Carolyn McGinn http://kcur.org en Kansas Senate Votes to Expand Rural Opportunity Zones http://kcur.org/post/kansas-senate-votes-expand-rural-opportunity-zones <p>The Kansas Senate has voted to expand a program aimed at stopping population loss in rural Kansas counties. Some counties with declining populations have been designated as so-called Rural Opportunity Zones. The program helps repay student loans and offers income tax credits to attract people to those counties.</p><p>Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, says the program has helped rural areas.</p><p>“These are counties that are small population and losing population.&nbsp; This tends to stabilize their population a great deal,” says Donovan.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:42:00 +0000 Stephen Koranda 34562 at http://kcur.org Kansas Senate Votes to Expand Rural Opportunity Zones