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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Illinois, the exemplar of fiscal responsibility, just paid $481K for 4 chandeliers and 2 sculptures. Which makes perfect sense considering the state is broke, recently had its credit downgraded, and all pay for legislators has been suspended   ( divider line
    More: Asinine, capitols, Illinois, Illinois Attorney General, Michael Madigan, state capitols, balanced budgets, office software, office space  
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2013-09-08 11:42:19 AM  
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Yeah, it looks really bad blowing what is (to everyday people) a lot of money on decorative stuff when financial times are crappy-- but the total cost of things listed in TFA amounts to less than 1% of an otherwise BADLY needed renovation.

And besides, the building is the seat of the state government-- nothing wrong with having some class.  Especially if the money to make the light fixtures and statues went to in-state businesses.

Of course, the smartest approach would have been to have a series of fundraisers to pay for the pretty stuff. That's how the Oklahoma capitol building dome was funded about ten years ago.

It looks very nice.
2013-09-08 02:28:35 PM  
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ipsofacto: Rincewind53: A state capitol building should be grand.


Because much as we knock it, government is important, and because much as we knock it, symbolism is also important.
2013-09-08 01:17:17 PM  
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olddeegee: It's a building that will last 100 years, all in all a better use for the money than they usually come up with.

I agree. "OMG IT COSTS TOO MUCH" is what leads to horrific disasters of civic buildings that inspire winces more than civic pride.

A state capitol building  should be grand.
2013-09-08 10:45:37 AM  
1 vote:
If you don't support Government spending then you love George W Bush

/Yes, that was intentional
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