Kansas and Missouri Gov.'s to meet for border war truce

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signs an executive order on August 2, 2019, aimed at ending a long-standing "border war" with Missouri. (WIBW/Marleah Campbell)
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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Governors of Kansas and Missouri will meet to officially agree on the border war truce.

Both Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will attend the Governors' summit on Tuesday. At the summit, they will both sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the border war truce.

The summit will take place at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Registration begins at 9 a.m., half an hour before the ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

Both Governors will also deliver brief remarks on the deal.

Gov. Kelly recently signed an order pledging that Kansas won't use economic development incentives to lure existing jobs across the border in the Kansas City area. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed a law in June pledging the same for his state.

"For years, both Kansas and Missouri have implemented incentive programs to persuade companies to jump back and forth between the Kansas and Missouri border," Gov. Laura Kelly said. "It's been wasteful and bad for both states."

"Unfortunately, Kansas and Missouri allowed that healthy competition for new jobs and business development to spiral into something else that did not create or support the goal of job creation."