Senate Passes Bill To End Economic Development ‘Border War’

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Missouri legislation designed to end economic poaching by Missouri and Kansas would require Kansas to enact similar legislation. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The Missouri Senate passed a bill that would prohibit the use of state incentives to attract Kansas City-area companies across the state line and is designed to end the area’s longtime economic development “border war.” Proponents of a truce, including the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, say the border poaching has cost taxpayers of both states millions of dollars without generating significant jobs gains for the region.

The measure now goes to the House, but it would not take effect unless the Kansas Legislature and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback approve similar legislation. Specifically, the legislation would ban state incentives for companies moving between four border counties in Missouri and four in Kansas.

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