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Brownback to sign bill luring people to Kansas’ rural areas

April 7, 2011


— Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign a bill that contains his plan for luring people from outside the state into counties with declining populations.

Brownback's first signing ceremony is Monday morning in Belleville, followed by re-enactments of the signing in Colby, Wichita and Yates Center.

The measure designates 50 of the state's 105 counties as "Rural Opportunity Zones." Most of them have seen their populations drop in the past decade, some by more than 10 percent.

People who move into those counties from other states wouldn't have to pay Kansas income taxes from 2012 through 2016.

Also, the counties could opt to join the state in helping buy down new residents' higher education loans.


Dan Thalmann 6 years, 8 months ago

I am a resident of a Rural Opportunity Zone county. While I appreciate the gesture (it is more than any of the last few governors has done for rural Kansas) there still has to be a job to draw someone here... and those tend to be few and far between except for nursing and some manufacturing. And as for the county-level cost-share option on college loans, I bet our county is too broke to have such a fund... hence one of the reasons we're a Rural Opportunity Zone county.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 8 months ago

This is idiotic. It won't entice anyone to move to one of these areas who wasn't going to go there, anyway, and just gives a needless tax break when the state needs the funds.

grandnanny 6 years, 8 months ago

What a lame idea - people don't move to an area because they won't have to pay state income tax. They move because they have a good-paying job and good education for their children. The first of these is not available in these areas, and Brownback has just made sure that the second is also gone. How about high-speed internet, high-speed transportation so those folks can get somewhere for entertainment and shopping. If a person doesn't have a job, they don't pay state income tax anyway. I guess someone could start a business, but generally you need customers for that. Of yea, an internet business - now we are back to the need for high-speed internet. Anyway you look at this, it is a lame idea. I'll be waiting for the glowing reports from Brownback's office when those counties begin filling with people.

Joe Blackford II 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe Sam the Sham could serve a $1 lunch M-Sat @ Frannie's in Y.C. That brought $s to town!

WIWAK, there were 3 new car dealerships & an implement dealer in Y.C. Now my cousin goes to Iola for implement parts.

Maybe the Governor's visit + $1 will still buy you a cold pop . . . .

truman1902 6 years, 8 months ago

Ness City, Oberlin, Elkhart, Kanorado, Grinnell---Gird your loins--Prepare for the onslaught--Jumpstart the Welcome Wagon. (There should be some available from Quinter)

JHawkInLA 6 years, 8 months ago

The idea is to attract people from other states to move to Kansas. Then I suggest posting a map so people from other states can see what areas this includes. I presume it is mostly west and northwest of Hays, to the Colorado border? If you mean Goodland; no offense, but no thanks.

Dan Thalmann 6 years, 8 months ago

Actually the counties are found across much of the state except the northwest quarter, in general.

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