FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky officials have spent nearly $ 1 million to replace office furniture for hundreds of legislative staff who work in the State Capitol and the Capitol Annex in Frankfurt.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Mike Wynn, spokesperson for the General Assembly’s Legislative Research Commission, said the purchase was necessary.
“In short, we’ve reached a tipping point,” Wynn said. “Our furniture is over ten years old and many items have suffered significant wear and tear over the years. It is now cheaper to replace these items than to repair them.
Fifty executive offices were purchased for almost $ 1,350 each. Meanwhile, over 290 bookcases were purchased for $ 815 each and 276 guest chairs for $ 339 each.
No new furniture was purchased for lawmakers and their employees.
Wynn said the LRC “has contacted several vendors to discuss the scope of the project.”
“However, due to production limitations and supply chain issues, most were unable to meet our deadline before the 2022 legislative session,” he added. “Our Louisville-based supplier, with whom we have already purchased furniture, was the only one who could meet the deadline, so we entered into a non-competitive negotiation.
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