Baumgartner to hold legislative town-hall meetings April 30, May 1 Sen. Michael Baumgartner will hold two town-hall meetings in the 6th Legislative District next week to discuss the recently completed legislative session in Olympia. “There is so much to talk about with this year’s session,” said Baumgartner, R-Spokane. “In addition to discussing the highlights and lowlights, I look forward to listening to people’s... Read More...
Baumgartner calls on Justice Yu to recuse herself from WEA case OLYMPIA – Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu should recuse herself from a high-profile charter-school case involving the Washington Education Association, says Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, following her appearance over the weekend at a political gathering staged by the state teachers’ union. “Yu’s decision to speak at a WEA event... Read More...
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...
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