Statement from Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Bellevue.
May 20, 2014
“Washington is a high-tax state. By extending the existing aerospace tax rate, we have simply made Washington cost competitive with other U.S. manufacturing states. We have in no way made Washington a low-cost state. We chose to make our state more competitive to all aerospace companies by bringing our tax rate more in line with those of other states.”
Please click on the image above to watch my exit interview on TVW’s Inside Olympia with Austin Jenkins. I discuss my time in the legislature, accomplishments and goals.
This past weekend I made the decision not to seek re-election to the state Senate in the 48th Legislative District. After a series of events that have impacted my family and health, the decision not to run is the right one for me and my family.
Since the end of session, I have continued to work through some health issues, but the main reason for my decision is my 85-year old father who was hit by a car last week while walking in a grocery store parking lot. He’s going to require a lot of physical therapy over the next several months and I’m the only son who lives close to him. I have always said that health and family are the most important values — and beyond campaign slogans — I really do try to live by those values.
It has been an incredible honor to serve in the Legislature and to serve the people of the 48th district over the past 12 years. Working with the Majority Coalition Caucus (MCC) and serving as the Majority Leader, has been historic for Washington and an opportunity of a lifetime for me personally.
I am very proud to have worked with such talented and dedicated individuals. We have changed how things get done in Olympia by focusing on jobs, requiring a sustainable budget that empowers our economy, and making education a priority with real action from pre-kindergarten programs to the first college tuition freeze in 26 years.
The MCC has proven that when our public leaders stay true to core principles and to what really matters on Main Street, the people of Washington benefit most of all.
Senate Majority Leader