State of Kentucky Archives: on Free Trade

Jim Gray: Trade deals are a net positive for Kentucky

On international trade, Gray said trade deals had been good to Kentucky, but stopped short of saying whether he supported the trade agreements being debated in Congress. "Kentucky has benefited from trade, there's no question about that," Gray said. "Net positive."

[Gray's opponent Senator Rand] Paul said he supported trade agreements, such as Trans-Pacific Partnership, because they would bring money to Kentucky farmers.

Source: Herald-Leader on 2016 Kentucky Senate race Aug 25, 2016

Alison Grimes: Halt flow of jobs overseas; no subsidies for job exporters

Today, Alison Lundergan Grimes released the following statement pressing Mitch McConnell to support the bipartisan Bring Jobs Home Act through final passage:

"I have emphasized during my campaign the urgent need to halt the flow of good jobs overseas and to start bringing them back to American shores. It is critical to the fight to create good-paying jobs and strengthen the middle class.

"The "Bring Jobs Home Act' is a commendable proposal that deserves broad bipartisan support. It would end taxpayer-funded subsidies for job exporters while providing tax credits for companies that move jobs and business activities from another country to the United States. I strongly support the measure and would vote for it in the Senate.

"Mitch McConnell said it is not a serious bill. That is because he does not take job creation seriously. He is wrong. This is a bill that would produce good-paying jobs for Kentuckians and other Americans."

Source: 2014 Kentucky Senate campaign website, Jul 23, 2014

Steve Beshear: New records in exports; thousands of jobs from in-sourcing

In the last three months I've told Kentucky's story on influential programs like Meet the Press, C-SPAN, CNN, the BBC, NPR, and in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The nation has taken notice about Kentucky setting new records in exports; about us bringing thousands of jobs from places like India, China, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Australia and Austria; about us moving to #3 in building cars; about us pushing the envelope on research in areas like advanced batteries & health sciences; and about Kentucky outmaneuvering the competition to secure award-winning deals involving Ford, GE and Toyota. In short, [pundits] wanted to talk about Kentucky as a leader in this nation.
Source: 2014 Kentucky State of the State speech Jan 7, 2014

Steve Beshear: Record exports to Asia & Europe means we're importing jobs

We're setting records with our exports, and we're importing jobs and investments from countries like Japan, China, Korea, India, France and Germany. Four years ago, the auto industry was in crisis. Last year, Kentucky auto makers produced more than a million cars and light trucks for the first time since 2007.
Source: 2013 State of the State speech to Kentucky Legislature Feb 6, 2013

Mitch McConnell: Trade agreements allow selling farm products abroad

During the forum, the candidates agreed on several broad policy issues, such as eliminating the capital gains tax. But they frequently traded shots over each other’s political backers. “He’s not going to be for any of these trade agreements that will allow you to sell your products abroad, because the AFL-CIO won’t let him,” McConnell told the Farm Bureau. “He bought into the agenda right down the line.”
Source: 2008 Kentucky Senate debate reported in Herald-Leader Aug 21, 2008

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