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Mexico launches plan to stimulate its economy along the U.S. border

Mexico launches plan to stimulate its economy along the U.S. border
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador at a news conference in Mexico City on Dec. 21. (Sashenka Gutierrez / EPA-EFE/REX)

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched an ambitious plan to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely.

Mexico plans to slash income and corporate taxes to 20% from 30% for 43 municipalities in six states just south of the U.S., while halving to 8% the value-added tax in the region. Business leaders and union representatives have also agreed to double the minimum wage along the border, to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.07 at current exchange rates.

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Lopez Obrador says the idea is to stimulate wage and job growth via fiscal incentives and productivity gains. President Trump has repeatedly complained that low wages in Mexico lure jobs from the U.S.

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