Vista councilman to propose 'Make it in America' policy that would require purchasing US-made goods

Campbell: Price difference would be considered

VISTA, Calif. - When it comes to patriotism, one local councilman says it's time for his city to put its money where its mouth is.

10news has confirmed that an effort is under way for an ordinance dubbed "Make it in America" in the North County city of Vista.

Cody Campbell, a Vista council member, says he hopes the city can catalog everything it buys -- from construction materials and vehicles to office supplies and uniforms -- and come up with a plan to switch over to American-made products, unless the price difference is extreme.

“I want to spotlight the issue and get the conversation going,” said Campbell. “If more cities and the federal government took that approach you'd see millions more manufacturing jobs created in the next few years."

Campbell says many American products have similar prices compared to overseas ones -- it's just a matter of finding them. But, he concedes for basic supplies such as paper, it may be a 3 to 5 percent markup.

Campbell says the ordinance will translate into higher quality products that won't need to be replace as quickly. The measure will also favor local companies, which would help the local economy.

Some, however, wonder if a 'Make it in America' policy would negatively impact residents.

 “I don't think taxpayers will like it in the long run," said Nancy Williams, a resident of Vista. "We've had a hard time as it is living in California, with the cost of living so high."

10News Reporter Michael Chen posed the scenario to Campbell, "If the pennies do add up and items end up costing more, how does the policy benefit taxpayers?"

“I think there are many ways,” said Campbell.

Campbell says the ordinance will translate into higher quality products that won't need to be replace as quickly. the measure will also favor local companies, which would help the local economy.

Campbell hopes to bring it to the Vista City Council in the next two months.

Would you want your local government to adopt a “Make it in America” policy?



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