Governor Inslee Vows To Continue To Compete For 777X
By Austin Jenkins
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.”
Jay 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 $8.7B 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.
Photo: Washington Governor Jay Inslee addresses reporters following the vote by Boeing machinists to reject Boeing's contract offer. Photo by Austin Jenkins.