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GOP also complaining about power plant agreement

Wagle, Brownback
Wagle, Brownback AP

Include GOP state lawmakers among those complaining about the Brownback administration signing a nearly $20 million lease-purchase agreement to build a new power plant for the Capitol and the state’s office buildings without receiving the approval of the Legislature. “It’s clearly something that wasn’t vetted by the Legislature,” Senate President Susan Wagle, R-Wichita, told the Topeka Capital-Journal. Rep. Mark Hutton, R-Wichita, who serves on the joint building committee, said the Department of Administration circumvented the appropriations process. “I think it’s atrocious,” he said. The first payment on the agreement is due in March and wasn’t included in Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget submitted this month to the Legislature, the Capital-Journal reported. – Phillip Brownlee