State of Indiana Archives: on Free Trade


Mike Braun: Trust Trump to negotiate tariffs on China

Economy: Support President Trump's tariffs on Chinese steel & other products?

Braun: At first opposed. Now supports & trusts Trump to negotiate.

Donnelly: Support steel producers but concerned will cause harm to Hoosier farmers.

Economy: Support restrictions on offshoring jobs?

Braun: Opposed law to recoup public financial incentives when companies move jobs abroad.

Donnelly: Yes. Restrict tax incentives for these companies & penalize in awarding government contracts.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Indiana Senate race Nov 1, 2018

Mike Braun: 2016: Voted against clawbacks for moving jobs to Mexico

While Braun has used his wealth to run ads criticizing politicians for putting "Mexico before Muncie" and "Beijing before Bloomington," he hasn't always been a critic of outsourcing. As a state legislator, he voted in 2016 against bipartisan "clawback" legislation that would have allowed Indiana governments to recoup financial incentives given to companies that move jobs abroad. The legislation was proposed in the wake of Carrier Corp. announcing that it was moving hundreds of jobs to Mexico.
Source: Indianapolis Star on 2018 Indiana Senate race May 1, 2018

Andrew Straw: Adjust NAFTA with 1% tariff to raise Mexican standards

Q: Would you support & expand free trade?

A: Support, so long as it results in more American jobs at higher salaries and lower costs for imports.

Q: Does NAFTA result in more American jobs at higher salaries and lower costs for imports, in your opinion?

A: I don't believe NAFTA resulted in higher American salaries, but some low-wage jobs were certainly created. It's the WalMart effect. NAFTA is a sort of constitution for North America and should be adjusted to more closely match our values. Trade flows without impediment across the 50 states and the Founders felt that this would benefit all states. Perhaps the three NAFTA nations eventually will even out. We don't know how things will be in 100 years, but maybe we can adjust NAFTA so that education and the environment are better in Mexico as a result. I would like to see a 1% tariff that would be used on Mexican schools and environmental protection.

Source: OnTheIssues follow-up with 2018 Indiana Senate candidate Mar 2, 2018

Eric Holcomb: We're as likely to trade with Germany as with Georgia

Let's start with strengthening and diversifying our economy because I believe that is the linchpin to improving Hoosier lives. Everything is easier if you have a job. As we begin our third century, we see jobs and entire industries based on knowledge, technology and innovation. And we're as likely to be trading with Germany and South Korea as we are with Georgia and South Dakota. This really hit home to me again on a recent trade relations mission to London. I visited with the CEOs of three major global companies based there: Tate & Lyle--the biggest user of Indiana corn, AcelorMittal--whose Indiana Harbor complex is the largest integrated steelmaking facility in North America, and Rolls-Royce--which makes more of its products here in Indianapolis than anywhere else in the world--and by the way just invested another $600 million here.
Source: 2017 State of the State address to Indiana Legislature Jan 17, 2017

John Gregg: Unified strategy to promote Hoosier brand worldwide

A Gregg administration will work to rebuild Indiana's world-class network of trade offices and export assistance programs that supported small and medium-sized business. These offices and programs help to link Hoosier businesses with economic engines around the world, translating to new business opportunities and more jobs. Indiana now maintains only 5 international offices, down from 14 in previous administrations.

In addition, Governor Gregg will develop an integrated, coordinated state export strategy that leverages the strength of existing initiatives. There is currently no coordinated state strategy to ensure a comprehensive approach to economic development.

To increase access to resources, Indiana will work closely with the US Department of Commerce to maximize grant funding and promote Indiana as a pilot state for export initiatives. Gregg will develop a unified strategy to create and promote a Hoosier "brand" recognized around the world.

Source: 2016 Indiana governor campaign website GreggForGovernor.com Aug 31, 2016

Luke Messer: Free trade pacts haven't led to free trade

On fair trade: "You farmers know the difference between 'free' trade and 'fair' trade because you see it everyday," Messer said. "We need trade and it leads to prosperity but there are flaws in the way we've conducted trade policy the last few decades." Many of the agreements in place haven't been enforced, which has left many foreign markets closed to U.S. goods, he explained. Some of the most protectionist policies around the world are ag policies.
Source: Connersville News Examiner on 2018 Indiana Senatorial race Mar 13, 2016

Todd Rokita: Supports international free trade agreements

Rokita helped lead passage of important trade legislation, which paves the way for international free trade agreements that will create higher-paying jobs, yield faster economic growth, and solidify U.S. economic leadership. Rokita made the following statement following passage of the Trade Priorities and Accountability Act:

"This legislation is about doing what is good for Indiana and America. International trade supports nearly 800,000 jobs in Indiana--more than one in five. With 96 percent of necessary guardrails to restrain Presidential authority & retain Congressional oversight. This isn't a 'fast track' bill; quite the opposite. It's slow track."

The Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 passed the House by a vote of 218-208.

Source: 2015 press release for 2018 Indiana Senatorial race Jun 18, 2015

Mike Pence: Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China

Pence asked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to look into U.S. Steel's allegations, including that Chinese steelmakers dodge tariffs by misrepresenting what country the steel comes from. The (Munster) Times reports that U.S. Steel has filed a trade case that could result in a ban on all Chinese imports deemed unfairly traded. Pence says he favors free trade but he called U.S. Steel's allegations against China serious.
Source: Associated Press on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Jan 15, 2014

Mike Pence: Favors free trade, but not tariff dodging from China

Pence asked U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to look into U.S. Steel's allegations, including that Chinese steelmakers dodge tariffs by misrepresenting what country the steel comes from. The (Munster) Times reports that U.S. Steel has filed a trade case that could result in a ban on all Chinese imports deemed unfairly traded. Pence says he favors free trade but he called U.S. Steel's allegations against China serious.
Source: Associated Press on 2016 Indiana gubernatorial race Jan 15, 2014

Brad Ellsworth: NAFTA has cost Indiana jobs

Ellsworth said Coats, who previously represented Indiana in the U.S. House and Senate, shouldn't have voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement because it cost the state jobs. Coats said open trade is important, and that trade barriers would hurt the state.

Coats said Ellsworth's support of Democratic programs such as the federal stimulus and health care overhaul are taking the country in the wrong direction.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

Daniel Coats: Trade barriers would hurt Indiana

Ellsworth said Coats, who previously represented Indiana in the U.S. House and Senate, shouldn't have voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement because it cost the state jobs. Coats said open trade is important, and that trade barriers would hurt the state.

Coats said Ellsworth's support of Democratic programs such as the federal stimulus and health care overhaul are taking the country in the wrong direction.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 Indiana Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

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