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New York State Drops ‘Buy American’ Policy After Pressure From Ontario

Posted April 10, 2017

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Jessica Smith Cross – Canadian Press)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s “pleased” the state of New York has dropped proposed Buy American provisions from its state budget.

Governor Andrew Cuomo had proposed the New York Buy American Act, which would have required all state entities to buy from American companies in new procurements worth more than US$100,000. But legislators reached a deal Friday that left Buy American provisions out.

In a statement Saturday morning, Wynne said that decision “reflects a clear understanding among New York state’s political leaders of just how important our ongoing partnership is to both economies.”

Wynne said Ontario’s economy is “deeply interconnected” with that of New York state, with was about $30 billion in trade between the two jurisdictions last year. Click here to read more.