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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...
Baumgartner votes to create jobs, supports passing the Worker Recovery Act More jobs could soon be available in Washington if the Worker Recovery Act is made law, and the state Senate took a step in that direction today by passing Senate Bill 5127. The measure, supported by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, would significantly improve the state-run industrial-insurance program for injured workers.... Read More...
Baumgartner bill would reduce minimum wage to create summer jobs for teens To combat Washington’s high teen unemployment rate and generate more opportunities for teen employment, Sen. Michael Baumgartner has proposed Senate Bill 6471. Baumgartner’s “Teen Summer Jobs Act” will provide employers the latitude to pay seasonal teen workers the federal minimum wage of $7.25 from June to the end of August.... 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...
Session Update: Celebrating the careers of two great public servants Greetings! We’re just four days away from the end of the 30-day special session of the Legislature and budget negotiations are in full swing. I’m still confident an agreement can be reached before the deadline, but if it can’t we’ll likely begin an immediate second special session Wednesday morning. I... 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...
Baumgartner disappointed by U.S. Air Force tanker decision The U.S. Air Force announced its decision today to site the main operating base for its new Boeing KC-46A air refueling tankers at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas, rather than eastern Washington’s Fairchild Air Force Base. Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who represents the district in which Fairchild resides, issued... Read More...
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