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Wis. officials back off $7.5 mil cleanup estimate


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin officials now say the cost to repair damage at the state Capitol could be as low as $350,000.

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch (HIPSH) says the original $7.5 million estimate to repair marble damaged by tape was a "high-end" estimate. An updated report from DOA says a majority of the $350,000 would cover a crew to perform "very limited" restoration on the marble as well as landscape restoration.

DOA originally said it would need $7 million to repair damage and between 60,000 and 500,000 just to assess the condition of the building.

Huebsch also says they are concerned whether the number of people in the rotunda could have caused any structural damage or safety issues in the Capitol. Protester numbers inside the Capitol have peaked at around 5,000.

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