States Compete To Woo Boeing
Tomorrow is the deadline for states to get their proposals to the Boeing corporation about what kind of incentives they’ll offer to get the aircraft giant to build its next generation jetliner, the 777X, in their backyard.
The state of Missouri has been up front in its desire to woo the manufacturer. Governor Jay Nixon convened a special legislative session to get a proposal off to Boeing.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Marshall Griffin of St. Louis Public Radio explains what’s inside.
Washington state is home to the majority of Boeing’s commercial aircraft production; Boeing is the state’s largest private employer.
Last month, Washington state lawmakers approved almost $9 billion in tax breaks to keep production of the 777X in the state. It was the biggest corporate tax subsidy in U.S. history. Then the machinists union overwhelmingly rejected the contract, and Boeing started asking other states for bids.
Here & Now’s Robin Young turns to Austin Jenkins at Northwest News Network for details.
- Marshall Griffin, statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio. He tweets @MarshallGReport.
- Austin Jenkins, Olympia correspondent for Northwest News Network. He tweets @AustinJenkinsN3.
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