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Tax incentive transparency bill headed to governor

A bill intended to create more openness about the state's development incentives is on its way to the governor. The Legislature has passed a bill...

Missouri, Kansas approaching collision over border war?

Kansas and Missouri appear to be heading toward a collision over an agreement that would end the practice of businesses using tax breaks to...

New battle shaping up between banks and credit unions

(Note: This reporter's wife is a human resource officer with a bank headquartered in Missouri with branches in Kansas.) As this legislative session draws to...

STAR bonds on trial: Legislation aims to tighten up on powerful tax incentive

The calls for reform began more than a decade ago. Lawmakers became enraged in 2005 when they learned that proceeds from a powerful tax incentive...

UPDATED: STAR bond restriction, other economic development incentives die in Senate

(Will update as warranted) A new restriction on a special tax incentive for tourism projects died in the Kansas Senate Friday after the House couldn't...

School districts seek separate class for electric rates to better control costs

Escalating electric rates are driving three Johnson County school districts to join the battle over a $26 million rate increase sought by Kansas City...

Legislature settles technology dispute between cities, telecoms

The Legislature has signed off on an agreement between wireless providers and cities that the telecoms predicted will allow them to provide faster internet...

UPDATED: Incentives for repopulating rural Kansas failing, report says

(Updated to reflect that no rural opportunity zone county had an population increase bigger than 2.5%) Almost a decade ago, experts warned that using tax...

Commerce department restructuring staff

Secretary of Commerce David Toland on Friday reshuffled his staff as part of restructuring at the agency. Toland named Alicia Janesko Hutchings as manager of...

Local tax breaks complicate border war solution

The border war between Missouri and Kansas over tax incentives isn't exactly over yet. Yes, Missouri has enacted legislation that would prohibit using tax incentives...