Basics go begging at U.S. Capitol, Kansas
The Kansas City Star
Any home or business owner knows to keep money stashed in case the roof needs to be repaired or replaced because if the roof goes, everything else is at risk of damage.
That practice apparently has been abandoned by Congress, where the Capitol dome — under which lawmakers’ rancor explodes — has been allowed to deteriorate. Water seepage from years of the roof leaking will cost millions of dollars to repair.
The New York Times reported that the dome has 1,300 known cracks and breaks. The dome has not been renovated for half a century.
It will falls in line with highways, bridges, airports, buildings and other instances of deferred government maintenance because there isn’t enough tax revenue to cover the expenses of keeping things in good repair.
It’s not much better in Kansas, where the state plans to issue additional bonds and use transportation money to help fund more work on the Capitol and its grounds. What happened to government reserves for such things?
Each capitol’s construction demands is an example of shortsightedness and bad planning that would doom a business, because of more costly repairs, and land a homeowner on the street. Lawmakers need to stop the screaming and shouting and take care of the basics.