Kan. gov. sees need for quick OK for NBAF bonds

Obama Budget Biodefense Lab
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010, file photo, a sign marks the future home of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, Kan. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. 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 said Friday it’s best to get the financing resolved soon for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility planned at Kansas State University.

President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes $714 million for the lab. It would study animal diseases and ways to protect the nation’s food supply and replace an aging facility on Plum Island, N.Y.

Kansas already has issued $105 million in bonds, but Obama’s budget requires the additional amount. Some GOP state legislators are wary.

Brownback says he understands concerns about debt but doesn’t want lingering uncertainty about the project’s funding.

Lawmakers return from their spring break May 8.

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