Trade and Prosperity in the States: The Case of Kansas
International trade and investment support thousands of Kansas jobs. Because the U.S. provides a safer and more attractive investment environment than most other countries, it is a magnet for job-creating foreign investment. In Kansas, over 70,000 people work for affiliates of foreign companies like Airbus, Bayer, and Unilever. These foreign-owned firms are the largest private employer in the state.
Kansas is positioned to prosper from continued growth in trade with the rest of the world as trade barriers are reduced. Physical barriers, such as the limits imposed by canals and ports, and governmental barriers, like limits on shipping and the use of imported inputs, are falling across the globe. The state’s congressional delegation should take the lead in making sure that government-constructed impediments to trade and prosperity fall as well.