Maryland officials complain of shabby Capitol grounds

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Posted: Nov 20, 2015 3:48 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The governor's mansion in Maryland appears pristine and well-kept, with new flowers and clean landscaping. Just across the street, a national historic landmark — the state Capitol — sits among piles of unraked leaves, weeds and untrimmed bushes.

The grounds have become so shabby that state officials are exploring the possibility of forming a nonprofit foundation to raise money to better maintain them.

The discussion arose Friday during a meeting of the State House Trust, which oversees the Capitol and the grounds around it.

Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford says budget constraints have strained staffing and resources at the Department of General Services, which maintains the grounds. Rutherford told a deputy secretary at the agency who attended the meeting to put money in the budget for more upkeep.