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Spring 2012

We must find revenue, Sells tells Council 2

by County and City Employee staff on February 14, 2012

The state has to go wherever it can to find revenue to help balance the budget, says State Representative Michael Sells, who represents the 38th legislative district (Everett, Marysville and Tulalip).

“I am sure you can always find fraud and waste,” Sells told Council 2 members who attended the Legislative Weekend in Olympia in late January. “But we can only save so much doing that. We need to raise revenue. The question is: How do we do that?

Sells explained that initiative 1053 that was passed in 2010 requires a two-thirds majority of both houses of the Legislature to raise revenue.

“Therefore, 17 of the 148 members can stop any revenue increases,” he said.

“My view is we have to go wherever we can because we must raise revenue. It seems like we have to do something with the sales tax.

“So far, you people seem to be holding your own, although I know there have been furloughs and lost jobs.

“I am going to fight for revenue to offset cuts and see that they don’t mess with collective bargaining.

“This is not going to be Wisconsin.”