For Immediate Release
Contact: Joshua Baca
March 9, 2018
Americans For Farmers & Families’ Pennsylvania Chapter Advocates Importance of NAFTA to Tax Law’s Success Ahead Of Presidential Visit
NAFTA Enhances Tax Reform’s Benefits For Pennsylvania’s Robust Food And Ag Sector
(Harrisburg, PA) – Ahead of his appearance at a campaign rally in Moon, PA on Saturday, the Pennsylvania chapter of Americans for Farmers & Families today called on President Trump to renegotiate a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that helps promote the Keystone State’s robust food and agriculture sector, arguing that protecting and modernizing the agreement will be crucial to enhancing the success of his new tax law for Pennsylvania’s farmers and consumers.
“Tax cuts are a welcome relief for Pennsylvania’s farmers following a decade of economic uncertainty,” commented Pennsylvania State Senator Elder Vogel, chair of the Agriculture & Rural Affairs committee. “But the success of the tax law hinges on a robust export economy that helps to support millions of Pennsylvania jobs and helps to lower costly food prices for middle-class families.
The food and agriculture sector raises a significant source of income for Pennsylvanians. 60 percent of Pennsylvania’s $2.3 billion in food and agriculture exports go to NAFTA partners. The state’s food and agriculture sector helps to support over 1.5 million jobs and $69 billion in wages. Access to these markets is crucial to the state’s economy and helps to reduce food prices at the grocery store.
“President Trump made an important step in fulfilling his campaign promise to farmers with the passage of these tax cuts,” commented Mike Firestine, Owner of MAP Farm and Chair of the Pennsylvania Ag Republicans. “Access to foreign markets is an important source of revenue for the agriculture sector, and preserving a modernized NAFTA agreement will bolster the economic benefits Pennsylvania’s farmers and families gain under President Trump.”
Passage of federal tax reform legislation represented a major step forward in helping to secure a prosperous economic future for Pennsylvania’s farmers and consumers. A modernized NAFTA agreement will add tremendous value to the success of the revised tax law and economic policies that benefit Pennsylvania’s exporters and consumers.