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.