Smarter Government Report — Feb. 18, 2011 Hello again Spokane, I’d like to begin this Session Update by asking you a question: How many of you back in 1985 ever thought to yourself, “What Washington really needs in the next 25 years is 11,000 new laws?” My guess: Not too many. One of my first impressions, being... Read More...
Governor to sign Baumgartner-backed bills on UI reform Today the governor is set to sign two measures aimed at providing unemployment-insurance tax relief for employers. The bills, which received nearly unanimous support in both houses of the Legislature, were hailed by lawmakers as a victory for employers, workers and those looking for work. “Unemployment insurance taxes went up... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Feb. 11, 2011     The 2011 Legislature has now been in session for five weeks. Last Friday, we truly had one of the most special days in the Senate so far. That’s because we had a visit from some of the brave men and women of the Washington National Guard here to... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Feb. 4, 2011 Greetings Spokane, As we work hard to meet the state’s budget challenges, Olympia can seem a long way from home. That’s why one of the real highlights this past week was the visit by a delegation from our regional Chamber of Commerce, Greater Spokane Incorporated. More than 85 people made... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Jan. 28, 2011 Greetings friends and neighbors of Spokane, It is once again a pleasure to send you an update from Olympia.  At the start of the week I received my official election certification from our Secretary of State, Sam Reed. In his role, Secretary Reed oversees and certifies the state’s elections. It... Read More...
Smarter Government Report — Jan. 21, 2011 Greetings friends and neighbors of Spokane, The second week of the 2011 legislative session is drawing to a close, and the Legislature is off to a fast pace. Last week I had the privilege of attending my first State of the State and State of the Judiciary addresses. The Senate... Read More...
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...
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