Ohio officials reject Miami University's chair purchase

March 24, 2009
State controlling board objects to university's choice of $522 chairs

From The Columbus Dispatch: A seemingly routine request by Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, to purchase $167,000 worth of office chairs ended with a rare rejection by the state Controlling Board, a legislative spending oversight panel. In a 6-1 vote, lawmakers rejected the purchase after realizing that university officials decided to purchase the most expensive office chairs available -- the Aeron stretched-fabric brand. Of the 333 chairs purchased, 245 of them designated for staff and faculty offices cost $522 apiece. Chairs for conference rooms ranged from $397 to $446 each.

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