Lee: Arizona must step up its trade with Mexico [op-ed]

The Arizona Republic, Erik Lee, 9/21/12

Our neighbor to the south is an economic powerhouse, currently growing more than  twice as fast as we are. It is now in an even better position to buy products  that are “Made in the U.S.A.”, which in turn means that what’s good for Mexico’s  economy is, in the big picture, good for job creation in the United States. This  positive economic news about our neighbor is largely counterintuitive for most  Americans and an interesting realization…

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild recently went  on a trade mission to Sonora and Mexico City last month, their second this year,  which shows remarkable commitment to this topic. However, there continues to be  a fundamental shortage of resources dedicated statewide for expanding trade with  Mexico.

The outcomes of trade policy affect people through their jobs and their  personal economies. With 6 million jobs in the U.S. depending on trade with  Mexico, we must discuss how to build upon this fortuitous and very large  economic exchange at the national, state and local levels.

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