Western Governors have encouraged U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to support federal policies that "continue providing the stability and certainty upon which successful trade relationships and western economies depend."
“Federal policies and relationships with international trade partners have created new markets for goods and services that are grown, produced or manufactured in western states and encouraged investments in western communities and businesses,” the Governors note in a letter sent on Feb. 14, 2018.
They additionally note that Canada and Mexico purchase one-third of all U.S. manufactured goods exports and that “agreements between the U.S. and its biggest trade partners provide a foundation for citizens to engage in productive international trade and enhance our economic competitiveness.”
The letter, signed by WGA Chair and South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard and WGA Vice Chair and Hawaii Gov. David Ige, recognizes that trade agreements “can and should be modernized" but that "any changes be undertaken without negatively affecting our citizens’ ability to compete in the international marketplace or harming our overall economic competitiveness." Read, download the Letter.