Governor Sam Brownback says Kansas legislators need to quickly approve $202 million in new bonds for a new national biosecurity lab because of the federal government’s ongoing budget problems.
Brownback says it’s best to get the financing resolved soon for the National Bio and Agrodefense Facility planned at Kansas State University.
President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes $714 million for the lab.
Kansas already has issued $105 million in bonds, but Obama’s budget requires the additional amount.
Some GOP state legislators are concerned.
Brownback says he understands worries about debt but doesn’t want lingering uncertainty about the project’s funding.
“I am nervous that if we don’t tie this down soon that as the federal government continues to develop budget problems and it’s going to continue we’re just at the front end. This sequestration is step one of a long journey we need to get this tied down now. And I think that’s why we need to do it now. it’s a significant issue,” Brownback said.
The NBAF facility would study animal diseases and ways to protect the nation’s food supply and replace an aging facility on Plum Island, New York.
Lawmakers return from their spring break May 8th.