Kansas, Missour Governors Launch Talks Over Business 'Border War'

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he's open to discussions with Missouri on ending the use of incentives to lure businesses across the border in the Kansas City area.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called Tuesday for an end to using such incentives when companies simply move from one of the states to the other.

Brownback said in a statement he has engaged in what he called an active discussion with Nixon about the issue for more than a year. He said talks also have included Missouri legislators.

However, a moratorium may be a hard sell to some Kansas lawmakers.

Kansas House Republican J.R. Claeys of Salina said that Missouri appears to be surrendering in the so-called border war because it can't compete with Kansas.