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...
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...
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