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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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Lower B&O taxes for manufacturers proposed to help reverse job losses
Lower B&O taxes for manufacturers proposed to help reverse job losses
A bipartisan group of lawmakers are hoping to revive a reduction in the state’s business and occupation tax for manufacturers and reverse the trend of significant job losses in the sector. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, would implement a 40 percent reduction in the tax rate for manufacturers,...
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Baumgartner: Senate capital budget big bipartisan win for Eastern Washington
Baumgartner: Senate capital budget big bipartisan win for Eastern Washington
Spokane County is a big winner in the 2018 state capital budget passed by the Senate Thursday night. “Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass a great capital budget for Eastern Washington.” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Some of the Eastern Washington projects include: $67 million for the Eastern Washington...
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Baumgartner, Kuderer introduce legislation to put WIAA under state oversight, expand state basketball playoffs Baumgartner, Kuderer introduce legislation to put WIAA under state oversight, expand state basketball playoffs
Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, introduced legislation to put the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association under state oversight. “Right now there’s no clear oversight for the WIAA,” said Baumgartner, Republican leader of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. “I’ve heard from countless parents that there is...
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Baumgartner calls for special session to override veto on manufacturing tax relief Baumgartner calls for special session to override veto on manufacturing tax relief
OLYMPIA… Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, called on Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special legislative session to override his veto of tax relief for manufacturers in Washington. Baumgartner cited Amazon’s announcement that it is seeking to launch a headquarters in a new city as a warning that the state’s...
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Baumgartner delivers tax relief for small manufacturers Baumgartner delivers tax relief for small manufacturers
After a dedicated push by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, small manufacturers in Washington will finally be getting a break. A reduction of the tax rate for all manufacturers to the special rate applied to Boeing passed Friday as a part of the final state budget. “This is a win for...
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Spokane lawmakers secure $15 million for regional medical education Spokane lawmakers secure $15 million for regional medical education
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and the WWAMI Regional Medical Education program will receive a total of $15 million in state funding following the passage of the state’s operating budget that is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee late tonight....
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