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.