Calling for an end to the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas

Missouri Chamber

 Because Missouri’s limited economic incentives should be used to attract real growth to our region, the Missouri Chamber is touting a new law that seeks to end the economic border war with Kansas.

For years, companies in the Kansas City metropolitan area have been able to relocate from one side of the state border to the other and, in the process, access hundreds of millions of dollars in economic incentives. This investment of state resources by both Missouri and Kansas has netted little, if any, economic benefit for the region as a whole.

In response, the Missouri General Assembly passed Senate Bill 635, sponsored by Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from Kansas City. This legislation would prohibit Missouri from offering various incentives to business relocating from the Kansas counties of Douglas, Johnson, Miami or Wyandotte to the Missouri counties of Cass, Clay, Jackson or Platte. The bill was signed by…

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