Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/08/2001 01:41 PM FIN

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                  STATEWIDE TELECONFERENCE                                                                                    
               HB 103-APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET                                                                                
             HB 104-APPROP:  MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
The following overview was taken in log note format.  Tapes                                                                     
and handouts will be on file with the House Finance                                                                             
Committee through the 22nd Legislative Session, contact 465-                                                                    
2156. After the 22nd Legislative Session they will be                                                                           
available through the Legislative Library at 465-3808.                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 LOG SPEAKER                DISCUSSION                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 00 - 36                                                                                                        
      SIDE A                                                                                                                  
 000 CO-CHAIR MULDER        Opened the House Finance Committee                                                                  
                            meeting on statewide teleconferencing,                                                              
                            noting that each testifier would be given                                                           
                            a time-limited opportunity to testify in                                                            
                            support or against proposed budget                                                                  
                            changes.                                                                                          
 158 DAVE PERKINS -         Testified in support continued funding                                                              
      KODIAK                for the Kodiak radio broadcasting and the                                                           
                            current satellite system.                                                                         
 323 DON ROBERTS - KODIAK Requested continued and greater funding                                                               
                            for people suffering from disabilities.                                                             
                            He noted his request for continued                                                                  
                            funding for the State's independent                                                                 
                            Living Council.                                                                                   
 437 DAVE JONES - KODIAK Requested transportation costs for the                                                                 
                            Alaska Marine Highway be funded at 100%                                                           
 510 MIKE MILLIGAN -        Referenced Section 7 & Section 15 and the                                                           
      KODIAK                motor fuel tax.  Mr. Milligan spoke in                                                              
                            support of paying an income tax rather                                                              
                            than taking money from the Constitutional                                                           
                            Budget Reserve (CBR).  He recommended                                                               
                            raising the State fuel tax.                                                                       
 700 Co-Chair Mulder        Noted that the State would receive an                                                               
                            additional $40 million federal dollars                                                              
                            this year.                                                                                        
 741 KAREN WILLOWS -        Voiced concern with the proposed funding                                                            
      HOMER                 for fish and wildlife concerns throughout                                                           
                            the State.  She noted that problems have                                                            
                            been increasing.  She recommended more                                                              
                            dollars for the laws passed over the past                                                           
                            few years for greater public safety.                                                              
 830 Co-Chair Mulder        Pointed out that there was funding                                                                  
                            provided for one general fund supported                                                             
                            trooper and five federal funded troopers.                                                         
857 SUSAN KERNES - HOMER Testified in support of full funding for                                                               
                           public broadcasting.                                                                               
998 ELAINE OLSON - HOMER Testified in further support for alcohol                                                               
                           treatment programs.                                                                                
1116 HAL SMITH - HOMER     Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                           public broadcasting, specifically public                                                             
                           radio.                                                                                             
1187 JAN HENRY - KENAI     Testified in greater financial support                                                               
                           for the Department of Military & Veterans                                                            
                           Affairs budget and specifically regarding                                                            
                           the local emergency planning committee                                                               
                           proposed move from Department of Military                                                            
                           and Veterans Affairs to the Department of                                                            
                           Environmental Conservation.  He stressed                                                             
                           that funds need to be appropriated to                                                                
                           keep local emergency committees afloat.                                                              
                           Mr. Henry requested further support for                                                              
                           the Alaska State Troopers.                                                                         
1329 JOAN BENNETT          Requested increased funding for mental                                                               
      SCHRADER - KENAI     health concerns and additionally for the                                                             
                           Alaska State troopers.                                                                             
1425 PATRICK HICKEY -      Testified in support of additional                                                                   
      KENAI                funding for education.                                                                             
1525 KARN ROGER - KENAI    Spoke in support of greater funding for                                                              
                           the juvenile probation officers in the                                                               
                           Kenai area.                                                                                        
1580 BILL COMER - VALDEZ Spoke in support for increased funding                                                                 
                           for the local jails and the Department of                                                            
