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?
If Washington insisted on renegotiating the deal
now, no company would negotiate a similar
agreement with Washington again. That being
said, I don’t think the governor is a very good
poker player. I’ve spent my career negotiating
agreements and it appears to me the governor
allowed himself to be rushed. It seems he panicked and strong-armed union members into
extending their contract and giving up their
pension, leaving opportunities for Washington
on the table. As governor, I will work to attract
companies to Washington from across the
world, but if I negotiate a similar agreement, I
will ensure it is fair to workers and has specific
targets for jobs, or investment levels or support
for education and training programs, etc.
Jay Inslee (D)
Maintaining and growing our aerospace
industry is a priority that I know we all share.
That is why, even though I am grateful that
the 777x is being built right here in the state of
Washington, it is frustrating that Washington
engineers and machinists have lost jobs after
the aerospace incentive package was enacted
in 2013. I do believe that some measure of
future job accountability is worth considering
and I’m glad that the legislature is engaged
in that conversation in a bipartisan fashion. I
look forward to continued conversations that
seek the right path forward for including job
accountability with these incentives.
Cyrus Habib (D)
As the son of a retired Boeing engineer, I recognize
how vital the aerospace industry is, and I’m
very concerned by the movement of aerospace
jobs out of state. Industries that benefit from
incentives should be held accountable to ensure
those benefits are realized. I support enhanced
transparency so that the public can monitor the
effectiveness of such policies. Government must
ensure that public investments, either through
direct spending or preferential tax policy, benefit
residents through improved local infrastructure,
contracts with local employers, and job and
educational opportunities for local workers.
Marty McClendon (R)
As the legislation did not include the specific
language that the tax preferences were contingent
on jobs remaining in Washington State, there is
no mechanism by which to force them to do so
now. As Lt. Governor, I would work as liaison
Marty McClendon (R) – Continued
between Boeing and Washington State government to work toward keeping Boeing jobs local.
Guy Palumbo (D) - Senate
I agree that the tax breaks were poorly crafted and
lacked sufficient job protections. The lack of a job
floor number in the 777X deal was a negotiating
failure of the legislature, and the Governor. I also
didn’t appreciate elected officials getting involved
in the collective bargaining process by pressuring
unions to accept their contract offer.
Similar to how we must not break our promise
on pensions, I have concerns with going back
on negotiated legislation. Moving forward,
all tax exemptions should include clawback provisions. I also hope we can work on
diversifying our state economy so that we are
in a better negotiating position in the future.
Neil Thannisch (R) - House: Pos 1
Employment at Boeing has always been cyclical.
I find the more egregious contributor to the
loss of jobs is the abuse of H1B visas and the
concept of offsets being used for marketing
purposes. I am gravely concerned that more
of Boeing’s employment opportunities will be
shipped overseas. This is already happening to
Boeing IT as a large portion of that responsibility is being moved to India.
Amy Pivetta Hoffman (D) - House: Pos 1
Absolutely. The very purpose of tax incentives is frustrated the moment that the
industry benefitting from the incentives does
not hold up their end of the bargain. Tax
incentives such as the one referenced should
incorporate benchmarks to measure intended
benefit and sunset provisions to ensure the
purpose of the incentive is met over time.
Derek Maynes (D) - House: Pos 2
Boeing is an important part of our economy.
From its direct hires, to the supply chain that
feeds it, we need Boeing to stay in Washington.
However this does not mean that we cannot
hold them accountable.
Washington students deserve a fully funded educational system. One that we are having trouble
funding, due in large part, to tax breaks such as
the one mentioned above. We cannot allow for
an $8.7 billion dollar tax break without
Derek Maynes (D) - House: Pos 2 – Continued
accountability. Boeing must uphold its end of
the bargain to maintain its tax break.
As a legislator, I would advocate the need
to make crystal clear what is expected from
Boeing and then hold them to that standard
to maintain its tax break.
James Apker (L) - Senate
As the deal that the current legislature made
(which was passed by Democrats) was an
extremely bad idea, as it only affects one company
and only one side of the state, effectively. All of
Washington which includes my district in Eastern
Washington which has an extremely small aerospace foot print and from what I can tell other
than the Triumph facility in Airway Heights and
a small firm in Newport, WA, has to pay for it!
The state made the deal with the intent in
mind of “Keeping Jobs in Seattle/Everett” and
What that tells me is that they were more concerned about Citizens United money from a big
company than the people! People like my friend
Keith and Steven, both Aerospace engineers
who live in the Seattle area. Luckily their jobs
were not affected by this job killing legislation.
If we tried once to pass legislation to “Keep
Jobs In Seattle/Everett,” why would we try,
once again, to do it again? Andy Billig received
money from Boeing, $2,000.00, and then
voted to give them that tax break.
Andy Billig VOTED TO KILL UNION JOBS!
Andy Billig VOTED TO KILL My Friends’
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