Inslee says Boeing 787 production move ‘insults’ Washington


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FILE – In this April 10, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways lands following a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle.(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Gov. Jay Inslee expressed his dismay on Thursday about Boeing’s decision to move the production of their 787 Dreamliner to South Carolina.

“Washington state remains the best place in the world to build airplanes. Boeing’s success as a company is a credit to the workers and taxpayers of Washington state. Today’s announcement is an insult to the hardworking aerospace employees who build 787s,” Inslee said.

He said he understands the serious market forces Boeing faces. “What I don’t understand is why the company can’t commit to restoring production here when the market for this plane improves.”

About 70,000 peoople work in the aerospace industry in Washington and the state will continue to support those companies and workers, he said.

“But Boeing’s decision to take the 787 to South Carolina necessitates a review of our partnership and the company’s favorable tax treatment.”

Inslee also said Thursday that he will soon be releasing new guidelines for how Washingtonians should socialize inside during the pandemic.

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