Legislature

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 joins Senate in honoring retiring EWU president Rodolfo Arévalo Spokane Sen. Michael Baumgartner stood and applauded alongside his colleagues today after the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8684, honoring the outgoing president of Eastern Washington University, Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo. “It’s an incredible privilege to have Eastern in the 6th Legislative District and an even greater honor to have such an... Read More...
Baumgartner proposal would use marijuana money to pay for more cops Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, is touting his bill to use money collected from the sales tax of marijuana in Washington to fund additional law enforcement officers in cities and counties statewide as the most logical use of those funds. Senate Bill 6393, proposed today, is expected to be referred to... Read More...
Baumgartner praises budget agreement for no college tuition increase Budget leaders in Olympia announced an agreement today that will end the second special legislative session and allow state government to remain operational. While details are still being released, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, says he’s pleased that the final product includes a substantial increase in higher education funding and a... 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...
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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