Statehouse Renovation Bonds Not Approved

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A legislative commission decides not to authorize additional bonds to complete the Statehouse renovation project.

The Capitol Restoration Commission agreed Monday not take any action on additional bonds for the project. The commission oversees the renovation project when the Legislature isn't in session.

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said work should be delayed until the state has a better understanding of its financial condition.

But House Minority Leader Dennis McKinney said increasing unemployment and lower costs for materials made it the wrong time to stop work.

It will be up the Legislature next year to decide whether to go forward with the project, which so far has cost $211 million not including the cost for renovating the north wing or building a visitors center.

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