I read with dismay and deep anger in The Seattle Times that Boeing will pull 1000 engineering jobs out of our state [“Boeing moving 1,000 more engineering jobs to California,” Business/Technology, April 10].
As a retired public-school teacher, this hurts me deeply in two ways.
First, my state Legislature agreed to grant Boeing almost 9 billion in state tax savings in return for a promise to keep jobs in our state. That Boeing would move 1000 jobs anyway, and just months after their promise not to, confirms the sad truth about this corporation: It can’t be trusted.
Second, the state Supreme Court has ordered the state to bring public education funds up to its constitutionally mandated level. The most recent Legislature took only a baby step in that direction. Adequate steps need to be in the billions of dollars. As in the billions of dollars my state just gifted to Boeing.
I am writing my state senator and representatives to urge them to cancel the Boeing deal and to direct the increased tax revenue to education. I hope others will do the same.
James W. Hauser, Vashon Island