Transportation

Baumgartner bill to avert future bridge collapses to be considered by committee In response to the May 23, 2013, collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge across the Skagit River, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced legislation intended to prevent similar instances in the future. Senate Bill 5944, being considered today by the Senate Transportation Committee, would forbid the state Department of Transportation from... Read More...
Baumgartner, MCC drive the discussion on transportation reform With the end of the 2013 regular and two special sessions now in the rear-view mirror, members of the Washington State Senate Majority Coalition Caucus have their sights set firmly on reforming the state’s transportation system. Listen to Senator Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, explain why these reforms are necessary, what they... 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...
Smarter Government Report — March 9, 2012 Greetings Spokane, The 2012 regular session of the Legislature ended last night without an agreement on the state budget. After losing more than a month to a focus on contentious social issues, lawmakers finally turned their full attention to the budget these past two weeks. However, the Legislature was unable... Read More...