Governor Fallin Embraces 'All Options' for Capitol Repairs

Jan 17, 2013

Yellow barricades block the south entrance of the crumbling capitol building.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin wants legislators to find a way to pay for repairs to a crumbling Capitol building and says she supports "all options" for meeting the estimated $160 million price tag.

After touring the Capitol on Thursday with the state architect and building maintenance supervisors, Fallin said she's growing concerned about the health and safety of people who work in the building.

The state already has erected yellow barricades to prevent pedestrians from approaching the south side of the building, where large chunks of limestone have been falling from the building's facade.

A proposed $200 million bond issue to pay for building repairs was overwhelmingly shot down last year in the House, where conservative lawmakers have grown increasingly opposed to approving state-backed debt.

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