By The Associated Press
10:52 AM CDT, August 27, 2011
The University of Kansas has given the state $4.5 million in unused bond proceeds that immediately were applied to the Capitol restoration project.
The Lawrence Journal-World reported the money comes from the recently completed University of Kansas pharmacy building, which was finished $4.5 million under budget.
Officials say the savings came from lower-than-expected construction costs caused by the recession.
The long-running restoration of the Statehouse is projected to cost about $285 million.
Senate President Steve Morris congratulated the university on finishing the building project under budget, which he says doesn't happen very often.
Gov. Sam Brownback quipped that the university's only requirement was that the Indian statue on top of the Capitol dome be painted red and blue.
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