Jay Inslee is heading to England and Finland next month on a “trade mission.” Of course, Inslee will not be without an entourage of supporters. Inslee will be accompanied by “a group of business, economic development and government leaders, including Department of Commerce Director Brian Bonlender.”
What brings Inslee to England and Finland?
According to the Seattle Times, Inslee is scheduled to attend the Farnborough International Air Show in England where he will have the opportunity to “showcase the tremendous products, services and investment opportunities Washington businesses provide on a global scale.” The governor’s office says that Inslee’s objective is to “meet with aerospace executives to encourage them to expand or locate new facilities in Washington.”
While in Finland, Inslee will meet with government leaders, visit Nokia headquarters (Microsoft recently acquired the company for $7.2 billion), and “tour Neste Oil’s renewable diesel refinery and meet with companies interested in investing in Washington.”
Sounds like quite the plan. However, we can’t help wonder if Inslee’s international efforts will be all for not once these businesses learn about his gas increase and coal by wire plans. After all, Inslee certainly doesn’t have the best track record with keeping business in-state. Remember when Microsoft announced, due to Democrats’ incompetence, it will develop a $1.1 billion data center in Iowa instead of Washington State?