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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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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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Baumgartner bills aim to reduce youth unemployment, increase future success for teens Baumgartner bills aim to reduce youth unemployment, increase future success for teens
OLYMPIA… A pair of bills sponsored by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, aim to create more job opportunities as the state minimum wage reaches record heights and Washington teens find it harder than ever to obtain work. Baumgartner’s “teen wage” and “training wage” bills were heard Wednesday by the Senate...
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Sen. Baumgartner targets cargo crunch at ports Sen. Baumgartner targets cargo crunch at ports
OLYMPIA…  A memorial introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, seeks federal assistance in resolving a long-running labor dispute that appears to have slowed traffic at Pacific-coast ports and snarled international trade for Washington importers and exporters. Senate Joint Memorial 8009 asks the feds to help longshoremen and shippers...
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Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, tunnel project Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, tunnel project
OLYMPIA… It’s time to pull the plug on Bertha, the Seattle tunnel boring machine that has been stuck beneath downtown Seattle for more than a year without budging, say Sens. Michael Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen. The Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Jan. 26 that would stop all spending on the...
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