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Created in 2008, the original Trade Policy Advisory Group was largely rendered ineffective by legislative politics and existed for four years without producing anything of substance. The council, in its new form, will ensure accountability and effectiveness. In addition to commissioners and legislatures, the TPAC will include members of communities who are affected by trade policy including from labor, business, farming, environmental groups and international development organizations. The TPAC is required to meet at least once a year to“advise the governor and the legislature on matters relating to United States trade agreements; assess the potential impact of federal trade agreements on the state’s economy; advise the governor and the legislature of the group’s findings and make recommendations, including any draft legislation necessary to implement the recommendations, to the governor and the legislature,” and other responsibilities.
“The Trade Policy Advisory Council provides a real opportunity for Minnesotans to understand how they are being affected by globalization, and how we can create our place in the global economy,” said Kera Peterson, chairperson of the MN Fair Trade Coalition. “Trade Agreements like NAFTA and the Korea FTA have proved not to be in best interest of Minnesotans. It’s important that we make our voice heard on pending deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and any agreement with the European Union. Minnesota has a nation leading quality of life, and its important that that not be undermined by unfair trade practices.”
The Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition formed in 1991, in opposition to the North American Free Trade Agreement and globalization. Our membership has since grown to include over 70 labor, family farm, environmental, faith and social justice organizations across the state of Minnesota. Our mission is to create, promote and support fair trade policy and that empowers local communities protect their quality of life in Minnesota and around the globe.