Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Pataki Wants Taxpayer Funding of Ground Zero Building

NEW YORK, NY, January 11, 2006 — Governor Pataki says he wants taxpayers to fund a cultural building at Ground Zero. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

The governor has proposed spending $80 million for the Snohetta building, which was originally meant to house the Freedom Center and Drawing Center. But will now be used as a visitors center and 9-11 related exhibition space.

This is the first time state funds will be used at Ground Zero. However, officials with the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation insist their $500 million fundraising campaign will meet its goal, regardless of state support. So far, they have raised over a hundred million dollars from private sources. They also intend to start raising funds abroad, from nations and individuals who feel connected to the events of September 11.

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