Museum supporters disappointed
By LAURA ERNDE / Staff Writer
ANNAPOLIS - Gov. Parris Glendening said Tuesday he'll consider funding a Civil War Museum in Hagerstown if project supporters line up federal and private sources of funding.
But museum supporters say they'll keep trying to convince the governor that Maryland needs to offer its commitment first.
Glendening did not include the museum's $3 million request in his proposed fiscal 2002 capital budget. He could still choose to add it later this session in a supplemental budget.
"We are very disappointed. We were depending on the capital budget to kick off the program. We need Maryland to lead on this project and everything else will fall right into place," said museum spokesman Dennis Frye.
Glendening said he supports the museum concept, but the proposal is short on specifics about how the $46 million project will be funded and who will pay the annual operating costs.