Kansas Statehouse's $285M Renovation Continues

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Despite financial problems and budget-cutting, a renovation of the Kansas Statehouse is not on the chopping block.

Legislators authorized an additional $38 million in bonds for the 12-year project in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, even as they were cutting spending elsewhere.

Legislative leaders note that the top-to-bottom renovation is almost three-quarters done and say it makes little sense to suspend the work.

They also said suspending the work could inflate the project's $285 million cost. Statehouse Architect Barry Greis said Tuesday that labor and material costs have dropped.

The last phase, due to start in 2010, is a renovation of the north wing and construction of a new basement-level visitors' center.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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