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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mullet discusses electric car incentive bill

February 12th, 2015|

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, appears on TVW’s “The Impact” to explain the value of his legislation to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles and use a portion of the tax to create recharging stations along Washington highways.

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    Mullet would create no-cost savings plans for small business employees

Mullet would create no-cost savings plans for small business employees

February 11th, 2015|

Small businesses would be able to offer no-cost savings plans to help employees save for retirement under legislation heard today by the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee.

“As a small business owner, I can’t help but notice that many of my employees aren’t saving for retirement,” said Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah and the sponsor of Senate Bill 5826. “There’s a reason for this. Small businesses, which employ more than 40 percent of private sector employees in our state, often cannot offer retirement plans due to the cost and administrative burden required by existing plans.”

Mullet’s legislation would create simple, affordable retirement savings plans run entirely by the private sector at no cost to the employer and minimal cost to the employee. An earlier version of Mullet’s legislation, introduced in the 2014 session, would have had the state provide the plans. This bill relies entirely on the private sector for the plans.

“This legislation will help employees save for retirement, which is critical to their ability to make ends meet in their later years,” Mullet said. “It will reduce the extent of the need and cost of safety-net programs for retirees who lack savings, it will enable small businesses to help their employees save toward retirement, and it will make our communities stronger.”

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    Mullet’s ‘Seventh Period Program’ would boost instruction for students

Mullet’s ‘Seventh Period Program’ would boost instruction for students

February 5th, 2015|

Middle school students who struggle to complete their homework on time could attend an optional hour at the end of the school day to receive additional instruction from a rotating pool of teachers, under a pilot program heard today by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee.

“This is based on a program that’s been working great in our district, helping students improve their grades and retention of knowledge,” said Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah and the sponsor of Senate Bill 5657. “If you find an idea that works, it just makes sense to make it available to kids in other school districts across the state.”

Mullet’s proposed Seventh Period Program would pay for two teachers to stay after school for an hour to assist students referred by their teachers or principals or who voluntarily opt into the program. The cost for a middle school with 960 is just $9,000 for a school year. The program focuses on middle school students because that is when many students begin to fall behind their peers.

The program would be funded through a competitive grant process managed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to teachers who take turns providing instruction during the additional period. Funds may also be used to provide regional transportation for students who participate in the program.

“This might not be suitable for all districts, but no one has to participate who doesn’t want to,” Mullet said. “It’s really just a terrific option for school districts that think it will deliver the same strong results we’ve seen in Issaquah.”