UPDATE: Kansas standing firm on business incentive policy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says the state has no plans to follow Missouri's offer of a truce over the fierce competition for businesses in the Kansas City area.

But he says he's willing to talk.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit Missouri from offering incentives to businesses that relocate from one of four Kansas counties to any of four Missouri counties in the Kansas City area.

Kansas needs to take similar steps for Missouri's bill to take effect, and that was far from certain Tuesday.

George says Kansas has offered to work with Missouri to curtail the movement of businesses across state lines.

But he says Kansas doesn't want to interfere with border communities that have their own economic development priorities.


Previous story:

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has offered a truce to Kansas in the states' ongoing battle to lure businesses across the state line with lucrative tax breaks.

Nixon signed legislation Tuesday in Kansas City that would prohibit Missouri from offering incentives to businesses that relocate from one of four Kansas counties to any of four Missouri counties in the Kansas City area.

But Nixon said the law can only take effect if Kansas takes similar steps.

The two states have combined to approve hundreds of millions of dollars of tax breaks in recent years for businesses to locate in the Kansas City area. Sometimes, those businesses have moved only a few miles across the state line without much of a net gain in the workforce.


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