Last week was busy in regards to advocacy here at EASC. President & CEO Patrick Pierce and Senior Manager of Business and Economic Advocacy, Erik Ashlie-Vinke flew back to Washington D.C. with the City of Everett, Snohomish County Executive’s Office and the Port of Everett to advocate on a number of issues with members of Congress and leaders at the Pentagon.
We were excited to accompany Mayor Ray Stephanson and the team and what is likely his last trip to D.C. as Mayor on behalf of the City of Everett. Our mission was to educate new leadership in the Pentagon as well as our congressional delegation about the importance of Naval Station Everett to Snohomish County. During these talks we discussed the positive economic impacts the Naval Station brings to the region, the need for continued support of our infrastructure, supporting our military families by advocating for adequate housing, and potential expansion opportunities.
During our trip to Capitol Hill, EASC and the team met with all members of our Congressional delegation here in Snohomish County including Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, as well as Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Congressman Rick Larsen. In addition to our discussions of Naval Station Everett we had a chance to educate them on our ongoing work with the US 2 Trestle, opportunities for growth at the Port of Everett, and the city of Everett’s nationally recognized work battling opioid addiction. Our team was also there to thank our congressional delegation for their work in funding Sound Transit and Community Transit in the 2017 budget as well as additional funds for fighting opioid addiction, and $28 million dollars in EPA funding for keeping Puget Sound Clean.
EASC will be going back in the last week of September with a team of investors for our annual D.C. Fly-In. Stay tuned for more details!
Meanwhile in Olympia this last week, two bills that aim to go back on the deal made by the legislature in 2013 for aerospace tax incentives had hearings in the House Finance Committee. House Bill 2145 and House Bill 2146 would both tie incentives to the aerospace industry to the total number of jobs at Boeing. EASC worked with Aerospace Futures Alliance to bring local businesses in aerospace to testify against the bills. EASC also worked with local leaders to send a letter to members on the House Finance Committee about the merits of the aerospace tax incentives and why this legislation sets a bad precedent for the industry and our region. Two weeks into this 30 day special session, lawmakers have yet to move either of these bills since the hearings last week.