Smarter Government Report — Jan. 14, 2011 Greetings friends and neighbors, I hope this update finds you well. Although the legislative session here in Olympia has only just begun, I am already hard at work making sure the interests of you and your family are represented in the state Senate. It’s been a learning process for me... Read More...
Baumgartner to kick off WPC ‘Wake-up Call’ legislative forums Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, will take part Tuesday in a first-of-its-kind legislative update hosted by the Washington Policy Center. Using videoconferencing technology, Baumgartner, who is at the Capitol for the 2011 legislative session, will meet with people gathered in Spokane for breakfast. The hour-long event is free and open to... Read More...
Senate Republicans announce 2011-12 committee assignments The Senate Republican Caucus today announced its committee assignments for the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions, including ranking (lead) Republicans on the state Senate committees. They will be: Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Ranking:  Sen. Jerome Delvin Other members:  Sens. Mark Schoesler, Jim Honeyford and Randi Becker Early Learning and... Read More...
Baumgartner to serve on three key Senate committees State Sen.-elect Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has been named ranking Republican on the Senate Economic Development, Trade and Innovation Committee. Baumgartner was also chosen to serve on two other key Senate committees: Higher Education and Workforce Development; and Ways and Means. “Economic growth and education are extremely important to me, so... Read More...
Thinking about smarter government – State spending Each week I like to take a “big picture” view of one element of our state’s government. This week that element is government spending. One of the big reasons that our state has a budget problem is because state spending has far outpaced the rate of inflation and population growth. ... Read More...
Maxing out the state credit card: Is your government borrowing wisely? Over the past several years Washington has significantly increased the amount of money it borrows. Given this increasing debt it is important that we use the state “credit card” wisely to make good investments. One unfortunate example of your money being wasted is the new $300 million government data center... Read More...
10-3-50: Making higher education a priority As we all know, quality education is essential for maintaining and building a competitive economy for our future. As our state struggles to meet its budget challenge, I believe it’s important to think about how we spend money on higher education. In my years in Olympia, I’ve seen a lot... Read More...
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