OLYMPIA — The House Finance Committee approved a proposal Friday to extend tax breaks for Boeing and other aerospace industries.
House Bill 2089 goes to House Appropriations next and then, presumably, the House floor. The Senate is expected to take up companion legislation Friday as well.
Boeing has asked for the extension, paired with other incentives, in return for keeping the 777X in Washington. It also has said the Machinist union must accept a new eight-year contract with big cuts in future pension and health-care benefits in exchange for securing the 777X work.
Lawmakers this morning were clearly taken aback by news that the union could reject the offer.
A story in The Seattle Times today noted that District 751 President Tom Wroblewski tore up a copy of Boeing’s contract proposal and said he would try to have it withdrawn. “I know this is a piece of crap,” Wroblewski said.
It’s not clear how the union turmoil could affect the debate in Olympia.