LYNNWOOD — Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday efforts are under way to ensure the new mid-size airplane on Boeing drawing boards is eventually built in Washington.
Inslee said his staff has had “discussions with industry leaders” about the new plane, which company executives have unofficially dubbed the 797 and would be a replacement for the 757. Boeing officials offered details of the future aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June.
Source: Inslee urges Boeing to build its new jet in Washington | HeraldNet.com
[Ed.: Someone woke Inslee up long enough for him to do something? Oh, wait, no, “his staff had discussions”, so nobody had to rouse “Sleepy Jay Inslee”. I’m sure that KTTH host Todd Herman will be happy to know that no winks were harmed in the making of this story.]
Amazon announced plans early Thursday morning to open a second headquarters “fully equal” to its Seattle home, calling on local governments across North America to submit proposals. The news immediately ignited speculation that the e-commerce giant is outgrowing its hometown and introduced questions about whether Amazon’s complex relationship with Seattle is to blame.
Source: ‘It’s never too late to say we’re sorry’: Seattle leaders respond to Amazon plans to establish second HQ outside its hometown
Construction of the new Mukilteo ferry terminal kicked off with a celebration on Wednesday. The future ferry terminal site is one-third mile east of the existing terminal.
Source: Construction kicks off for new Mukilteo ferry terminal
A trail of evidence shows just how much collaboration there was between the City of Seattle and a university that published a pro-minimum wage study.
Source: Email trail linked to Seattle minimum wage study is ‘not pretty’
[Ed.: Is it any wonder that the City of Seattle needs to cook the books to make the $15 Minimum Wage story jive? Of course it doesn’t work because it’s ECONOMICS. Oh wait, you have a councilmember that’s a PhD in Economics that should know this wouldn’t work like it was pitched. What? She’s the one that was actually pushing for doubling the minimum wage in Seattle? Someone needs to have their credentials taken away because clearly any real college or university wouldn’t teach this sort of drivel. Yes, I’m talking to you NC State Wolfpack!]
Tacoma’s courtship to lock in a deal with McMenamins has ended with both parties agreeing it was in the city’s interest to seek other developers for the historic structure’s renaissance.
Source: Tacoma shopping Old City Hall as McMenamins takes its time with Elks Lodge | The News Tribune
If you’ve felt like cranes are taking over downtown Seattle you’re probably right. New numbers from the Downtown Seattle Association are in, and the development boom has hit a record. Officials said currently, 74 projects are under construction, which is a 14 percent up from this time last year.
Source: Downtown Seattle hits record in development boom
The Senate has passed a paid family leave measure that covers time off with a new child, sick relative or time for the employee’s own medical condition.
Source: Washington Legislature passes paid family leave measure
[Ed.: Right, ’cause we haven’t driven our economy into the ground yet with unaffordable healthcare yet, so it’s time to pile on more to employers of our state.]
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will build its next-generation BE-4 rocket engines in Huntsville, Alabama, bringing more than 340 manufacturing jobs and $200 million in capital investment. Washington state, the home of Blue Origin, was not even a finalist.
Source: Blue Origin picks Alabama for rocket plant whose incentive offers left Washington state out of running | The Seattle Times
In an important article in the Seattle Weekly, Daniel Person summarizes the situation in Seattle pretty well in the title of his exposé “The City Knew the Bad Minimum Wage Report Was Coming Out, So It Called Up Berkeley,” here’s a slice:
Source: If Seattle’s $15 minimum wage experiment is the ‘canary in the coal mine,’ other cities should proceed with caution | Carpe Diem Blog
The city’s escalating minimum wage has meant a slight increase in pay among workers earning up to $19 per hour, but the hours worked in such jobs have shrunk, a study commissioned by the city found. It estimates there would be 5,000 more such jobs without the Seattle law.
Source: UW study finds Seattle’s minimum wage is costing jobs | The Seattle Times