Washington Examiner: The TPP is up and running without us, and we’re losing out on its opportunities

Washington Examiner: The TPP is up and running without us, and we’re losing out on its opportunities

President Trump often says our trade partners treat us unfairly. Yet one of his first acts as president was to withdraw from a trade pact agreement designed to give favored treatment to its signatories. On Dec. 30, 2018, that pact, the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (known as TPP), went into effect without the United States. The TPP is a…

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FEE: How Congress Can Take a Step Toward Trade Stability

FEE: How Congress Can Take a Step Toward Trade Stability

After protracted smashmouth negotiations, the United States, Canada, and Mexico agreed to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) with the new United States Mexico Canada Agreement (“USMCA”) on November 30, 2018. The new USMCA is largely NAFTA with certain positive elements drawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”). Unfortunately, certain new protectionist provisions unnecessarily take the USMCA in the wrong direction. Now, a new trade…

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NAFTA AND USMCA: Is North American Free Trade Good for Texas?

NAFTA AND USMCA: Is North American Free Trade Good for Texas?

NAFTA AND USMCA: Is North American Free Trade Good for Texas?  Doug McCullough, Director of Lone Star Policy Institute  Adapted from comments at the TPPF 2019 Policy Orientation. Video available here courtesy of Texas Public Policy Foundation Free Trade is Important for Texas and the United States. Texas is the nation’s largest exporter and the second largest manufacturer. Our top two…

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NAFTA Without Canada Would Be Trouble For Texas Exports

NAFTA Without Canada Would Be Trouble For Texas Exports

TEXAS STANDARD – APRIL 31, 2018 “Texas is the nation’s largest exporter….Texas exports $22.8 billion annually to Canada, so I think it would have a real impact on Texas companies,” McCullough says. McCullough says if the U.S. imposes tariffs on Canada, Canada would likely retaliate and that would reduce demand for Texas products. McCullough says it would be better for…

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NAFTA without Canada a bum deal for Texas

NAFTA without Canada a bum deal for Texas

SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS – AUGUST 31, 2018 Scuttling free trade with Canada would have a disproportionate impact on Texas. Texas is the nation’s top exporter and has a trade surplus with Canada. Texas exports about $22.8 billion of goods annually to Canada, its second-largest trade partner. The elimination of a free trade agreement with Canada would harm Texas consumers, who…

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SMU Texas Economic Forum

SMU Texas Economic Forum

Lone Star Policy Institute director, Doug McCullough, was recently asked to be a panelist at the SMU Economic Forum on Trump and the Texas Economy.  This event was a fast-paced and informative forum on Texas’s growing economy. Other panelists included Merrill Matthews of the Institute for Policy Innovation, Vance Ginn of the Texas Public Policy Foundation and W. Michael Cox…

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