Washington state needs to become more business friendly
We are all reeling from the announcement that the second Boeing 787 line will be manufactured in South Carolina. Should we be surprised? I mean no other state has our “goofy” B&O tax, so unusual that any economic research groups have no idea how to configure into calculations. There was also the announcement by Microsoft in August to suspend construction of the Windows Azure data center in Grant County. Microsoft found out that they did not qualify for a tax rebate (7.9 percent sales tax on construction supplies) because a data center doesn’t produce anything tangible. The legislature could have fixed this loophole in the past session, but instead did not do it (never left committee). The Governor could have called an emergency session to deal with Boeing (as did South Carolina), but instead she didn’t. Our County Executive, Aaron Reardon, had an Aerospace Job Summit and still Boeing did not expand operations in Snohomish County. What are the chances that Everett would get the Boeing tanker manufacturing if they win the Air Force contact? I have read that Boeing could build those planes in Southern California. I am sure Gov. Schwarzenegger (and his bankrupt state) would be more than happy to give Boeing everything. When will our Governor and Legislature show real leadership and make our state (region) more business friendly? We have a great workforce in our state (especially Snohomish County) but our elected officials ignore our skills and play to extremists who aren’t interested in employment. Who will be left standing when the music stops in our economic musical chairs?
Todd Welch Everett Money from school levy should be used for education
I recently completed my phone survey regarding the pending Lake Stevens School District levies, the district will soon be asking taxpayers for millions more to upgrade technology, transportation, and more. Coincidentally, my fourth grader watched “Monsters vs Aliens” as part of our taxpayer funded education the next day after a “one-hour-late-start-pajama-day.” She watched “Hotel For Dogs” earlier this year. I’m wondering if hi-def plasmas and blu-ray players will be purchased so that the kids can enjoy an enhanced movie watching experience. I support education, but I do not support wasted resources.