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...
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...
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