Wyoming Capitol Renovation Will Be Debated During Next Year’s Budget Session
A proposed $125 million dollar renovation of the Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne will be up for debate during next year's budget session of the Wyoming Legislature. Senate President, Sen.Tony Ross, says while some lawmakers may balk at the price tag, proponents of the project will stress the need for the renovation, which would include overhauling the building's electrical, wiring, heating, cooling, and fire suppression. Ross says the there is no sprinkler system in the building, the electrical system is completely outdated and the plumbing system is not functional. He says they "makeshift" every year as pipes break.
Ross says other changes would also be made to restore or maintain the building's historically significant attributes. He says lawmakers already have access to much of the funding they need. During the past decade the Legislature has put $107 million into a special fund reserved for the capitol renovation and related projects.