LANSING — A U.P. state representative is doubling down on his call for investigation into a new office building for Senators in Lansing.
Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) officially requested that Attorney General Bill Schuette investigate the Senate’s rental of the Capitol View office building, which is a one hundred thirty four million dollar endeavor. Opponents of the move argue that the money could be better spent elsewhere.
“Michigan is in a bad spot financially,” said Dianda. “We’re trying to take care of the Flint water issue. We’re trying to fix the roads. We’re trying to make sure local government is funded, and now we’re going to spend over a million dollars per Senator so we can have a new office building. I find it totally ridiculous. You know, us Yoopers do one thing: we fix up what we’ve got, and we make it do, whether it’s commercial buildings or residential. I think this is something that needs to be brought front and center, and this needs to stop.”
Dianda is also concerned about the proximity of the new Senate offices to those of registered lobbyists.