Kan. gov. says rural housing may be issue in 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Gov. Sam Brownback says creating a new rural housing program may be on Kansas legislators' agenda next year because communities see it as important to attracting new workers.

Brownback said during a meeting of economic advisers Wednesday that as he's traveled across the state, he has advised rural lawmakers to get together to deal with housing issues.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/IP5sli ) that the meeting of the economic advisers focused on rural housing needs. The group heard multiple cases of rural communities having housing shortages.

Cohen-Esrey Real Estate Service CEO Lee Harris called the state's $2.3 million low-income housing program "paltry." He suggested that the state use some of the taxes paid by insurance companies on the value of premiums for tax breaks for rural housing developers.