Rep. Pike statement on governor’s call for Boeing-related special session

Rep. Pike statement on governor's call for Boeing-related special session

Gov. Jay Inslee announced this afternoon he is calling the Legislature into special session, beginning this Thursday, Nov. 7, to pass legislation that would benefit the state's aerospace industry. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has tentatively agreed to a contract that would ensure the manufacturing work of the Boeing's 777X is completed in Washington state. Its members could vote on the contract as early as next week.

Following the announcement, Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, issued this statement:

“Certainly, we want to create a business climate hospitable to the aerospace industry in Washington. However, I am troubled this announcement was just sprung upon the Legislature, and the governor expects us to take action within only two or three days. With the exception of the transportation tax increase package the governor seems to have promised as a part of this agreement, few have seen any of the incentive legislation he wants passed. The expectation is that we will come in on Thursday, hold hearings, and then pass legislation before the union membership votes next week. That provides no time for due process or public input. It goes against all transparency citizens expect of us in the Legislature.

“We need to have time to do this right – to review the proposals extensively, provide the opportunity for citizens to have their voice, and then deliberate it properly. With only a two-day notification, that doesn't give the time needed to have an open and transparent process on such important issues.”


Washington State House Republican Communications