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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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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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Senate transportation plan finishes North-South Freeway, huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says Senate transportation plan finishes North-South Freeway, huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says
OLYMPIA… A $15 billion transportation plan approved by the state Senate March 2 finally realizes Spokane’s dream of a North-South freeway and offers a big win for Spokane County and Eastern Washington, says state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. “We’ve been talking about a North-South Freeway in Spokane since the 1940s,”...
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Baumgartner introduces trans-Washington oil-pipeline bill Baumgartner introduces trans-Washington oil-pipeline bill
OLYMPIA… State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced a bill Wednesday that resolves public concerns with oil-by-rail transportation, once and for all – with a pipeline that would link the oil refineries of Washington to the oil fields of the Midwest. “We need to move oil across our state and there...
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Baumgartner bill prohibits new gas-tax spending on troubled Seattle tunnel project Baumgartner bill prohibits new gas-tax spending on troubled Seattle tunnel project
OLYMPIA… If lawmakers pass a gas-tax increase this session, a bill from Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, keeps Bertha from running through the cash. Senate Bill 5949 prohibits the proceeds of any gas-tax increase from going to the troubled Seattle tunnel project. It also bars the state Department of Transportation from...
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WSU medical-school bills pass crucial first test with broad bipartisan support WSU medical-school bills pass crucial first test with broad bipartisan support
OLYMPIA—After receiving broad bipartisan support with 65 co-sponsors in the House and 17 co-sponsors in the Senate, legislation paving the way for a Washington State University medical school has passed its first major hurdle at the statehouse. House Bill 1559 and Senate Bill 5487 were voted out of House and...
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