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November 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Boeing is crucial to Seattle and Washington

Nov. 7, Governor Jay Inslee testifies before the House Finance Committee to extend tax incentives to the state aerospace industry in hopes of securing long-term, in-state manufacturing agreements with  Boeing. (AP Photo, Steve Bloom)

Nov. 7, Governor Jay Inslee testifies before the House Finance Committee to extend tax incentives to the state aerospace industry in hopes of securing long-term, in-state manufacturing agreements with Boeing. (AP Photo, Steve Bloom)

Our economy depends on Boeing

Editor, The Times:

I’m concerned about your obviously favorable opinion of the contract that Boeing has offered to the union [“Union leader: Boeing offer ‘a piece of crap,’ page one, Nov. 8].

I think we are all well aware of the impact that Boeing’s leaving would do to our economy. But I also think folks would like to know, with solid economic numbers, what benefits this 800-pound gorilla brings to this state.

We have been hearing for years, decades even, about the return on our investments with tax breaks granted to Boeing. However, many folks question the value of having Boeing instead of more tech types such as Microsoft, Amazon and others. At least without Boeing, there wouldn’t be the constant threat of a big employer taking its marbles and playing somewhere else.

Maybe that tax money lost from granting tax breaks should be spent on educating our workforce instead. And yes, we know that the Microsofts of the world receive tax breaks as well, but it just doesn’t feel like we are under constant threat of those companies leaving and severely damaging our economy.

Don Curtis, Clinton

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