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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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‘Being nice ain’t enough’: Baumgartner votes to oust Transportation Secretary Peterson ‘Being nice ain’t enough’: Baumgartner votes to oust Transportation Secretary Peterson
Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, voted to fire Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Secretary Lynn Peterson as the Senate denied her appointment by Gov. Jay Inslee. Citing a long list of cost overruns, management failures and project delays, Baumgartner strongly supported the move by the Senate to use its constitutional...
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Baumgartner introduces ‘Seattle quarantine’ to stop minimum wage spikes across state Baumgartner introduces ‘Seattle quarantine’ to stop minimum wage spikes across state
Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced a “Seattle quarantine” to prevent the spread of excessive minimum wage increases by cities across Washington. With unemployment and economic growth struggling to improve in many parts of the state, Baumgartner hopes to stymie social experimenting by city councils dominated by left-leaning activists. “Across...
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Ericksen, Baumgartner to introduce two-thirds-for-taxes constitutional amendment Ericksen, Baumgartner to introduce two-thirds-for-taxes constitutional amendment
Move follows passage of I-1366, which cuts sales taxes if Legislature fails to act OLYMPIA… Responding to the Nov. 3 passage of Initiative 1366, state Sens. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, say they will propose a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for any tax...
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Baumgartner asks: Should Washington legalize fantasy sports gaming? Baumgartner asks: Should Washington legalize fantasy sports gaming?
OLYMPIA… As tens of thousands of Washington citizens play fantasy football this season, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, says it’s about time the Washington Legislature considers making it legal. Baumgartner, chair of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, plans a work session Nov. 20 to discuss proposals allowing operators of...
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Senators say Supreme Court has crossed the line, urge united stand by Legislature Senators say Supreme Court has crossed the line, urge united stand by Legislature
OLYMPIA… A letter signed by 19 Washington senators declaring the Supreme Court out of order has been a long time coming, said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. The letter says the Supreme Court crossed the line last week when it announced an unprecedented $100,000-a-day fine against the state. The legal tactic...
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Open letter from members of Majority Coalition Caucus: Response to Supreme Court Open letter from members of Majority Coalition Caucus: Response to Supreme Court
The following open letter, signed by 19 members of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, was delivered to leaders and members of the Washington State Legislature Friday. August 21, 2015 RE: Open letter from members of the Majority Coalition Caucus Dear Speaker Chopp, Representative Kristiansen and Senator Nelson, We trust that...
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