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News from Representative Nornes

Friday, March 30, 2012
The Annual Glendalough Walk is set for April 21st this year. This is a great way to raise money to keep our park looking great and accessible to everyone. I’m sure some of you have heard the Capitol building in Saint Paul is in need of structural repair. The outside of the building is deteriorating and the inside is in need of maintenance. The bonding bill to renovate the Capitol building provides $221 million in general obligation bonds over four years to repair and restore the State Capitol. As a note, appropriations must be used for structural integrity and soundness; these appropriations cannot be used for furnishings or moving expenses. The Capitol Preservation Commission has said $241 million is needed for comprehensive restoration of the State Capitol. Some of the most critical work to maintain the integrity of the building are to the infrastructure not visible to visitors such as the wiring, heating and cooling, and fire protection systems. Work to repair the outer dome and inner done has been done in piecemeal fashion since the 1970s. Each year high school juniors from each House District are chosen to be a part of the House of Representatives High School Page Program. Pages assist House members in daily activities and also assist members during various committee meetings. You can find more information on the House website regarding the program and applications to the program. This week we have had longer floor sessions and have been busy in various committee meetings. If you have any legislative questions please contact my office at 651-296-4946 or you can reach me by email at rep.bud.nornes@house.mn Sincerely, Bud
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