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Baumgartner Speaks Of Boeing While Inslee Urges Lawmakers To Pass Boeing Incentives During Special Session

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

6th District Sen. Michael Baumgartner met with voters today to talk about the Special Session and what it means for people living in Spokane and Eastern Washington.

"I want to answer questions and receive feedback about what is on the minds of the voters before I head back to Olympia for the Boeing 777X transportation package focused Special Session called by the Governor," Baumgartner said. "There are going to be a lot of ideas on the table…things like aerospace tax incentives, workforce development plans and the highly anticipated $10 billion transportation revenue package."

In the meantime, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is urging lawmakers to approve a package of tax incentives for Boeing Co. worth an estimated $9 billion.

Inslee testified before a panel of lawmakers Thursday on the first day of a special session. Inslee has called the Legislature back to Olympia in hopes of swiftly approving a series of Boeing-related proposals.

Earlier this week, Boeing proposed an eight-year labor agreement with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that would guarantee construction of the new 777X in the Puget Sound area.

Inslee says the measures are needed to ensure that Boeing builds the composite wings and fuselage of its new 777X in Washington state. Boeing lobbyists were on hand at the hearing but did not testify in favor of the idea.

Back here in the Inland Northwest Baumgartner said, "iMy hope is that we do some things to help Boeing, but we do things to help our entire economy, we have a lot of small and medium size businesses in the state too." He then focused his attention on the East side of the state saying, "I hope what's good for boeing is good for the rest of the state."

The staff in Sen. Baumgartner's local Spokane office can answer any questions about the upcoming mobile office meeting. His office is available by phone at (509) 329-3740 or via email at Michael.Baumgartner@leg.wa.gov.

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