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7K New Kansas Jobs If Free Trade Pact OK’d

KSAL StaffDecember 1, 2013
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is expected to sign the tax plan pushed through the Kansas Legislature by its GOP leaders.

A new report finds Kansas could see about 7,000 new jobs if the U.S. and the European Union reach a free trade agreement.

The report estimates Kansas’ exports to the E.U. would increase by 23.4 percent if a comprehensive agreement is reached.

Kansas Department of Commerce spokesman Matt Keith says Kansas had $1.8 billion worth of exports to the European Union in 2012. That makes the E.U. countries Kansas’ second-largest export destination, behind Canada.

The report projected Kansas exports to the E.U. would increase most in the chemicals sector, with $351 million more in sales. Other areas predicted to see substantial increases are transportation equipment, $278 million; machinery, $97 million; and processed foods, $76 million.

Report sponsors include the British embassy in Washington.

Associated Press Information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

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