Lower taxes, cheaper gas: What do the Mexican president-elect's policies mean for the border?

Lower taxes, cheaper gas: What do the Mexican president-elect’s policies mean for the border?

Mexicos’s President-elect AMLO visits Mexicali Palm Springs Desert Sun (Photo: Omar Ornelas,The Desert Sun-USA TODAY NETWORK, ) A farmer who grows cotton and wheat in the Mexicali Valley said fertilizer and diesel are more expensive in Mexicali than they are on the northern side of the border. A businesswoman said high taxes and the high cost of gasoline and electricity have resulted in sluggish sales at her Mexicali gift shop. And a martial arts instructor called for an end to corruption in Mexico.

All three attended a rally Thursday evening outside Mexicali’s civic center, where incoming Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador promised to fulfill his campaign pledges to improve quality of life along Mexico’s northern border. He proposed several steps to reduce the cost of living along the border region — moves intended to boost the local economy and make it more competitive with the United States.

López Obrador, a left-leaning populist known in Mexico as AMLO, was elected president in a landslide victory in July and will be sworn in Dec. 1. More than two months before he takes office, he is touring the country, thanking voters and promising to comply with his major campaign promises to end corruption, reduce violence and address poverty.

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