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Missouri seeks truce with Kansas in business incentives battle

Posted: 3:47 PM, May 17, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-17 20:47:48Z
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri lawmakers are renewing a truce offer with Kansas in a long-running battle over businesses in the Kansas City area.

Legislation given final approval Friday would prohibit Missouri tax incentives from being used to lure businesses from the Kansas side of Kansas City to move across the state line. But it would take effect only if Kansas adopts a similar policy within the next two years.

Missouri passed a similar measure in 2014, but Kansas never agreed, and the offer expired in 2016.

Since then, both states have continued to battle for businesses in the Kansas City area.

Among the more egregious examples was HCA Midwest Health moving four miles from Kansas City, MIssouri, to Overland Park last summer.

The Missouri bill now goes to Gov. Mike Parson. It would apply to businesses in Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.