At the end of last month, near the end of the session, Missouri legislators passed a bill aimed to keep Missouri jobs from moving across the state line between Missouri and Kansas.
According to Rep. Jeff Coleman, R-Grain Valley, the “border war” bill passed by elected legislatures will help to prevent jobs from moving out of state. Coleman explained the passing of the bill during a legislative breakfast sponsored by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.
The bill, according to Coleman, “does away with any incentives for companies in Missouri or Kansas to move back and forth,” meaning a company can not offer special benefits to tempt companies to leave their current state. This bill is made in agreement with the Kansas legislature, according to Coleman, who said Kansas is passing a similar bill and is awaiting the signature of their governor.
“For far too long we’ve had companies that were not bringing in new jobs, they would just move across the state line,” he said.
The bill came down to the wire in terms of passing, said Coleman. With Kansas and Missouri both passing this bill, businesses on either side will not be able to change locations in exchange for incentives. This will hopefully keep businesses focused on local jobs, Coleman said.
Coleman also said a bill seeks to protect tax-filing residents. Up till this point, he explained, individuals offering professional tax preparation were not required to sign or put other forms of identification on state tax returns, while they were required to do so for federal returns.
Now, state returns expect the same measure of security, requiring tax preparers to sign and identify themselves on any returns they complete. According to Coleman, this allows the returns to be tracked in case they are not prepared correctly, and creates more accountability on behalf of the preparer.
Coleman was joined by Rep. Dan Stacy, R-Blue Springs, who rather than giving a legislative update, encouraged attendees to take a moment to honor the 75th anniversary of D-Day – which occurred the day before – and local veterans.