Smarter Government Report

Smarter Government Video Update for January 13, 2014 Washington State Senator Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who represents the 6th Legislative District, welcomes viewers back to the state capitol during the first week of the 2014 session and talks about the issues he expects the Legislature will be facing this year. Read More...
Session update: Budget agreement reached, Legislature is adjourned Well, it’s finally over. After almost six months the Legislature finally came to an agreement over the weekend, passing a $33.6 billion operating budget for 2013-15…up from $31.2 billion spent in 2011-13. What took so long? First, getting 147 legislators to agree how much the state should spend. Back in... Read More...
Session Update: The end is near! The state budget should have been passed months ago, but I’m optimistic that it will be passed by the end of this week. It won’t by any means be a great budget, but hopefully it will be done. Here’s a quick update. Thanks to the recent economic forecast which left the... Read More...
Sine Die
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...
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...
Mark your calendar for our 4th Annual Flag Day Community Potluck! Greetings! We’re now in the second week of the 30-day special session of the Washington State Legislature, but unfortunately there’s not much to report. Budget negotiations are ongoing, and all sides are actively trying to reach an agreeable arrangement so the session can adjourn on time. Another item in the news... Read More...
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