“Brain drain” is not a problem we face here at all, as Brooklyn is often the place where all the country’s young fertile minds wash up. Not so much for smaller cities such as Niagara Falls and states like Kansas, both which are facing a crippling lack of talent and young professionals. So to fix this, those places have taken to the municipal equivalent of paying for sex: both places are offering to pay down your student loans if you move and work there. Niagara will pay you $3,500 per year for the next two years; Kansas is offering to either waive income tax for up to five years or pay your student loans up to $15,000 if you agree to move to one of the “Rural Opportunity Zones” spread throughout the state, though it looks like none of them is in a major metro area. Sounds fun!
According to Inquisitir, this is a problem Niagara has been dealing with for 50 years, while the city’s population has dropped by half. Can’t say I know much about Niagara save for its starring role in Superman too, nor Kansas besides that they have their own Improv Everywhere troupe.
How much student debt would you have to have to want to move to one of these places?
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