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SEN. POSTHUMUS ANNOUNCES NEW SENATE PROCESS TO CUT FURNITURE COSTS RELATED TO MICHIGAN CAPITOL RESTORATION PROJECT

 SEN. POSTHUMUS ANNOUNCES NEW SENATE PROCESS TO CUT FURNITURE COSTS
 RELATED TO MICHIGAN CAPITOL RESTORATION PROJECT
 LANSING, Mich., Feb. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Senate Majority Leader Dick Posthumus (R-Alto) said Michigan's continuing budget crisis indicated an obvious need for greater oversight and cost-cutting procedures related to furniture acquisitions involved in the Michigan Capitol Restoration Project. Posthumus ordered a comprehensive review of Senate office furnishing expenses on Jan. 16 and today announced that he is immediately implementing a plan to cut the Senate office furnishing budget by more than half.
 The plan will be implemented as follows:
 -- Further Senate furniture purchases are hereby suspended.
 -- Existing pieces from senators' Farnum Building offices and from storage will be utilized.
 -- The Senate carpenter shop will build the balance of pieces in cases where existing furniture cannot be utilized.
 -- The project manager has been directed to return or sell, at no loss to the Senate, all antique pieces purchased since Posthumus was elected to the post of Senate Majority Leader. Eight of the most costly items have already been returned at no loss.
 Posthumus has also appointed Administrative Assistant Lori Packer to represent the Senate on implementation of the Capitol Restoration Project.
 "My efforts to cut costs will be greatly enhanced by the designation of one individual in my immediate office who will closely monitor the Senate restoration expenditures. She will devote the necessary time and attention to the Senate side of this vital project and report to me on a frequent basis," Posthumus explained.
 "The Michigan Capitol Restoration Project launched in May of 1985 will be completed," Posthumus stressed. "But, all those involved in this project must tighten their belts, just as Michigan citizens are tightening their belts in these tough economic times."
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 /CONTACT: Guy Gordon of Senate Republican News Office, 517-373-8880/ CO: Michigan Senate Republican News Office ST: Michigan IN: SU:


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