Legislation to halt incentive war with Kansas on its way to Governor Nixon’s desk

Legislation that would end tax incentives for businesses that cross state lines within the Kansas City Metro area, Senate Bill 635, was truly agreed and finally passed, sending it to the governor’s desk for signature. The bill seeks to end the “Border War” with neighboring Kansas.

This legislation Sponsored by Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, would end incentives for businesses moving between specific KC metro-area counties.

“This is an opportunity to partner with Kansas in keeping jobs in each of our states and end the border hopping in order to receive incentives,” said Dan Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “We have been supportive of this legislation from the beginning and we applaud Sen. Silvey and the General Assembly on getting this passed.”

Kansas counties Douglas, Johnson, Miami, and Wyandotte and Missouri counties Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Cass are included in the bill. Any business moving from one of these counties across state lines into another would be ineligible for incentives. The legislation is contingent on Kansas enacting an identical law.

The bill also does not affect expanding businesses, but is specifically targeted to businesses that are relocating between the two states.

Similar bills have been sponsored by House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and Rep. Kevin McManus, D-Kansas City.

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