Daily Archives: Nov. 13, 2013

End economic-development ‘border war’

It’s good that Missouri and Kansas officials are getting serious about ending the economic-development “border war” in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (in photo) called this week for a permanent moratorium on using tax incentives to lure Kansas City companies across the state line, noting that the incentives costs taxpayers but results in no net gain to the local economy. Kansas Secretary of Commerce Pat George has been spearheading similar effort in Kansas to curb the incentives. Getting state lawmakers from outside the Kansas City area to agree to a cease fire may be the biggest challenge.

Open thread (Nov. 13)

Statehouse about finished; how about Kellogg?

The Kansas Statehouse renovation has seemed a lot like the Kellogg expansion – a never-ending project. So it is good to hear that all but some outdoor landscaping work is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The renovation began in 2001 and includes updated water, electrical, heating, air conditioning and fire safety systems, new copper on the building’s roof and dome, renovated offices and meeting rooms, an underground parking garage, an expanded basement and a new visitors center, Associated Press reported. The project is expected to cost several million dollars less than the last estimate of $332 million – which sounds good until you consider that early estimates for the project were between $90 million and $120 million.