Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback told an area conservative group in Leawood, Kan., that it is critical to “win the battle for Kansas City,” where the state’s best opportunities are located.
Brownback said he views the Kansas City area as the state’s best shot at countering declines in agriculture, oil and aviation, noting that sales tax in the Kansas City area has grown 10 percent, payroll taxes are coming in and people are getting hired.
Among the state’s development goals is pulling the American Royal association and its annual livestock show to Wyandotte County, he said. Brownback acted forcefully during this year’s legislative session to protect the option of creating a sales tax revenue (STAR) bond district to lure in the association.
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