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Move capital from Juneau? Over my dead body!

On the fate of Juneau, the candidates were asked if they would publicly state their opinion about moving the capital of Alaska out of Southeast.

"The state government supports it and therefore I do," Miller replied. "Even if you were to evaluate it on purely economic grounds, the studies at least that I've reviewed suggest it would not be economic to move the capital."

McAdams chose slightly stronger words in his response. "Let me be clear: over my dead body," he said.

Miller said he "absolutely" supports the building of a road out of Juneau, but then turned the argument towards regulatory burdens, indicating that the federal government was the main roadblock to the project.

McAdams said that improving transportation in Southeast is imperative, and that funding needs to be secured for any projects that arise. "I'm a big marine highway transportation guy," he said.

Source: Capital City Weekly coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Sep 22, 2010

Transcontinental Railroad was once a "Railroad to Nowhere"

[In the context of the "no earmarks" pledge from the Citizens Against Government Waste signed by Miller], McAdams said that arguing against projects--like the much maligned & lampooned "Bridge to Nowhere"--was arguing against the future of Alaska.

McAdams said that improving transportation in Southeast is imperative, and that funding needs to be secured for any projects that arise. McAdams said about Juneau, "Whatever we do, whether we get better Alaska Class ferries or whether we build a road, it's going to take federal support. These are non-constitutionally mandated appropriations that we're talking about."

Citing the "Bridge to Nowhere", McAdams said, "There was a time in this country when the Transcontinental Railroad was a railroad to nowhere, there was a time in this country when the Hoover Dam was a dam for no one," he said.

"The first order of business needs to be to connect Southeast Alaska through earmarks," he concluded.

Source: Capital City Weekly coverage of 2010 Alaska Senate debate Sep 22, 2010

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