UPDATED: Incentives for repopulating rural Kansas failing, report says


(Updated to reflect that no rural opportunity zone county had an population increase bigger than 2.5%)

Almost a decade ago, experts warned that using tax incentives and student loan subsidies to attract people to rural Kansas might not work.

On Tuesday, a new state report showed it hasn't.

State commerce officials released their review of the state's Rural Opportunity Zone program, started in 2012 under former Gov. Sam Brownback's administration.

The program offers a mix of tax cuts and student loan assistance - at a cost of about $14 million - as a way of stanching the loss . . .


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