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July 23, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Legislature gets a D+

Sen. Rodney Tom is at fault

State Senator Rodney Tom is Senate Majority Leader under a deal reached between two renegade Democrats (including Tom) and Republicans in the state Senate. He's a former Republican turned Democrat, who has kind of turned Republican again. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

State Senator Rodney Tom is Senate Majority Leader under a deal reached between two renegade Democrats (including Tom) and Republicans in the state Senate. He’s a former Republican turned Democrat, who has kind of turned Republican again. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

Thank you for the story on the public’s frustration with our Legislature this session. [“Poll: Voters give state legislators grade of D+,” NW Thursday, July 18.]

As a constituent and former supporter of Sen. Rodney Tom — I even once hosted a meet-and-greet for him — I am livid with the results of this session. Thanks to Sen. Tom and his Republican colleagues, the Washington Legislature became a place where good bills went to die this year.

For example, mass-transit solutions that were desperately needed to provide funding for bus riders in King County died, as did funding for a badly-needed new Columbia River bridge. The Reproductive Parity Act, a simple bill to ensure women, not their insurance plans or employers, make their own pregnancy decisions, also failed to pass.

What about education? It’s still not fully funded, and we still have the most regressive tax structure in the country while corporate cheaters profit from tax loopholes Sen. Tom refused to close.

With Sen. Tom and his cronies in charge of the Senate, citizens were left with few solutions to our state’s problems. Ideology won out over problem-solving in the interest of Washington residents.

Voters like me will not forget Sen. Tom’s “leadership” anytime soon.

Darrell Johnson, Bellevue

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