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Capitol repair project revives building budget argument (12:48 p.m. 7/22/09)

Paul Snyder
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An estimated $1.4 million project to repair damage caused by moisture in the Capitol dome is rekindling a debate about whether the building needs its own pool of maintenance money.

State Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, and chairman of the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board, said the building needs the pool of money to draw from for repairs and maintenance projects, but legislative support is hard to gather.

The Wisconsin budget has one pot of money for all state building projects, he said, meaning if upgrades are needed, for example, at the Capitol, a University of Wisconsin classroom building and a state office building, those projects have to compete with each other for the money.

But Charles Quagliana, a Madison-based architect who has worked as a project manager on Capitol improvement projects, said the state does not have a history of shortchanging the building.

With roughly $160 million invested in Capitol projects during the past 12 years it is hard to make a case for the building not getting the attention it needs, Risser said.

Bids for the moisture repair project are due Aug. 4, and a mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held Thursday at the Capitol.

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