Sen. Matt Boehnke talks to KGNW Radio’s Tim Gaydos about the recent cyber-attack on the state Transportation Department and hacking of the U.S. Department of Energy and several other federal agencies. They also discuss the latest developments with Boeing at the Paris Air Show
Sen. Matt Boehnke talks with KONA Radio’s The Bottom Line about cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, Boeing’s new plane design, and more.
A state Senator says the Boeing decision to move it’s 787 line out of state should be an incentive for lawmakers to increase support for manufacturing.
The views expressed by individual members are not necessarily those of the entire caucus.
OLYMPIA… Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, Republican leader on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, offered this reaction to The Boeing Company’s decision to shift Washington-based work on its 787 jetliner to South Carolina:
“Washington has been incredibly fortunate to have Boeing as its largest employer. Of course we all would have preferred for this move to be in our state’s favor, knowing what it will mean for so many families and communities and other employers – and for the state budget. At the same time, no one should be slamming the company for making what is obviously a business decision. The COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions related to it have been the last straw for many businesses across Washington, not just Boeing.
“While our state is still the aerospace capital of the world, I do not want to sit by and watch this sector of our economy fall into decline the way non-aerospace manufacturing has during this century. No matter what else our state has to offer, the cost of doing business is ultimately the key to keeping employers and attracting new ones. Had we succeeded in lowering the tax rate on non-aerospace manufacturing a few years ago, it would have saved Boeing a big tax headache as well, and today’s decision might not have happened.
“This should give the Legislature incentive to take bold steps now to promote a brighter future for all manufacturing in Washington. Eliminating the manufacturing B&O tax would do much to secure the future of aerospace in our state and also provide a huge boost to all the other manufacturers who are trying to survive the economic fallout from the pandemic. That would be a smart move for the Legislature, and we should take it.”