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Bill recruiting people to move to declining counties advances in Kansas House

March 18, 2011

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— 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.

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barlowtl 3 years, 9 months ago

Just when I thought I've heard it all. Do you have to take a loyalty oath to the Republican party to qualify? It would be a good way to pad the voer registration rolls.

Cait McKnelly 3 years, 9 months ago

They're terrified that the new census will show KS so depopulated that we will actually lose a seat in the house. "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." That's if, you know, you can actually find a way to make an income (and pot growing doesn't count).

beatrice 3 years, 9 months ago

Now, why would longtime residents have a problem with this?

You gotta love the spin of naming depopulated areas "opportunity zones." That is just classic.

Boston_Corbett 3 years, 9 months ago

Can you imagine sitting around the coffee table some morning in one of those small towns with the longtime residents if and when one of the "new" residents in town comes up for discussion?

Shelley Bock 3 years, 9 months ago

Wonder if this bill excludes the "illegals" Kobach doesn't want coming to the State.

tomatogrower 3 years, 9 months ago

So we have to support people from out of state? Where are they going to get a job? Will they collect welfare, which means they wouldn't pay any taxes anyway? Jobs might be the better incentive, Brownie. Brownback has it back a**wards again. First jobs, then tax cuts.

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