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Thursday, January 24, 2013

So-Called "Moderate Democrat" Rodney Tom Sponsors Bill to Kill Washington's Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act, Just Because

Posted by on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 6:34 AM

When newspaper editorialists laud the new majority in the state Senate, they like to describe it as a coalition between Republicans and "two moderate Democrats." So how moderate (or for that matter, Democratic) are Senators Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon? Judging from their cosponsorship of SB 5159, not very.

SB 5159, sponsored by Tom, Sheldon, and nine Republican senators, would repeal Washington's Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act. Passed in 2007, implementation was delayed in 2009 and again in 2011. Under the current framework, starting in October, 2015, benefits of up to $250 a week for up to five weeks would be paid to to individuals unable to work because they are on family leave. The goal was to bridge the gap for low-income families who qualified for unpaid leave under federal law, but couldn't afford to take the time off without pay.

Why Tom et al are looking to kill the program now, I don't know. The program has never been funded, so there's no money to save by eliminating it. I guess they just don't think that low-income workers should ever be able to afford to take family and medical leave... which doesn't sound either moderate or Democratic to me.

 

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pg13 1
NEWS FROM THE FUTURE!!!!
Posted by pg13 on January 23, 2013 at 10:13 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 2
with a den house & governor, this goes nowhere. why bother?
Posted by Max Solomon on January 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM · Report this
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Rodney Tom is exercising his "power" so that he feels better about his pinky dick.
Posted by StuckInUtah on January 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM · Report this
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"I guess they just don't think that low-income workers should ever be able to afford to take family and medical leave... which doesn't sound either moderate or Democratic to me."

But it sure does sound very Republican, doesn't it? Wolf, meet sheep's clothing.
Posted by cloudveil1 on January 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM · Report this
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I can't wait to take some of the little money I have and divert it to Tom's primary opponent! Can't frickin' wait.
Posted by cracked on January 23, 2013 at 11:07 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
Why Tom et al are looking to kill the program now, I don't know. The program has never been funded, so there's no money to save by eliminating it.
It's the thought that counts.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 23, 2013 at 11:28 PM · Report this
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This is sooooooooo much fun. Do you realize just how great it's going to be to listen to two-plus years of "progressive" whining?
Posted by Mister G on January 23, 2013 at 11:40 PM · Report this
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Betcha Tom does a lot more awful stuff like this once he realizes how badly his bridges have been burned and feels the need to secure that soft post legislator landing for himself, assuming this isn't part of him making that move already.
Posted by cracked on January 24, 2013 at 1:23 AM · Report this
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This is what happens when people mindlessly cast their vote for the letter after someone's name, without looking at the candidate's actual positions or beliefs.
Posted by TechBear on January 24, 2013 at 5:04 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 10
@ 7, almost as much fun as the trolling from a so-called Democratic donor.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 24, 2013 at 6:23 AM · Report this
Tacoma Traveler 11
The GOP label comes with a price, and so does caucusing with the GOP. They exercise lots of party discipline in ways the Democratic Party never has. Vote the party line or lose funding, or get primaried, or lose your committee assignment.
Posted by Tacoma Traveler on January 24, 2013 at 6:58 AM · Report this
Pick1 12
It's like watching career suicide in slow motion...
Posted by Pick1 on January 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM · Report this
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It has become increasingly clear that Rodney Tom and his fellow Republicans are taking advantage of their rare majority to eliminate as many "big" government programs as they can while they have power. First GET and now this, two programs which don't cost the state anything, yet have for some reason become priorities to cut.
Posted by rodneysmallgovernmentom on January 24, 2013 at 10:15 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 14
Once you go Dark Side, you rarely come back.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM · Report this
merry 15
Two words:

RECALL PETITION

(And Urgutha FTW.)
Posted by merry on January 24, 2013 at 10:49 AM · Report this
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Meanwhile, the new 'fiscally responsible' leadership in the state Senate is using our tax dollars to remodel their new offices and ordering new furniture. They're true colors are going to show more and more each passing day, and the public isn't going to like what it sees.
Posted by SuperSteve on January 24, 2013 at 3:21 PM · Report this

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