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  • Supervisors pledge continued support of economic relationship with Mexico

    Mar 21, 2017 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved in a 3 to 2 vote a resolution on March 21 reiterating continued support for Arizona’s relationship with Mexico and opposing proposed federal taxes and tariffs on cross-border trade. 

    Maquiladora“This action reinforces Pima County’s and the Southern Arizona community’s commitment to maintaining our economic and cultural ties with Mexico. It is important for our partners in Mexico to know that the rhetoric emanating from Washington, D.C. does not represent the views of Pima County,” Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías said.

    The Board of Supervisors’ resolution notes proposals from national leaders in Washington, D.C. to renegotiate the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and implement a Border Adjustment Tax on imported goods from Mexico would have a deleterious impact on regional economic development efforts, disrupt trade and damage relations with Mexico.

    The Board also warned that the proposed federal actions would damage Southern Arizona’s tourism economy, which is supported in large part by international visitors to Mexico. 

    In addition, the Board resolution warns such federal actions would result in retaliatory actions and policies from Mexico that would further damage relations and economic cooperation. 

    Mexico is Arizona’s largest trade partner, purchasing more than $9.2 billion in goods from the state annually. The state maintains an $870 million trade surplus with Mexico, according to research from the University of Arizona Economic and Business Research Center. 

    Also on March 21, Supervisors unanimously approved appointment of Board Chair Supervisor Sharon Bronson to the Arizona Border Counties Coalition. The Coalition has members from Yuma, Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pima counties, all of which share borders with Mexico. 

    The primary purpose of the coalition is to create a unified voice and agenda that can help advocate for state and federal legislation and action related to economic development and other shared topics along the Arizona/Mexico border.

    Read more about the Arizona Border Counties Coalition here

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