Mike Baker http://kplu.org en Boeing To Throw Party To Thank Lawmakers For Tax Incentives http://kplu.org/post/boeing-throw-party-thank-lawmakers-tax-incentives <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">Boeing lobbyists are throwing a "thank you" party for lawmakers who helped provide the company with billions in tax breaks.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>An invitation obtained by The Associated Press shows Boeing executives will host a reception for lawmakers on Tuesday evening. The event will take place at a house across the street from the Capitol campus and is slated to thank lawmakers for their efforts on the 777X airplane talks.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:01:02 +0000 Mike Baker 13234 at http://kplu.org Boeing To Throw Party To Thank Lawmakers For Tax Incentives 3-Foot Chunk Stuck In Bertha, Seattle Tunnel Machine http://kplu.org/post/3-foot-chunk-stuck-bertha-seattle-tunnel-machine <p><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">Crews have found a hard object more than 3 feet wide lodged in the tunneling machine that's currently stalled 60 feet under the city of Seattle, officials said Wednesday.</span><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">The large object is either a boulder or piece of concrete that got stuck within the massive spokes of the machine called Bertha, said state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Laura Newborn. Crews have also found metal and plastic piping in the machine but have not concluded what exactly has been causing problems for the machine.</span><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><br style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;" /><span style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16.690908432006836px;">"None of these things in and of themselves is enough to slow the machine down," Newborn said.</span> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:05:39 +0000 Mike Baker 12772 at http://kplu.org 3-Foot Chunk Stuck In Bertha, Seattle Tunnel Machine State Lawmakers: No Tax Breaks For Pot Production http://kplu.org/post/state-lawmakers-no-tax-breaks-pot-production <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Some lawmakers in Washington state want to prevent marijuana producers from qualifying for agriculture tax breaks.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A state House committee heard a bill Tuesday that would block the new marijuana industry from tax breaks for 10 years. Officials estimate that the industry could otherwise qualify for three dozen different tax breaks, largely surrounding the agriculture industry.</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 20:06:07 +0000 Mike Baker 12732 at http://kplu.org State Lawmakers: No Tax Breaks For Pot Production Dozens Of Wash. Pensioners May Have Been Overpaid http://kplu.org/post/dozens-wash-pensioners-may-have-been-overpaid <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington retirement officials have identified dozens of pensioners who may have received excessive retirement payments.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Department of Retirement Systems said Friday it is in the process of reviewing 98 cases in which someone may have improperly received pension payments while working in another government job.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:33:34 +0000 Mike Baker 12475 at http://kplu.org Inslee Bemoans Corporate Incentive Competitions http://kplu.org/post/inslee-bemoans-corporate-incentive-competitions <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wishes states weren't in constant competition to provide financial incentives in order secure jobs from big companies.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:50:32 +0000 Mike Baker 12428 at http://kplu.org Inslee Bemoans Corporate Incentive Competitions State Needs $170 Million More To Finish 520 Bridge http://kplu.org/post/state-needs-170-million-more-finish-520-bridge <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">State officials say they need $170 million more to complete a replacement of the Highway 520 floating bridge on Lake Washington.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The Washington State Department of Transportation said Wednesday that an agency error on pontoon design error is consuming most of the project's reserve funds. Lawmakers had capped the project budget at $2.72 billion, but state transportation officials are now asking the Legislature to raise that to $2.89 billion.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:15:04 +0000 Mike Baker 12392 at http://kplu.org State Needs $170 Million More To Finish 520 Bridge 2nd Gay Worker At Eastside Catholic School To Marry http://kplu.org/post/2nd-gay-worker-eastside-catholic-school-marry <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A gay woman hired to choreograph a Catholic school musical says she recently got engaged to her partner and is nervous about how school leaders will handle the news.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Stephanie Merrow is working on her second musical for Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, where vice principal Mark Zmuda was recently forced out of his job for marrying his partner.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:19:22 +0000 Mike Baker 12334 at http://kplu.org 2nd Gay Worker At Eastside Catholic School To Marry On Eve Of Union Vote, Machinists Protest Boeing's Latest Offer http://kplu.org/post/eve-union-vote-machinists-protest-boeings-latest-offer <p>Several hundred Boeing machinists and supporters gathered in a Seattle union hall Thursday to urge members to reject Boeing’s contract offer.</p><p>The rally came on the eve of a crucial vote on what Boeing has called its best and final offer. Acceptance of the labor deal by some 30,000 local machinists would guarantee 777 assembly work for the Puget Sound area.