Kansas officials regrouping, searching for NBAF alternatives

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) More talk on the new federal biosecurity lab near Kansas State University as Kansas leaders are regrouping and searching for alternatives for funding construction

As KMAN news first told you early last week, President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposal doesn’t include any construction funds for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility. The budget does allocate some money to transfer research to Kansas from an aging lab in Plum Island, New York.

Governor Sam Brownback and legislative leaders say the $650 million project means too much to the nation’s food safety and the state’s economy to delay construction. They say they are willing to look at funding alternatives, including increasing the state’s contribution to the lab.