Budget woes halt restoration of statue for Capitol

August 4, 2008 6:22:21 PM PDT
Budget problems are reaching all the way to the top at the state Capitol. The planned restoration of the "The Genius of Connecticut" statue to the Capitol's dome has been put on hold because of budget concerns.

"It really just did not make the cut for what we wanted to start on and have in the construction season right now," Gov. M. Jodi Rell, a Republican, said Monday, following the State Bond Commission meeting. "It does not meant that we won't do it somewhere down the road, but I'm making no promises."

The 18-foot-tall allegorical statue was placed atop the dome when the building was constructed in 1878. It was damaged during the 1938 Hurricane and removed. During World War II, it was broken up and melted down for munitions.

The state has spent over $300,000 to have a New York art foundry begin to create a hollow bronze replica of the original, but has yet to approve spending another $360,000 to finish the job.

House Speaker James Amann, D-Milford, said the state has other priorities in these tough fiscal times.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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