Topeka — 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.