Legislators' Office Building to Cost Over $700 Million - Is this a Scam?

Politicians are going to get a very expensive makeover to their office building, at a price WAY higher than similar projects. The State Office Building on the Capitol grounds is where members of the Minnesota House have their office. The building also hosts the Secretary of State's administrative office and has committee rooms. But politicians say it's outdated and want taxpayers to renovate it for them.

The renovation is coming at a cost of $498 Million with an additional $200 Million or more in private financing (interest) for the project. Which means this building is going to cost taxpayers a whopping $700 Million.

We spoke to an expert in building construction and renovations and found out that new construction on a government building is about $591 per square foot. The State Office Building is 290,136 sqft currently, and there will be an additional 166,000 sq ft added in the project. That means new construction of a building would be $270 Million - a figure less than half of what's being done.

With roughly 2.5 million taxpayers in Minnesota, the cost for politicians' new luxury office building is $280 per taxpayer. And there's only 134 members in the Minnesota House, so that means it costs taxpayers more than $5 million to house one legislator.

All of this comes at a time where prices are skyrocketing and hurting families due to inflation. We're also seeing property taxes rise significantly in the twin cities area. Plus, Democrats just raised taxes on gas, license tabs, sales and deliveries. 

We have to ask...with this project being so costly and being privately financed, is this some sort of scam against Minnesotans? How could this project cost us this much money?!

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  • Russell Jackson
    commented 2023-11-23 11:17:33 -0600
    It is always easier to spend someone else’s money. Just like the schools in MN so they can teach kids how to hate America and that all minorities are “victims”. Maybe the money should come from the welfare budget. But it can’t. These are the DFL voters.
  • Paul Bade
    commented 2023-11-23 09:34:27 -0600
    How could this cost so much? Easy – ask the union bosses which bid to take before the bidding starts. Don’t save up for the work, just borrow the money.

    “Outdated” is a poor reason for remodeling. Inefficiency or repair by upgrade are justifiable, but the benefit of efficiency improvement must be sufficient to justify the cost. I don’t see that the taxpayers will get $700 million of improved legislative performance out of this. Even if the renovations enabled cutting legislative expenses in half, it would take a century for this to pay off.
  • Jake Duesenberg
    published this page in News 2023-11-22 14:45:27 -0600