Kansas Governor to sign STAR bond bill designed to lure Chiefs and Royals – Missourinet

by Marshall Griffin | Jun 19, 2024

Courtesy Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s Facebook page

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly is planning to sign legislation passed during a special session that’s designed to lure the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals to leave Missouri for her state.

Kansas lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday that would authorize so-called STAR bonds to largely finance new stadiums for both the Royals and the Chiefs. In a statement, Kelly said the Sunflower State now has the chance to become a “professional sports powerhouse.” Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC already plays on the Kansas side of the border.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said that the vote “regrettably restarts the Missouri-Kansas incentive border war, creating leverage for teams, but injecting even greater uncertainty into the regional stadium conversation.”

Mayor Lucas’s statement on the Kansas Legislature’s STAR bond vote: pic.twitter.com/dRYs3KzJrk

— Mayor Quinton Lucas (@MayorLucasKC) June 18, 2024

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has said he will spend his final months in office working to keep the Chiefs and Royals in the Show-Me State.

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