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The Kansas City Star
Tired of local companies trying to squeeze taxpayers for some extra bucks to help their bottom line?
Then meet Freightquote, a Johnson County-based business and the latest to publicly ask Kansas and Missouri for a good helping of corporate welfare.
If Freightquote, now based in Kansas, is lured to Missouri, it will create no net new jobs for the metro area. It will hurt Kansas’ tax collection efforts. And it won’t help Missouri or Kansas City as much as bringing in a new company would help. That’s because Freightquote’s employees won’t be moving to Missouri; they already live in the area.
Once again, I’m not arguing against all subsidies for all businesses, even those moving across the state line.
But it makes a lot more sense for the public to help support certain areas of the metro region - especially downtown and the urban core - with public subsidies.
Well, Freightquote doesn’t fit that bill. In fact, the company blatantly says it won’t go downtown.
Instead, it appears Freightquote is looking at land out south in KC.
At some point the companies that aren’t getting huge tax breaks to move around like chess pieces are going to put enough pressure on local and state politicians to ratchet back on these ridiculous tax breaks.
Until then, more companies will be like Freightquote, asking for public handouts.
Just once, it would be nice to see a local economic development official or politician tell a local business that it won’t get what it wants from the taxpayers.