Trade: State and Local Governance
Starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in the mid-90s, international "trade" agreement provisions began invading traditional state policy space - delving deeply into matters of state law.
Today, U.S. trade agreements contain numerous non-trade policy obligations and regulatory constraints to which U.S. federal, state, and local governments are bound to conform their domestic policies.
These "trade" agreements are shifting an ever-increasing number of issues away from local decision-making bodies and into inaccessible foreign venues where few citizens or elected officials can follow.
- How Overreaching “Trade” Pact Rules Can Undermine Buy American and Other Domestic Preference Procurement Policies (February, 2017)
- WTO, NAFTA and 'Free Trade Agreement' Procurement Rules Even Meddle in How We Can Spend Our Tax Dollars (February 25, 2013)
- Backgrounder: How Overreaching "Trade" Pact Rules Can Undermine Buy American Procurement Policies (March 2013)
- Bipartisan National Conference of State Legislatures Opposes Investor-State Dispute Resolution (August 9, 2012)
- Zach Carter in Huffington Post: Congress Revolts on Obama Plan that would Ban 'Buy American' (May 3, 2012)
- Factsheet: Read how TPP will ban Buy American and other buy-local policies
Members of Congress and Civil Society Organizations Speak Out
- Rep. Donna Edwards & Rep. Nick Rahall Lead 69 Members of Congress to Urge Obama to Protect "Buy American" Policies in TPP (May 3, 2012)
- Maine Commission Demands Transparency to USTR Ron Kirk in TPP Talks (March 6, 2012)
- Maine Commission Opposes Investor-State System in TPP (March 23, 2012)
- State's Rights and International Trade: A Legislator's Guide - December 2009 States Guide [PDF]
- Read the National Conference of State Legislatures' policy on "Free Trade and Federalism"
- TPP's Investment Rules Harm Public Access to Essential Services
- TPP's Investment Rules Harm Public Health
- TPP's Investment Rules Harm the Environment
- Factsheet Series: Trade Agreement Threats to State and Local Policy