May 14, 2011

Mike Huebsch's original damages estimate

Finally tracked this back down, which I'd seen ages ago but had forgotten where it was: It's right here. Big ups to @matt_t1.
Condition assessment, recommendations, and cost estimate for work: $500,000.00
Restoration Work
$6,000,000.00 INTERIOR*
$1,000,000.00 EXTERIOR
* Does NOT include any carpet replacement.
Latest bid came in at $112K, so first bid probably didn't get the job.

And apparently NO carpet required replacement.

Meanwhile the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel threw up another Capitol damages story late Friday night, which is much harder to find right now than the initial screaming "Capitol security costs pass $7.8 million" top-of-the-index-page headline was. Reports the MJS:
The recent huge protests at the Capitol did an estimated $270,000 in wear and tear to the building — less than 4% of an early damage estimate given by Gov. Scott Walker's administration.
Well, no, because the $269,550* includes $108,500 for "exterior repair," $3,100 for "ongoing repairs," $30,500 for "custodial services," $1,900 for "photography," and $13,800 for the "assessment," leaving $111,750 in "wear and tear to the building."

So it's actually 0.018625% of the early damage estimate.

Apples to apples, people. Shrubs are neither part of the building nor the building's interior, unless you count GOP Sen. Glenn Grothman.

But constructors had him condemned and sold off for scrap years ago.

* Some of the interior damage is actually attributed to people in wheelchairs, if you can believe that. No winning "optics" in there.

7 comments:

gnarlytrombone said...

which is much harder to find right now than the initial screaming "Capitol security costs pass $7.8 million"

Grrr. It'd sure be nice if the media weren't easier to play than a toy piano.

I haven't seen one reporter address the obvious question of why Huebsch held up the security numbers and then ladled them all over Quagliana findings like giblet gravy over meatloaf.

illusory tenant said...

Haynes never answered my Judge Sumi question, by the way.

gnarlytrombone said...

I wonder if he's in over his head. He hasn't written anything - even on Twitter - since late March.

illusory tenant said...

The best MJS story I've heard lately is that Mabel Wong selected Rick Esenberg to write a column over Paul Secunda, who is a labor and employment law scholar. A revealing little tale, that.

gnarlytrombone said...

I daydream about launching a new opinion journal called 'Sconsin Smart Set.

matt1t said...

I spent a bit tracking that back down - glad the effort was worth it. Mainstream media obviously didn't find it important to show that preposterous little piece of paper.

*okay, technically it is not the paper that is preposterous, but rather its writings and its having been presented as anything but preposterous, nevertheless...

illusory tenant said...

Kudos to you, good sir.