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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...
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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: 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 proposes common-sense bill to avert future bridge collapses In response to the May 23 collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has introduced legislation intended to prevent similar instances in the future. Senate Bill 5944, proposed today, would forbid the state Department of Transportation from issuing an overheight or overwidth special... 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...
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...
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