Border War

Up To Date
2:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Is Kansas City, Missouri On The Right Track?

Credit Eric Langhorst / Flickr Creative Commons

Throughout the year we put the Kansas City metro area under a microscope examining the details of the events and issues facing its residents and leaders.

On this edition of Up to Date, we zoom out for a broader view. Steve Kraske and three area journalists bring us their analysis, thoughts, and observations on what's working and what's not in Kansas City, Mo. 


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Beyond Our Borders
12:26 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Why Missouri Doesn't Offer Angel Tax Credits To Startup Investors

KCUR's Beyond Our Borders project will examine the Missouri-Kansas state line in the Kansas City metropolitan area through the end of 2014.
Credit Courtesy photo / KCUR

Thinking about launching your own technology startup in the Kansas City metro?  

Greg Kratofil, a technology attorney with Polsinelli law firm, has some advice.

"Incorporate in Kansas," Kratofil says. "Almost every company that we work with is thinking about accessing capital, some kind of round of financing to help them grow their business. You want to be in a place where you have tools that help your raise that money."

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4:03 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Worst Things About The State Line, According To Kansas Citians

How does the state line affect your life? Tweet us at #TellKCUR.
Credit Cara McClain / KCUR

Having to file taxes in two states is the biggest drawback to the state line.

At least according to one Kansas Citian, Marge Gasnick (@gasnickmarge), who responded to our question of the week on Twitter: How does the state line affect your life?

As KCUR reporters begin to examine the state line for the next few months, part of our Beyond Our Borders project,  we wanted to hit up our audience for story ideas.

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1:47 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Missouri House Passes 'Border War Cease-Fire' Bill

The Mo. House
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue March 4, 2014 9:24 pm

The Missouri House has passed legislation aimed at declaring a "cease-fire" in the so-called economic "border war" between Missouri and Kansas.

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3:32 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Where You Draw The Lines In Kansas City

Listeners cited the Missouri River as one of the strongest geographic dividing lines in Kansas City.

A metropolitan area that straddles a state line provides plenty of fodder for a discussion on how Kansas Citians choose to divide themselves.

This week, we wanted to know where you draw the lines in the metropolitan area.

We went on the air and used social media to ask: What are the Kansas City metro’s strongest dividing lines? How do they affect your life?

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7:54 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Are The Kansas City Metro’s Strongest Dividing Lines?

What are the Kansas City metro's geographic dividing lines? How do these borders affect your life? Tweet us with the #TellKCUR hashtag.

Natural and perceived borders often determine how we live in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Streets, rivers, the state line and county boundaries are just some of the borders that affect where we eat, work and play.

We want to know which lines are the most divisive in the Kansas City area.

Tell KCUR: What are the Kansas City metro’s strongest geographic dividing lines? How do they affect your life?

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Business & Tech
7:51 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Survey Finds Kansas Business Owners Feel Overtaxed

The Kansas business lobby is armed with new data to convince this year’s legislature to press for lower taxes and other change. 

The basis is a Kansas Chamber of Commerce commissioned survey of 300 company owners.

The December 2013 questionnaire found 57 percent of those surveyed thought they paid too much in taxes. Thirty-six percent thought they paid about the right amount. 

The study found less interest than in the past in what plays into the economic border war with Missouri, the poaching of jobs back and forth across state line.

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Business & Tech
7:30 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Will 2014 Be The Year To End The Kansas-Missouri Border War?

A 1864 map of Kansas and Missouri.
Credit Wikimedia Commons - CC

Kansas abolitionists and pro-slavery forces in Missouri fought a bloody border war in the 1850s, splitting the Kansas City region. Some 160 years later the states are still locked in economic combat that pushes businesses, and jobs, back and forth across the state line, with the companies themselves often the only clear winners.

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5:42 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Missouri Governor Calls For Truce In Economic Border War

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon answers reporters' questions after outlining his proposal to abate the economic border battle with Kansas.
Credit Dan Verbeck / KCUR

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called for a temporary halt to what’s known as the economic “border war” between Kansas and Missouri Tuesday, in an address to the Greater Kansas City Area Chamber of Commerce.

Both states have a history of offering incentives to draw companies across state line. Nixon wants a temporary moratorium for the Kansas City metro area.

Nixon said his administration and that of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback have been negotiating the issue.

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2:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Council Committees Accept Development Deals

Kansas City, Missouri wins the latest round in the economic “border wars.” by regaining a company that started on the Missouri side, but moved to Leawood.

A. B. May Company will be moving its headquarters to a former “big box” retail building at 50th and I-435 in Eastern Kansas City. The Economic Development Committee endorsed property tax abatement to offset May's payments on the $12 million in bonds the city will issue.

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9:23 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Missouri Senate Approves Tax Overhaul To Compete With Kansas

Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City.
jimmywayne Flickr

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a phased-in tax overhaul designed to help the Show-Me State compete with neighboring Kansas, which recently slashed its tax rates. 

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Business & Tech
5:02 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Missouri-Kansas Jobs Poaching On The Rise

Missouri and Kansas are using eight- and nine-figure economic development subsidy packages to steal jobs from each other. A new study finds no abatement.

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Up to Date
5:24 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Kansas City, Overland Park Mayors Talk Regional Cooperation

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James

Kansas and Missouri say they’d like to work together, but they keep poaching each other’s businesses.

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8:19 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Top Of The Morning News: Monday, February 27, 2012

Harold Huff, a research scientist at the University of Missouri, shows off the artificial meat product he makes in his lab.
Jeremy Bernfeld Harvest Public Media

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR:
Food Industry Courts Flexitarians, What’s Next in The Border War & more top headlines.

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7:31 am
Mon February 27, 2012

What's Next In The Border War?

Two days after clinching at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title, the University of Kansas basketball team plays again Monday night at Oklahoma State.

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End Of The "Border War"
4:23 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Will The Tiger Lie Down With The Jayhawk?

On Saturday, February 25, 2012, a more than 100 year-old tradition will come to an end. It's a competition that some say has roots in the Civil War era. 

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