Commerce

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... Read More...
Good news about employment not shared statewide, Baumgartner says Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement Jan. 22 by the state Employment Security Department that Washington employment has exceeded its pre-recession peak by nearly 100,000 jobs. “It’s great to hear that we have finally caught up to... Read More...
Baumgartner responds to governor’s failure to act on right-to-work State Sen. Michael Baumgartner today responded to Gov. Jay Inslee’s refusal to act on his call to begin moving Washington toward becoming a right-to-work state – a move that many believe will make Washington more attractive to employers, including Boeing. According to media reports, the spokesperson for the governor told... Read More...
Baumgartner releases citizen criticism of Department of Commerce appointee In a survey conducted last week, 96 percent of respondents found Washington’s Department of Commerce Director appointee to be unqualified for the job, according to Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. “These are by far the most dramatic poll results I’ve ever received in any of my newsletter polls,” Baumgartner said. “Out... Read More...
Baumgartner bill to help small businesses signed into law Today the governor signed Senate Bill 5500, a measure that will require state agencies to pay more attention to the interests of small businesses concerning the costs imposed by agency rules. This is the first piece of legislation introduced by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and his first to be signed... Read More...