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Sam Brownback
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback says he’ll work with the Legislature to come up with additional state funds to support a new federal biodefense lab at Kansas State University.

Brownback said Wednesday he’s pleased with President Barack Obama’s decision to include $714 million in his budget proposal to build the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility.

Brownback says Kansas agreed to pay 20 percent of the costs when the state was chosen by the Department of Homeland Security to host the project. The state has already issued $105 million in bonds for construction, and the Kansas Bioscience Authority has contributed $35 million.

Brownback said Congress has already appropriated close to $200 million for the lab.

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