2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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REFORM OF THE FEDERAL SUGAR SUBSIDY PROGRAM

WHEREAS, the Federal sugar subsidy program provides price supports and special loans for domestic production, as well as restrictions on sugar imports; and

WHEREAS, the effect of the Federal sugar program and the policy behind is to inflate the price of sugar for domestic commercial users, which causes many companies to close or move operations beyond U.S. borders in order to lower production costs and increase competitiveness; and

WHEREAS, in recent years there has been a tremendous loss of jobs in the domestic confectionary industry as well as other companies involved in food production; and

WHEREAS, there is a substantial likelihood of additional plant closings and relocations by companies interested in lowering their production costs through access to sugar at international prices; and

WHEREAS, the loss of jobs in the confectionary other food production industries is hurting the economies of many American cities - both large and small; and

WHEREAS, in 2002, when the Freedom to Farm law was reauthorized, the legislation failed to address this issue by reforming the sugar program; and

WHEREAS, the Federal government should provide reasonable policies to aid domestic agriculture, but not at the expense of other important domestic industries,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors does hereby urge the United States Congress to pass legislation modifying the sugar support program in a way that better balances the legitimate interests of both sugar growers and the confectionary and other food products industries.