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TRADE: There’s more to the TPP story

Re: “Trade efforts will boost Washington workers, businesses” (Viewpoint, 8/24).

United States Trade Representative Michael Froman promotes the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a benefit to Washington state and its small businesses.

The TPP can be viewed online. It has very little to do with small businesses. Instead, it is about giving huge amounts of power to very large corporations.

It allows them new self-interested rights and privileges such as the right to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic law that investors believe will diminish their “expected future profits.” It also reduces costs of moving business and capital offshore.

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LABOR: Oppose offshoring of living-wage jobs

Inequality may well be the defining problem of our time. The causes of inequality are complex, but one way of combating inequality is protecting worker’s rights. So why do our politicians continue to promote policies that undermine workers?

On May 29, 151 House Democrats sent a letter to the Obama administration pointing out the failure of past trade agreements to defend internationally recognized labor rights. They called for strong, enforceable labor protections in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. TPP would include countries like Vietnam that regularly employ child and forced labor.

U.S. Rep. Denny Heck chose not to

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TRADE: US should eliminate harbor tax

Your editorial (TNT, 8-20) regarding the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) was way off the mark. The editorial board is certainly correct when it states that the HMT harms Washington’s (and America’s) economy. But the proposal being pushed by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell would make the problem worse, not better.

If the Murray-Cantwell proposal to extend the HMT to freight entering by land took effect, some shipping companies – most likely the ones with deeper pockets – would sullenly comply. But other companies – most likely smaller shipping companies without ample money and connections – would  instead think

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