CASPER — Gov. Mark Gordon sent a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging the ratification of a renewed trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada in the midst of escalating tensions between the U.S. and its southern neighbors over immigration.

The letter — dated June 4 — emphasizes the importance of the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, to Wyoming’s economy, and underlines its significance to a state economy closely intermeshed with trade agreements to the north and south. In 2017, trade relations with Canada and Mexico yielded $329 million in exports from Wyoming, the letter stated, helping to support more than 69,000 jobs in sectors from manufacturing to agriculture.

“Given the interrelationship of all three economies, this new agreement is more about renewing and deepening decades-long ties than starting anew,” wrote Gordon. “Completion of this trade agreement with our closest trading partners is critical to Wyoming as we seek to boost economic development and encourage new investment that leads to job creation.”

“As we work to diversify Wyoming’s economy, a robust and balanced trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as well as other essential trade partners.”

 

By Nick Reynolds

Casper Star-Tribune Via Wyoming News Exchange