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Governor Inslee Vows To Continue To Compete For 777X

Austin Jenkins
Northwest News Network
Washington Governor Jay Inslee addresses reporters in Olympia following the overwhelming vote by Boeing machinists to reject a Boeing contract offer.

The machinists' two-to-one rejection of the Boeing contract was not the outcome Washington Governor Jay Inslee had hoped for.

At a news conference in Olympia following the vote tally Wednesday night, the Democrat called the outcome a “disappointment.”

“We could have had a big win tonight, could have grabbed the brass wing for this airplane," said Inslee. "But I want to say this: what we were unable to finish tonight means that we are starting a new chapter of competition for this airplane.”

Inslee says he has no regrets about calling the legislature back into special session last week. Lawmakers hurriedly passed $8.7 billion in extended tax breaks for Boeing, contingent upon the new 777X being built in Washington.

The governor says the state is now “fully ready” to compete with other states to win the assembly line.

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy, as well as the Washington State Legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia."