup

Sequestration has apparently led to a “get out of jail free” card for some detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma. With budget cuts looming, the Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it’s shifting some detainees around the country to supervised release. KUOW’s Liz Jones reports.

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Sequester Cuts
6:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Local Effects Of Automatic Federal Budget Cuts Hazy

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear addresses officers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday.
Credit Photo courtesy I Corps, U.S. Army

Northwest military bases, universities, national labs and parks await guidance for how to implement automatic federal budget cuts. The so-called "sequester" is scheduled to take effect at the end of this week. Not much else is certain beyond that including who in the region could feel the pain immediately, if anyone. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Oregon Revenue
4:19 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Oregon Revenue Forecast Up Slightly, Growth Still Slow

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 4:19 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers now have a better sense of how much money they'll have to put together a budget. State forecasters Friday announced their latest revenue projections.

The bottom line: Things keep getting better. But not by much. State economist Mark McMullen told a legislative panel that corporate and personal income tax projections continue to rise. But he says the rate of increase isn't as strong as previous economic recoveries.

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