Governor Inslee Vows To Continue To Compete For 777X

Nov 14, 2013

The machinist’s two-to-one rejection of the Boeing contract was not the outcome Washington Governor Jay Inslee had hoped for. At a news conference in Olympia following the vote tally Wednesday night, the Democrat called the outcome a “disappointment.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee addresses reporters in Olympia following the overwhelming vote by Boeing machinists to reject a Boeing contract offer
Credit Austin Jenkins

Inslee: “We could have had a big win tonight, could have grabbed the brass wing for this airplane, but I want to say this: what we were unable to finish tonight means that we are starting a new chapter of competition for this airplane.”

Inslee says he has no regrets about calling the legislature back into special session last week. Lawmakers hurriedly passed $8.7 billion in extended tax breaks for Boeing, contingent upon the new 777X being built in Washington. The governor says the state is now “fully ready” to compete with other states to win the assembly line.

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