Frontiersman - Letter to the Editor April 24, 2005
Residents of Juneau recently informed the rest of Alaska they wish to present us with a plush, new $100 million capitol building, and the bill to pay for it. Fortunately, my colleagues in the Legislature saw the wisdom to reject this remarkable edifice.
Most Alaskans recognize this transparent attempt to keep the capitol in Juneau at their expense. For my constituents in the Mat-Su, maintaining the capital in Southeast means the continuation of a cash cow for Juneau. It means a continuation of an exorbitantly expensive place to visit, and it means Juneau will continue as the seat of an extremely costly government bureaucracy.
I oppose spending money on a new facility, especially a slick new building to house politicians. We in the Legislature should not be lavished with such grandeur. Instead, a simple, functional, efficient, practical building will do.
When itís finally time to bid Juneau adieu, real options exist. The state owns free and clear a massive building in downtown Anchorage. The Atwood Building would easily fulfill the requirements of a new capitol. With some retrofitting, it could easily accommodate all offices of the Senate, House, Governor, and headquarters of the various agencies...and still have room left over.