Capitol to be open on Saturdays beginning in June

By Ray Wilbur
Listen Up, Lansing

After nearly 20 years of being closed to the public for tours on Saturdays, Lansing’s 136-year-old Capitol building will be opening its doors this month for residents and tourists alike to tour the state’s Capitol. The Michigan State Capitol Commission, formed in 2014 to oversee the Capitol, decided last Tuesday to hire another tour guide, allowing the Capitol to provide more hours for touring, chairman of the commission and clerk of the state House Gary Randall said. The new tour guide will cost about $33,000 a year, according to Randall. Randall said any additional costs would be small by comparison to the return on investment that the commission hopes will be created by the new Saturday tours. “I think this is going to engage the public and be a great service for citizens in the area and in Michigan,” Randall said.