                           Corrections.                                                                                       
1653 Co-Chair Mulder       Commented on the concerns voiced                                                                     
                           regarding the Valdez jail.                                                                         
1665 DIANE MCBRIDE -       Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
      HOMER                public broadcasting and the Alaska                                                                   
                           connection project.                                                                                
1797 LEN MALMQUIST -       Voiced support for greater funding for                                                               
      KENAI                the local emergency planning committees.                                                             
                           He noted that he had provided written                                                                
                           testimony regarding Emergency Medical                                                                
                           Services (EMS) services on the Kenai                                                                 
                           Peninsula.                                                                                         
1893 Representative Croft  Asked if guaranteeing funding for fire                                                               
                           suppression could keep the fires smaller.                                                          
1910 Mr. Malmquist         Replied that it would, adding that it                                                                
                           would be money well spent.  He offered to                                                            
                           provide researched data.                                                                           
1946 Co-Chair Mulder       Asked how this could differ from the                                                                 
                           current "hot shots".                                                                               
1959 Mr. Malmquist         Replied that currently fire-fighting                                                                 
                           crews are assigned and are on mobile                                                                 
                           stand-by.  The funding could change that                                                             
                           delegation.                                                                                        
1980 Representative        Noted that appeal had been indicated in                                                            
      Hudson                Subcommittee.  He understood that the                                                               
                            placement would be throughout the State.                                                            
                            He asked for further ideas for                                                                      
                            operational prevention of fires.                                                                  
 2025 Co-Chair Mulder       Advised the Legislature's reluctance to                                                             
                            start new programs.                                                                               
 2039 LOTTE BOGARD - KENAI Spoke in support of the Governor's Back                                                              
                            to Basic's Health initiative, which would                                                           
                            help the State deal with the tuberculosis                                                           
                            (TB) outbreaks throughout the State.  She                                                           
                            noted the need for additional funding for                                                           
                            public health nurses.                                                                             
 2149 JAMES FISHER - KENAI Spoke to legislation that would provide                                                              
                            protection and treatment for women that                                                             
                            are not covered on Medicaid or Medicare,                                                            
                            which could improve their chances for                                                               
                            survival from cervical and breast cancer.                                                         
 2209 Co-Chair Mulder       Advised that those funds had been                                                                   
                            attached as a fiscal note to the                                                                    
                            Governor's bill.                                                                                  
 2228 BRAD ANGASAN -        Testified in support of the 15 percent                                                              
      DILLINGHAM            increase in VPSO salaries.                                                                        
 2311 WARD JONES -          Spoke in support of greater funding for                                                             
      DILLINGHAM            the Department of Environmental                                                                     
                            Conservation's budget component.                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 01 - 36,                                                                                                       
      Side B                                                                                                                  
 046 CATHY FLAVIN -         Voiced support for full effective funding                                                           
      DILLINGHAM            for the Tobacco Prevention and Control                                                              
                            Program.                                                                                          
 176 GREG DONEWAR -         Requested full restoration of funding for                                                           
      DILLINGHAM            contact jails and the utilization of                                                                
                            community jails.                                                                                  
 351 Co-Chair Mulder        Acknowledged that Dillingham does have                                                              
                            the most problems with the contact jails                                                            
                            and overcrowding.                                                                                 
 379 PAUL SHADURA - KENAI Voiced support for full funding for the                                                               
                            Department of Fish and Game's budget.  He                                                           
                            noted that his testimony would be faxed                                                             
                            in.                                                                                               
 612 SHIRLEY HENLEY -       Stated that public health nurses need                                                               
      KENAI                 greater support.  She indicated support                                                             
                            for Governor Knowle's Back to Basics                                                                
                            program.                                                                                          
 686 CRISTY WILLER TILDEN Spoke in support of increased funding for                                                             
      - DILLINGHAM          the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse.                                                           
 819 Representative Croft  Asked how the 5% on prevention was                                                                   
                            playing-out in other states.                                                                      
 834 Ms. Tilden             Commented on a recent budget analyzed for                                                           
                            each State in the Union.  She noted that                                                            
                            Alaska was a third down that list.                                                                
