Lawmakers advance $200 million in eco devo incentives

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A package of more than $200 million in economic development incentives is winding its way through the Kansas Legislature in the face of questions about whether it's excessive and there's sufficient accountability.

Two budget subcommittees - one in the Senate and one in the House - approved Gov. Laura Kelly's request for tens of millions of dollars in matching grants for state universities that would be used to attract private investment intended to foster economic growth.

The governor originally sought $195 million for higher education "challenge" grants with $175 million earmarked for matching private investment for economic development and . . .

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