Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
Stillwater NewsPress, May 17, 2014
Time to fix dangerous Capitol
It’s time to fix the crumbling state Capitol.
In case you missed it, last weekend a 5-pound chunk of concrete fell from the ceiling and crashed onto office desks in the basement of the state Capitol. Luckily, it was the weekend and no one was working.
The outside of the building has been crumbling for years, and some areas have been blocked off because of falling facade.
In her February State of the State address, Gov. Mary Fallin called on the state legislature to provide funding for repairs. A few weeks ago, she vetoed 15 bills and urged House officials to move forward with pressing issues, like the state budget and Capitol repairs.
Friday, the House appropriations committee called for a $120 million bond issue to repair the Capitol. The bonds will be issued for 10 years only.
Capitol repairs will be overseen by the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee - a bipartisan committee comprised of three appointees each by the governor, and leaders of the House and Senate.
This is just the first step. The full House must approve the bond issue and creation of the oversight committee.
The state Capitol is the symbol of Oklahoma. Nobody wants our state to be thought of us a crumbling old wreck.
Capitol repairs are long overdue. We hope the full House agrees and will vote to approve the bond issue.
The Oklahoman, May 18, 2014
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