January 14, 2010
To: NW SPEEA Council Members
From: NW SPEEA L&PA Committee
Subject: PRESUBMITTED NEW BUSINESS: Support Local Economic Development and Job Creation
The NW SPEEA Council sets policy for issues that arise in the Washington State legislative sessions. SPEEA members and staff advocate with their elected officials and sometimes testify on proposed legislation during our lobby days in February, and at other times during the session.
In 2003, the State Legislature passed a generous tax incentive to attract final assembly of the 787. This year, the State Legislature may respond to Boeing's decision to open a second 787 production line elsewhere. We should be prepared to advocate for our members as this situation develops.
Along similar lines, SPEEA participates in the Governor's Aerospace Council, and in other public venues where questions arise about making a positive business climate, attracting and retaining new business, and creating jobs in local communities.
Polices and rules being debated will have a direct effect on our members, their families and communities. The NW Council should adopt guidelines regarding state and local incentives for economic development, for SPEEA delegates and staff to follow.
It is moved that:
· These issues are directly connected to the economic well-being of SPEEA members and families.
· Any act of legislation or policy may cover many subjects, with some provisions that may have mixed support from our membership.