Mo. House leader files business border war bill

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has filed legislation that would call a truce in the Kansas City area battle for businesses between Missouri and Kansas.

The bill introduced Wednesday would apply to four counties on each side of the Missouri-Kansas border.

Missouri would stop offering tax breaks to companies from the Kansas counties, so long as a similar bill or executive order is enacted in Kansas. But if Kansas offers tax breaks to lure Missouri companies, then the truce would be off.

The four counties in Missouri are Jackson, Clay, Platte and Cass. The four Kansas counties are Wyandotte, Johnson, Douglas and Miami.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback have both expressed support for a moratorium in the multi-million-dollar tax break battle.

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