 883 FRED NISHIMURA -       Testified in support for an additional                                                            
      DILLINGHAM           ranger for State Parks.                                                                            
1030 Representative Croft  Asked if the State had made specific                                                                 
                           commitments for park ranger funding.                                                               
1050 Mr. Nishimura         Replied that the agreement was signed in                                                             
                           1985 and noted that there were no                                                                    
                           provisions within the agreement.                                                                   
1166 BLANCH MURPHY -       Testified in support for additional                                                                  
      DILLINGHAM           funding for Head Start programs.                                                                     
                           Testified in support for increased                                                                   
                           funding for State VPSO's.  Ms. Murphy                                                                
                           noted her support for additional funding                                                             
                           for education and testified in support                                                               
                           for the Governor's request for increased                                                             
                           funding for alcohol treatment systems.                                                             
1361 CINDY QUIJADA -       Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
      HOMER                the University of Alaska.                                                                          
1424 BOB BENDA - VALDEZ    Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                           the University of Alaska.                                                                          
1581 CAROLINE RENNER -     Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      BETHEL               cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
1776 Co-Chair Mulder       Questioned the findings that indicate                                                                
                           that 74 percent of Alaskan's use snuff.                                                            
1813 Vice-Chair Bunde      Observed that children as young as five                                                              
                           chew tobacco.                                                                                      
1895 ANDREW GARRISON -     Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      BETHEL               cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
1941 Vice-Chair Bunde      Questioned the number of the patients                                                                
                          that had quit.                                                                                      
1963 Mr. Garrison          Noted that 55 patients had quit for up to                                                            
                           a year.                                                                                            
1975 CARRIE ENOCH -        Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      BETHEL               cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
2006 CHERYL THOMPSON -     Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      BETHEL               cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
2067 PAULA ALBERT -        Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      BETHEL               cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
2143 DAN BECK - DELTA      Testified in support of additional                                                                   
     JUNCTION             funding for education. Testified in                                                                   
                           support of inflation proofing the                                                                    
                           education foundation formula. Testified                                                              
                           in support of full funding for pupil                                                                 
                           transportation.                                                                                    
2238 Mr. Beck              Responded to questions by Co-Chair                                                                   
                           Mulder.                                                                                            
2250 JULIE SERSTAD - NOME Testified in support of the governor's                                                                
                           request for Back to Basic health                                                                     
                           services.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 01 - 37,                                                                                                       
      Side A                                                                                                                  
 069 Ms. Serstad            Continued her testimony.                                                                          
 159 Vice-Chair Bunde       Questioned if the rate of TB was tenfold                                                            
                            in their area.                                                                                    
 183 Ms. Serstad            Affirmed and stated that the cold arctic                                                            
                            environment and close spaces along with                                                             
                            transportation to and from Russia has                                                               
                            increased the incidents of TB.                                                                    
 249 Vice-Chair Bunde       Noted his concern with the rate of TB in                                                            
                            Nome.                                                                                             
 281 Representative Croft Agreed that TB is a problem in other                                                                  
                            areas of the State. He noted that the                                                               
                            Governor's request for Back to Basics was                                                           
                            $1.5 million dollars. He questioned what                                                            
                            steps would be taken to combat TB.                                                                
 345 Ms. Serstad            Stated that none of the funding was                                                                 
                            slated to come to their program at this                                                             
                            time. She indicated that a team of nurses                                                           
                            had been sent to areas afflicted with TB.                                                         
 472 Representative Croft Questioned the rate of epidemic and the                                                               
                            cost of treatment.                                                                                
 489 Ms. Serstad            Thought that 25 or 30 people inflicted                                                              
                            would be considered an epidemic. She did                                                            
                            not know the cost of treatment. She                                                                 
                            commented on the cost in administering                                                              
                            the medicines. TB is a terminal disease                                                             
                            if it is not treated.                                                                             
 663 JOSIE STILES - NOME Testified in support of state support for                                                              
                            the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries.                                                         
