Government Reform

Baumgartner will not take increase in daily allowance Today Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, formally refused to accept a $30 increase in the daily stipend provided to senators during the 2013-14 legislative session. The request follows today’s announcement that the Senate Facilities and Operations Committee plans to increase the “per diem” rate by 33percent, from $90 to $120 a... Read More...
Baumgartner bill to avert future bridge collapses to be considered by committee In response to the May 23, 2013, collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced legislation intended to prevent similar instances in the future. Senate Bill 5944, being considered today by the Senate Transportation Committee, would forbid the state Department of Transportation from... 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...
Second special session forces Baumgartner to cancel potluck The Washington State Legislature concluded its first special session yesterday without reaching agreement on a state budget or a number of government reforms. Because a second special session begins today and may last until the end of June, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has been forced to cancel his annual Flag... Read More...
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