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June 19, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Boeing considers moving parts of business to South Carolina

Company’s motivation to move is complex

Boeing employees work on new 777 airplanes on the  Everett assembly line. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.]

Boeing employees work on new 777 airplanes on the Everett assembly line. [Ellen M. Banner, The Seattle Times.]

The Times states a reason for Boeing’s slow but sure departure from Washington is the attraction of a non-unionized workforce and lower wages. [“Editorial: The value of Boeing’s Puget Sound workers,” Opinion, June 18.]

The editorial board does the public a disservice by using simplistic reasoning. The attraction of states such as South Carolina is much more complex.

Workers in South Carolina are free to organize; however, they don’t have to join labor unions, depriving these unions of coerced money to influence legislatures. The “Right to Work” states are more business-friendly. They are showing greater percentages of economic and wage growth as a result of positive policies.

Washington ranks high as a state to do business in because we do not have an income tax. However, our political establishment and public sector would institute said tax in a heartbeat if they could.

To use Seattle language, South Carolina is more welcoming and inclusive.

Hugh Brannon, Seattle

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