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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2011

City and business community support passage of HB 924

Representatives from the City of Kansas City, Mo., the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce joined together on April 13 to testify in support of Missouri House Bill 924, sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nolte (33). HB 924, which was unanimously approved by the House International Trade and Job Creation Committee on April 13, helps address the inequity that exists for cities in Missouri that have experienced a loss of jobs due to the tax incentives offered by the State of Kansas. HB 924 is consistent with City Council Resolution 110243, passed on March 31.

"HB 924 is an important step in bringing an end to a practice that has disrupted regional stability and is counterintuitive to long-term regional growth," said Interim City Manager Troy Schulte. "It is our sincere hope that passage of HB 924 will foster a discussion about the larger economic picture and how to move the entire Kansas City region forward, collectively."

In 2009, the State of Kansas passed legislation that allows relocating companies to retain 95 percent of the employee withholding tax for up to 10 years. In the Kansas City area, as businesses move from one side of the state line to the other, this tax incentive results in a regional loss of tax dollars without an increase in regional employment.

During the hearing held by the House International Trade and Job Creation Committee, regional business leaders stepped forward to express their concerns about the impact that 2009 Kansas tax legislation has had on the Kansas City metro.

“The Civic Council’s board of directors and CEOs on both sides of the state line would like to see a cease fire in this mutually destructive rivalry,” said Jason Dalen, associate director of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City.

While stating her organization's strong support of HB 924, Kristi Wyatt, senior vice president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, noted “Kansas City, Mo., and the State of Missouri, will succeed in the long term only if Kansas City is able to compete on a global basis as part of a two-state region.”

In addition to support from Kansas City area business leaders and organizations, the bill was also supported by Associated Industries of Missouri and the Missouri Chamber of Commerce.

The House Committee on International Trade and Job Creation may consider and report upon bills and matters referred to it relating to international commerce and the development, creation and retention of jobs.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Jeff Kaczmarek, president and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, 816-691-2105.

Media requests for more information about the City of Kansas City, Mo., should be directed to Dennis Gagnon, public information officer, at 816-513-2659.

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