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Long-needed Capitol restoration project gets new attention, planning funds

Just when everyone at the Capitol is looking for a way to scrimp and save, the time is  approaching when another huge expense is looming.

A committee of legislators, the governor and others concerned about preservation of the 106-year-old Capitol building today approved $150,000 to come up with a plan for restoration of the building that is showing its age.

Ultimately, the bill to restore the building could reached $200 million, according to some estimates.

This has been one of those projects that have been passed on to the next group of leaders for years. But preservationists say that “we’ll worry about it tomorrow’’ may no longer be a good enough plan. “Tomorrow’’ may be here.

To date, no one has suggested that gaming may be the way to cover the cost.

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