New England lawmakers want voice federal trade policy

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Legislators from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont want the government to give states more of a voice in international trade. The leaders of three state commissions on international trade are concerned about the impact trade agreements have on their states.

New Hampshire state Senator Jackie Cilley says it’s become increasingly clear since the establishment of the World Trade Organization and passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement that the international agreements do affect state sovereignty.

Members of state trade commissions from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont met in Portsmouth recently to explore ways to work together on trade. They pledged to review options for improving federal-state communication on trade and invited other states to join their call for a better state-federal partnership.

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