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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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Sen. Baumgartner targets cargo crunch at ports Sen. Baumgartner targets cargo crunch at ports
OLYMPIA…  A memorial introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, seeks federal assistance in resolving a long-running labor dispute that appears to have slowed traffic at Pacific-coast ports and snarled international trade for Washington importers and exporters. Senate Joint Memorial 8009 asks the feds to help longshoremen and shippers...
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Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, tunnel project Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, tunnel project
OLYMPIA… It’s time to pull the plug on Bertha, the Seattle tunnel boring machine that has been stuck beneath downtown Seattle for more than a year without budging, say Sens. Michael Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen. The Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Jan. 26 that would stop all spending on the...
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Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement Jan. 22 by the state Employment Security Department that Washington employment has exceeded its pre-recession peak by nearly 100,000 jobs. “It’s great to hear that we have finally caught up to...
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Hearing points to big losses for Washington trade as cargo backs up at ports Hearing points to big losses for Washington trade as cargo backs up at ports
Cargo backups at west-coast ports have reached the point that Washington ought to be concerned about the impact on the state economy, not to mention the state budget, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said following a Senate hearing on the subject Wednesday. “If these problems continue they will have a...
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Baumgartner statement on passage of 2/3 rule for new taxes in the Senate Baumgartner statement on passage of 2/3 rule for new taxes in the Senate
Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, issued the following statement following passage of a new rule in the Senate requiring a two-thirds vote of the chamber on procedural motions prior to final passage of bills creating new taxes. The rule, proposed by Sens. Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, was approved by a vote of...
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Baumgartner and Ericksen propose new two-thirds-for-taxes rule, cite taxpayer protection Baumgartner and Ericksen propose new two-thirds-for-taxes rule, cite taxpayer protection
A proposal to change the Senate’s voting rules to make it harder to raise taxes will be one of the first items of business when the Legislature convenes Monday. Sens. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale and Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane propose new rules that would require a two-thirds vote of the state Senate...
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