Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has vetoed a $5 million transfer from the state’s share of a national tobacco settlement that legislators sought to divert to the Kansas Bioscience Authority.
The governor announced Friday that he had made that veto and four others while signing the remainder of the last budget bill of the 2014 session. The bulk of the spending, more than $360 million, was earmarked for the state Department of Corrections.
Brownback agreed with critics of the tobacco funds transfer that the $5 million was intended to be used for children’s initiatives and shouldn’t be diverted to other government programs. Kansas and other states receive annual payments from tobacco companies as part of a national settlement reached in 1998.