Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee said Boeing will assemble the new 777X widebody and build its carbon fiber composite wing in the Puget Sound region of his state, an economic windfall that depends on Boeing’s machinists’ union ratifying a new contract and the state Legislature approving an incentives package.In a press conference held Tuesday afternoon Seattle-time, Inslee (D) said “big, bold decisions” must be made in a short period of time to land the coveted 777X work.
He called for the Legislature to meet in special session Thursday to vote on a package of legislation that would include extending tax incentives awarded for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to the 777X program through 2040. The package would also streamline the permitting process for large manufacturers and contain statewide transportation and education investments.
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