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State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane.

I’m Michael Baumgartner, and it is with great pride that I serve Spokane’s 6th Legislative District. I think you’ll agree with me that Spokane and Eastern Washington is a special place. We in the state Legislature need to find ways to make it grow and thrive.

On this website you’ll learn about some of the things I’ve been working on in the state Senate. Things that are vital to our interests in Spokane, like the Washington State University branch campus, the proposed WSU medical school, the North-South freeway, and legislation that will unleash the forces of job creation statewide.

I firmly believe we need to make state government smarter and more efficient. We must ensure it provides Eastern Washington its fair share of resources. We must resist proposals that would make it more difficult for businesses to succeed, or make it harder for our families to make ends meet. And perhaps most of all, we need to bring our way of thinking to the rest of the state. In Eastern Washington we are optimistic and hard-working and we believe in our own abilities. We know we can do better.

141223 I-90SunsetHillSpokane 1600 widthMy career in international business and the State Department has taken me all over the world, but there is no place I would rather call home than Spokane and the Inland Northwest. I hope you will join with me as we build a better Washington.

Mike

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As forecast adds $400 million, Ericksen, Baumgartner, Padden call for tax relief for small business As forecast adds $400 million, Ericksen, Baumgartner, Padden call for tax relief for small business
OLYMPIA… A positive tax-revenue forecast is leading three state senators to call for a tax cut, saying this is the time for relief, not more spending. State Sens. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Michael Padden, R-Spokane Valley, are calling for a reduction in business and occupations taxes. Their...
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Baumgartner blasts teachers’ union for refusing to appear at Tuesday hearing Baumgartner blasts teachers’ union for refusing to appear at Tuesday hearing
OLYMPIA… Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, delivered a blast at the Washington Education Association for refusing to appear at a Tuesday hearing on docking teacher pay during illegal strikes. “One again, the state teachers’ union displays its arrogance,” said Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. “It hopes...
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Baumgartner sets Tuesday hearing on Sheldon bill docking teacher pay during illegal strikes Baumgartner sets Tuesday hearing on Sheldon bill docking teacher pay during illegal strikes
OLYMPIA… On the same day that teachers in the Seattle School District are planning to walk off the job, the state Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on a bill that would dock their pay. The work session and public hearing on Senate Bill 6116 is set...
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Baumgartner compares Inslee leadership to ‘empty paper bag’ Baumgartner compares Inslee leadership to ‘empty paper bag’
Demands governor veto every bill until budget deal is reached OLYMPIA… State Sen. Michael Baumgartner said Tuesday the Legislature’s upcoming special session demonstrates a failure of leadership from the governor’s office. Washington lawmakers are scheduled to begin a special legislative session Wednesday after failing to pass a budget during a...
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Tuition cut in Senate budget spells relief for middle-class families, Baumgartner says Tuition cut in Senate budget spells relief for middle-class families, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… As the state Senate Monday passed its $38 billion spending plan, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, called its proposed 25 percent tuition rollback an “absolutely stupendous” idea that will benefit middle-class families statewide. The Senate’s no-new-tax budget proposal cleared the Senate on a vote of 26-23, allowing negotiations to begin with...
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‘Historic day’ says Baumgartner as governor signs WSU medical-school bill
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‘Historic day’ says Baumgartner as governor signs WSU medical-school bill
Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, offered the following comment after Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1559 into law April 1, repealing a 98-year-old law giving the University of Washington the exclusive right to operate a public medical school, and authorizing Washington State University to launch a medical school in Spokane....
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