State of Alabama Archives: on Free Trade

Doug Jones: Free trade is good for Alabama businesses

International trade supports more than 550,000 jobs in Alabama, more than one in five in the state, with jobs related to exports paying 18 percent higher wages, according to the Business Council of Alabama. Alabama's workers and economy benefit from mutually advantageous trade relationships with other nations. Agreements should ensure there are no barriers to exporting American goods which could increase difficulty for Alabama manufacturers who want to sell their products overseas.
Source: Birmingham News on 2017 Alabama Senate race Sep 21, 2017

Luther Strange: Kill foreign trade deals

Luther Strange supports killing unfair trade deals with Mexico and China.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2017

Roy Moore: Rescind free trade pacts

We must return American manufacturing to our Country by rescinding unfair "free trade" agreements which have severely damaged our economy through loss of jobs and skill development. The phrase "Made in America" should mean something again.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2017

Marcus Bowman: Free trade deals such as TPP are undermining America

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Support & expand free trade"

A: Support free trade and free markets. Do not support trade deals such as TPP. So-called free trade deals such as TPP are undermining America.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Oppose free trade; outsourcing costs American jobs

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Support & expand free trade"?

A: Strongly opposes. We've lost more than 2.4 million jobs due to outsourcing: Require all military contracts to use American companies:

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: We've lost more than 2.4 million jobs due to outsourcing

Over the last decade, the United States has lost more than 2.4 million jobs due to outsourcing, but did you know that corporations who ship jobs overseas get a tax deduction for the costs associated with moving jobs and factories overseas. Changing the tax code to limit these deductions is not a new idea. Legislation has been filed on numerous occasions, but each time the Republicans in Congress have killed the legislation.
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website Jul 23, 2015

Robert Bentley: Spread word far & wide: Made in Alabama

Word is spreading far and wide that Alabama is a great place for companies to do business. There are over 60 Japanese companies in Alabama.

I had the opportunity to travel there to recruit more jobs and strengthen relationships with Japan's biotech industry. I sat on the bus next to the CEO of Otsuka, the parent company of Pharmavite in Lee County. I told him about UAB and Southern Research Institute, and the work they do in the fields of bio-tech research. As a result, Otsuka will be meeting with those institutions to explore ways they can work together in the research and development of new products.

Companies like Otsuka have quickly recognized, as others have, that we have a positive business climate and that our job training program is second to none. But without doubt our greatest asset for any industry is our workforce, the men and women of this state who get up every day and go to work to produce, build and develop a product, a good or a service that is Made in Alabama.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Alabama legislature Jan 14, 2014

Robert Bentley: $241K to promote AL exports and international trade

Governor Bentley announced that Alabama has won two separate grants totaling $240,600 to increase exports. The grants will work to increase the number of companies exporting by providing hands-on assistance through market research, trade leads and identifying qualified international buyers. "These two grants will allow Alabama to provide funding for our state's companies to sell more Alabama products and services overseas and create jobs through increasing our exports," said Governor Bentley.
Source: Alabama 2011 gubernatorial press release #5716 Oct 5, 2011

William Barnes: It's been proven; a free market doesn't work

Essentially, the Republicans have got this facade now where everything is NO. that's all they want to say is NO, NO, NO.

And the free markets that they talk about... a free market doesn't work. It's been proven. It does not work in totality. And that's what they're saying that they want. Except whenever the changes would benefit them.

But we have to think about benefiting everyone in the state of Alabama, the citizens, the taxpayers, and the people of Alabama.

Source: Left In Alabama (progressive blog) interview of Bill Barnes Aug 4, 2010

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Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
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Roseanne Barr(PF-HI)
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