Nixon Expected To Sign Bill Aimed At Ending Border War

A sign near Missouri's border with Iowa along Highway 27 welcomes people to Missouri. | Courtesy of Doug Wallick/Flickr
Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign a bill that would end economic incentives for companies hopping across the Missouri-Kansas border. | Courtesy of Doug Wallick/Flickr

Gov. Jay Nixon is expected to sign legislation Tuesday that would end the so-called Border War between Kansas and Missouri. The legislation would prohibit the use of incentives for businesses to jump the border in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri and Douglas, Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.

However, the legislation would not go into effect unless Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback uses executive authority to halt the use of state incentive programs for Kansas, specifically Promoting Employment Across Kansas, that aim to recruit businesses within the metro area. Several negative effects of the Border War were identified by Kansas City leaders, including: high taxpayer cost, unfair competition and damage to regional cooperation.

Read more from the Kansas City Star


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