Parson signs bill ending economic border war, awaits Kansas response

5 months 2 days 15 hours ago Tuesday, June 11 2019 Jun 11, 2019 Tuesday, June 11, 2019 4:14:00 PM CDT June 11, 2019 in News
By: Cory Johnson, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY — Governor Mike Parson signed a bill Tuesday aimed at ending an economic border war over the Kansas City metro area.

The Hall Family Foundation estimates that 10,000 jobs moved between the greater Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri areas over the last decade, totaling $330 million in incentive costs according to a news release.

The bill would block Missouri from offering tax incentives for companies in Kansas' Johnson, Miami, and Wyandotte counties to move across state lines.

“We want to work together with our peers in Kansas to support the growth of the entire Kansas City region,” Governor Parson said. “Incentivizing companies to move a few miles doesn’t result in new jobs for the citizens of Kansas or Missouri, and it takes state resources away from other priorities that would result in true growth for the state.”

Laura Kelly, Kansas' democratic governor, would need to sign a bill by 2021 specifically blocking the state government from offering tax incentives to lure businesses from Jackson, Platte, Clay or Cass counties in Missouri for the Missouri bill to take effect.

“We need to work together, and not be at odds, when it comes to bringing businesses to the region,” Kelly said in a statement Tuesday.

A similar bill was signed by Missouri governor Jay Nixon in 2015 but rejected by Kansas governor Sam Brownback.

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