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MERCER: Veterans home project in Hot Springs part of larger pattern

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PIERRE -- The escalating price for building the new State Veterans Home at Hot Springs really shouldn't come as a surprise.

Whether a home or a business or a public project, the price tag quite often winds up higher than planned.


For example, bids on state highway work generally are within 10 percent of estimates.

But sometimes they come in much higher.

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