Rep. Mike Sells – E-Newsletters

Rep. Sells’ Legislative Update for January 31, 2014

January 31, 2014

Rep. Mike Sells

Rep. Sells’ Legislative Update for January 31, 2014

This busy third week of session ended on a particularly high note – we honored the men and women of Washington’s National Guard in both the House and Senate Friday. It’s a very moving experience to meet some of the Guard’s citizen-soldiers and airmen who do so much for our state. Did you know? With approximately 640,000 veteran residents, Washington state has the 12th largest veteran population in the United States.  When combined with the over 62,000 active duty military … Continue reading

Rep. Sells’ Legislative Update for January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014

Rep. Mike Sells

We are into week two of our nine week session. As such, time to hear bills and get them moved through committee is very limited. In the Labor and Workforce Development Committee, which I chair, we have had a number of bills dealing with wage theft and the underground economy, as well as issues dealing with electrical industrial regulations. There are many more bills to hear on minimum wage, prevailing wage and workplace safety. Quality counts with early learning Washington … Continue reading

Reps. McCoy & Sells’ Legislative Update for June 20, 2013

June 20, 2013

Reps. John McCoy and Mike Sells

Reps. McCoy & Sells’ Legislative Update for June 20, 2013

Economic & Revenue Forecast State budget writers are inching closer to an agreement that will hopefully be presented to legislators for approval next week.  Time is of the essence – the fiscal year ends June 30. We are fighting for a budget that takes a good step toward funding education without rigging the system against seniors, kids, and people with disabilities. The negotiators received two shots of good news this week: The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reported they expect … Continue reading

Reps. McCoy & Sells – Legislative Update on Special Session 2

June 13, 2013

Reps. John McCoy and Mike Sells

Reps. McCoy & Sells – Legislative Update on Special Session 2

We are back at work in Olympia today. It was certainly not our plan to still be here but, unfortunately, our education budget is still not approved. Governor Inslee made it pretty clear in his remarks this week why we’re at this impasse; both sides need to be willing to compromise and to focus on one goal: agreeing on a budget that meets our constitutional obligation to fund our kids’ education. We encourage you to click on the image to watch … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update for May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

Rep. Mike Sells

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update for May 20, 2013

Budget negotiations are continuing in Olympia this week. Most legislators are back at home, however, resuming their jobs and a normal family life. Once budget writers reach agreement on most outstanding issues, lawmakers will return to finish work on the 2013-15 operating budget, capital budget, transportation budget and any other issues that can’t wait until next January.   Budget negotiations: Do we spend our money for educating our kids or tax exemptions? That’s one of the choices lawmakers are discussing … Continue reading

Rep.Mike Sells Legislative Update for April 26,2013

April 26, 2013

Rep. Mike Sells

Rep.Mike Sells Legislative Update for April 26,2013

The session is scheduled to adjourn on Sunday, April 28. However, we will be going into overtime to continue budget negotiations and reach consensus between the House, Senate and Governor Inslee. Are certain tax exemptions more important than educating our kids?  On Wednesday, we answered that question when we approved a bill that closed or modified ten outdated and ineffective tax loopholes in order to fund our children’s education. This generated about $900 million for smaller class sizes, full-day kindergarten … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, March 29, 2013

March 29, 2013

Rep. Mike Sells

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, March 29, 2013

Governor Inslee released his proposal for the 2013-15 operating budget yesterday.  We expect that the Senate will follow with their own plan early next week, and the House will roll out our plan soon after.  Then, budget writers in both chambers will begin finding common ground, ironing out the differences, and ultimately pass a balanced, two-year state budget. Health care for our heroes Assumed savings from Medicaid Expansion are included in Gov. Inslee’s budget. Beginning next year, the federal government … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, Mar. 1, 2013

March 1, 2013

Rep. Mike Sells

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, Mar. 1, 2013

House policy committees did not meet this week, but legislators have been busy hearing bills in the House fiscal committees.  Bills must pass out of these committees by Friday, March 1, if they are to remain in play this year – unless they are budget-related. Starting next week, we’ll be on the floor of the House voting on legislation every day, potentially including Saturday and Sunday.  It’s the only way we can get as much done as possible within the … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, Feb. 15, 2013

February 15, 2013

Rep. Mike Sells

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, Feb. 15, 2013

What’s Important This Session I was on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” last week. We discussed the injured workers insurance that Republicans want to cut, which have no effect on the Operating Budget.  I stressed that we should concentrate on funding education and supporting families in time of need. Focusing on the 27,000 homeless students in our state, families struggling to make ends meet, and our employers getting the skilled workers they need should not be a partisan issue. Instead of working … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, Jan. 18, 2013

January 18, 2013

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Rep. Mike Sells – Legislative Update, Jan. 18, 2013

Our first week in the legislature was packed with work sessions that included updates and accountability reports from agencies. In the Labor and Workforce Development Committee that I chair, the issue of jobs is always foremost. Our Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board reported on efforts of our community colleges to make sure our citizens have access to job training that fits the needs of workers and employers.  You can check out online some of those programs in our area … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells April 16/2012 e-memo

April 16, 2012

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  Budget and Jobs Now Act approved; Legislature adjourned sine die A balanced, responsible, and sustainable operating budget and the capital budget/Jobs Now Act passed the full legislature early Wednesday morning, and now sit on the Governor’s desk. The final operating budget contains no further cuts to K-12 education or higher education, and protects important safety net services like the Basic Health Plan, Disability Lifeline, and family planning grants. The Jobs Now Act will generate over 22,000 jobs statewide and … Continue reading