Our state may be “hungry” for Boeing business, according to Congressman Rick Larsen, but the problem is that the golden goose of Boeing has already been picked clean by the state over the last 30 years.
Let’s see what our state has done for Boeing over the years:
• Workman’s compensation or unemployment insurance reform? No.
• Road congestion improvements? No, but money for bike trails, animal trails, etc.
• Education reform for better teachers and being able to terminate bad teachers? No.
• Regulation or tax reform? No, just the opposite: more regulations and always more taxes and fees. The thinking seems to be, “What will Boeing do, move?”
• Our governor protesting with the union when they go on strike? Yes.
• Our government supporting crazy National Labor Relations Board rulings that were eventually overturned? Yes.
• Improved high school graduation rates? No. In 1992, the rate was 85 percent; now it’s down to 78 percent.
• Massive fees and taxes when Boeing wanted to build or expand factories? Yes (remember Everett?).
So let’s see how these policies have worked. Corporate headquarters moved to Chicago. South Carolina factory built. IT department being moved out of state. And 17,000 fewer jobs in the state since 1997.
News flash to the state: You maybe hungry for Boeing business, but you have already picked the bones clean.