Follow us:

Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

November 7, 2013 at 12:10 PM

New Boeing letter to Inslee asks lawmakers to act

During the first day of a special session — called for the purposes of passing legislation to secure the Boeing 777X in Washington state — the aerospace giant sent the governor a letter reaffirming the need for action.

“The Boeing Company faces an unprecedented level of competitiveness in the global dynamics within the aerospace industry. Our future success demands that we respond to those dynamics to remain competitive,” wrote Tim Keating, Boeing’s senior vice president of government operations.

“I want to confirm that in proposing your package of incentives for legislative consideration, you have correctly interpreted our previous conversations about the elements needed for us to be competitive long into the future in Washington State, and the need for timely action to show partnership with out workforce.”

Questions have surfaced about whether a special session is needed to secure the 777X. Gov. Jay Inslee’s office has responded with letters from both Boeing and the Machinists union discussing the need for the Legislature to act.

Inslee earlier this week called for the special session to pass a $10 billion transportation package. In addition, the governor wants the Legislature to extend existing commercial-airplane tax incentives — due to expire in 2024 — until 2040; to expand a sales-and-use tax exemption for construction of buildings used to manufacture airplanes; and to boost enrollment in aerospace fields at colleges, among other actions.

The House Finance Committee will hear a bill today at 1:30 p.m. that would extend aerospace tax incentives. Floor action could come as soon as Saturday.

In addition to legislative action, Boeing wants the Machinists union to accept a new eight-year contract with big cuts in future pension and health-care benefits in exchange for securing the 777X work.

Comments | More in Governor, Politics Northwest | Topics: Boeing, gov. jay inslee, special session


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►