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Kansas State Officials Abandon $20 Million Power Plant Deal

Associated Press - February 23, 2016 12:47 pm

Three Kansas lawmakers say Gov. Sam Brownback told a small group of legislators it would be politically better for him if they overrode his veto and repealed tax cuts rather than proposing another tax plan for him to sign.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration has cancelled a $20 million contract for construction of a utility center to replace units in the Docking State Office Building, located across the street from the Statehouse in Topeka.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the decision came after bipartisan pressure from state lawmakers who opposed the deal because they viewed it as intentionally designed to avoid legislative oversight.

State officials pushed back against the legislators, but relented before the Legislature could produce a bill that would withhold money from the project.

The energy center was to cost $16 million, but Bank of America financing would’ve pushed the total to $20 million.

Under the Department of Administration plan, the building would’ve been imploded and utility infrastructure from the basement would be relocated to a new facility north of the Statehouse.