Money Talks
6:23 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Special Sessions ... Special Favors?

How some large northwest companies use political pull to get their way
Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

Earlier this month, Washington lawmakers met in special session with one purpose in mind: to extend billions in tax breaks for aerospace giant Boeing so the company wouldn't build its next model of airliner in another state. 

Last December, the legislature in Oregon held a similar special session to give Nike assurance that Salem wouldn't change how the firm is taxed. The Beaverton-based global footwear behemoth had suggested it might pull up stakes and move if lawmakers didn't cooperate.

JPR's Liam Moriarty talks with Northwest News Network capital correspondents Austin Jenkins in Olympia and Chris Lehman in Salem about how iconic northwest corporations use the threat of relocation to get what they want from state governments.