Business, Jobs & Economy
2022 Legislative Report from 35th District Rep. Drew MacEwen
In this four-page mailer, Rep. Drew MacEwen provides a recap of the 2022 legislative session and shares some wins for the 35th District in the supplemental capital and transportation budgets passed by the Legislature.
While the 2022 legislative session was largely disappointing, there were some key wins for our district
The 2022 legislative session came to a close last Thursday. As with every session, good and bad bills advanced to the governor’s desk, but the biggest story of all may have been what the Legislature didn’t do. Despite having a $15 billion budget surplus to work with, the majority opted...
Highlights from the 2022 supplemental operating budget debate; I’ve introduced a bill that would require Washington to divest from Russia
This year’s 60-day legislative session will be coming to a close one week from today. While we’ve done some good things this session, it also feels like we’ve missed some big opportunities. For example, despite our state’s $14+ billion budget surplus, the supplemental operating budget we passed on Saturday doesn’t...
Stokesbary, MacEwen introduce bill that would require all state agencies to divest public funds from Russia
House Republican Reps. Drew Stokesbary and Drew MacEwen have introduced a bill that would require all state agencies in Washington to cancel their outstanding contracts with Russian companies, and require the State Investment Board to divest from its pension and other investments in Russian companies. “At a time when much...
My thoughts as we near the midway point of session
Our state is facing a growing number of challenges, including: A homelessness crisis that has only gotten worse. A police officer recruitment and retention crisis. A bottom 10 ranking in housing affordability. Drug overdose deaths at an all-time high. Violent crime at a 25-year high. A child care affordability and accessibility crisis. Heartbreaking...
The 2022 legislative session is underway; House Republicans are focused on the issues you care about
The 2022 legislative session is now underway. While I had hoped the Capitol would be open to the public this session, we are once again operating in a remote environment. This is far from ideal, but I will make every effort to be as accessible to you as possible. Please...
House Republican priorities for the 2022 legislative session
Throughout the year, you’ve heard me talk a lot about the need for emergency powers reform. That’s been a top priority for me, and for our entire caucus, ever since Governor Inslee declared a state of emergency 640 days ago in response to the pandemic. Our concern has always centered...
2021 session ended with a new income tax on capital gains, no emergency powers reform
In my last email update, I discussed the House Republican case for emergency powers reform. All session long, we attempted to convince the majority that the Legislature should have more involvement during emergencies and that reform was necessary in this regard. About a week before the end of session, I...
35th District lawmakers release statements on 2021-23 capital and transportation budgets
On Saturday, the Washington State Legislature passed the 2021-23 capital budget. The $6.3 billion budget will fund various construction projects throughout the state, making significant investments in water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure with the help of one-time federal funds. Thirty-fifth District Reps. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, and Dan Griffey, R-Allyn, worked...