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Gov. Walker defends kitchen renovation at executive residence

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker defended his wife's request for nearly $500,000 to remodel a kitchen at the executive residence.

The Wisconsin Department of Administration is asking the State Building Commission for $478,700 to pay for renovations to both the main floor kitchen and an upstairs kitchenette at the governor's mansion.

On Tuesday, Walker said no taxpayer money would be used for the renovation. The proposal is to raise funds privately.

The governor said the kitchen isn't used by his family, but is used for hundreds of events at the residence every year.

"[Tonette Walker] doesn't use that kitchen. We use the one in Wauwautosa but it is an industrial-grade kitchen, one that hasn't been fixed for about a quarter of a century. The last time they made modifications was about the time I was in high school and it's falling apart," Walker said.

The kitchen was last updated in 1986.

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