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Funding request for governor's mansion withdrawn

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Money to pay for a $478,000 renovation project at the governor's mansion will be sought through private donations instead of taxpayer funds as originally proposed.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration says Wednesday the nonprofit Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation will seek private donations for the project.

The funding request was removed from Wednesday's agenda for the State Building Commission, although Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch says it will return if enough donations cannot be raised.

The project includes renovation of the first-floor kitchen, as well as the private quarters kitchenette on the second floor. The main kitchen was last renovated in 1986, while the residential kitchen on the second floor has not been renovated since the late 1960s.

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12/7/12
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Administration is asking the State Building Commission for $478,700 in general fund-supported borrowing for kitchen renovations at the governor's mansion.

WKOW-TV reports the request for the revamp of both the first-floor kitchen and the second-floor private quarters kitchenette originally came from first lady Tonette Walker.

The first lady and members of the nonprofit Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation, or WERF, first pitched the idea of kitchen renovations to the State Capital and Executive Residence Board in September 2011.

The DOA request says the improvements are needed because the main-floor kitchen has not been renovated since 1986 and is used to prepare food for over 15,000 visitors annually.

The request says WERF is raising money to contribute toward the project but does not give an estimate.


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