Sen. Baumgartner targets cargo crunch at ports OLYMPIA…  A memorial introduced Wednesday by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, seeks federal assistance in resolving a long-running labor dispute that appears to have slowed traffic at Pacific-coast ports and snarled international trade for Washington importers and exporters. Senate Joint Memorial 8009 asks the feds to help longshoremen and shippers... Read More...
Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, tunnel project OLYMPIA… It’s time to pull the plug on Bertha, the Seattle tunnel boring machine that has been stuck beneath downtown Seattle for more than a year without budging, say Sens. Michael Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen. The Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Jan. 26 that would stop all spending on the... Read More...
Good news about employment not shared statewide, Baumgartner says Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, issued the following statement following the announcement Jan. 22 by the state Employment Security Department that Washington employment has exceeded its pre-recession peak by nearly 100,000 jobs. “It’s great to hear that we have finally caught up to... Read More...
Baumgartner statement on passage of 2/3 rule for new taxes in the Senate Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, issued the following statement following passage of a new rule in the Senate requiring a two-thirds vote of the chamber on procedural motions prior to final passage of bills creating new taxes. The rule, proposed by Sens. Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, was approved by a vote of... Read More...
Governor’s transportation plan leaves Spokane short, Baumgartner says Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, issued the following statement on the release of Gov. Jay Inslee’s transportation proposal Dec. 16: “The governor’s transportation proposal is a big disappointment. It hitches one of the state’s most important functions to a questionable tax, but more importantly for those of us from Spokane, it... Read More...
Baumgartner named chairman of pivotal Commerce and Labor Committee State Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has been named chairman of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, a high-profile position that makes the lawmaker a pivotal figure in the statehouse battles between business and labor. “The Commerce and Labor Committee is really about the lifeblood of the state – a healthy... Read More...
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