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Kansas GOP Conservatives Balk At More Bonds For Lab

Conservative Republican senators are pushing back at Gov. Sam Brownback's request that Kansas issue $202 million dollars more in bonds to help finance construction of a federal bio-security lab

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard the pitch Thursday from Landon Fulmer, the governor's chief of staff.

Fulmer says the bonding request represented the last money that Kansas would have to contribute to building the $1.15 billion dollar National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.

President Obama's proposed federal budget includes $714 million to build the laboratory.

However, Republican senators believe the state can't afford to increase its share of funding. They asked Fulmer if there was any way to negotiate a better financial arrangement.

Kansas has already issued $105 million dollars in bonds for the project.