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Minority Leader: Does Boeing’s Chicago HQ care about Washington’s rankings?

Post by Joe Turner on Sep. 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
September 29, 2009 11:56 am

That’s sorta what state Senate Minority Leader Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, had to say about Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s release of the case to keep the 2nd assembly line of the 787 in Washington.

What he did say was this: “The only ranking that counts when it comes to Boeing will be the one made in the corporate board room.”

Read Hewitt’s full news release below. And scroll further down the blog for the earlier post on Boeing, et. al.

Sen. Mike Hewitt’s statement on Gov. Gregoire’s 787 ‘business case’ report

Today Gov. Gregoire issued a report titled “The Business Case for Consolidating Boeing 787 Assembly in Washington.” Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla, issued this statement in response to the report. Hewitt is the state Senate Minority Leader and a member of Gov. Gregoire’s Council on Aerospace.

“While this report is beautiful and glossy and filled with rankings, is there really any substance here that Boeing hasn’t already considered? I want the company to stay in Washington as much as everyone else, but it’s time to stop resting on rankings and look at where we really are on the ground.

“Boeing may take a big portion of its business out of this state; unemployment is already at 9.2 percent and predicted to hit 10 percent next year; workers’ comp taxes are going up by 117 million dollars; and our budget problems are likely to spawn even more tax-hike proposals, including an income tax. Tout whatever magazine rankings, studies and figures you want, but those are the realities employers in our state – including Boeing and its in-state suppliers – are facing. Instead of issuing reports, we should be taking action like we did in 2003 when we made major reforms to the unemployment insurance system to land the first 787 line.

“There are many positive attributes Washington brings to the table, like the unmatched skill of our aerospace workers. And I’m sure South Carolina doesn’t have any hills that compare with Mount Rainier. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much that really matters to the executive in Chicago. The only ranking that counts when it comes to Boeing will be the one made in the corporate board room.

“At the end of the day, when Boeing’s decision comes down, the people of Washington will want to know their state leaders did all they could to make us the home of the next 787 line. We should have no regrets.”

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