MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Efforts to restore and clean up the state Capitol after last year’s demonstrations cost about $200,000, far less than a state official’s controversial estimation of $7.5 million.
A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report Thursday says the cost included payment for cleaning walls, reseeding grass and hiring a consultant.
The cost became an issue on March 3, 2011, when Gov. Scott Walker’s administration was in court fighting a lawsuit seeking to open the building to the public. A Department of Administration official estimated that protesters had already done $7.5 million in damage to the building.
The next day the Walker administration acknowledged it didn’t have much to back up that claim.
Department of Administration spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster had no comment on the difference between the estimate and the actual spending.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com