Kansas turns to KDOT funds to pay for Capitol renovations

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The State Finance Council voted yesterday to take $7 million in funds from the Kansas Department of Transportation as part of a $17.4 million financing package to pay for a visitors’ center and the continued renovation of the entrance to the Capitol building in Topeka. The Wichitopekington reports that the other funds will come from $5 million in savings from the $332 million renovation project and a $5.4 million bond issued by the state.

“I haven’t been the biggest fan of this project,” Gov. Sam Brownback told reporters at the Capitol yesterday. “But it’s just time to wrap it up.”

But did wrapping it up really require the approval of $17.4 million on the construction of a visitors’ center shell that isn’t expected to be complete until 2014?

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