The Wisconsin Department of Administration is asking the State Building Commission to approve $478,700 in general fund supported borrowing for kitchen renovations at the Governor's mansion.Since when does the spouse of the governor get to direct how taxpayer money is being spent? Who does she think she is, Todd Palin?
The request for the revamp of both the first floor kitchen and the second floor private quarters kitchenette originally came from First Lady Tonette Walker.
The First Lady and members of WERF, the non-profit Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation, first pitched the idea of kitchen renovations to the State Capital and Executive Residence Board in September of 2011.
Minutes from that meeting show that WERF was going to request in-kind donations to replace the kitchen without any structural/permanent changes.
But in the DOA's request to the State Building Commission, the project description includes several changes to the kitchen with the installation of new equipment, such as commercial grade storage cabinets, shelving, disposal, dishwasher, oven, stove, refrigerators and freezers.
It also calls for the installation of new cabinetry and updates to existing ceiling and lighting features.
But half a million of our tax dollars being squandered so she can cook chili? Apparently, croquet games and Koch-O Brown lipstick doesn't draw in the money like they thought it would. Either that or maybe Walker diverted that money to his legal defense fund. He will be needing that real soon like.
And if you want to see what a half million dollar kitchen looks like, check it out.
If this story seems like old news, that just might be because I told you about it here first.
I'm sure that those tax watch dogs, like Wisconsin Reporter, Media Trackkkers, and CRG will be getting right on this.
H/T to a special friend of Cog Dis for the article and the picture.