The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce this morning applauded legislative budget negotiators for getting $5 million for affordable airfares in next year’s spending road map for the state.
"We know the program is working," Lynn Nichols, chairman of the chamber’s board, said in a news release about securing funding for the Kansas Affordable Airfares Program. "One of the six strategic priorities of the Wichita Metro Chamber is to create a better business environment that promotes investment, innovation and job creation. The Affordable Airfares Program helps keep our businesses and jobs in Kansas, provides lower airfares for all Kansans and encourages a competitive environment for us to attract new businesses."
Suzie Ahlstrand, interim president and CEO of the Chamber, thanked Sen. Carolyn McGinn, R-Sedgwick, and Rep. Marc Rhoades, R-Newton, in particular.
McGinn chairs the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee, and Rhoades chairs the House’s Appropriations Committee. They served as their chambers’ lead negotiators in reaching a $14 billion budget Wednesday night.
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The budget still needs to go to the House and Senate and be signed by Gov. Sam Brownback.