E-newsletter

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...
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Session update: Flag Day community potluck canceled, budget talks continue Greetings… I’m very disappointed in the failure of the Legislature and the governor to agree on a budget. Both sides continue to meet daily, but the overall direction of things is not positive. The policies being discussed and adopted could dramatically and irresponsibly grow the size of government without the correct priorities. It is imperative... Read More...
Session Update: Do you want a job in politics? Greetings! The big news in state government was last week’s bridge collapse in Skagit County. Some in Olympia have been utilizing the incident to call for a new gas tax. In fact, the collapse had nothing to do with a lack of funding. It resulted from the Department of Transportation... Read More...
Mark your calendar for our 4th Annual Flag Day Community Potluck! Greetings! We’re now in the second week of the 30-day special session of the Washington State Legislature, but unfortunately there’s not much to report. Budget negotiations are ongoing, and all sides are actively trying to reach an agreeable arrangement so the session can adjourn on time. Another item in the news... 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 — Spring 2012 Greetings Spokane, I’m sorry to inform you that this will be my last E-update until November due to election year restrictions. However, In this final E-update you will get to read my legislative wrap-up newsletter and learn about two upcoming events on May 10 & June 14. We’ve got work... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 27, 2012 Greetings Spokane, One of my main goals here in the Senate is to reform state government – to make it more effective, more efficient, less costly and more service-oriented. Taxpayers work hard for every dollar they have, and they deserve to have those tax dollars used in the most efficient... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 9, 2012 Greetings Spokane, The 2012 regular session of the Legislature ended last night without an agreement on the state budget. After losing more than a month to a focus on contentious social issues, lawmakers finally turned their full attention to the budget these past two weeks. However, the Legislature was unable... Read More...
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