 792 TOM BOLEN - KOTZEBUE Testified in support of Local Emergency                                                               
                            Planning Commission grants.                                                                       
 1172 ROSS SCHAEFFER -      Testified in support of State support for                                                           
      KOTZEBUE              the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries                                                            
                            and the addition of 20 troopers.                                                                    
                            Testified in support of the Governor's                                                              
                            request for increased funding for alcohol                                                           
                            and drug abuse programs and added his                                                               
                            support for additional funding for Head                                                             
                            Start programs.                                                                                   
 1343 GREG RUSSELL -        Requested full restoration of funding for                                                           
      KOTZEBUE              contact jails and the utilization of                                                                
                            community jails.                                                                                  
 1511 JOHN WARD - KOTZEBUE Requested full restoration of funding for                                                            
                            contact jails and the utilization of                                                                
                            community jails.                                                                                  
 1601 BRUCE CULVER -        Spoke in greater funding for the natural                                                            
      BARROW                disaster and oil hazards.                                                                         
 1685 LUCIENNE HARGER -     Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      BARROW                funding for education.                                                                            
 1899 Co-Chair Mulder       Indicated that it would be more efficient                                                           
                            to block grant education funds.                                                                   
1922 PAUL CARR - BETHEL    Requested full restoration of funding for                                                            
                           contact jails and the utilization of                                                                 
                           community jails.  He added support for                                                               
                           further funding for the VPSO's and the                                                               
                           Department of Public Safety budget.                                                                
1995 LAVERN SMITH - NOME Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                      
                           cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
2059 Co-Chair Mulder       Advised that there is a misunderstanding                                                             
                           where those funds are directed.                                                                    
2090 RIC SCHMIDT - NOME    Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                           public broadcasting.                                                                               
2198 LIZ GILL - NOME       Testified in support of additional                                                                   
                           funding for education and substance abuse                                                            
                           programs.                                                                                          
2294 MARSHA MAROELLI -     Testified for greater funding for                                                                    
      NOME                 substance abuse and the tobacco abuse                                                                
                           funding.  She noted that tobacco funding                                                             
                           has not been available to the Nome area.                                                           
2350 TAFFY FOX - NOME      Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
                           cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 01 - 37,                                                                                                       
      Side B                                                                                                                  
069                        Testified in support of State support for                                                            
      WESLEY PERKINS -                                                                                                        
                           the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries.                                                          
      NOME                                                                                                                    
148 TOM OKLEASIK - NOME Testified in support of State support for                                                               
                           the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries                                                             
                           and the Department of Public Safety                                                                  
                           budget.                                                                                            
350 Representative         Asked about the Alaska Federation of                                                                 
      Hudson               Natives (AFN) funds source.                                                                        
367 Co-Chair Mulder        Explained that Senator Stevens had put                                                               
                           $15 million dollars in through the                                                                   
                           Department of Education.                                                                           
403 Mr. Okleasik           Understood that to be true.  He noted                                                                
                           that those would be a one-time fund                                                                  
                          appropriation.                                                                                      
441 JANE FRANKS - NOME     Spoke to the problems with alcohol, which                                                            
                           goes hand in hand with the VPSO's and the                                                            
                           substance abuse programs throughout the                                                              
                           State and the Department of Public                                                                   
                           Safety's budget.                                                                                   
530 LES DAENZER - BETHEL Testified in support of additional                                                                     
                           funding for education and for Head Start                                                             
                           and other preschool programs.  Mr.                                                                   
                           Daenzer requested greater funding for the                                                            
                           Department of Public Safety and indicated                                                            
                           how that would provide safety for the                                                                
                           children and the village areas.                                                                    
790 BILL FERGUSON -        Testified in support of additional                                                                   
      BETHEL               funding for education and drug and                                                                 
                            alcohol abuse counseling funding.  He                                                               
