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Brownback says rural housing could be 2014 economic issue

Updated: 2013-12-05T13:45:44Z

— Gov. Sam Brownback says creating a new rural housing program may be on Kansas legislators’ agenda next year because communities see it as important to attracting new workers.

Brownback said during a meeting of economic advisers Wednesday that as he’s traveled across the state, he has advised rural lawmakers to get together to deal with housing issues.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the meeting of the economic advisers focused on rural housing needs. The group heard multiple cases of rural communities having housing shortages.

Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Service CEO Lee Harris called the state’s $2.3 million low-income housing program “paltry.” He suggested that the state use some of the taxes paid by insurance companies on the value of premiums for tax breaks for rural housing developers.

| The Associated Press

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