JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri attorney general’s office is proposing to use money from consumer fraud cases to renovate its office space.

A proposal before the Legislature would spend nearly $3.2 million to remodel two floors of the Broadway State Office Building used by staff for Attorney General Chris Koster.

Koster, a Democrat, said Wednesday that the remodeling won’t be fancy and is intended to make the facilities equivalent to a modest law office. The remodeling would remove a low ceiling, replace worn carpet and cubicles and improve the heating and cooling system.

But Republican Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee’s Summit, questioned whether it is a wise use of money to remodel an office while the state is considering cuts to higher education and other programs because of a budget shortfall.

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Comments (4)
  1. stlmom4 says:

    I also question refurnishing — what about the set budgets each legislator gets annually for their offices–AND then they get to take the furniture when they leave office?!!! Pot calling kettle black. At least in Koster’s case, it SOUNDS like common-sense remodeling, not refurnishing.

  2. Nancy says:

    Is he freaking kidding? $3.2MM to remodel two floors of his offices? Now? I bet when he’s defeated in November, that will wipe that grin off his face!

  3. Honestly says:

    Talk to just about anyone in the AG’s Office, and you will hear about an AG who loves to decorate and micro-manage our desktops and our wall space. He also involves top staff in making sure we are looking good, at least according to him. Koster gets rid of the staff who protects consumers and instead focuses on making sure new lighting is perfectly hung, new conference tables are exactly centered and walls get a mauve makeover. But have you looked at his Website? Embarrassing. Wrong priorities.
    What was his campaign slogan — all pretty, no protecting consumers?
    How should the fund money be used according to the law: Money in the merchandising practices revolving fund shall be available for the payment of all costs and expenses incurred by the attorney general in the investigation, prosecution, and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter, and to provide funds for consumer education and advocacy programs.

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