The Daily Troll: States, Boeing wants your land! Mariners want a slugger. A strike at Hanford?

BPA scandal could be deepening.
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Boeing: Give us your land

Boeing is telling states that it would like the land and facilities for a 777X assembly plant at no cost or "very reduced" cost. North Carolina's Charlotte Observer, one of the first papers to obtain copies of Boeing's request for proposals, said the city is working on a proposal to help Boeing locate there and that the state would likely provide most of the incentives. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said the Missouri bid seems to meet most of the criteria in the document "but it sure would help if Missouri was on the ocean." We've got that covered in Washington, anyway. 

Hanford workers face strike choice

Union workers cleaning up Hanford's nuclear waste tanks will decide next week whether to go on strike or accept a contract that their leaders only reluctantly have recommended, according to the Tri-City Herald. The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Council members have rejected two previous offers from a contractor, Washington River Protection Solutions, which manages the underground tank farms. Just what Hanford needs: more problems.

Mariners: Serious about a slugger?

The Seattle Mariners — the baseball team whose seasons usually end by mid-June — brought New York Yankees' free-agent slugger Robinson Cano to town. As The Seattle Times' Larry Stone writes, it's hard to take the team's supposed serious interest in yet another big name batter seriously. But consider this: Paying for Cano's contract — likely $240 million or so — might be enough to require Mariners owners to chip in some extra funds. Which could set off some change or realignment of the ownership shares. In that case, Cano could be a real plus, no matter what he did on the field. 

Deputy on leave over photo incident

Sheriff John Urqhart has placed a deputy on administrative leave as he considers possible discipline over the officer’s threat to arrest an editor of The Stranger for taking pictures of police surrounding a man at a transit station. Taking photos is legal as long as it doesn’t interfere with police action. The Seattle Times notes that the deputy, Patrick Saulet, has a history of 120 public complaints, more than any other officer on the force.

Whistleblower trouble at BPA 

A hiring scandal at the Bonneville Power Administration, which markets federal hydropower around the Northwest, may be taking on a new dimension: uabated retaliation against a whistleblower. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has asked a federal inspector general to look into what Wyden believes is credible evidence of retaliation, according to The Oregonian. The agency allegedly discriminated against veterans in hiring; vets are supposed to get preference. Bonneville executives argued that the veterans weren't specifically targeted but that they lost opportunities as the agency concentrated on more promising candidates.

Spokane girl sings live on NBC

Sophia Caruso, a 12-year-old from Spokane, will sing a key role in NBC's live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" (8 p.m. tonight,  Thursday), according to The Spokesman Review. Sophia moved to New York City with her mom a year and a half ago to pursue an acting career. Dad is minding the family home in Spokane. She recently appeared at Seattle 5th Avenue Theatre in "Secondhand Lions." Of her role as Brigitta von Trapp in "The Sound of Music," Sophia told the paper, "I can check this off my bucket list." 12-year-olds have bucket lists?

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Posted Sun, Dec 8, 5:59 p.m. Inappropriate

Copeland entirely misses the significance of Boeing's no-cost "land and facilities" requirement.

When all the competing states meet that standard, the only differentiation remaining is: (A) the cost (& skill) of labor and (B) applicable state & local income/business taxes.

With (A) being mobile, (B) is the only true field on which this competition will occur. And the pressure will be intense...

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