Sen. Steve O’Ban is enthusiastic about measures passed today by the Legislature that will give Boeing greater incentive to produce its new 777X aircraft in Washington.
“Everyone in Washington should support the passage of this legislation,” said O’Ban, R-Pierce County. “The impact of Boeing locating its new 777X production in Washington is far beyond the thousands of machinist jobs it will create. There will be an economic ripple effect that will greatly benefit numerous subcontractors and many other smaller businesses. If the machinists union now does its part and approves its contract with Boeing, the Puget Sound region will become the epicenter for airliner design in the United States.”
O’Ban also observed that Gov. Jay Insee’s initial attempt to rush a transportation funding package during the one-day session was doomed.
“A transportation package was simply not ready,” said O’Ban. “We cannot keep starting projects without an agreement on serious reforms to the Department of Transportation in order to increase accountability and cut costs. And any transportation package must fully address Interstate 5’s congested Joint Base Lewis-McChord corridor.”