LANSING – Lawmakers have been down in the guts of the Capitol on rainy days to see the leaks, a statehouse official said.
That's why John Truscott, vice chairman of the Michigan State Capitol Commission, said he's confident legislators will find a way to pay for the estimated $62.5 million in repairs and renovations needed in the mechanical guts of the 138-year-old building. He said that's true even as Republicans trim the budget to make room for a potential cut to the state income tax.
The building needs upgrades to its heating and cooling systems, pipes and other innards. The aging systems are putting the National Historic Landmark at risk; high humidity damages decorative paint, for example.
After legislation that would have allowed the commission to borrow for the repairs failed to advance last year, the commission and lawmakers are now taking a different tack. The repairs, Truscott said, would either be funded through the state's capital outlay process, a formal mechanism for paying for state building upkeep, or through a general appropriation from the Legislature.