ATLANTA -- A recently created panel of Kentucky officials has surveyed agency heads' capital requests and come up with a four-year, $3.6 billion list of projects that would require $2.3 billion of bonds -- setting the stage for a debate over increased bonding at a time of budgetary stringency.

The Capital Planning Advisory Board, which was established by the Kentucky legislature in 1990, presented its first report on capital needs Wednesday. The board withheld judgment on most of the projects, giving its blessing to only two bond-financed undertakings: a $70 million state office building in Frankfort and a $26 million court facility in Lexington.

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