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January 19, 2017 02:05 PM UTC

GOP Shower Stall Showboating Backfires

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  • by: Colorado Pols

UPDATE: Denver Post reporting, Jerry Sonnenberg says let ’em hang:

The three GOP lawmakers who voted against the project were Sonnenberg, Sen. Randy Baumgardner, R-Hot Sulphur Springs, and Rep. Jon Becker, R- Fort Morgan.

The department’s request is part of an ongoing suicide mitigation program and came after a patient unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide last year using a pair of pants and the shower head in a bathroom at the Pueblo facility.

Moments after the committee meeting ended, Gherardini said the agency remains committed to the project and will continue to push its case to the Joint Budget Committee, despite the negative recommendation from the Capital Development panel.

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Rapper Birdman’s golden toilet.

The Denver Post’s Jennifer Brown reports on a Colorado budget line-item raising hackles among Republican lawmakers:

A request for $235,109 to make nine bathrooms at a state mental-health hospital suicide-proof is prompting outrage from Republican lawmakers who suggest it is evidence of wasteful government spending.

The reaction to the proposal in the context of a $28 billion budget illustrates the intensity of the spending battles expected in the 2017 session as Colorado lawmakers negotiate a deal to find more money for big-ticket priorities, such as a potential $500 million bond to improve roads and transit…

“Are you using the same contractor that the feds and military does that costs us a million (dollars) a toilet?” asked Sen. Jerry Sonneberg, R-Sterling. “You simply do the math, it’s $20,000 a shower. Couldn’t you remodel a whole bathroom for that?”

Sonnenberg later took to Twitter to say of the request: “You can’t make this stuff up.” He included a photo of the budget request document and wrote “NO” at the top.

As the Post reports, this budget request stems from a suicide attempt last year at the Pueblo state mental hospital. That attempt identified a need to change the design of showers at the facility to make it harder to tie off a noose. Of course we’re not talking about your home bathroom, which would likely cost less than $20,000 to remodel. These are bathrooms in a secure facility, designed to be tamperproof and to protect mentally ill Coloradans from self-harm. The changes would continue existing suicide-proofing that has already occurred at other state facilities.

Rep. Jon Becker, R-Fort Morgan, suggested the price tag is too much and remains unconvinced it is necessary, even as he acknowledges that preventing suicide “is a great thing.” [Pols emphasis]

We haven’t heard yet if this request was approved today by the Capital Development Committee, but we’ve heard that Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg’s public disparagement of this line-item is making at least some fellow Republicans politically uneasy. The amount may sound excessive at first glance, but in the proper context it’s not really unreasonable at all.

And suicide prevention is just not something we would advise grandstanding against.

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4 thoughts on “GOP Shower Stall Showboating Backfires

  1. Like repeal of the ACA, what is Senator Sonneberg's replacement alternative?  These people are wards of the state.  The state has a responsibility to house them in safe environments.  It is an issue that needs to be addressed so what are their proposed solutions?

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