“Live Tax Free in Kansas” encourages out-of-state residents

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A program that seeks to persuade people from other states to move into rural parts of Kansas is taking aim at travelers making their way through the Flint Hills between Topeka and Wichita along the Kansas turnpike.

Three large aluminum signs have been affixed to turnpike overpasses promising outsiders a chance to “Live tax free in Kansas” and “Let Kansas pay your student loans.”

The pitch touts participation in the Rural Opportunity Zone initiative created three years ago by the Kansas Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback to slow the decades-long population exodus from rural counties.

Under the law, qualified people who move from another state to a Rural Opportunity Zone county can have state income taxes waived for a maximum of five years.

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