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Governor Brownback Has New Plan to End KC-Area Business Raiding

staff - April 16, 2016 12:40 pm

A Kansas lawmaker says the economic development incentive tool that could finance a proposed outdoor activity center at a Lawrence lake will be examined during the upcoming legislative session.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has a new proposal designed to end his state’s ongoing battle with Missouri to lure businesses across the border in the Kansas City area.

But the proposal Brownback outlined Friday would require Missouri to weaken a 2014 law that it enacted in hopes of ending the border war. And Missouri lawmakers are scheduled to end their annual session in mid-May.

Brownback’s plan was outlined in a directive to his commerce secretary.
It would stop using a Kansas tax incentive program to lure existing jobs from the Missouri side of the metro area unless a company plans to invest at least $10 million in a new building. The program still could be used to lure new jobs.

But it wouldn’t take effect until Missouri changes its law.