Kansas House advances bill on business tax break

TOPEKA | A proposed expansion of a tax break for businesses bringing workers to Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.

The Kansas House gave the bill first-round approval today on an 84-27 vote. That's despite concerns of some members that the cash-strapped state can't afford it and would be attracting some low-wage jobs.

House members plan to vote again Monday to determine whether the measure goes to the Senate.

The bill rewrites the rules for an incentive program created last year to encourage companies to move jobs from other states to Kansas.

More companies would be eligible, as would nonprofit groups and even some federal government agencies, and the wages they'd have to pay would be lower than they have to pay now.