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April 10, 2013

Brownback, others breathe sigh of relief over biolab UPDATED

Republicans who criticize spending are happy $714 million is in 2014 budget for biolab; New Yorkers likely upset

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The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

Nothing melts a deficit hawk’s heart like a big piece of pork in the backyard.

Exhibit A: Kansas Gov.

Sam Brownback


After years of uncertainty the Obama administration has proposed spending a huge chunk of cash for the

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan

. — about $714 million.

“The NBAF is vital to the security of our country’s food supply, the health of our livestock industry and growing our state’s economy,” Brownback’s statement said.

He’ll have to find some additional financial help from the legislature — probably borrowing authority. But it’s the first real sign the White House is 100 percent in on the NBAF deal.

UPDATE: From Rep.

Lynn Jenkins, Kansas Republican :

“I may not agree with many provisions in President Obama’s budget proposal released earlier today, but I am pleased that it recognized the importance of funding initiatives vital to our country’s health and national security.”

Not everyone will be happy.

New York area lawmakers have fought to keep the Plum Island lab, which NBAF will replace.

No official word from them yet.

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