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State Investments in Boeing Must Benefit All Washingtonians

Posted by Tara Lee at Nov 07, 2013 05:40 PM |
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Our Executive Director Remy Trupin issued a statement on the special legislative session that starts today.


“Boeing is an important part of the Washington state economy and has historically provided good paying jobs.

Washington state has invested in Boeing as well--through transportation infrastructure, a highly educated workforce, and a variety of tax breaks and other incentives.  It does not do our state’s economy any good to subsidize Boeing as they ship jobs out of state. We must ensure that significant state investments in Boeing benefit all Washingtonians.

The 2003 tax break package for Boeing cost the state billions and it didn’t stop the company from moving production of the 787 to South Carolina. We can’t let that happen again.

Any tax breaks for Boeing (or any other business) should have clear and consistent accountability measures so lawmakers and the public can hold them accountable if they choose not to uphold their end of the deal.

Lawmakers must recognize that choosing to give these tax breaks will reduce valuable revenue needed for other investments. At the top of that list is the requirement to fully fund basic education, an investment that benefits the whole state economy including Boeing."

 

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Legislative Testimony

Senior Budget Analyst Kim Justice recently testified before Senate Ways and Means against a bill that would fund education at the expense of other budget investments. Watch it here. 

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Inside Olympia

Executive Director Remy Trupin appeared on TVW's "Inside Olympia" to discuss the budget, revenue options, and the impact of the McCleary decision going forward. The whole interview can be found here. 

Remy TVW -March 14


Budget Matters 2013

More than 300 people -- advocates, students, lawmakers, and policy experts joined us for our second annual policy conference. We heard from Heather McGhee, Jared Bernstein, and Governor Inslee.

Click here for video clips, photos, and PowerPoint presentations from the break-out sessions.

Our new video has highlights from the day. 

Heather McGhee


Save the date for this year's conference: Friday, December 12th, 2014 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.