Once again, the economic border war between Kansas and Missouri has heated up. This time, the American Royal, a Kansas City Institution, will be moving from the West Bottoms in Kansas City, Missouri, to Wyandotte County, Kansas. In an op-ed appearing in today’s Wichita Eagle, I argue that the financing behind this move is questionable. Here’s an excerpt:
Kansas’ $80 million contribution to the project is about double what American Royal was publicly trying to get out of Kansas City, Mo., officials just two years ago to keep the Royal in the city’s West Bottoms.
But did Kansas even have to “build it” with taxpayer money to entice the American Royal to move?