Archive for Friday, June 1, 2012

Statehouse Live: No funding to complete Capitol visitor’s center

June 1, 2012


— The $320 million Capitol renovation project has resulted in new offices for legislators, elegantly restored House and Senate chambers and showcase meetings rooms.

But a proposed Visitor's Center remains undone and there are no funds available to finish it, officials said Friday.

"Does not make us look very good," House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, said. He said the Visitor's Center was the primary part of the "people's building" dedicated to helping visitors enjoy a visit to the historic Capitol.

Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said he wants to explore options to get the Visitor's Center finished. He said the state should consider soliciting private funds for the project, or issuing bonds that would be repaid with private funds.

"It's an integral part of this majestic building," Morris said. "We can't have a glaring hole on the north side of the building," he said.


Centerville 5 years, 10 months ago

Give me a break. Morris knows exactly why there's no funding for this. He was in on the shenanigans and this is his choice. Not getting out my violin for this one.

littlexav 5 years, 10 months ago

What about the $500 million budget surplus from this year? Or are they saving that to try to stem the long-term $2.5 billion deficit we're expecting as a result of the budget they passed this session?

Tracy Rogers 5 years, 10 months ago

How about having the legislators donate their $315,000 they got for going over the 90 day deadline?

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