</p><p>But local union leaders are urging members to reject the offer, saying the workers are asked to make concessions even though the company is having a profitable run.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 02:46:17 +0000 Ashley Gross & Mike Baker 12234 at http://kplu.org On Eve Of Union Vote, Machinists Protest Boeing's Latest Offer Some Workers Set To Reach $100K Pay In Boeing Deal http://kplu.org/post/some-workers-set-reach-100k-pay-boeing-deal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing's contract proposal to machinists in the Puget Sound region would likely increase some workers' annual base salaries to more than $100,000 in the coming years.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The offer going to a vote this week would slow the growth of machinists' wages starting in 2016, but workers would still get regular cost-of-living adjustments and an additional 1 percent raise every other year.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:59:29 +0000 Mike Baker 12220 at http://kplu.org Some Workers Set To Reach $100K Pay In Boeing Deal Union Chief Says Boeing's Latest Offer A $1 Billion Gain http://kplu.org/post/union-chief-says-boeings-latest-offer-1-billion-gain <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The international president of the machinists union says Boeing's revised contract offer is an improvement of more than $1 billion.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>In a letter to union members, Tom Buffenbarger said the offer that workers will consider next week is a significant improvement over <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/boeing-machinists-reject-offer-inslee-says-777x-not-lost-yet">a contract the union rejected</a> last month.</p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 22:11:15 +0000 Mike Baker 12122 at http://kplu.org Union Chief Says Boeing's Latest Offer A $1 Billion Gain Wash. State Courts Airbus Amid Boeing Tension http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-courts-airbus-amid-boeing-tension <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Even as they try desperately to hang on to Boeing Co., officials in Washington state have been courting the main competitor of the aerospace giant.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">During the past several months, state officials have traveled to the U.S. headquarters of Airbus SAS in Virginia, moved to connect Airbus with Washington state suppliers, and signed a five-year confidentiality agreement with the company to allow further exploration of business opportunities, according to records obtained by The Associated Press under public disclosure laws.</p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:38:51 +0000 Mike Baker 11794 at http://kplu.org Wash. State Courts Airbus Amid Boeing Tension Machinists Union Mulls Having Members Vote On Boeing Offer http://kplu.org/post/machinists-union-mulls-having-members-vote-boeing-offer <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A machinists union is mulling the logistics of having its members in the Puget Sound vote on a proposed contract from Boeing Co., even after local union leaders said they couldn't recommend it to their members.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>International Association of Machinists spokesman Frank Larkin said the union has been hearing from hundreds of members demanding an opportunity to vote on the contract to secure work on the 777X airplane.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:46:28 +0000 Mike Baker 11673 at http://kplu.org Machinists Union Mulls Having Members Vote On Boeing Offer SeaTac's $15 Wage Initiative Poised for Victory http://kplu.org/post/seatacs-15-wage-initiative-poised-victory <p>A campaign to set a $15 minimum wage in the city of SeaTac is poised for victory.</p><p>King County officials are expected to certify the election Tuesday after counting some straggling votes that likely won't change the outcome. The measure involving workers in and around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has steadily expanded its lead in recent days and held a 77-vote advantage on Monday afternoon.</p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:12:35 +0000 Mike Baker 11278 at http://kplu.org SeaTac's $15 Wage Initiative Poised for Victory Boeing Solicits Bids from States for Site of 777X Production http://kplu.org/post/boeing-solicits-bids-states-site-777x-production <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Boeing Co. is soliciting bids from more than a dozen locations that want to build the new 777X airplane.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Company spokesman Doug Alder said Saturday that requests for bids began going out Friday. Boeing wants the proposals returned in a few weeks, and the company hopes to make a final decision early next year.</p> Sun, 24 Nov 2013 01:36:24 +0000 Mike Baker 11252 at http://kplu.org Boeing Solicits Bids from States for Site of 777X Production Problematic Ballots May Decide Fate of SeaTac's $15 Wage http://kplu.org/post/problematic-ballots-may-decide-fate-seatacs-15-wage <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Dozens of problematic ballots may determine the fate of an initiative to establish a $15 minimum wage for many workers in SeaTac.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The ballot measure was winning by just 43 votes Tuesday as officials in King County resumed counting ballots. There are likely hundreds more votes to count due to the lengthy ballot-collection process caused by the state's vote-by-mail system.</p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:28:16 +0000 Mike Baker & Bellamy Pailthorp 11013 at http://kplu.org Problematic Ballots May Decide Fate of SeaTac's $15 Wage