NORMAN — For many legislative sessions, Oklahoma lawmakers have been wrestling with needed repairs at the State Capitol. It has never been a question of what needed to be done. It’s a question of how to pay for it. Lawmakers this past session earmarked $120 million to begin a renovation at the state Capitol and various state buildings. A Long-Range Capital Planning Commission, made up of nine appointed members, began its work this week.
The group toured three state buildings in Oklahoma City. The tour did not include the state Capitol, but that will come soon.
Commission members are charged with coming up with an eight-year plan to repair the Capitol and other state buildings.
We suggest the Capitol building itself get first priority. Falling pieces of the exterior have caused state officials to cordon off various areas and entrances to the historic building. It’s an embarrassment to bring visitors to the Capitol and have them maneuver around barricades to get in.
The repairs have been delayed for many years, only causing the price tag to rise. We’re hoping this is the year that something significant gets done.