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N.H.’s not alone in seeking to spruce up its state capitol

New Hampshire isn’t the only state looking to spruce up its State House this year.

That’s according to Stateline, which reports officials are seeking money for capitol repairs in a number of states, including Alaska, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Wyoming.

“This is no different than a person taking care of their own home,” said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, who pointed out a cockroach to reporters on a recent tour of the state capitol’s basement, according to The Oklahoman .

The latest version of New Hampshire’s capital budget for the next two years, as passed by the House and awaiting action by the Senate, including $472,445 to repair and regild the State House dome (in addition to $700,000 for the project included in the previous capital budget), $450,000 for a new roof on the State House Annex building and $330,000 for an elevator upgrade in the Legislative Office Building.

And, of course, House leaders would like $560,000 to replace the temperamental voting system in Representatives Hall.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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