Housing agency pays big bucks for dining furniture

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LANSING, Mich (WILX) -- The agency charged with creating affordable housing for Americans is under fire for spending lavishly on dining furniture.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is spending more than $31,000 to redecorate secretary Ben Carson's office.

That price tag includes eight dining chairs, at about $1000 a piece, two armchairs costing about the same, and a table with two pedestals coming in at $4000 .

HUD is also going to have to pay $2500 to ship the furniture.

One official at HUD says she was demoted after pushing back on requests to find funds beyond the$5000 legal limit to redecorate Carson's office.