Legislation designed to end the so-called economic development border war between Missouri and Kansas is being introduced in Jefferson City. The Senate bill would take the key ammunition used in courting business across the state line — tax breaks and direct financial support — away from Missouri legislators.
Jobs relocated from a Kansas border county — Johnson, Wyandotte, Miami or Douglas counties — to a Missouri border county would not qualify for state tax credits, retention of state withholding taxes or any direct state funding. The bill filed by Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, will be considered during the General Assembly’s coming legislative session, which begins in January.
Gov. Jay Nixon made a splash in November when he announced his support for an immediate moratorium on the use of discretionary incentives, along with other measures, to attract business relocation. Members of the Republican Party on both sides of the state line have been hesitant to declare a cease-fire.