The Norman Transcript

April 11, 2014

Yes to Capitol and museum

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Two major spending bills have emerged from the powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committee headed by Norman Rep. Scott Martin. Both are up for passage in the full House of Representatives. We believe both deserve passage.

The first, the larger of the two, authorizes a $160 million bond issue to repair and restore the crumbling Capitol building in Oklahoma City. It is an embarrassment to visitors to see the state’s Capitol wrapped in yellow caution tape. The work is long overdue.

The second measure, creating a trust and appropriating $40 million from the state’s unclaimed property fund, is also in need of support. Donors have pledged to match the $40 million to complete the American Indian and Cultural Center and Museum.

That unfinished building may be the bigger embarrassment for the state. It sits on the crossroads of two major interstates. Contractors ran out of money two years ago. We’re paying $68,000 per month just to mothball and secure the site.

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