Transportation package with funds for Spokane may include tax breaks for Boeing

Published On: Nov 09 2013 12:12:17 AM PST
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Lawmakers in Olympia are in the process of discussing a $10 billion transportation package that plays an important part of Washington's future, especially here in Spokane, but there's a catch.

Governor Jay Inslee called a special session this week to discuss adding tax breaks for aerospace company Boeing. The tax break is worth $9 billion and would ensure Boeing keeps production of the 777X in Washington State.

If it passes the transportation bill would include funding for Spokane's North/South Freeway, under construction since 2001. Last June a five-mile stretch opened between Highway 2, Highway 395 and north Spokane, but it's planned to continue for another five miles until it connects with Interstate 90.

There are three lawmakers from Spokane that are part of the Transportation Committee - Matt Shea, Andy Billig and Marcus Ricelli - who will be in Olympia this weekend to discuss the governor's proposal.

A vote on the Boeing tax break is scheduled for Saturday morning, and it's expected Governor Inslee will ask for a vote on the package before the end of the special session.