Fasano wants 'Taj' judges, officials to testify before his Senate committee
Two judges and other officials who participated in the planning of the new 1st District Court of Appeal building have been invited to explain the lavish courthouse at a state Senate committee meeting in January. Opened this week, the building has been labeled the "Taj Mahal'' by critics who say its African mahogany, granite surfaces, bathrooms and kitchens for every judge are over the top for a government project built during a recession. Sen. Mike Fasano, chairman of the Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee, sent invitations late Tuesday to Judges Paul M. Hawkes and Brad Thomas; Department of Management Services Secretary Linda South; and State Court Administrator Lisa Goodner. The New Port Richey Republican said he also plans to invite the construction manager from Peter G. Brown Inc., which managed the contract. Read more here.