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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 2024 legislative session ended on March 7. I’ve returned back home and it has been great being back in our communities and reconnecting with friends. Unless an unexpected special session is called, state lawmakers will not be back in Olympia until January 2025.

Like every legislative session, there were some wins and losses. While most bills pass with strong, bipartisan support, others are more divisive and fall along party lines.

Three initiatives pass

The storyline of the 2024 legislative session was the people of Washington sending state lawmakers six initiatives to consider. Once these initiatives were certified and landed in the Legislature, Republicans immediately pushed for prompt public hearings and full consideration. As Floor Leader and parliamentarian for our caucus, I led a floor strategy in which we made motions to call for prompt public hearings for all six initiatives. The majority party is on record for voting all of these motions down.

Three initiatives did ultimately receive public hearings in late February and passed the Legislature on March 4. The following three initiatives will become law on June 6:

  • I-2113 | Restoring vehicular pursuits for law enforcement.
  • I-2081 | Establishing a Parents’ Bill of Rights.
  • I-2111 | Prohibiting state and local personal income taxes.

I voted for each of these initiatives. I also led the floor debates for my caucus. You can watch my floor speech on I-2113 here. In the speech, I cited alarming crime facts and reminded my colleagues that limiting vehicular pursuits in 2021 had real-world consequences for public safety and victims of crimes. Law enforcement needs the tools to keep our families and communities safe. Violent crime has increased in our state by 20% in just five years; Washington’s murder rate has increased 96% since 2019; aggravated assaults are up 30% over the past five years; while property crimes have decreased nation-wide, they’ve increased in our state and we now rank 2nd worst in the nation for property crimes; and, Washington ranks at the #1 state most impacted by retail theft and we’re the 3rd worst in the nation for motor vehicle thefts.

The passage of I-2081 is a win for parental rights and will help build trust with schools through more transparency. On January 22, I made a motion on the House floor asking for a prompt public hearing on this measure. I also discussed the importance of the policy in this video on the same day.

I-2111 is also a big win for taxpayers and our economy. Washingtonians have made it clear where they stand on a state income tax. I agree with them.

Three initiatives will advance to the November ballot

While three initiatives passed, three did not. In the end, the majority party did not hold public hearings and did not take action on:

  • I-2117 | Repealing the Climate Commitment Act (carbon tax).
  • I-2124 | Opting out of the state long-term care program and payroll tax.
  • I-2109 | Repealing the capital gains tax.

These measures will now advance to the November ballot.

Supplemental state budgets

Operating budget

In the last week of the legislative session, state lawmakers voted on final supplemental operating, transportation, and capital budgets. This means making midcourse adjustments to these two-year state spending plans.

I voted against the supplemental operating budget, which passed on a party-line vote in the House. While it contains programs I support, it spends too much – including $2.6 billion in new spending. State spending has more than doubled in the last decade, which is not fiscally responsible. This budget also fails to address two important issues: Helping students recover from learning loss and hiring more police officers. These should have been budget priorities.  

Democrats also missed another opportunity to provide meaningful tax relief to those who are struggling in our state. House Republicans offered bills that would have reduced the state sales taxrepealed the state long-term care payroll program and payroll tax, and provide a $200 rebates to Washington drivers to help offset the high gas prices caused by the regressive carbon tax. The majority party would not even give the bills public hearings.

Transportation budget

I voted for the supplemental transportation budget. It passed unanimously. This bipartisan plan will invest an additional $1.1 billion to the $13.5 billion dedicated in the 2023-25 transportation budget last year. It prioritizes maintenance and preservation of our roadways, highway safety, and recruiting and retaining Washington State Patrol troopers. This budget has faced challenge. However, it was passed in a bipartisan fashion.

Capital budget

I supported the  supplemental capital budget. It also passed unanimously. This budget, which is funded by state-issued bonds, will spend an additional $1.33 billion. It makes critical investments in our communities, including K-12 school construction, behavioral health facilities, early learning facilities, and housing.

This capital budget will also support several smaller projects in communities across our state. Here are the projects, totaling $14.9 million, that will be funded in the 7th District:

  • $5 million for Kalispel Tribe Camas Health Inpatient Treatment Center.
  • $2.434 million for Columbia (Stevens) School District. (Small district and tribal compact schools modernization)
  • $2.3 million for Lake Spokane Campground. (Revitalizing trust land transfers)
  • $1.348 million for Douglas PUD storage and fuel cell.
  • $1.2 million for an Airlift Northwest hangar (East Wenatchee).
  • $920,000 for water treatment facility project.
  • $900,000 for recreational target shooting pilot site.
  • $700,000 for Van Stone Mine. (Cleanup settlement account project)
  • $500,000 for Colville Tribes detox facility feasibility study.
  • $315,000 for Republic Library and Community Center.
  • $185,000 for Omak Arena LED lighting project.
  • $150.000 for Rustlers Gulch. (Revitalizing trust land transfers)
  • $62,000 for Oroville Grange drainage remediation.
  • $55,000 for preserving state-owned public art.
  • $52,000 for Nespelem Community Park.
  • $32,000 to Northport School District for a planning grant.
  • $30,000 to Loon Lake School District for a planning grant.

Thank you, Rep. Joel Kretz

You may have received an email from my fellow seatmate in the 7th District, Rep. Joel Kretz. He announced in the last week of the legislative session that he would serve out the rest of his term and not run for re-election.

I want to thank Joel for his service to our state and commitment to our communities all these years. I am grateful for all he’s done for the 7th District and will miss him.

Let’s stay connected   

Even though the legislative session is over, please remember I am your state representative year-round. I am here to listen, answer questions, and assist you with state government. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Jacquelin Maycumber

State Representative Jacquelin Maycumber, 7th Legislative District
425B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7908 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000