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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: 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...
Sen. Baumgartner on MCC education reform bills Washington State’s 6th District Senator, Michael Baumgartner, talks about the landmark education reform bills sponsored by the Majority Coalition Caucus that passed the Washington State Senate during “education day” Wednesday. 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...
Baumgartner and Senate to honor Lady Tigers and Bullpups On Wednesday the Senate will adopt a resolution sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, recognizing the Lewis and Clark High School Lady Tigers and the Gonzaga Prep Bullpups basketball teams for their championship seasons. “Pittsburgh may be the ‘City of Champions’ and Green Bay ‘Title Town, USA,’ but it just... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — March 25, 2011   Greetings Spokane, The big news out of Olympia as we wrap up the 11th week of the legislative session is the recent release of the latest Washington budget forecast from the state’s chief economist and its Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. The good news is that the state is... 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...
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