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Hann said he would support a bonding bill next year, in its proper place in the legislative cycle, and only for projects that provide real value to the state. Putting a bonding bill in a budget year, he said, leads to far too much “horse trading.”
Aging State Capitol
The biggest ticket item on the governor’s wish list is the $109 million request to fund repairs to the aging State Capitol, where workers have wrapped scaffolding around large chunks of the north face of the building to repair the crumbling facade. If the repairs aren’t done now, the Capitol could be swathed in scaffolding for decades as repairs continue piecemeal, warned Spencer Cronk, commissioner of the Department of Administration, which is overseeing the Capitol renovation.
If the funds are approved, the plan is to oust the Capitol inhabitants and complete massive renovations in one big push. Right now, Cronk said, the Capitol’s stone is deteriorating, its pipes are leaking, it lacks proper ventilation and the wiring is shot.
“We are certainly at a tipping point,” Cronk said. “This building has reached a point in its life where restoration is critical to extend the life of the building and reduce spending for the next hundred years.”
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