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...
Senate sends WSU med-school bill to governor’s desk OLYMPIA… With a resounding bipartisan vote Wednesday, the state Senate gave final approval to a bill paving the way for a new medical school in Spokane, to be operated by Washington State University. The Senate approved House Bill 1559 by a vote of 47-1. Gov. Jay Inslee has five days... Read More...
Senate passes WSU med-school bill with overwhelming bipartisan support OLYMPIA… The Washington state Senate Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure allowing Washington State University to teach medicine – the first step toward establishing a Washington State University medical school in Spokane. The 45-4 vote for Senate Bill 5487 is a huge win, not just for Spokane but for the entire... Read More...
Baumgartner bill launches school-voucher program, redefines basic education OLYMPIA… A bill sponsored by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, launches a school-voucher program in Washington and redefines basic education, injecting the most free-market of all education-reform concepts into the Legislature’s current debate about K-12 school financing. “We need to redefine basic education to include school choice,” Baumgartner said. “With... Read More...
Baumgartner introduces trans-Washington oil-pipeline bill OLYMPIA… State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced a bill Wednesday that resolves public concerns with oil-by-rail transportation, once and for all – with a pipeline that would link the oil refineries of Washington to the oil fields of the Midwest. “We need to move oil across our state and there... Read More...
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