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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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Session finale brings huge win, lasting achievements for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says Session finale brings huge win, lasting achievements for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… The 2015 legislative session ended Friday in victory for Eastern Washington, said state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Seldom has the outcome of a legislative session so well reflected the interests and the bedrock principles of Eastern Washington, he said. Washington lawmakers wrapped up their session Friday on the 176th...
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Transportation package huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says Transportation package huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… A $16 billion transportation package approved by Washington lawmakers Monday night offers a huge win for Eastern Washington, delivering some $1 billion to Spokane County alone and finally finishing the North-South Freeway, said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. At the same time, it makes big reforms in the way the...
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College students win as lawmakers enact historic tuition rollback, Baumgartner says College students win as lawmakers enact historic tuition rollback, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, issued the following statement Monday evening after the Washington Senate voted for an unprecedented college-tuition rollback in the final agreement on a 2015-17 operating budget and in Senate Bill 5954: “The big winners in this state budget agreement are college students and their families. Because of...
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Support swells at Capitol for naming new WSU medical school for Elson Floyd Support swells at Capitol for naming new WSU medical school for Elson Floyd
OLYMPIA… The idea of naming the new Washington State University medical school in Spokane for its greatest champion, the late university president Elson Floyd, is receiving a groundswell of support at the Capitol, reports Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Baumgartner will introduce a bill this week naming the school for the...
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Dem plan for capital-gains tax stands in way of budget deal, Baumgartner says  Dem plan for capital-gains tax stands in way of budget deal, Baumgartner says 
OLYMPIA… If legislative Democrats want to avoid a state-government shutdown on July 1, they need to abandon their effort to impose a new capital-gains income tax, said state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. “It’s not just that we won’t support it in the Senate,” Baumgartner said. “It’s that the people of...
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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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