Missouri, Kansas Celebrate End of Border War

Missouri, Kansas Celebrate End of Border War

Governors of Kansas and Missouri have reached an agreement to limit the application of state incentives for companies moving across the border dividing the two states. Dubbed the “Border War Truce,” the compact applies to seven counties in metropolitan Kansas City, which sprawls across the state line. The move by the two governors – one a Democrat, the other a Republican – immediately denies state incentives for projects that don’t create net new jobs in the area. Research by the Hall Family Foundation, which has advocated for an end to the incentives war, found Kansas and Missouri had spent $300 million luring companies back and forth across the state line with few new jobs created. “As a region, we are a major American city,” said Don Hall, executive chairman of Hallmark Cards Inc. “But if separated by a state line we are not.”

 

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