Plan to Upgrade State Office Building Draws Controversy

Frankfort, KY – The budget given to Kentucky lawmakers by
Governor Ernie Fletcher includes 46 million dollars
to renovate the State Office Building. The upgrades
would mean the 12 story structure would be
empty for the next few years, as floors are
revamped and filled with new furniture.

State officials want the building formerly used
by the Transportation Cabinet to reflect the
Cabinet's new 113 million dollar headquarters,
which are located across the street in Frankfort.

The proposed renovation has drawn criticism from
some lawmakers, who say the money could be
better spent elsewhere. The $46 million dollar
figure is very close to the amount of money cut
from universities in the Governor's budget.

Some legislators who support the plan say
the renovations are needed so taxpayers can
terminate Frankfort leases for other office