- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Members of Juneau’s legislative delegation believe the governor’s commissioners should live in the capital city.

Sen. Dennis Egan, and Reps. Cathy Munoz and Sam Kito III have sent a letter to Gov. Bill Walker expressing concern that only two of the 14 state commissioners have committed to living in Juneau, KTOO reported (http://bit.ly/18NX1Dz ). Walker’s spokeswoman, Grace Jang, says the governor intends to respond by letter to the delegation on the request.

Education Commissioner Mike Hanley lives in Juneau year-round, and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten said he will live in Juneau during the legislative session. Cotten also owns two homes in Alaska, however, and plans to spend time at least part of the year at those homes.

Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott both live in Juneau.

Egan said government works better when everyone is in the same city.

“With all state agencies, most of them headquartered here in Juneau, it makes sense to the delegation,” Egan said. “You know, teleconferencing is fine, but a one-on-one, face-to-face with their commissioners works a heck of a lot better.”

The delegation made the request weeks after an Anchorage area lawmaker suggested permanently moving the legislative session, not the capital, from Juneau to the newly remodeled Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage.

The request also addresses another concern of Juneau lawmakers, the co-called capital creep, or the slow migration of state jobs out of Juneau.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

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