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How you can participate in your state government This week, high school students Marissa Martz (L) and Kristen Hoffmann (R) traveled to Olympia to testify in favor of a bill to tie unemployment benefits to community service. The Snohomish High School seniors brought the idea for Senate Bill 6392 to my attention and I was more than happy... Read More...
Session Update: The end is near! The state budget should have been passed months ago, but I’m optimistic that it will be passed by the end of this week. It won’t by any means be a great budget, but hopefully it will be done. Here’s a quick update. Thanks to the recent economic forecast which left the... Read More...
E-Newsletter: College tuition, too high or too low? Take my poll Reminder – Telephone Town Hall with Sen. Baumgartner Tuesday, 7pm!  Call  877-229-8493 to participate! Enter Pin 17921 All are welcome. Greetings! The higher education funding discussion in Olympia continues in earnest. So far, two funding plans have been presented.  My $3.040 billion Senate Majority Coalition Caucus plan that would give... Read More...
E-newsletter: Gubernatorial Appointments and Lilac Princesses Greetings!  The big news around here continues to be the budget, but I want to use this update to talk about another important question:  qualifications and confirmations of Gubernatorial appointees. We all know that when the President appoints an candidate to head an agency, the United States Senate has the... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — April 15, 2011 Greetings Spokane, The most important activity in Olympia this week has been the ongoing budget proposals and negotiations, but the loudest has certainly been the massive demonstrations and protests by union groups about the budget. Nearly 5,000 people came to the Capitol to demonstrate.  Although I might have some policy... Read More...