Capitol office remodel

A group of repurposed semi-private office spaces currently being used by legislators on the first floor of the Idaho State Capitol, Thursday, March 10, 2022.

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BOISE — Legislative budget writers approved the final list of big capital investments for the state for this year on Thursday, including a $112 million new state prison, $75 million in upgrades to Idaho’s state veterans homes, and a surprise addition: $11 million to remodel the state Capitol for private offices for legislators.

All the debate in the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee was about the prison; no one even brought up the Capitol office remodel plans. They also weren’t included in the governor’s budget recommendation or the Permanent Building Fund budget request, from which JFAC voted to allocate the funds.

Capitol office remodel

The office space of Rep. Bruce Skaug at the Idaho State Capitol, Thursday, March 10, 2022. Skaug’s office is among a group of repurposed spaces being used by legislators that are not fully private.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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