NAFTA, Carmen Ponder, Wolfgang Puck: Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Good morning!Here is a look at the top headlines as we start the day.🌥️ Weather: Partly cloudy and breezy. High: 94°👋 Stay in touch: Do you want to get this roundup via email? Sign up for our newsletters here. Dallas and Fort Worth mayors see hope, anxiety over NAFTA in trip to TorontoThe mayors of Dallas and Fort Worth spent Monday in Toronto attempting to reassure Canadian officials that North Texas is eager to strengthen its large trade ties with the region. "They're thrilled we're so pro-trade," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said. "They're looking for friendly voices across the border."The greater Toronto area is the No. 1 trade partner of Dallas-Fort Worth with more than $1.6 billion in trade annually, according to the Brookings Institution. Montreal, where the North Texas delegation will spend most of the week, ranked No. 3 in trade for the region, trailing Mexico City.The relationship between Texas and Canada has had some hiccups lately -- President Donald Trump is openly skeptical of the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, which is set to be renegotiated this year. The Texas Legislature ruffled also some Canadian feathers with a bill that expands a provision prodding the state's water and transportation agencies to buy American iron and steel.Commentary from the mayors: North Texas is heavily invested in NAFTA and changes should do no harm.Rep. Will Hurd: With NAFTA, Mexico and the U.S. build things together.Mike W. Peng: What happens to Texas if the U.S. withdraws from NAFTA?Alan Bersin: Trump just might be giving us the opportunity to make NAFTA even stronger.  Continue reading...

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