Gov. Jay Inslee said today he is canceling his scheduled Friday trip to the Paris Air Show to boost the state’s fortunes in aerospace. Mired in a second special legislative session, Inslee said he is asking U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen of Everett to go in his place, leading “a delegation of 52 aerospace executives, educators and economic professionals,” a news release says.
Larsen is ranking Democrat on the Democrat on the U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee and his hometown is host to much of Boeing’s commercial airplanes work.
The governor’s full press release is here. An excerpt:
The air show is a premier industry event for commercial aerospace manufacturers and suppliers.
“I am disappointed I will not be able to join the delegation on this trade mission as we make the case that Washington is the best place for aerospace manufacturers and suppliers,” the governor said. “We are fortunate that Congressman Larsen, a longtime champion of the industry and a leader in international trade policy, agreed to my request and will step in to lead the delegation.”
The legislative impasse is in a broad way a dispute between House Democrats and Senate Republicans over how much to spend on K-12 public schools in response to a Supreme Court ruling that found Washington failed to meet is constitutional duty. But the Democrat-controlled House wants to raise taxes in order to invest nearly $1 billion of new funds into K-12 while the Senate’s Republican-led majority coalition wants to avoid tax hikes while cutting deeper into safety net for the poor, shifting funds from capital accounts and borrowing money.
The press release says Inslee is remaining in Olympia to continue budget negotiations and prepare for a potential government shutdown if no budget deal is brokered.