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Budget cuts bring change to Capitol Campus

Post by Brad Shannon / The Olympian on Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
January 27, 2011 8:42 am

The director of the state’s landlord agency met with The Olympian editorial board Wednesday and covered a lot of topics. Joyce Turner, the Department of General Administration’s director, said the agency is streamling operations and making progress in consolidating other agencies’ functions and services. …

Visitors to the Capitol Campus will notice the effects of budget cuts well beyond the dirty Capitol dome. Maintenance of buildings is less stringent and the Capitol grounds haven’t looked the same for a while now as staffs shrunk and GA moved to more sustainable practices for grounds keeping and also is cutting spending on activities once taken for granted. For instance, sustainable maintenance practices are requiring less mowing, more mulching and less watering of lawns. Also, Turner said no tulips were planted on campus last year and won’t be again this year due to spending cuts. And, the Tivoli Fountain might not operate in order to save the $5,000 monthly cost for electricity and water.

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