May 10, 2013

The Other Good Thing About Coffee, Bananas and Chocolate

You don’t often turn to the State of Trade blog for food advice. While we’re a fantastic repository for insightful and enjoyable trade policy analysis, our blogs usually whet your appetite for increased international competitiveness…not lunch. But thanks to Imports Work Week, we’re all about delicious coffee, bananas and chocolates. …

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April 2, 2013

The Governor’s Budget vs. International Competitiveness?

Since the release of the International Competitiveness Strategy last fall, I’ve been repeating one phrase over and over again like it’s my job (it is): “If 40% of all jobs in Washington state are tied to international trade, then all of our policy & investment decisions should be focused on …

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March 22, 2013

The State Legislature Doesn’t Know How Much They Know About Trade

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the car between Seattle and Olympia with Sam Kaplan, President of the Trade Development Alliance. That’s not because I love Wagner’s cinnamon bread so much (ok, it’s not only because I love Wagner’s cinnamon bread so much), but rather because I am …

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February 13, 2013

Two Paragraphs on Trade from the State of the Union

Last night’s State of the Union featured two paragraphs on international trade. Let’s not get into a discussion of whether that’s too little or too much for a speech that’s about economic opportunity and job growth, especially for a state like Washington where 40% of all jobs are tied to …

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