Health Care

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 — February 27, 2012 Greetings Spokane,    Smarter Government: Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers in town to discuss Medicaid   We recently had a welcome visitor to Olympia: our own representative from the 5th Congressional District, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, stopped by for a visit on Ash Wednesday. Cathy knows Olympia well, having previously served here... Read More...
Baumgartner to speak at Spokane medical school groundbreaking Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, will be among the speakers at tomorrow’s groundbreaking for the new Spokane medical school at the Riverpoint Campus in downtown Spokane. Baumgartner was instrumental in ensuring the state’s 2011-13 capital budget included $35 million to begin construction of the facility. The Washington State University-Spokane Riverpoint Biomedical... Read More...
Legislature passes capital budget, funds new WSU medical facility Tonight the Senate passed a $2.7 billion capital budget that will provide infrastructure for local economic development, create an estimated 46,000 jobs on projects across the state, and includes $35 million to start construction of a new medical school in Spokane. Sen. Michael Baumgartner voted for the building and construction... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 4, 2011 Greetings Spokane, We recently had a welcome visitor to Olympia: our own representative from the 5th Congressional District, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Cathy knows Olympia well, having previously served here as House Minority Leader. It was great that Cathy took a break from the other Washington to come and discuss... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Feb. 25, 2011 Greetings Spokane, We had a special moment this week when the Senate celebrated the legacy of President Ronald Reagan. As one of our greatest presidents, Reagan helped defeat communism and reinvigorated America at a time of national struggle. Were he alive, President Reagan would have turned 100 years old last... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Feb. 11, 2011     The 2011 Legislature has now been in session for five weeks. Last Friday, we truly had one of the most special days in the Senate so far. That’s because we had a visit from some of the brave men and women of the Washington National Guard here to... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Jan. 28, 2011 Greetings friends and neighbors of Spokane, It is once again a pleasure to send you an update from Olympia.  At the start of the week I received my official election certification from our Secretary of State, Sam Reed. In his role, Secretary Reed oversees and certifies the state’s elections. It... Read More...