OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Governor Jay Inslee said two things must happen before Boeing will commit to building the 777X in Washington: the union must approve a contract and lawmakers must pass a series of aviation-related bills.
While the two bodies are acting separately, lawmakers in Olympia said they are paying close attention to what's happening with the contract negotiations.
"We have some pretty strong union members. I'm one of them," said Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, who belongs to a nurse's union.
Moeller said he was in support of a bill to give Boeing, and other airline manufacturers, tax breaks through the year 2040.
But he is not sure he will vote for it after he learned union members were publicly upset with the offer.
Moeller said a number of lawmakers are suddenly struggling with the Boeing-related bills.
Senate leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, said while there may be issues with the contract, "I don't think the deal is anywhere near unraveled."
Tom expected lawmakers to approve the necessarily bills Boeing requires perhaps over the weekend.
"We're going to continue to move forward," Tom told KING 5 News.