Twitter Pinterest PERRYMAN: U.S.-Mexico Border region symbiotic relationship is often not well understood Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The cost of raising kids, batteries not includedNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Feb. 23 through Feb. 28 admin Twitter By admin – March 4, 2018 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. While rich in economic diversity, the vast border region between the United States and Mexico shares many complex and inextricable linkages. Geographic proximity and centuries of interaction have brought a unique social, familial, cultural, and economic melding that transcends the two countries. In particular, since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the mid-1990s, the level of economic interaction has increased markedly.We recently conducted an in-depth study of the border region (more on that in future columns). One fact that is abundantly clear is that future quality of life and prosperity in the U.S.-Mexico border region (and, in fact, throughout both nations) depends on proactive efforts and working together to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities. Here are some facts about the region.The U.S.-Mexico border is almost 2,000 miles in length and includes 10 states: the U.S. states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and the Mexico states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. If the area were a single country, it would be among the five largest economies in the world. Nearly 97 million people live in the region, almost 76 million of them in the United States and more than 21 million in Mexico.The Mexican population tends to be younger, with a median age of 27 (compared to 38 in the United States). A higher proportion of the Mexican population has only completed high school/compulsory education, while the United States has a larger population that has started or completed post-secondary education.There is a wide disparity between the average monthly household income and expenditures in the United States compared to Mexico. Although average monthly income in the United States is much higher, the cost of living in Mexico is lower (though a substantial gap remains). The access to technology also varies widely, with far more people in the United States having access to computers and the Internet than in Mexico.Both the United States and Mexico are approaching or at full employment. Unemployment in the United States has been trending in the range of 4 percent, with an even lower rate of less than 3.5 percent in Mexico. Both nations’ unemployment follows the general trend of peaking in 2009 following the financial crisis and has now recovered to pre-crisis levels.The United States has a higher overall labor participation rate. The disparity is due to Mexico’s significantly lower participation rate among women (about 43 percent compared to over 57 percent in the United States). Mexico has a notably higher participation rate among men, largely reflecting the fact that Mexico’s population is younger and therefore a greater proportion of the population is of working age. Employment in Mexico tends to be concentrated in manufacturing industries, particularly in the border states.There are 48 border crossings between the United States and Mexico, organized administratively into 26 ports of entry (POE). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2016, 5.8 million trucks crossed the border into the United States, 2.1 million of them at Laredo, Texas. More than 10,400 trains entered the United States, containing 508,300 loaded rail containers, 487,100 empty rail containers, and nearly 14,500 passengers. About 88 percent of train crossings into the United States occurred along the Texas-Mexico border, primarily through Laredo and Eagle Pass.There were also approximately 181,300 buses and 75.6 million personal vehicles that entered the United States from Mexico in 2016, for a total of 143.0 million passengers. The largest number of buses crossed at Laredo, Texas (41,900), though San Ysidro-Tijuana (13.7 million) and El Paso-Ciudad Juárez (12.5 million) had the most personal vehicle crossings. Nearly 42.2 million pedestrians also crossed the border into the United States. The busiest crossings were the San Ysidro-Tijuana and the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez, with 7.4 million and 7.0 million pedestrians in 2016, respectively.The large numbers of vehicles, trucks, trains, and pedestrians crossing the border each year are a clear sign of the strong ties between the United States and Mexico. In addition, the two nations are among each other’s top trading partners. Many issues affecting one country also affect the other, such as security concerns, infrastructure, and border crossing efficiency. At the same time, the differences between the two present opportunities to work together to improve conditions for all through increased integration and enhanced cooperation. This symbiotic relationship is often not well understood, especially in areas distant from the border, but it is an integral part of the economies of both the United States and Mexico. Local NewsBusiness
The 7th Grade Cardinals took on the Franklin County Wildcats White team on Thursday, December 5th. The Cardinals rallied from being down 6 points heading into the 4th quarter to pulling out a 16-14 victory for their first win of the season! St. Louis made 6 clutch free throws down the stretch and played some great defense to bring home the victory. Henry Wanstrath led the way with 7 points and 5 steals, while Sam Laloge had 4 points and 6 rebounds. Max Amberger went 3 for 4 from the free-throw line in the 4th quarter for his 3 points while also collecting 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Adam Meer finished with 2 points and 4 rebounds. St. Louis had a great team effort and despite being behind for the vast majority of the game kept battling to the very end. Great job boys! Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.The St. Louis 8th Graders improved their record to 7 and 5 with a win over Franklin County 41 to 21. Scoring came from the entire roster for the second time this week. Miles had 15, Conway 7, Ritter 5, Weiler and Grote each with 4, Lohmueller, Flaspohler, and Meyer each added 2. Meyer also contributed 8 rebounds and Ritter had 5 steals. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles with Jenny Miles.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Straits Area Narcotics Enforcement (S.A.N.E.) team busted a man for running a meth lab. That man faces several operation and possession felony charges, and one misdemeanor charge.Cheboygan County deputies arrested Indian River resident Cody Adam Pakulski for an outstanding warrant this month. Officers found meth in the car upon Pakulski’s arrest. Evidence led detectives to search and shutdown Pakulski’s meth lab at his home.Police say there are health risks and environmental dangers associated with meth, especially for unsuspecting victims.S.A.N.E. says the 32–year–old man was arraigned Friday on felony charges of operating/maintaining a laboratory involving hazardous waste with a maximum penalty of 20 years and/or $100,000, manufacturing methamphetamine with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $25,000.00 fine, operating/maintaining laboratory involving methamphetamine with a maximum penalty of 20 years and/or $25,000.00, possession of methamphetamine with a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or $15,000.00, and a misdemeanor charge of maintaining a drug house with a maximum penalty of 2 years and/or $25,000.00. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Tip night raises over $600 for the Boys & Girls ClubNext Hillman sex offender admitted to another sex crime, gets prison time