Kelly signs bill to boost housing

Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bipartisan bill that offers tax credits to investors for the construction of houses.

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May 6, 2022 - 3:24 PM

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly delivering her first state-of-the-state speech to a joint session of the Legislature in 2019. Photo by Kansas News Service/ Nomin Ujiyediin

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly signed bipartisan legislation Thursday creating incentives in the form of state income tax credits for investors in construction of residential housing that contributes to economic development in Kansas.

The Kelly administration’s statewide survey of housing needs — the first of its kind in three decades — pointed to the need for affordable housing, especially in rural communities. The shortage was identified as an impediment to expansion of existing businesses and attracting new employers.

The tax credit administered by the Kansas Housing Resource Corporation and the Kansas Development Finance Authority would be capped at $13 million annually. The law limited a qualified housing developer to use of the tax credit on 40 residential units per year.

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