Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Funding for the Old Slave House?
Just got an e-mail that the Daily Register in Harrisburg is reporting this afternoon that there's money in the budget for the Old Slave House.

The article isn't online yet but according to the editor Terry Geese, they had a call this morning from state Rep. Brandon Phelps' office that there were two line items of interest in the budget unveiled earlier today by Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The first is $150,000 for the Old Slave House and the second was $325,000 for Sahara Woods a DNR site in western Saline County. Geese didn't know if these were capital line items or general revenue money - an important distinction on whether or not the state intends to open the sites.

Capital money can only be used for building projects and the like. Phelps had worked to include $100,000 in last year's capital budget, but it never passed.

I'll add more when I know more.