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Procurement

Procurement is the purchase of goods and services by government.  States, cities, and counties account for more than half of all U.S. public-sector purchasing.   Government procurement is regulated by the WTO, and some state purchasing has also been covered by recent free trade agreements--which is controversial, since states and cities are beginning to build social and environmental criteria into their purchasing decisions.  This section looks at who's covered, rules on procurement, and innovations by states and cities.  

Controversies in state coverage
Some states have tried to withdraw previous commitments. Some state legislatures say the decision whether to commit should be theirs.
Innovations in state procurement
States are fighting 'sweatshop' labor, voicing preferences for renewable energy, and giving local farmers a leg up through their purchasing practices.

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