Senate, House remain split on Affordable Airfares

The House appropriations and Senate ways and means conference committee reported just a while ago that both chambers remain split on the Kansas Affordable Airfares Program.

The committee adjourned until 5 p.m.

At issue is $5 million in funding. Gov. Sam Brownback has the money in his recommended budget. The state has budgeted that amount for affordable air service in Wichita since 2006. The five-year commitment ends this year.

The money is in the Senate's version of the budget. But the House stripped the money in its version.

Proponents of the funding point to an audit that showed for every $1 it spends on the program, the state get back $2.32.

But opponents say businesses shouldn’t be getting handouts from the government.

Word is a deal could be struck today. Stay tuned.