Nixon proposes end to 'border war' with Kansas

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said, during his speech to the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, he wants to end the economic border war between Missouri and Kansas.

Gov . Nixon proposed an immediate moratorium on using financial incentives to lure businesses from one side of the state line to the other.

Nixon said the practice does not add jobs, only moves them around in the same in the region.

Two massive companies have moved from Missouri to Kansas in recent years: the AMC movie chain and health industry giant, Cerner. Both companies were given millions of dollars in financial incentives to make the moves.

But Nixon said those relocations fail to generate a meaningful return to taxpayers and weaken the region's ability to compete globally for jobs.

Nixon said there has been no agreement with Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's  office, but said there have been encouraging conversations between the two of them.

Increased investment in education funding and standards is the best way to bring more jobs to the state of Missouri and to the region, Nixon said.

Last year, Brownback  and Kansas legislators passed Kansas' biggest income tax cuts in the state's history in an effort to lure in more business and money.

Brownback  has said in the past it is a slow increase, but that dozens of businesses have already moved or have plans to move to the Sunflower State solely because of those business tax breaks. 

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