Not that many people may have noticed, but the state’s top elected leader evidently decided that the best way to convince Boeing to build the 777X in our state was to … leave the state.
And then to extend his stay away.
According to the Spokesman Review, Jay Inslee decided that the best use of his time – when our state is trying to determine how to put its best foot forward in the 3-month competition for building the 777X that started when Boeing’s unions rejected a contract to do the work last Wednesday – was to stay in China an extra day to “receive a briefing on China’s clean energy efforts.”
Evidently priorities like improving our state’s infrastructure by working out a deal on a new transportation package or working with the unions that supported him to try to determine what kind of deal they would take to build the 777X don’t quite rise to the level of importance of a briefing about “clean energy efforts” underway in China.
Or, maybe he just decided to let others do the heavy lifting on transportation and Boeing, because that was a more effective strategy than having him involved. I wonder if anyone will ask him about that when he eventually gets back to the state?