Rodney Tom

Washington Legislature
4:40 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Wash. Senate Majority Leader Tom Announces He Won’t Run For Re-Election

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom announced Monday that he is dropping his bid for re-election.
Credit Washington Legislature

One of the most influential and controversial members of the Washington legislature made a bombshell announcement Monday.

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Senate Budget Proposal
4:01 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Washington Senate Budget: More Money For Education, No 'Loophole' Closures

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 3:22 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The mostly Republican majority in the Washington state Senate has unveiled its budget proposal. It would put $1 billion more into basic education without raising taxes. The spending blueprint released Wednesday contrasts sharply with what Governor Jay Inslee proposed last week.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:14 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Washington Governor Urges Expansion Of Medicaid 'Quickly'

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 3:50 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. –Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants state lawmakers to move “quickly” to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. At a news conference Wednesday, the Democratic governor described expansion as a “no brainer” that will save the state money.

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Education Reform
5:50 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Reform Vs. Funding: Battle Shaping Up In Washington Legislature

Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, second from right, says education reforms must come before additional funding.
Credit Northwest News Network

One of the key battles shaping up in Olympia this year is over education reform. The Senate’s new majority coalition is proposing a series of measures aimed at getting better results in the classroom. Among the ideas: a state takeover of failing schools.

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Senate Power Grab
5:08 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Democrats React Angrily To Power Grab In Wash. Senate

Democratic Senators Rodney Tom, left, and Tim Sheldon will caucus with Republicans.
Credit Washington Legislature

Some Washington Democrats are reacting angrily to a power grab in the state Senate. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday they will seize the majority, but share power.

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Wash. Education Funding
5:03 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

New Wash. Senate Majority Will Not Promise $1B More For Schools

Democratic State Senator Rodney Tom answers reporter questions. He will lead a new majority coalition in the Washington Senate.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A big shake-up in the control of the Washington state Senate could have major implications for how lawmakers address funding for schools next year. A coalition of Republicans and two breakaway Democrats announced Monday it has just enough votes to depose the current Democratic majority.

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