Trade and Prosperity in the States: The Case of Missouri
Nearly one in five Missourians owe their jobs to international trade and investment. Missouri businesses export more than $13 billion in goods each year. Imports allow Missouri producers to produce a larger selection of goods at lower prices and reduce production costs. Families in Missouri benefit from these savings directly when purchasing finished goods. The state’s elected officials could further strengthen support for Americans’ freedom to trade by embracing policies that increase choice and reduce prices for consumers. Missouri is positioned to experience substantial benefits from trade. In order to sustain and increase economic prosperity for all Missourians, the state’s elected officials should support policies that reduce barriers to trade and investment and work to strengthen support for policies that expand Americans’ economic choices.