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.
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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.