And Michael Brown, of course:
Renovations in state Capitol offices used by Gov. Kathleen Blanco staffers jumped in cost by more than 50 percent partly because the state used a private company and expensive walnut trim and granite countertops, according to a published report.
The project, one part of larger renovations begun long before Hurricane Katrina, had originally been estimated to cost $111,000 but the price tag jumped to just under $300,000, according to a review of documents by The Advocate.
FWIW, this represents a growth rate of 270%, not 50%. But to be fair, math really isn't a strength for Big Media, unless it's simple addition of whole numbers to count dead soldiers.