US governors’ trade missions have uneven record of success

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FILE - This Feb. 11, 2015 file photo shows Wisconsin Gov. Scotrt Walker before his speech at Chatham House in central London, England. Walker, a potential Republican presidential candidate, and governors across the country have been packing their bags for all-expenses-paid trade missions abroad, spending taxpayer dollars on costly trips that have an uneven track record of yielding any tangible benefits for their states. Walker went to London in February, a trip that alone cost the state more than $138,000, and took a trip to Germany, Spain and France in April _ all touted as ways to attract foreign investment to Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (AP) — Governors across the U.S. have been making trade missions abroad on costly trips that have an uneven track record of yielding any tangible benefits for their states.

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