Washington House Democrats
OLYMPIA—This afternoon the House of Representatives passed two middle-class prosperity measures that will strengthen the economy and protect working families. “When recession hits, working families are hit the hardest. When the economy recovers all the gains go to the wealthy few,” said Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett, Chairman of the House Labor Committee. “Our economy should work for everyone, so strengthening the minimum wage and providing working families with much needed sick and safe leave are tried and true methods that will … Continue reading
Rep. Mike Sells
A Working Economy Our economy should work for everybody, not just a wealthy few. But as our state has emerged from the recession, nearly all of the gains in income have gone to the wealthiest 1 percent of Washingtonians. A recent study found that 100 percent of income gains between 2009 and 2012 went to the top 1 percent. At the same time, wages for many working families have remained stagnate or decreased. Washington and New Jersey were the only … Continue reading
Reps. Mike Sells and June Robinson, and Sen. John McCoy
We finished our business on time this year, adjourning just before midnight on the 60th day. The most-publicized matter before us was finding a compromise on the supplemental operating budget. We reached agreement on a modest no-new-taxes budget that protects our safety net and makes some significant investments, such as: • Funding to make services available for 5,000 more people with developmental disabilities. • $11.7 million in additional funding for desperately needed mental health services. • $58 million in extra … Continue reading
Rep. Mike Sells
We are just a few days away from the end of this short legislative session and there is a lot to report on. Prioritizing help for the mentally-ill and their families On July 5, 2013, Doug and Nancy Reuter received the most heartbreaking news of their lives. Their 28-year-old son, Joel, was dead. Joel had struggled with bi-polar disorder since 2004 and, in the weeks leading up to his death, had refused his medications. Doug and Nancy tried over and … Continue reading
Everett, Marysville, and Tulalip citizens should mark their calendars for a “Coffee Hour and a Half” conversation Saturday morning, Feb. 22, with state Rep. Mike Sells and state Rep. June Robinson. The two lawmakers are hosting the meeting from 10 to 11:30 that morning at the Marysville Library. Sells and Robinson represent the 38th Legislative District in the Washington State Legislature. The Legislature is just north of halfway for the 60-day, 2014 legislative session. Sells and Robinson want to meet … Continue reading
PO Box 40600
Rep. Mike Sells talks about wage theft issues, an important problem for the Washington economy, and the opportunities for education legislation, including a cost of living adjustment for Washington educators.
Rep. Mike Sells shares his thoughts on the newly released Senate budget and says that now it’s the House’s turn. Then all three budgets (Governor, Senate and House) will be considered to come up with the final budget. Sells also talks about SB 5211, the social media bill, and explains why he introduced and then withdrew an amendment before passing the bill out of the Labor and Workforce Development Committee.
2012 Legislative Report