Skubick: Money for Capitol infrastructure stalled

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A proposal to spend $50 million to repair the State Capitol infrastructure has been delayed.

Some lawmakers are concerned about writing a blank check to get the job done.

“The language in the bill was extremely broad and I’m very cautious with the taxpayer dollar,” explained Rep. Lana Theis.

Everybody agrees that the aging and dilapidated infrastructure under the State Capitol is in dire need of repair and if the work is not done now, the cost down the road will be even more.

The price tag is fifty million bucks but when the Capitol Committee presented the proposal to lawmakers this week Brighton lawmaker Theis objected.

She wants limitations written into the bill.

“You don’t get to go out and bond for anything tangentially related to an improvement,” said Rep. Lana Theis. “It’s not a blank check in that the money is just in a bucket and they get to spend it however they want.”

The Capitol Commission, however, wants the flexibility to make repairs when unforeseen problems arise.

“They want to be able to adapt to what they find,” said Rep. Ed McBroom. “You can discover `oh my goodness there were more problems that we thought’. We still get in on that discussion to say ok, maybe weren’t not ready for this now.”

Representative McBroom is drafting language to slap some parameters on the spending with a vote on that expected Thursday and then the repairs will likely go forward.

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