Operating Budget

April 10, 2024

Supplemental budget passes legislature, adds $2 billion in spending

Record spending continued in the nearly $72 billon dollar supplemental operating budget the legislature passed this year. The good news is the two-year spending plan does not include any new taxes. Unfortunately, it also does not include any real relief for middle-income families who are struggling. Under Democratic leadership, state...
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January 18, 2024

Audio | Sen. MacEwen calls on committee chair to hear I-2117

An initiative that would repeal the state cap-and-trade program is now in the hands of the state Legislature and a Senator is calling on lawmakers to act. Tracy Ellis reports. #waleg   LISTEN HERE
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January 17, 2024

Sen. MacEwen calls on committee chair to hear I-2117

OLYMPIA, Wash โ€“ On January 16, Washington Secretary of State Steve Hobbs certified I-2117, an initiative to repeal provisions of the Climate Commitment Act by prohibiting any carbon tax credit trading. The initiative received about 420,000 signatures to qualify for the November ballot. As ranking member and lead Republican on...
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May 11, 2022

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.
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March 18, 2022

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...
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March 17, 2022

35th District lawmakers release statements on 2022 supplemental capital and transportation budgets

The $1.5 billion 2022 supplemental capital budget approved by the Legislature this session is set to make further investments in housing, infrastructure, mental health facilities, broadband, and school seismic safety. In addition to the more than $25 million in local project funding 35th District Reps. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, and Dan...
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March 03, 2022

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...
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March 02, 2022

Rep. MacEwen updates KMAS on differences with majority party over state budgets

Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, talks with Jeff Slakey about budgets being adopted by the Legislature and expresses disappointment the majority declined to provide meaningful tax to Washingtonians despite a $15 billion budget surplus. Wash. House Republicans ยท 03-02-22 – RADIO: Rep. MacEwen updates KMAS on differences with majority party over...
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February 04, 2022

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...
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