Opponents of this legislation should consider two questions:
If the state were just now deciding where to locate our capital city, would it be reasonable to ask the City Council of Olympia to agree to forgo intense development on the isthmus in order to protect the views from and to the Capitol Campus?
Would city leaders be likely to accept this limitation as a fair trade for the enormous benefit of being the capital city?
Here's my consideration:
The last time there was a serious attempt to move the state capitol from Olympia was just about 100 years ago. Tacoma tried to step in and snatch the seat of government. There was a less serious attempt in the 1950s that involved quietly moving state agencies up to Seattle. We beat back that challenge, along with others.
So, I don't really consider the threat to move the state capitol serious, even hypothetically.
And, for the "enormous benefit" we receive as being the capitol city, I wonder how many city's our size would appreciate their largest industry not paying property taxes?
Also, since Lacey and Tumwater are now having nice new state buildings built in them, its high time the state legislature dip into their local planning processes as well.