Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Feds in town to talk trade with legislators

Today a federal delegation will brief the state’s economic-policy lawmakers on the National Export Initiative, released earlier this year. Announced by President Obama in this year’s State of the Union address, the plan aims to double trade exports in the next five years.

The initiative will have a significant impact to Washington state, the most trade-dependent state in the nation.

The work session will be a joint meeting of three committees: Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy, chaired by state Sen. Paull Shin; House Community and Economic Development and Trade Committee, chaired by state Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney; and Senate Committee on Economic Development, Trade and Innovation, chaired by state Sen. Jim Kastama.

It's going on now at the Port of Seattle and you can check out the meeting materials online.