Transportation package huge win for Eastern Washington, Baumgartner says OLYMPIA… A $16 billion transportation package approved by Washington lawmakers Monday night offers a huge win for Eastern Washington, delivering some $1 billion to Spokane County alone and finally finishing the North-South Freeway, said Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. At the same time, it makes big reforms in the way the... Read More...
Support swells at Capitol for naming new WSU medical school for Elson Floyd OLYMPIA… The idea of naming the new Washington State University medical school in Spokane for its greatest champion, the late university president Elson Floyd, is receiving a groundswell of support at the Capitol, reports Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane. Baumgartner will introduce a bill this week naming the school for the... Read More...
Baumgartner blasts teachers’ union for refusing to appear at Tuesday hearing OLYMPIA… Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, delivered a blast at the Washington Education Association for refusing to appear at a Tuesday hearing on docking teacher pay during illegal strikes. “One again, the state teachers’ union displays its arrogance,” said Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee. “It hopes... Read More...
Baumgartner compares Inslee leadership to ‘empty paper bag’ Demands governor veto every bill until budget deal is reached OLYMPIA… State Sen. Michael Baumgartner said Tuesday the Legislature’s upcoming special session demonstrates a failure of leadership from the governor’s office. Washington lawmakers are scheduled to begin a special legislative session Wednesday after failing to pass a budget during a... Read More...
Tuition cut in Senate budget spells relief for middle-class families, Baumgartner says OLYMPIA… As the state Senate Monday passed its $38 billion spending plan, state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, called its proposed 25 percent tuition rollback an “absolutely stupendous” idea that will benefit middle-class families statewide. The Senate’s no-new-tax budget proposal cleared the Senate on a vote of 26-23, allowing negotiations to begin with... Read More...
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