Governor: Bioscience Authority Controversy Won't Affect NBAF

Jan 30, 2012

An audit released recently alleges misdeeds by former Kansas Bioscience Authority head Tom Thornton. The KBA is one of the groups that worked to help Kansas land the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) project.

But Gov. Sam Brownback does not believe criticism of the KBA will endanger the lab. He says the biggest challenge now will be securing federal funding for NBAF's construction.

"The federal budget is under significant strain, and we've got to fight for the things we want in the state of Kansas," Brownback said. "We're going to do that."

Congress has already approved $80 million for the project, but that's just a small piece of the more than $600 million needed to build the lab.

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