The Kansas Senate gave initial approval Tuesday to a pair of bills relating to expansion of the state’s Rural Opportunity Zone program. The program provides student loan forgiveness and income tax waivers to those who relocate to rural areas. About 80 counties already fall under the program.
The goal is to attract young workers to areas that have struggled with population growth.
Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield, said the ROZ program differs from the state’s other economic incentive tools, which offer tax dollars to corporations.
“This program, the benefits go to employees,” Alley said.