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Wisconsin DOA stalling on updated Capitol damage figures

It's now been more than a month since Department of Administration spokeswoman Carla Vigue said "it may be several days" before the state had an estimate of the damage caused to the state Capitol by protesters. Last week Tuesday, Vigue said it "could be another week" still. More than a week later, when Isthmus went to press, no new information had been provided.

Vigue says Chuck Quagliana, a historic preservation architect who works for the UW-Madison, conducted his "initial walk-through" on March 10. "He is now verifying what he initially saw so he can give us a report of what the damages are and suggestions as to how we can address them."

Initially, a DOA official claimed in court that tape from banners and signs had caused $7.5 million in damage; the damage estimate, including Capitol grounds, was later reduced to $347,000. And stone expert Jacob Arndt believes the tape caused no damage at all (Watchdog, 3/17/11).

Quagliano did not return phone messages from Isthmus.

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