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  • Writer's pictureJillian Helding

Kansas Legislature, Governor Allocate $154 Million in Federal Stimulus Funding

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly and legislative leaders unanimously agreed Monday to dedicate $154 million in federal stimulus funding to support economic development with construction of commercial buildings and to improve resources available to low-income students struggling in school.

Members of the State Finance Council, which includes Republicans and Democrats from the Senate and House, adopted a recommendation to set aside $100 million for expansion of structures needed to expand or attract businesses and jobs. The council also directed $50 million at a new program of $1,000 per-child grants to be used by families in the way most useful to students struggling through the pandemic.

In addition, $4 million was approved to help school districts upgrade internet connections to high-speed broadband services.

The appropriation was drawn from about $1.6 billion in stimulus aid sent to Kansas by Congress. In the past, the State Finance Council agreed to spend $27 million for coronavirus testing, $30 million to enhance salaries of hard-to-fill state jobs and $50 million for compensation bonuses to nurses. To read the full story, visit:

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