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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 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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Commerce and Labor chair sponsors ‘ban the box’ bill, pushes for passage Commerce and Labor chair sponsors ‘ban the box’ bill, pushes for passage
“Ban the Box” legislation introduced today in the Senate has Sen. Michael Baumgartner as the primary sponsor, a major endorsement that could position the bill for passage in both chambers. The growing movement to bar businesses and organizations from requiring arrest history to even consider job candidates is expected to...
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Senate passage of two-thirds-for-taxes rule ensures taxes will be last resort, say Baumgartner, Ericksen Senate passage of two-thirds-for-taxes rule ensures taxes will be last resort, say Baumgartner, Ericksen
Endorsed six times by Washington voters, thrown out by Supreme Court. Senate rule uses different mechanism, has same effect. Requires two-thirds vote of Senate for any bill raising taxes. OLYMPIA – New rules adopted by the Senate Wednesday extend the state’s popular two-thirds-for-taxes rule, the taxpayer-protection measure requiring a two-thirds...
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Baumgartner: University athletic budgets in persistent deficit subject to Senate approval Baumgartner: University athletic budgets in persistent deficit subject to Senate approval
If they can’t get their books straight, college sports programs would be subject to Senate committee approval under a new bill from Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Baumgartner proposes that a college athletics budget that runs in the red for three consecutive years will have to submit their budget for review...
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Baumgartner moves to block anti-Israel BDS movement on campuses Baumgartner moves to block anti-Israel BDS movement on campuses
Troubled by growing threats to use state university investments for the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, is announcing a bill to block universities from engaging in divestment or boycotts targeted at the state of Israel. “I will not allow our state’s public universities to be...
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Baumgartner invites parents, students to town hall Baumgartner invites parents, students to town hall
Tomorrow, Sen. Michael Baumgartner invites parents as well as junior high, high school and college students to come learn about opportunities in government and share their ideas for education. “One of my top priorities as state senator is providing all students with an educational opportunity,” said Baumgartner, chair of the...
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Baumgartner reappointed chair of Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee Baumgartner reappointed chair of Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee
Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, was reappointed as chair of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee. He will continue his leadership on one of the Legislature’s most prominent committees addressing economic growth in Washington. The committee oversees business, jobs and labor legislation as well as alcohol, tobacco, gambling, marijuana...
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