Baumgartner lauds Special Olympics’ efforts to ‘end the R-word’ Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, applauds the campaign by the Special Olympics to end the use of the “R-word,” and recognizes the accomplishments of Washington’s Special Olympians. This follows a wonderful weekend in Wenatchee where 1,200 athletes competed with the support of more than 600 volunteers. “We have many talented athletes... Read More...
Baumgartner calls on Gov. Inslee to veto SB 6199 As an act of fulfilling the governor’s commitment to public transparency, Sen. Michael Baumgartner is calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to veto Senate Bill 6199. If enacted, SB 6199 would create a private organization, outside of the state Department of Social and Health Services, to serve as employer for Washington’s... Read More...
Lower B&O taxes for manufacturers proposed to help reverse job losses A bipartisan group of lawmakers are hoping to revive a reduction in the state’s business and occupation tax for manufacturers and reverse the trend of significant job losses in the sector. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, would implement a 40 percent reduction in the tax rate for manufacturers,... Read More...
Baumgartner: Senate capital budget big bipartisan win for Eastern Washington Spokane County is a big winner in the 2018 state capital budget passed by the Senate Thursday night. “Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass a great capital budget for Eastern Washington.” said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Some of the Eastern Washington projects include: $67 million for the Eastern Washington... Read More...
Baumgartner, Kuderer introduce legislation to put WIAA under state oversight, expand state basketball playoffs Today, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, introduced legislation to put the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association under state oversight. “Right now there’s no clear oversight for the WIAA,” said Baumgartner, Republican leader of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. “I’ve heard from countless parents that there is... Read More...
Baumgartner delivers tax relief for small manufacturers After a dedicated push by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, small manufacturers in Washington will finally be getting a break. A reduction of the tax rate for all manufacturers to the special rate applied to Boeing passed Friday as a part of the final state budget. “This is a win for... Read More...
Spokane lawmakers secure $15 million for regional medical education The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University and the WWAMI Regional Medical Education program will receive a total of $15 million in state funding following the passage of the state’s operating budget that is expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee late tonight.... Read More...
Grant Brantstetter serves as page for Sen. Baumgartner Grant Brantstetter, a 9th grader from Northwest Christian School, recently spent a week at the Capitol working as a page for the Washington State Senate. Grant was one of 36 students who served as Senate pages for the 15th week of the 2017 legislative session. He was sponsored by 6th... Read More...
ADVISORY: Senate to honor ‘Year of the Receiver’ in Olympia On Thursday, the Senate will honor the record-breaking and nationally-recognized achievements of 2016’s class of NCAA Division I wide receivers from the state of Washington. An official resolution will be presented by Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, to congratulate these players and mark the 2016 college football season as the “Year... Read More...
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