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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

November 8, 2013 at 7:27 AM

Boeing 777X depends on the Machinists

Don’t increase Department of Transportation funding

Are we getting an “Obama promise?” Is Gov. Jay Inslee lying when he says we have to have a special session to pass tax increases to ensure that Boeing will stay in Washington?

According to the The Times article, “Machinists: 777X deal with Boeing doesn’t depend on Legislature,” there are reports that “Machinists were expressing mostly outrage at the proposal’s shortcomings.” So, even if the Legislature passes more spending bills, there is no assurance that the Machinists would vote in favor of the contract.

Despite this, I believe there should be no increase in funding for our incompetent Department of Transportation until action is taken by the Legislature to clear out those responsible for many millions of dollars in errors. We all know the definition of insanity, so we should stop giving money to people who have screwed up highway interchanges, bridge-pontoon contracts and insisted on paying double for state ferries than what other states paid. No new gas tax.

Tom Balt, Snohomish

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