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There is talk that some of the revenue generated from border towns like Laredo could be kept in Texas to help pay for building projects, rather than being sent to Washington as part of the general revenue fund. The Port of Laredo collects an estimated $180 million, but only $6 million to $7 million makes its way back to the region. While some citizens hope that more money will be kept in the state, “it has only been talk,” noted David Molina, a professor with the University of North Texas who helped in a statewide study of NAFTA. It comes as no surprise that organized labor opposes NAFTA even in Texas. Despite the talk that Texas would gets dispropor tionate number of jobs, the state also can expect losses as manufacturers and food producers move south, said Christopher Cook, a spokesman for the Texas AFL-CIO. “It will help Fortune 100 companies, which will move to Mexico to exploit cheap labor, then export goods back to the U.S., enabling those companies to raise their profit margins without raising prices,” Cook said. Texas agriculture would not be immune to the ill effects of the agreement although that has not been focused on, he said. Hills plays clown the threat of jobs moving south. “If wages were the only factor, many less-developed countries would be economic superpowers,” she said, citing business productivity, availability of capital, interest rates, quality of infrastructure and education of the work force. “Based on all factors, on average, U.S. workers remain at least five times more productive than their Mexican counterparts.” Granting that cheap wages are not the sole criterion used by businesses deciding where to locate a plant, Cook said taking away tariffs and improving transportation make it easier to move factories and jobs to Mexico. Just how many of the estimated 400,000 union jobs in Texas would disappear is not clear. The Administration concedes workers will be displaced, but it estimates a net gain of 150,000 jobs. \(That is less than the number of jobs that were Clearly there will be a lot more talk before any agreement is signed. 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