Missouri Gov. signs ‘Border War’ truce; awaits Kansas action

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill aimed at
stopping an economic border war with Kansas.

Whether the bill signed Tuesday has any impact depends on Kansas officials.

Both states have spent millions of dollars luring businesses across the state
line in the last decade.

The Kansas City Star reports the bill would stop Missouri from offering tax
incentives to companies moving into the state from Wyandotte, Miami and Johnson
counties in Kansas. It it takes effect only if Kansas does the same thing before
2021 for companies in Jackson, Platte, Clay or Cass counties in Missouri.

Parson said he and Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly have discussed the issue and he is
optimistic an agreement will be reached.

Kelly said in a statement Tuesday the states need to work together to lure
businesses to the region.

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