Kansas gov. budgets over $200 million in bonds for NBAF

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Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposed adjustment to the Kansas state budget includes $202 million in bonds to help construct the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.

NBAF The $1.15 billion facility to be built in Manhattan, Kan. will also receive $714 million from President Obama’s federal budget.

The Associated Press reports the bonds proposed by Brownback would be the last of the money the state of Kansas has to contribute to the building according to the finance negotiations set in 2009. The state agreed to pay 20 percent of the construction costs and has already contributed $140 million.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports select state legislators have pushed back on money budgeted for the facility because of the state’s debt and the total cost of the NBAF project.

Construction for the facility is scheduled to begin next May, but Congress has yet to approve federal funds.

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Nebraska  |  May, 02, 2013 at 04:42 PM

Comment: You can't tell me that it will cost more to upgrade Plum Island than it would to build a whole new lab from scratch. Putting the nation's cattle supply in danger of a foot and mouth disease leak is unacceptable. Building a lab in the heart of cattle country is a risk that is not worth taking. Why this idea of building a lab in the heart of cattle country was ever proposed just goes to show that greed is blind. Shame on those proposing this lab.

Kansas  |  May, 03, 2013 at 07:32 AM

It's all a planned payoff for Kansas Sen. Roberts. In Kansas, "WE HAD SOME RE-ELECT FOR PARTY LINE POLITICS with BROWNBACK, ROBERTS AND MORAN". It isn't at all about their records and jobs they have done. We have been in trouble for years with the money that is spent to keep these guys in office and with the so called jobs they do. NO leadership but just paid for politicians. It is bad on both sides of the isle but maybe someday others will "KICK ALL THE BUMS OUT" (2 time term limits should be a start).. Work to keep local control if you want to save your communities. There are still some really great leaders in Kansas and many are still HONEST and have VALUES. The disgruntled Republican who just happens to own a few businesses and pays federal, state income and property taxes.

VA  |  May, 03, 2013 at 09:29 AM

Doubtlessly, Brownback will be critical of Obama's free-spending policies as he oinks KS up to the troff. These free spenders are destroying this country hand-in-hand with the global-warming crowd.

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