Governor Jay Inslee announced today that he is calling a special legislative session beginning Thursday, November 7, 2013, to pass a legislative package focused on keeping the new Boeing 777X wing manufacturing here in Washington State.
At the Wednesday, November 6th press conference Inslee said, “I am asking lawmakers to pass a package of legislation that will guarantee that the Boeing 777X and its carbon fiber wing are built in Washington state. If we can do this in the next seven days, we can be certain that Washington’s aerospace future will be as bright as its past.”
Inslee was joined at the press conference by a bipartisan group of legislators, and Ray Conner, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive. Machinist union officials were also in attendance including President Tom Wroblewski, Aerospace Coordinator Mark Johnson, and General Vice President Rich Michalski.
According to Inslee’s press release, the 777X package includes several proposals that Inslee, his 777X task force and other legislative leaders have been working on, including:
- A bipartisan transportation revenue package.
- Extension of all commercial airplane tax incentives until 2040 and expansion of the current sales and use tax exemption on construction of buildings to manufacture “superefficient airplanes” to include all commercial airplanes and suppliers of wings and fuselages.
- Education and workforce development investments to boost enrollments in aerospace fields at community and technical colleges, train workers for manufacturing of composite wings and complete the Central Sound Aerospace Training Facility in Renton.
- Streamlined permitting actions that will speed up development and expansion of facilities at large manufacturing sites around the state.
- Developing balanced, practical solutions that achieve water quality goals (also referred to as fish consumption).
The $10 billion transportation bill has been debated by legislators for much of the year and includes a significant investment in Snohomish County roads.
Snohomish County Executive John Lovick released the following statement:
“Today’s announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee is the result of many people working together for months to realize a common vision that will influence generations to come.”
“I’m proud to have partnered with people so dedicated to our economic future, including Gov. Inslee and his staff, and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson.”
“This is about creating legacy jobs – jobs that support our families, instill pride in our workers, and make an impact locally and globally. We’re proud of our aerospace history in Snohomish County, but we’re even more dedicated to our future.”
“I’m confident our legislators will make the necessary decisions supporting our transportation infrastructure and demonstrating our commitment to the success of the 777X."