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Bipartisan Consensus Of West Virginians: U.S. Prospers Under Free Trade
Tariffs & Retaliation Would Hurt Mountain State Consumers & Agriculture Industry

West Virginia Agriculture Secretary Kent Leonhardt: “The Nation’s Agriculture Industries Have Flourished For Decades Under Previous Trade Agreements.  We Must Make Sure These Industries Continue To Prosper As We Negotiate With Our Trade Partners.  Our Citizens Should Be Proud That American Farmers Feed The World.” (Rusty Marks, “Liberal And Conservative Policy Organizations Believe Tariffs With China Could Hurt The U.S.,” WV News, 5/27/18)

  • Leonhardt: “We Are Hopeful China Will Continue To Develop As A Trade Partner For Our West Virginia Beef And Timber Products. We Believe Opening China, Once Again, To U.S. Beef Markets Will Only Benefit West Virginia.” (Rusty Marks, “Liberal And Conservative Policy Organizations Believe Tariffs With China Could Hurt The U.S.,” WV News, 5/27/18)

Cardinal Institute For West Virginia Policy Executive Director Garrett Ballengee: “Protectionism Of Any Kind, Including Tariffs, Does One Thing Above All Else – Hurt Domestic Consumers.  By Artificially Increasing The Price Of Goods, Consumers Are Worse Off Than If Tariffs Had Never Been Imposed.” (Rusty Marks, “Liberal And Conservative Policy Organizations Believe Tariffs With China Could Hurt The U.S.,” WV News, 5/27/18)

West Virginia Center On Budget And Policy Director Ted Boettner: “The Best Way To Deal With China Is To Stop Their Currency Manipulation That Makes Our Exports To Them More Expensive And Their Imports Cheaper To The U.S.” (Rusty Marks, “Liberal And Conservative Policy Organizations Believe Tariffs With China Could Hurt The U.S.,” WV News, 5/27/18)

Trade Partnership Worldwide’s Joseph Francois & Laura Baughman: Chinese Retaliation Could Result In A Loss Of Nearly 455,000 Jobs Nationwide, With The Agriculture Industry Being One Of The Hardest Hit. “If Chinese retaliatory tariffs are taken into account, they predicted about 40,000 U.S. jobs would be created, but the economy would end up with a net loss of more than 133,000 jobs.  If Trump were to tack on an additional $100 billion in tariffs, Francois and Baughman predicted more than 132,000 new jobs in the United States, but a net loss of almost 455,000 jobs.  Low-income workers and the agriculture industry would be hit hardest by the effects of tariffs, they said.  In all three scenarios, Francois and Baughman said job losses would far exceed growth.” (Rusty Marks, “Liberal And Conservative Policy Organizations Believe Tariffs With China Could Hurt The U.S.,” WV News, 5/27/18)

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