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Monday, January 09, 2006

PORKBUSTERS UPDATE: Blanco Office Gets Lavish Remodelling

More details are emerging about Gov. Kathleen Blanco's post-Katrina spending, including the complete remodelling of a floor of office suites for her staff, according to Louisiana media reports.

Capital News Bureau's Mark Ballard says the project will cost more than $568,000 and will include:

"The newly refurbished office space on the sixth floor of the State Capitol includes hookups and mounts for two flat screen televisions, Swedish granite countertops, walnut paneling and frosted laminated glass.

"The floor, which will not be accessible to the public, was redesigned to add three new offices, a conference room and file storage areas. About 20 members of the governor's staff – who focus on constituent services, children's issues, women's policies and other functions – will work on the newly restored floor."

A Blanco spokesman said the project was put out to bid before Hurricane Katrina and it was decided to proceed with the work after the Hurricane to avoid any suits by unhappy contractors.


Go here for the full report.