Government vehicles Have To Be Made In U.S. or Canada

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Government vehicles Have To Be Made In U.S. or Canada


Businesses and labour groups are worrying over a bill which may restrict the types of government vehicles they can buy.

The state of Illinois House Bill 3438 would restrict local government vehicles to be assembled in the US or Canada, not Mexico.

“In our opinion, Mexico is the water’s edge for outsourcing,” said Tony Garcia, legislative director for the United Auto Workers (UAW), indicating the companies look to Mexico first when looking for workers who will accept less in pay and benefits.

Mexican Consul General Carlos Jimenez-Macias raised some concerns of his own in a letter sent to House Labor and Commerce Committee leaders.

“I sincerely hope there will be further reflection on the impact this proposed legislation will have on Illinois suppliers and what has been, to date, the very strong economic and trade ties between Illinois and Mexico,” Jimenez-Macias wrote.

Mark Denzler, vice president and chief operating officer with the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, said that an unintended consequence of the bill would be some Illinois businesses taking a hit.

Denzler said that although having more products manufactured in the United States would be ideal, passing this kind of legislation would be like cutting off the nose to spite the face.

“There’s no guarantee that the new vehicle is going to come from Illinois,” he said. “In most likelihood, it probably won’t. It very likely could result in a net job loss in Illinois.”

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