Newsletter

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...
E-Newsletter: College tuition, too high or too low? Take my poll Reminder – Telephone Town Hall with Sen. Baumgartner Tuesday, 7pm!  Call  877-229-8493 to participate! Enter Pin 17921 All are welcome. Greetings! The higher education funding discussion in Olympia continues in earnest. So far, two funding plans have been presented.  My $3.040 billion Senate Majority Coalition Caucus plan that would give... Read More...
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, January 17, 2013 Greetings! I’m once again over in the rain and drizzle of Olympia as the Senate reconvened this week for the 2013 Session. It remains an honor to be your Senator and a pleasure to be able to update you on the latest happenings in your government through these weekly session... Read More...
Sen. Baumgartner’s Spring 2012 Newsletter Summer will soon be upon us and that means we’ll all be preparing to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of our wonderful inland northwest. I wanted to take the time to give you a little insight into what I’ve been working on in the Legislature this year and provide an update... Read More...