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April 10, 2024

Supplemental budget passes legisature, adds $2 billion in spending

The Legislature passed a nearly $72 billion two-year supplemental budget that adds over $2 billion dollars in spending. Under Democratic leadership, state spending has doubled over the past decade. The good news is that the budget includes no new taxes, but it does nothing to provide real relief for middle-income families struggling across the state....
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April 10, 2024

Power of the People

One of our biggest priorities coming into this short session continued to be public safety. We are thrilled we were able to move the needle on this by passing the initiative to the Legislature to restore the ability of law enforcement to pursue criminals. Our 35th District sheriffs have told us for the past two...
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April 10, 2024

Stopping a huge property tax increase

Senate Bill 5770 was among the biggest threats this session. The bill would have raised the more than 20-year-old 1% cap on the growth of state and local property taxes to 3%, allowing cities and counties to increase property taxes by that much every year without voter approval, creating a devastating compounding effect. The compounding effect of...
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April 10, 2024

Natural gas ban passes

During the last week of the 2024 legislative session, the Washington State Legislature passed House Bill 1589, a bill requested by Puget Sound Energy. This bill insulates the state’s largest monopoly utility company from paying the price for impractical state-mandated carbon reduction goals by allowing PSE to cut off gas service to its customers, forcing...
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March 12, 2024

35th district lawmakers secure millions in state budget funds

OLYMPIA… Last week, the Washington State Legislature passed this year’s supplemental capital, operating, and transportation budgets, which update the 2023-2025 biennial budget passed last session. Thirty-fifth district lawmakers, State Senator Drew MacEwen and Representatives Dan Griffey and Travis Couture worked collaboratively to secure over $16 million in capital budget appropriations, nearly $2 million in operating...
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March 07, 2024

Parascand serves as page for Sen. Drew MacEwen

Carmela Parascand and Sen. Drew MacEwen OLYMPIA… Carmela Parascand, a 10th-grader at Black Hills High School, recently spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Parascand was one of 32 students who served in the Senate during the Ninth week of the 2024 legislative session. She...
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Thank you for visiting my website!

I’m Drew MacEwen, your Senator from the 35th Legislative District.

Our district is a special place, a land of great natural beauty – forests, mountains, waterways, marshes, bays and inlets. We are one of the most rural districts in the state, which means our issues are different than those of urban areas. We need to make sure our voice is heard. We’re interested in economic growth and opportunity, good roads and good schools, and improved services for rural areas. We want to preserve our way of life and keep it affordable.

This is the perspective I bring to Olympia. I have represented the 35th District since 2013, spending a decade in the state House before moving to the Senate. We face many challenges, and I believe the best solutions come when legislators work across the aisle and listen to their constituents. You can play a part in that. I want to hear from you!

If you have a problem with a state agency, or you have a comment or a concern about the direction of state government, please do not hesitate to contact me or my legislative assistant, Rob Barnes. You can give us a call at (360) 786-7668, send me a letter at the address below, or drop me a quick email at Drew.MacEwen@leg.wa.gov. It is an honor to represent you in the state Senate, and I hope you will stay in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

Drew MacEwen

Senator, 35th Legislative District

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