BOSTON (WWLP) – The Massachusetts State House is getting a facelift, but it will cost taxpayers nearly $50 million to fix it all up. The State House is an old building, built back in 1798. While much has changed since then, some lawmakers say the old building is desperately in need of repair.
State Rep. John Scibak (D-South Hadley) provided 22News with one example of the disrepair: “An individual left and a light literally fell down and crashed on the desk,” Scibak said.
A proposed $40 million in renovations would improve the Massachusetts House and Senate Chambers.
“On the House side, if you look up at the top, you can see how the plaster is crumbling, lights are falling, you know, the building is old!” Scibak said.
But it’s not just the legislative chambers; the governor’s office is also undergoing $9 million in renovations. The money comes from a borrowing bill to fund major infrastructure projects throughout the state, but some believe that the money could be more wisely spent.
“Sure, there are some upgrades to the building that need to be made, but first we need to make sure our children are taken care of, our schools are taken care of, our roads are paved, and we have public safety at the forefront,” said Rep. Nick Boldyga (R-Southwick).