After some initial delays, the Kansas House Appropriations Committee last Friday approved Governor Sam Brownback’s request for an additional $202 million in bonds for development of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility. The Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee had passed a similar bill the previous day, according to an Associated Press article.
Members of the house committee from both parties initially delayed a vote on the proposal, questioning the costs of the project, which have doubled since 2009. But after some discussion and amendments, the committee voted and approved the additional funding. The bonds would add to $105 million already approved, brining the total to $307 million.
President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $714 million in funding for NBAF. Kansas, in bidding for the proposed project, committed to providing state funding to help finance the laboratory.