Brownback Proposal Would Fund Statehouse Capitol Center

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, August 24, 2012

A new proposal from Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's administration would use bonds and transportation funds to help finance a new visitor center and other work at the Statehouse.

The proposal, outlined by Budget Director Steve Anderson in a memo to Brownback and legislative leaders, would use $7 million in transportation funds and $5.4 million in bonds.

The visitor center would be the last part of a 12-year renovation of the Statehouse interior so far projected to cost $320 million. The transportation money would cover work on the grounds.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of Anderson's memo from a legislative source Friday. Brownback and legislative leaders plan to meet Monday to consider authorizing the bonds.

Legislative leaders have said previously they expected private dollars to fund the visitor center.

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