KC Business Leaders Want Missouri and Kansas to Stop Competing for Businesses

7 years 8 months 4 days ago Tuesday, April 12 2011 Apr 12, 2011 Tuesday, April 12, 2011 9:25:00 AM CDT April 12, 2011 in News
By: Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - A group of Kansas City-area business leaders has asked governors of Missouri and Kansas to stop a "border war" over attracting businesses.

Seventeen top executives from the Kansas City region sent a letter last week to Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback criticizing the use of incentives to lure businesses out of one state and into the other.

The executive group included Dan Hesse of Sprint and Donald Hall Jr. of Hallmark Cards. They say using economic incentives to lure businesses across the border doesn't create any new jobs. They asked the governors to declare a moratorium on the practice.

The Kansas City Star reports that Nixon says he was encouraged by the letter. But Brownback's spokeswoman says the competition will continue.

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