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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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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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Baumgartner protects Eastern Washington – will not move minimum wage bill Baumgartner protects Eastern Washington – will not move minimum wage bill
Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chair of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee said March 31 that a measure increasing Washington minimum wage, already the highest state minimum wage in the country, will not pass his committee and will not reach the Senate floor. “This proposed minimum wage increase would be...
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Senate sends WSU med-school bill to governor’s desk Senate sends WSU med-school bill to governor’s desk
OLYMPIA… With a resounding bipartisan vote Wednesday, the state Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane, to be operated by Washington State University. The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-1. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days...
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Senate passes WSU med-school bill with overwhelming bipartisan support Senate passes WSU med-school bill with overwhelming bipartisan support
OLYMPIA… The Washington state Senate Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure allowing Washington State University to teach medicine – the first step toward establishing a Washington State University medical school in Spokane. The 45-4 vote for Senate Bill 5487 is a huge win, not just for Spokane but for the entire...
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Baumgartner bill launches school-voucher program, redefines basic education Baumgartner bill launches school-voucher program, redefines basic education
OLYMPIA… A bill sponsored by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, launches a school-voucher program in Washington and redefines basic education, injecting the most free-market of all education-reform concepts into the Legislature’s current debate about K-12 school financing. “We need to redefine basic education to include school choice,” Baumgartner said. “With...
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