Stories tagged: Mike Baumgartner
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 11:10 p.m.
Inslee: Trump fight with NFL “not necessary”
Gov. Jay Inslee, other politicians weigh in on NFL controversy.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
Spin Control: Facts secondary in jousting over special session and Amazon
When the argument doesn’t fit the facts, some people make the facts fit the argument.
Sun., Aug. 20, 2017
August brings more news than usual in Washington capital
The dog days of summer are being interrupted by more news than usual.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
Lawmakers’ expenses for Washington’s special sessions topped $445,000
The Legislature’s three special sessions prompted legislators to file per diem claims for more than $445,000 in expenses. But the amount claimed varies widely.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, 7:59 a.m.
Legislature considers state oversight of WIAA, the organization that supervises high school sports
The Legislature might try to require state oversight of the association that organizes high school sports.
UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017, 9:51 p.m.
Paid family and medical leave fast tracked through Legislature
Historic paid family and medical leave bill moved quickly through the Legislature with much emotion, much less fanfare.
UPDATED: Fri., June 30, 2017, 11:30 p.m.
Shutdown averted as $43.7 billion state budget passed and signed
Legislature passes 2017-19 operating budget and a major revision to the property tax system on the last day of the fiscal year to stave off a partial government shutdown.
UPDATED: Tue., May 9, 2017, 6:59 a.m.
New Washington laws cover liquor samples, wine auctions, tasting rooms
Washington’s evolving liquor laws add mixers to liquor samples, tasting rooms for wineries and a legal recognition of mead.
UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 9:42 a.m.
Spin Control: Benton’s number comes up, he’s now head of the draft
Former state senator and state GOP chairman lands at the helm of the Selective Service System.
UPDATED: Tue., April 4, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Washington may try to block sale of internet customers’ data without their permission
Washington could try to block a federal effort to allow internet providers to sell customer data without their permission.
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:27 p.m.
Whereas, the Washington Senate believes the Zags are awesome
The Washington Senate adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, saying it “fully supports the Gonzaga Bulldogs in their game on Saturday and will be cheering for a …
UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:32 p.m.
Does keeping Washington income tax-free help attract top athletes? Sen. Mike Baumgartner thinks so.
Senate fails to muster needed supermajority for a constitutional amendment blocking a state income tax.
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 9:48 a.m.
Sen. Michael Baumgartner wants Washington Legislature to oversee high school sports leagues
Changes for high school sports could get more oversight, and more delays, under a proposal considered by a Senate committee.
Sun., Feb. 12, 2017
Inslee, Ferguson in spotlight as Washington fights Trump travel ban
Court fight over Trump’s immigration order is generating national attention for Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 2:04 p.m.
Plans to lower Washington’s minimum wage could be difficult sell
Three proposals from Sen. Mike Baumgartner to lower the minimum wage for some workers face a difficult path to becoming law.
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 4:24 a.m.
Washington lawmakers look for ways to bring back Sonics
Washington needs to find a way to get Sonics back, a Spokane senator says, but how the Legislature can help isn’t clear.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 5:39 p.m.
Washington cities say they can ban pot sales in problem zones
Cities tell lawmakers they think they can already ban pot sales in some areas, don’t need new legislation.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
Whose business is it when GOP lawmakers will have a school funding plan? All of ours.
The state Senate’s Republican leader tells a reporter “it’s none of your business” when asked when lawmakers come up with a plan for public schools, then apologizes. Sort of.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 5:50 p.m.
Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding
How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …
Mon., Nov. 14, 2016, 5:11 p.m.
Profs didn’t cancel classes to protest election, WSU says
No WSU classes canceled because of the election results, university officials say.
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 11:42 a.m.
Sen. Michael Baumgartner says some WSU professors canceled classes to protest Trump win
Sen. Mike Baumgartner is demanding information about reports that some WSU classes were canceled to protest Donald Trump’s election.
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 8 a.m.
Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature
Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
Washington will not raise I-90 speed limit to 75
The state decided Wednesday it will not raise the speed limit to 75 mph along rural portions of Interstate 90 in Eastern Washington.
Sat., April 2, 2016, 5:44 a.m.
Unexpected cash infusion helps Spokane fight auto theft, property crime
Spokane law enforcement got a $300,000 surprise in 2016 state budget, money to fight property crimes.
Sun., March 13, 2016, 4 a.m.
Spin Control: Aviation tax break debate makes strange bedfellows
An aerospace company tax break debate made for interesting allies.
Thu., March 10, 2016, 4:18 p.m.
Charter school “fix” sent to Gov. Jay Inslee
A possible fix to Washington’s charter school law received final approval from lawmakers Thursday, giving the schools a chance of staying open with Lottery money.
Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 5:44 p.m.
Washington Senate agrees to task force to seek public school fix
The Senate approved a bill to set up a task force that would come up with a plan next year to meet court mandated obligations to public schools.
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, 5 a.m.
Spin Control: Lawmakers take stabs at humor from time to time
Bits of attempted levity can show up at unusual times in the Legislature.
Sun., Feb. 7, 2016, 5 a.m.
Spin Control: Mumm left speechless at hearing on Baumgartner bill
Friction between Spokane lawmaker and council.
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 5:58 p.m.
Senate rejects state transportation secretary
A divided Senate refused to confirm Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson.