The final funding for the Kansas Statehouse renovation was approved today (MON) by the State Finance Council. The $12 million would cover building a visitor center and work on the Statehouse grounds. Governor Sam Brownback says he isn't happy about the length and cost of the project.
The money includes $5 million in bonds and $7 million taken from state transportation funding. Brownback says that won’t impact planned KDOT projects. Senator Carolyn McGinn, a Sedgwick Republican, was the sole vote against the funding. She says the full Legislature should consider the plan, and lawmakers should not take the money from the state transportation budget.
The Statehouse renovation is slated to be finished at the end of 2013. The final cost is projected to be more than $300 million.