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Official: Contractor wants $20 million more for empty prison

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A corrections official has informed a legislative panel that the general contractor responsible for the new state prison in Fort Madison seeks an additional $20 million in state payments for its work.

Janet Phipps, director of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services, on Thursday told the House Government Oversight Committee that Walsh Construction of Chicago believes it is due somewhere around $20 million for the company's role in the project.

This revelation comes after the Iowa Department of Corrections confirmed that an often-cited $132 million cost for the empty Iowa State Penitentiary was inaccurate, and that the price tag had risen to $166 million.

Rep. Clel Baudler, a Greenfield Republican, tells the Des Moines Register that the project is a "colossal screw up" that will cost Iowa taxpayers.

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