Christmas at the Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The state Capitol is decorated with garland and poinsettias.

But budget cuts have taken some of the sparkle out of the decorations fund, and most of the decorations are plastic.

State spending on Christmas decorations is down about 22-percent this year.

Many poinsettias are fake now in the six state government buildings decorated by the Georgia Building Authority. Most of the foil wraps they sit in are reused from last year.

The penny-pinching extends all the way to Governor's Mansion, which only has 12 live trees inside the house this year. That's an extravagance by most standards, but a big change from the 30 or so live trees hauled in last year.

Overall, state government spent about $33,500 on holiday decorations this year, down from more than $43,000 last year.

A building authority spokeswoman, Alisa Pereira, says last year's price tag may have been higher than usual because officials started investing in reusable plastic decorations.

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