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Indiana House upgrade includes $760 leather chairs

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 9:06 am

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House of Representatives' Statehouse chamber and committee rooms are getting a $750,000 upgrade that includes new leather chairs.

The improvements include new carpeting throughout the chamber, improved digital cables and 127 new leather chairs. The chairs were bought from the Indiana Furniture Company in Jasper for $760 apiece.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/Vh1U0O ) House staff has allocated $338,000 so far for upgrades to the House chambers and committee rooms. Roughly $130,000 has been spent so far this summer.

Republican House staff said they are selling the old chairs to earn back some of the money.

Office upgrades at the Statehouse have been a political sticking point for some. Republicans questioned Democratic Schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz's decision to spend $86,000 on improvements at her offices last year.