Lawmakers vow to fight for Boeing 777X jobs

The Seattle TimesNovember 15, 2013 

No swift Plan B was forthcoming from Washington state political leaders on Thursday, a day after the Boeing Machinists union-contract-rejection vote cast the state’s aerospace future into jeopardy.

Gov. Jay Inslee and top lawmakers vowed to compete with other bidders for Boeing’s 777X line, but offered few specifics on how they might sweeten the nearly $9 billion pot of tax incentives the Legislature approved last week.

“There are other things we can and will do, but the package we put together is substantive, long-range and with great protections for taxpayers,” said David Postman, a spokesman for Inslee. “I don’t think other states will be able to match that.”

The prospect of losing future Boeing production was a major political blow for Inslee, who campaigned last year on a platform stressing job growth.

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