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Legislators Considering $100K Worth Of New Chairs

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(WLNS) - Here are the six bids submitted by Michigan furniture companies; they range from $800 to $1500 per chair and 110 seats are needed.

Taxpayers might be asking, what the heck is wrong with the old chairs?

Here is the House business manager who reports the chairs are twenty-four years old and they are not ergonomically correct.

Tim Bowlin, House business manager explains, "A lot of wear and tear on those chairs and they were never designed with ergonomic features."

These two lawmakers had no idea they were getting new seats and they don't want them.

State Rep. David Rutledge says, "My chair is just fine. My road is not. I'd much rather see us spend the time and dollars getting the roads in the state fixed."

The business manager says he has a responsibility to preserve the Capitol building and in the long run taxpayers will actually save money by purchasing the chairs now rather than later.

"There's no doubt. There's no doubt we are because somebody is going to have to do these type of things not only the chairs but dome painting, all those type of things in the future and those costs are going to go up."

State Rep. Sam Singh, "That is their job so I understand why they would say that but we are here to see some long term fixes to our roads and infrastructure."

 Although the final decision has not been made, indications are the furniture contract will go the this Lansing company, DBI, which is owned by Governor Snyder's cousin.

Democrats earlier this year complained when the Governor's relative got another state contract they called it cronyism and favoritism. The Governor denied that.

Mr. Bowlin is aware of that controversy but he reports DBI produced the lowest bid and the highest quality product.

Rep. Rutledge adds, "I think its a serious conflict and we have always looked into that aspect of it. if it doesn't pass the smell test, there is an issue."

The bid for these new chairs will be finalized soon and they should be on the floor by the end of this year or early January.

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