Missouri lawmakers rebuff Brownback’s ‘border war’ peace offering

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback last week called on Missouri lawmakers to help bring about a truce in the economic border war between the states by passing legislation curtailing a business incentive program called Missouri Works.

On Wednesday, Senate President Pro Tem Ron Richard, R-Joplin, voiced his opinion on the offering.

“Do I have any desire to amend the Missouri Works program? No. I don’t.”

Rep. T.J. Berry, a Clay County Republican, speculated that Kansas’ budget woes were the real motivation for Brownback’s new efforts to end the border war.

Brownback said last week that his administration would refrain from offering Promoting Employment Across Kansas (PEAK) grants to lure existing jobs from Jackson, Clay, Platte, Cass and Ray counties in Missouri to Wyandotte, Johnson, Leavenworth and Douglas counties in Kansas.

Since 2009, 5,702 jobs have moved from Jackson County to Johnson or Wyandotte counties using PEAK incentives, and 3,998 jobs have moved from Johnson or Wyandotte counties to Jackson County with Missouri Works incentives.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s office said Tuesday that it was still studying Brownback’s offer.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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