Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to lure people to declining counties from other states by offering them an income tax break has advanced in the state House.
The House gave a bill containing Brownback's plan first-round approval Friday on a voice vote.
House members plan to take final action Monday. The measure already has passed the Senate, so if it wins final House approval, it will go to Brownback.
The bill designates 50 of the state's 105 counties as rural opportunity zones. Starting July 1, anyone who moves into one of those counties from another state wouldn't have to pay Kansas income taxes for five years.
The bill also allows those counties to offer to buy down new residents' higher education loans.