Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Don't like the water shut-offs in Detroit? Now you can pay someone's overdue water bill
- Approaching construction on the highway? Experts say the "zipper merge" can help
- Living off the grid can be illegal
- Those who want to outlaw publications over sexually explicit ads should study Constitution first
- These three female candidates could be some of the most interesting leaders in Michigan
Politics & Government
Fri October 4, 2013
Michigan's House and Senate sells old carpet...and people are buying
Earlier this summer, the state’s House and Senate chambers got facelift. The $370,000 renovations included replacing the chamber’s carpet, which was held together by duct tape in several spots.
Now that carpet is being cut up, and put on the market for anyone who wants a piece of legislative tapestry — er, history.
As the Detroit Free Press’s Kathleen Gray reported, at least 170 people have requested swatches of the Senate’s old carpeting, which are “being sold for $25 for an 8-by-14-inch swatch and $50 for a 27-by-27-inch square.”
One interested buyer is state Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing), who already has two carpet squares hanging in her office from when her father served as the director of Michigan’s Department of Commerce forty years ago. She’s looking to pick up two more:
“It’s a great opportunity to have a little piece of history,” she said. “And I’ve been fortunate enough to have served in both chambers, so I’ll display a little chunk of the carpet I walked on in that time.”
- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom