Times editorial columnist Erik Smith’s argues “The state didn’t give Boeing any money” [“The Boeing giveaway that wasn’t,” Opinion, July 31]. It may be true that no checks were written, but corporate tax avoidance shifts burdens for supporting infrastructure and services from Boeing to people already burdened with the most regressive tax policy in the United States.
It may be that Boeing would decamp Washington state without these subsidies. It may also be that granting these subsidies will have a net positive impact on Washington’s economy.
The company’s strategy of holding jobs hostage is probably their strongest business strategy. But from the taxpayer’s view, it is just another example of a failure of corporate citizenship on the march toward oligarchy in America.
I don’t know if it is the case that Boeing has it’s workers cowed as the chief executive recently quipped, but it is pretty clear that state legislators are.
Stuart Weibel, Seattle