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...
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...
Baumgartner praises budget agreement for no college tuition increase Budget leaders in Olympia announced an agreement today that will end the second special legislative session and allow state government to remain operational. While details are still being released, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, says he’s pleased that the final product includes a substantial increase in higher education funding and a... 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...
Second special session forces Baumgartner to cancel potluck The Washington State Legislature concluded its first special session yesterday without reaching agreement on a state budget or a number of government reforms. Because a second special session begins today and may last until the end of June, Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has been forced to cancel his annual Flag... 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...
Sen. Michael Baumgartner responds to EWU bomb threat After discovering a written bomb threat on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney, the student who found the note turned it over to authorities immediately, according to campus officials. The threat prompted the evacuation of the communications building and the adjacent art complex. Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, whose... Read More...
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