Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009

Topekans push for Statehouse funding

February 16, 2009


— Officials in Topeka are asking lawmakers to restore funding for the final phase of Statehouse renovations.

Supporters say low material costs, low inflation rates and the lack of impact on the current year’s budget mean there is little reason to suspend the restoration’s completion.

Doug Kinsinger, the president of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, says there’s probably not a better time to invest.

The Capitol Restoration Commission in December declined to authorize the bonds for the final phase of what has become a $285 million project. House leadership called it a “symbolic gesture” as the economy declined.

Susan Mahoney, of Downtown Topeka Inc., says tourism spikes during states’ sesquicentennial years. Kansas’ 150th birthday is in 2011, when the project was expected to be completed.


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