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Officials reconsider Capitol cleanup estimate

March 10, 2011
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MADISON, WI — Department of Administration officials who initially estimated that cleaning the Capitol from the protests would cost $7.5 million said it might cost less, according to WISN-TV.

"I have no idea where they got that from, and I would say if somebody thinks that''s how much it''s going to cost to clean up here, no wonder they can''t balance a budget," said protester Laurie Beth Clark.

Other protesters were quick to point out that many of the posters were attached with tape that was designed not to leave a mark, the article stated.

At a news conference Friday afternoon, Secretary of Administration Mike Huebsch said the cleanup cost could range from $347,500 to $7.5 million, the article noted.

"How that figure was developed was by a division of state facilities consulting an outside state vendor and trying to determine the need that we would have to in order to get the Capitol back to pre-protest timeframe and to the point where we had it after the restoration," Huebsch said.

According to the article, restoring the building to the way it looked before the protests started, and not the way it looked 10 years ago, might cost closer to $347,500.

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