Opponents have loudly criticized President Trump’s proposal to stop spending $300 million annually on a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, some calling it “critical.”

One of the program's line items was $581,851 in 2010 to help the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe write advisories for members and “communicate benefits and risks of consuming fish caught from the St. Lawrence River Basin.” The project would also “engage the community in the design and development of new fish advisory communications, increase awareness and understanding of advisory messages, and maintain and respect traditional tribal customs and beliefs.”

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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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