Who is Andy Billig representing?
Who does he represent Citizen United?
I can tell you, He DOES NOT REPRESENT
IFPTE Local 2001. HE DOES NOT
REPRESENT my friends Kevin and Steven. HE
DOES NOT REPRESENT Eastern Washington
and small business that run my sides economy!!!
Marcus Riccelli (D) - House: Pos 1
Yes. When the legislature passed the largest tax
break in state history for Boeing, we were promised
job growth that would benefit Washingtonians.
Less than three years later, Boeing has laid off
or moved thousands of jobs out of the state.
Numerous large corporations are getting away
with using tax breaks and not creating or maintaining the jobs that were promised. If they don’t
meet state goals, it’s time they’re reined in. Along
with my colleagues, I’ve introduced new legislation that will rein in these exemptions and start
leveling the playing field between middle class
families and the wealthiest among us.
Mark Mullet (D) - Senate
I am all for making sure we have job requirements for future incentive deals. I get more
nervous when we talk about amending previous
deals where we shook hands and agreed to a deal
that did not specifically have job requirements in
the language. Our lesson from the 2013 bill is
that job requirements should be in the language
so you can clawback some of the incentives, but
I believe we need to be upfront with that requirement when negotiating the incentive.
Jason Ritchie (D) - House: Pos 1
I absolutely support the Aerospace Tax
Accountability legislation that strengthens our
position and keeps middle class, living wage jobs
in our State. Tax incentives need accountability.
Darcy Burner (D) - House: Pos 2
Lynnette Vehrs (D) - House: Pos 1
I believe that when the state extends the tax
preferences, we need to insure that the jobs
and industry remain in the state or the business
refund the amount the tax breaks saved them.
Jeff Holy (R) - House: Pos 2
As to the legislature having extended Boeing's
existing tax incentives, a determination of
value is a bit more complex than just measurement of the number of people occupying FTE positions. Let's talk about what an
accurate measurement would look like, and if
completed, what is to be done with it.
Shar Lichty (D) - House: Pos 2
Yes, in fact it is one of the issues I hope to work
directly on. I fully support tax incentives to keep
or create quality jobs in Washington. However,
there needs to be accountability measures in place
to ensure those jobs stay here in Washington.
This can be through exhibiting increased
employment prior to incentive or penalties when
they fail to meet those requirements-perhaps a
combination of the two.
Brad Klippert (R) - House: Pos 1
Doris Brevoort (D) - House: Pos 2
YES, I support amending WA's aerospace
tax preferences to require Boeing to retain a
certain level of employment in WA state to
receive tax breaks. [As a candidate running for
Legislature for the first time, I do not know
the background of how SB 5952 was passed
without stricter employment standards.]
Erin Smith Aboudara (R) - House: Pos 1
Yes. Our legislative district voters would not
want local jobs going to other states or overseas.
Dan Maher (D) - House: Pos 1
Rebecca Francik (D) - House: Pos 1
Gary Downing (D) - House: Pos 2
I have said many times companies and corporations hold the employees accountable the
same should stand for the state and corporations. Any contractor or corporation that
sends jobs out of state or lays off the workforce
Gary Downing (D) - House: Pos 2 – Continued
needs to have their tax status re-evaluated. Our
state cannot allow the removal of jobs and tax
revenue just because we feel we will lose them.
They are here because Washington State has
helped them grow and succeed.
I will do what I can to change that tax break
wording to work for this state.
Eric Holt (D) - Senate
Kathy Gillespie (D) - House: Pos 2
Yes, absolutely. I’m alarmed by the doubling
of giveaways in the last 20 years from approx.
$18B to $36B. We are second only to NY
state – a state with double our population.
Strom Peterson (D) - House: Pos 1
I support adding stronger accountability
around employment levels and wage standards
to the Washington aerospace tax preferences.
Aerospace is an essential industry in this state
and it is vital that we make Washington a
great place to do business. A crucial part of
supporting the industry is supporting the
workers. When the state gives tax preferences
to companies in our community, it should
ensure the quality jobs of the workers are
Lillian Ortiz-Self (D) - House: Pos 2
Yes, I co-signed a bill tying tax breaks to number of employees.
Steve Owens (NP) - Senate
Yes, it makes sense to do so. After all that
was the rationale behind the tax breaks in the
Christine Rolfes (D) - Senate
Yes, I do believe we need greater accountability
to warrant the state’s tax breaks. While the
recent tax breaks came with the guarantee of
future Boeing investment in the state (not necessarily jobs), the tax breaks approved under
Governor Locke did not.
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?