Unlike Sen. Bob Wirch, I can joke about the governors mansion as a needless expense, but he's dead serious. He does make sense, and I'm coming around his way of thinking. He explains that point in his recent press release:
Wispolitics: Senator Bob Wirch (D-Somers) is reaching across the aisle to his
The value of the mansion alone is estimated at $1.5 million, and when combined with the land, the value is believed to exceed $2.5 million. Operating costs ... $250,500 annually, including a 4.5 member staff. A separate appropriation for maintenance and operations ... cost the state an additional $322,700. According to the state’s Legislative Council, six states – Vermont, Idaho, California, Arizona, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island – do not have Governor’s mansions or executive residences; in fact, California turned its former mansion into a state park.