State of Kansas Archives: on Free Trade

Chad Taylor: Trade has globalized US, but also exports jobs

Q: What is your opinion of free trade agreements?

A: Free trade has opened up and globalized our economy. Our friends in the labor community, however, are seeing their jobs exported to countries that don't maintain the same labor standards and pay standards. We are not sold on expanding trade further.

Q: What about existing trade agreements such as NAFTA and CAFTA?

A: There have been so many iterations on the details of those agreements that it's hard to comment out of context. We would respond to specific changes in the agreements when those changes are proposed.

Source: Phone interview: 2014 Kansas Senate race OnTheIssues Sep 3, 2014

Mark Parkinson: Export planes, energy, & wheat to China, India, & Brazil

Kansas is an exporter. We export airplanes, food and energy. As emerging markets continue to grow in countries like China, India, and Brazil, even during this recession, the demand for our products will continue to grow. 700 million people in emerging countries will join the middle class in the next 20 years, and no state will benefit more from this than Kansas. Demand for our airplanes, our wheat and our energy will explode. We must protect & fight for what we have and prepare for the future.
Source: Kansas 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Mike Beebe: Cuba's interest in AR exports is good for the state

I led a trade and economic development mission to Cuba. Arkansas has a history of exporting rice, poultry, textiles, and cereal products to Cuba. We traveled to Cuba to explore the ways Arkansas can improve and expand trade relations with this island nation that lies a mere 90 miles off the coast of Florida. After meeting with Cuba's trade minister and foreign affairs representatives, I'm convinced that Cuba wants to encourage American tourism and trade.
Source: Arkansas 2009 gubernatorial press release #1797 Aug 7, 2009

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