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Worst Things About The State Line, According To Kansas Citians

Cara McClain

Having to file taxes in two states is the biggest drawback to the state line.

At least according to one Kansas Citian, Marge Gasnick (@gasnickmarge), who responded to our question of the week on Twitter: How does the state line affect your life?

As KCUR reporters begin to examine the state line for the next few months, part of our Beyond Our Borders project,  we wanted to hit up our audience for story ideas.

And Gasnick’s tweet about taxes encompassed the majority of comments we received. Kansas Citians complained about having to file two state tax returns when living and working in the metropolitan area, along with vast differences in sales taxes in the region.

You also shot back other ways the state line affects your lives, like varying gas prices and large disparities in education.

“I live in #JoCO for the schools but wish I could live in #KC as I am in the arts,” Ashley Wheat (‏@OoooooMamma) told us on Twitter.

Others brought up professional issues, like real estate agents needing to get licensed on both sides of the state line.

And despite all of the political discussion surrounding the so-called economic “Border War” going on between Kansas and Missouri, we received little feedback on the issue. Matt Staub, a member of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority (@staubio), was one of the only people to refer to it. He said this of the state line.

“It defines an economic incentives war that's holding back a city we want to grow to something better,” Staub tweeted.

See highlights from the KCUR Twitter conversation below. For the full Twitter stream, follow the #TellKCURhashtag or see other responses on our Facebook page.   

Tell KCUR is part of an initiative to engage the community and shine a light on your experiences and opinions. We’ll ask a new question every week and then share your feedback on the air and online. See our arsenal of questions — and your answersBe a source forKCUR and let us know more about your expertise.

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