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January 26, 2015 at 6:02 PM

GOP senators’ bill to kill Bertha and tunnel project goes nowhere

UPDATE, 12:22 p.m.: Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, Tuesday afternoon announced that the bill to stop the Highway 99 tunnel project and tunnel drill Bertha would not get a hearing in the state Senate. “While I understand my colleagues’ concerns regarding the Seattle tunnel project, a bill to shut down a project of this size is not realistic,” said King, who…

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January 12, 2015 at 3:29 PM

State Senate will require two-thirds approval for new taxes

OLYMPIA – On the first day of the state’s 2015 legislative session, the battle over whether lawmakers should raise new tax revenue took on a new dimension. Republicans in the state Senate pushed through a new rule requiring the chamber to have a two-thirds majority to enact any new taxes. Twenty-six senators approved the rule change. The rule will apply…

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December 22, 2014 at 1:16 PM

State senator to look into apparent port slowdown

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A Washington state senator says he will look into the apparent slowdown of cargo moving through West Coast ports. Spokane Republican Michael Baumgartner says Northwest growers of Christmas trees have been particularly hurt as goods have sat on docks in recent weeks. He plans a fact-finding hearing next year to understand its causes…

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February 17, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Baumgartner uses bill to mock state Supreme Court

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has introduced a bill that borrows language from a recent state Supreme Court ruling to mock the justices he believes have overstepped their constitutional boundaries. Senate Bill 6568 would order the court to increase the number of cases it considers annually by 50 percent by the 2017-2018 calendar and require the…

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January 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Sen. Baumgartner: Do community service to get jobless benefits

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has introduced a bill that would require people laid off from work to perform community service in order to get unemployment benefits. Senate Bill 6392 specifically requires workers to perform “at least eight hours of community service for every four weeks of unemployment benefits received.” Workers younger than 18 and older…

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March 19, 2013 at 11:44 AM

State Senate leaders pledge $300M more for higher ed; no word yet on funding source

This post was updated at 12:12 p.m. By Mike Baker The Associated Press OLYMPIA — A group of Washington state senators vowed Tuesday to increase funding for higher education by $300 million but declined to say how they would get the money at a time when lawmakers are already struggling to balance the budget. Republican Sen. Michael Baumgartner, who…

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March 6, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Days after losing state Supreme Court case, Republicans seek to lay off justices

OLYMPIA — Struggling to respond to a state Supreme Court order to put more money into education, some state Senate Republicans on Wednesday came up with a way to save a bit of money: reduce the size of the court. Senate Bill 5867, introduced Wednesday morning, would reduce the court from nine members to five…

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October 5, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Baumgartner proposes penny increase in gas tax to benefit veterans

WASHINGTON — For the first time in his campaign, U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner has proposes to raise taxes — a penny-a-gallon increase in the 18.4-cent federal gas tax. Baumgartner, a Republican freshman state senator from Spokane who is running against Maria Cantwell, would not use the extra money to shore up the…

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October 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Baumgartner backs marijuana initiative to bring “illicit drug economy out of shadows”

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Michael Baumgartner on Wednesday endorsed Initiative 502 to legalize retail sales of pot, calling the war on the illicit drug a matter of national security. Baumgartner, a freshman state senator who is challenging Democrat Maria Cantwell, once worked for the State Department in Afghanistan to help farmers…

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September 14, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Cantwell and Baumgartner will hold first debate before live TV audience

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and her Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner will debate before a live audience on Oct. 12, the first meeting between the candidates in a race that has generated little heat so far. The debate at KCTS television in Seattle will be moderated by broadcast journalist Enrique Cerna and Kim Abel, co-president…

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