In today’s Union Leader’s GraniteStatus column, John DiStaso writes of a newly renovated bathroom in the state house:
With the so-called "bathroom bill" passing the House by a single vote yesterday, the state GOP wants to know details of renovations made to the same State House rest room that Republican Rep. Fran Wendelboe has suggested be turned into a "unisex" facility.
Wendelboe and state GOP spokesman Ryan Williams say the $72,000 item was contained in a much larger appropriation approved late in the 2007 session.
With the restroom recently re-opened, Wendelboe sent us a photo of its fancy new sinks, sconces and marble wall and counter top. It’s a public rest room, but Wendelboe says it’s used by the women of the House and Senate leadership.
Wendelboe said she thought it was worth pointing out in these "terrible economic times," and GOP spokesman Williams this week sent "Freedom of Information Act" requests for all the paperwork on the renovations to Commissioner of Administrative Services Linda Hodgdon and leading legislative Democrats, including House speaker Terie Norelli, Senate President Sylvia Larsen, Sen. Maggie Hassan and Rep Dan Eaton.
"The extravagant renovation of the speaker and Senate president’s bathroom seems like a gross misuse of public funds, especially at a time when the Democrats are claiming that we can’t cut spending and we must raise taxes," said Williams. "The public has a right to know how their government spends their money."
72 Grand later… Nice sconces, eh? Nothing’s too good, apparently, for our lawmakers. Recession? Shut up and pay your taxes! And what’s up with the paper towels stacked on the counter? Can’t they be put in the shiny new dispensers? Note the marble bathroom stalls reflected in the mirror– Did Roman emperors have it this good?
[H/T Fran Wendleboe]