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Winning over Boeing
Fri May 10, 2013
Governor Inslee Launches Effort To Win Boeing 777X Production
Governor Jay Inslee says the state of Washington is in a good position to convince Boeing to build the next version of its triple-seven wide-body jet here.
He says Washington’s deep pool of aerospace workers is the state’s strongest asset. But he says we face strong competition from other states. Inslee is urging the legislature to invest more in education and transportation as part of his new aerospace strategy. He says the state will also explore offering financial incentives to Boeing.
The state passed a package of tax breaks and incentives that totaled about 3 billion dollars ten years ago to land the 787 Dreamliner production here. Those tax breaks last until 2024. South Carolina is competing to win more Boeing business. That state’s governor, Nikki Haley, recently signed a 120-million-dollar incentive package to help fund Boeing’s expansion.
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