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Falling down

Gazette staff January 11th, 2012

Reality knows a good metaphor when it sees one. The state Capitol building is falling apart.

Falling chunks of limestone on the building’s southeast side have forced workers to set up scaffolding and fencing. That exterior damage, coupled with needed electrical wiring and plumbing repairs, has an estimated price tag of $130 million, according to state Department of Central Services officials.

Gov. Mary Fallin, for one, has floated the idea of a bond issue to fund Capitol repairs. For hardcore right-leaning state lawmakers, however, bond issues are about as unpopular as getting hit in the head by falling pieces of building, so how this gets resolved remains anybody’s guess.

In the meantime, the next time Chicken-Fried News finds itself visiting our hallowed Capitol building, we’re wearing a hard hat.

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