Yes, I believe accountability standards related
to aerospace employment levels in Washington
are appropriate remedies to the shifting of jobs
out of state by certain manufacturers and
would support adding such standards to the
preferential rate extended in 2013.
Irene Bowling (D) - House: Pos 1
I am opposed to any tax break to corporations that does not include Washington State
employees as first priority in employment and
benefits. I see no reason why WA state tax
payers should subsidize companies that ship
their jobs out of state. No way!
Craig Patti (D) - House: Pos 2
Yes. What Boeing did to the State of Washington
and to the aerospace workforce is unacceptable.
Every citizen in the State of Washington invested
to keep Boeing here with the expectation that
Boeing was going to in turn invest in the State.
Instead Boeing broke that trust, took the money
and left over 7,000 people without jobs while
lining their pockets, we need to ensure that we
don’t put our state at a disadvantage and put our
state on the same playing field as other states.
We’ve been loyal to Boeing for over 100 years,
it’s time we expected that same loyalty in return.
Gael Tarleton (D)- House: Pos 2
Yes. Making Boeing live up to its contractual
obligations should not be as hard as it has
been, but it is. Therefore, I have co-sponsored
every piece of legislation calling for corporate
accountability. As vice chair of the Technology
and Economic Development Committee, I
keep pushing for performance metrics on every
piece of legislation calling for tax incentives. It's
important to note that I have not introduced
legislation as a prime sponsor on the Boeing bills
for a reason: I have colleagues on the Finance
Committee and in the Democratic Caucus who
represent tens of thousands of Boeing workers.
These colleagues deserve the honor of being
prime sponsors. I will do everything I can in
my role as Majority Floor Leader to get these
bills out of Rules and to the floor for votes.
June Robinson (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes, I do support amending the tax preference
legislation to add accountability measures, and
have been the prime sponsor of bills in 2015
and 2016 that would have accomplished this.
I have spoken to the press, to stakeholders and
to my colleagues in the legislature about the
need for accountability measures tied to the
aerospace tax preferences.
Mike Sells (D) - House: Pos 2
Yes and I supported and was a sponsor along
with my seatmate in the 38th on such a bill the
last two sessions
Linda Wright (D) - House: Pos 1
Lisa Wellman (D) - Senate
Absolutely. States which have benefited from
the transfer of jobs from Washington to their
states tied the benefits the industry received
to job growth. I find it difficult to understand
why this was not part of the benefits packages
the industry received from Washington from
Tana Senn (D) - House: Pos 1
As we move forward with any tax incentives—
aerospace or otherwise—we must include clear
accountability and transparency.
Judy Clibborn (D) - House: Pos 2
I agree that there should have been more
accountability tied to the tax breaks when
passed. We had talked about it in the past
but it was not followed up at the time this vote
was done. That being said, I do not support
trying to go back and redo what we got wrong.
I think it has worked for the state to keep
jobs here. In a volatile industry where things
change we need to look at the whole picture
of what the tax breaks got us and compare
them with them leaving. I think we are ahead
but I would not vote for another break of this
type without better measurements involved.
I should say that this was voted on during a
special session and I was not available to vote
nor discuss the negotiations.
Nicole Macri (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes, I believe that tax cuts or incentives are only
beneficial when there is a measurable public
good. However, those incentives should be time
limited, with sun-setting and regular review, and
should include accountability measures related
to jobs saved and/or increased. For example,
with regard to tax incentives for Boeing, I
support the transparency and accountability
measures laid out in Representative Robinson’s
2016 corporate responsibility bill. The Senate
should pass this bill and require Boeing to be
transparent and accountable to the people
of WA. I am proud to have Representative
Robinson’s sole endorsement in the race for
Dan Shih (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes. Tax incentives should be viewed as state
expenditures. Such expenditures must include
clawback provisions so that businesses cannot
retain the benefit of the tax incentives if they
are not accomplishing or are undermining the
goal of maintaining and growing the aerospace
workforce. There is no sense in rewarding corporations with tax preferences only to see them
ship jobs out of our state.
As an experienced lawyer, I have developed
a keen eye for loopholes, ambiguities, and
other issues in legislation. I will make sure
that companies taking tax preferences are held
accountable for their use of taxpayer money.
Katrina Ondracek (D) - House: Pos 2
I am a strong believer in the need to increase
the accountability standards for Washington
aerospace companies, to protect the rights
of workers, and to ensure the well-being of
employees in the aerospace industry. Large
corporations need to be given incentives to
stay in touch with the needs of local communities and to protect the local economy,
otherwise these companies will pursue
greater profits, and disregard the needs and
benefits our dedicated laborers, and their
families, deserve. It is the duty of the legislature to maintain Washington’s competitive edge in business and industry, while at
the same time developing and enforcing a
regulatory environment that ensure workers’ rights are preserved. Large corporations
like Boeing, and many other aerospace companies, have a long tradition in Washington State
and have become staples of the Washingtonian
Questions: In order to protect our communities and the public interest, keep the Washington aerospace industry growing and ensure the Legislature’s intent to
“maintain and grow” the aerospace workforce is met, do you support amending Washington’s aerospace tax preferences to add stronger accountability standards
for employment levels in our state?