International Trade and Development

Stateline Midwest

Canada is the largest supplier of energy to the United States, providing 9 percent of this country’s energy needs — more than Saudi Arabia and Venezuela combined. These statistics, and other information related to bilateral energy trade, were the focus of a joint meeting this summer of the MLC’s Energy and Midwest-Canada Relations committees.

Stateline Midwest Vol. 20, No. 7: July/August 2012

After two years of seeking options and legislative support to build a new bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder appears to have found a way to make it a reality.

He signed in June what’s known as an “interlocal agreement” with the Canadian...

I have an article this month in the Kentucky business magazine The Lane Report that looks at the role the state’s public riverports play in regional economic development for a number of Kentucky communities. Ports and the transport of cargo and freight have also been the subject of a number of recent reports and items in the news so it looks like it’s time for a roundup.

At the recently concluded National Leadership Conference held in La Quinta, California, the CSG Executive Committee approved eight policy resolutions on a wide range of topics, including export promotion, preventing Medicaid fraud, exploring a telehealth interstate compact, state sales taxation on e-commerce, and the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports congressional efforts to increase the efficiency of federal agency outreach and assistance to American small and medium-sized exporters.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments expresses its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges the appropriation of funds for the 3rd year of the STEP grant pilot program (2013-2014).  

The U.S. is an arctic nation. It’s also a Caribbean nation.

While Alaska and Puerto Rico put the U.S. into those categories of nations, the interests of those states don’t typically make it to the top tier of American concerns. These forgotten borders were the topic of the International Committee meeting discussion Friday morning.

In case you missed it, I have an article in the latest issue of Capitol Ideas that looks at efforts in some states to invest in transportation modes that serve freight. So I thought it would be a good time to take a look at some other recent freight transportation-related items from around the country.

The latest international trade statistics were released recently by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the data reveals the solid performance of the nation’s exports in both resuscitating and sustaining the economic growth path of the United States. Specifically, U.S. exports in 2011 expanded to $1.5 trillion, an increase of 16 percent over the $1.3 trillion reached in 2010.