NAFTA Renegotiation Process Initiated by Trump Administration
Congressional leadership was notified by U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer that Pres. Trump intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Negotiations will begin no earlier than Aug. 16. Food Business News.
Inching Toward a Resolution, DE Defunds State Board of Education
In a surprising move, Delaware Lawmakers passed a measure to close the state's Board of Education, a committee whose duties include collecting federal grants and approving charters. The board is currently funded by a $233,000 budget allocation, $91,000 of which goes to pay the salary of it's Executive Director, Donna Johnson. Notably, this is a separate agency from the state Department of Education, which acts as the primary oversight authority for publicly funded schools in Delaware.
The state’s proposed cigarette tax increase of $1.00 per pack and the tax increase on OTP of 30% are still on the table as the Governor and the legislature work to strike an agreement on the budget before the Assembly goes into recess on June 30.
MA Distributors Seek to Assist Commonwealth with Marijuana Distribution Issues
The wholesale distribution industry in Massachusetts offers its support to the Commonwealth as officials struggle with the roll-out and successful tracking and taxation of legalized marijuana. Boston Globe.
Seattle Sugary Soda Tax Passes
Seattle has passed a sugary soda tax, exempting diet drinks, which adds more than $1 to total cost of a 2-liter soda bottle. Seattle Times.