Washington May Offer Incentives For Boeing

Some Washington lawmakers are already talking about tax breaks and other incentives to encourage Boeing to build the replacement for the 737 in the state.

SEATTLE (AP) -- Some Washington lawmakers are already talking about tax breaks and other incentives to encourage Boeing to build the replacement for the 737 in the state.

About a dozen lawmakers and industry officials talked about incentives at a Wednesday trade conference in Seattle.

A consultant with Deloitte, Tom Captain, the state will have to compete to keep the 13,000 jobs involved in the 737 production at the Renton factory. He says high wages and cost of living put Washington at a disadvantage to other places where planes can be manufactured. Incentives could include land grants and education programs to provide skilled workers.

Boeing expects to start delivering the 737 replacement to airlines by 2020.

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