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Brownback urges legislators to fund KU’s proposed Kansas Institute for Translational Chemical Biology

April 25, 2014

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— Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday said he's not giving up on Kansas University's request for $2 million to establish an institute focused on drug discovery and commercialization.

He encouraged legislators returning Wednesday for the wrap-up session to complete work on several issues, including funding for the Kansas Institute for Translational Chemical Biology.

He said the institute was needed for "important research on the next generation of cancer drugs."

KU officials have said state funding is necessary to hire researchers, support staff, fund pilot projects and purchase equipment. They have also said that technologies and drugs produced by the institute will attract more pharmaceutical companies to Kansas.

Legislators approved the higher education budget before adjourning earlier this month for a three week break, but rejected a proposal by KU and Brownback for $2 million for the translational institute.

Several legislators had said they didn't understand what KU was seeking.

KU spokesman Tim Caboni said, "We appreciate the governor's continued support of the proposed institute. The TCBI would be good for the Kansas economy."

Brownback also said legislators need to complete work on the Kansas Department of Corrections budget.

And he said he wants them to allocate $5 million more to reduce the number of people with physical and developmental disabilities who are on waiting lists for services.

Comments

Richard Heckler 11 months, 3 weeks ago

" They have also said that technologies and drugs produced by the institute will attract more pharmaceutical companies to Kansas."

These type of industries can produce some toxic waste sites.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 months, 3 weeks ago

He is trying to make it look like he is spending money on education. I can't wait to see the lies in his campaign ads.

James Howlette 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Oh woe is me that these legislators I specifically campaigned to elect won't fund my requests, wink, wink, nudge nudge. Of course I favor spending money on education! It's those darned uncooperative legislators who totally don't do my exact bidding when I ask. I'm not giving up... until I'm reelected and no longer need to keep up appearances.

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