Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.
Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to authorize issuing $202 million in bonds to build a federal biodefense research lab in Manhattan.
The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would issue $200 million in additional state bonds to help pay for a federal research lab to be built in Manhattan.
Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff says the latest cost estimates for a new, national biosecurity lab and commitments from federal officials about its funding are "pretty solid."
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 labMembers 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.