A divided state task force on Monday agreed to spend $154 million in federal COVID relief money on constructing building space for economic development, educational grants for at-risk students and high speed internet service for school districts.
The SPARK committee – short for Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas – voted 5-2 to approve the spending, which was heavily criticized by two private sector members of the commission for lacking specifics.
Businessmen Greg Orman and Bill Pickert, dubious of the programs, voted against the program. They parted ways from the two members of the panel who appointed them to the task . . .