State Capitol Upgrades Halted

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate President David Williams has halted
renovations on Kentucky lawmakers' digs at the Capitol Annex.
Williams, a Burkesville Republican, sent a letter to Legislative Research Commission director Robert Sherman on Wednesday informing him of the decision to indefinitely suspend renovation work at the annex.
State officials were reviewing bids this week to renovate the
building's second floor. Plans called for new Senate offices, caucus rooms with kitchens, a news conference room and a Senate lounge. There were also plans to buy new furniture, appliances and electronics.
In his letter to Sherman, Williams says he determined to indefinitely suspend the renovations because of "present financial constraints affecting segments of state government."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Zeke Location: Olin on Jun 5, 2008 at 02:21 PM
    Vote them out. People keep reelecting these jerks hoping to have the crumbs to fall off the table into their district, like it would be worth letting them have a big pile just to get the crumbs. WAKE UP PEOPLE it is time to quit saying "well the next one will just do the same thing". Give them one term then OUT, no exceptions, if they knew they only had one term then they might work at the job instead of partying and loafing.
  • by Frank Location: Lexington on Jun 5, 2008 at 02:16 PM
    Guess widescreen Williams is tired of having to wait for his paiges to walk back and forth from the Capitol to the Annex in the Air-conditioned and heated underground tunnel, so he wants an office in the Capitol too so it's more convenient. Ya know what, I work in a 4 by 6 cubicle in a state office building, and I have a federal budget in the millions of dollars...but I feel its more important to use our money to help people at the field-level than to waste it giving myself amenities...cause believe me with the money we have there is the discretion to have nice offices out of it, but we refuse to do so because the people of KY deserve better. Maybe I should run for office, but oh wait. The legislators passed a law that I can't be a legislator because I'm a merit employee, I would have to lose my pension and merit-status to be a legislator because it's a "conflict" but it's not a conflict for Moberly to vote on Education Bills and him the VP of EKU? They are all crooks in my book!
  • by Mary Location: Lexington on Jun 5, 2008 at 10:16 AM
    Bingo!! Do you think King David finally gets it?!! No...just too many eyes on him right now, and let's keep it up!! Hopefully next time he's up for election, people will be smarter and vote in someone who really cares about those who put them in office to start with. Arrogance is getting so old in politics -- it's time for major changes!
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 5, 2008 at 08:24 AM
    Outrageous! Just when I was gonna visit the Capitol and take advantage of a nice Lazy-Boy lounger, kick my feet up and watch the 52" HDTV that all were to be installed. Now I will have to sit on that piece of broken lawn furniture, prop my feet up on an old whiskey barrel and watch that 19" B/W Panasonic. Outrageous!
  • by newswatcher Location: lexington on Jun 4, 2008 at 09:29 PM
    Poor little legislators stuck in those small offices with old furniture. Maybe that's why they can't get their work done on time during the regular seesion. Maybe if they had nice big,comfy offices with big cherry desks they would be more productive. Then after working so hard, they could go relax in their cozy lounge. The taxpayers are suffering through paying 60 bucks for a tank of gas, taking out loans to send kids to college, living through inflation without any decent pay raises and King David is worried about senators being comfortable while they "work". For as little as they are there, they aren't even working then. Cubicles would be sufficient. Or I would be glad to loan them my office in a well known state building...the carpet is nearly new at 25 years old and we just had the ceiling tiles replaced after the last rain soaked through. And if King D thinks we believe he's being altruistic in halting renovations...we know better. Constituents have chewed some behinds!
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Jun 4, 2008 at 07:20 PM
    good for him. it's the smartest decision a legislator has made in years.
  • by mike Location: somerset, ky on Jun 4, 2008 at 07:14 PM
    our legislators are getting too arrogant. they don't seem to care what the public, who they are supposed to represent, thinks, they darn well do what they please or whatever profits them or their friends the most! it seems to me!
  • by shannon on Jun 4, 2008 at 04:13 PM
    Our state leaders got caught...we need to stop electing crooks to office...
  • by Tim Location: Corbin on Jun 4, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    This is just another pose from the King. They can't very well have a special session and take away the teachers retirement plan while the gold fixtures are being installed in the Senate chambers. Williams stinks, he is the worst state level legislator in the USA. When are people in Burkesville going to wake up and elect another Senator?
  • by Larry Location: Lexington on Jun 4, 2008 at 03:15 PM
    What do Law Makers need with new offices, they aren't there to do any thing. It would be a waste of tax payers money.


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