                            recommended that the problems be looked                                                             
                            at holistically.                                                                                  
 1008 JIM HASENOHRL -       Requested full restoration of funding for                                                           
      UNALASKA              contact jails and the utilization of                                                                
                            community jails.  Testified in support of                                                           
                            State support for the 15 percent increase                                                           
                            in VPSO salaries.                                                                                 
 1090 TERESA SOCPELALUK - Spoke against reduced funding for                                                                     
      SHAKTOOLIK            substance abuse and mental health                                                                   
                            services.  She encouraged full funding                                                              
                            for the rural human services programs.                                                            
 1166 DALLAS LEE DEXTER - Spoke in support for the North Slope                                                                  
      NORTHSLOPE            Institute of Learning.  She reiterated                                                              
                            her support for the infant learning                                                                 
                            program, which provides for the needed                                                              
                            early intervention.                                                                               
 1421 NEIL GEORGE - NORTH Testified in support of additional                                                                    
      SLOPE                 funding for education.  Testified in                                                                
                            support of the Governor's request for                                                               
                            increased funding for alcohol and drug                                                              
                            abuse programs.                                                                                   
 1527 JOHN CREED -          Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      KOTZEBUE              the University of Alaska.                                                                         
 1589 ROBERT BROWN - EKWOK Testified in support of State support for                                                            
                            the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries.                                                         
 1641 Representative Croft  Asked about the AFN grant.  He asked how                                                            
                            many villages have banned the use of                                                                
                            alcohol.                                                                                          
 1669 Mr. Brown             Replied that in Bristol Bay, there are                                                              
                            three communities that have voted to go                                                             
                            dry.  He added that there are 10 villages                                                           
                            in that area with VPSO's.                                                                         
 1715 REUBEN MIXSOOKE -     Requested funding for a children's home                                                             
     UNALASKA              bed for children that are abandoned                                                                  
                            because of alcohol abuse.  He noted that                                                            
                            there are 15 villages in that area.                                                               
 1786 Representative        Asked where most of the people go for                                                               
      Hudson                treatment.                                                                                        
 1797 Mr. Mixsooke          Replied it would be depend on where they                                                            
                            were "caught".  It would be either                                                                  
                            Kotzebue or Anchorage.  The Nome outlet                                                             
                            is outpatient only.                                                                               
 1832 Representative        Questioned the concept of a multi-                                                                  
      Hudson                generational home.                                                                                
 1843 Mr. Mixsooke          Voiced his support of that the idea and                                                             
                            that it stays in the village area.                                                                
 1866 STANLEY ACTIVE JR. - Testified in support of state support for                                                            
      TOGIAK                the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries.                                                         
 1953 HENRY ANELON JR. -    Testified in support of state support for                                                           
      LEVELOCK              the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries.                                                         
 2010 ERIC GEBHART - KAKE Testified in support of additional                                                                  
                           funding for education.                                                                             
2069 GUST TUNGUING -       Testified in support of State support for                                                            
      KALIBNIK             the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries.                                                          
2123 LUCY ENINGOWUK -      Testified in support of the Governor's                                                               
      SHISMARAFF           request for increased funding for alcohol                                                            
                           and drug abuse programs.                                                                           
2192 MINA NAYOKPUK -       Testified in support of the Governor's                                                               
      SHISMARAFF           request for increased funding for alcohol                                                            
                           and drug abuse programs.                                                                           
2280 KATRINA CHURCH -      Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
      PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND the University of Alaska.                                                                          
      COMMUNITY COLLEGE                                                                                                         
2298 DOUG ZEIT - CRAIG     Spoke in support of an income tax or use                                                             
                           of the permanent fund for mental health                                                              
                           programs.                                                                                          
2345 MARGARET O'NEIL -     Testified in support of the mental health                                                            
     CRAIG                budget.  Testified in support of the                                                                  
                           Governor's request for increased funding                                                             
                           for alcohol and drug abuse programs.                                                                 
                           Testified in support of State support for                                                            
                           the 15 percent increase in VPSO salaries                                                             
                           and social workers.                                                                                
184 Representative         Observed that only three persons had                                                                 
      Foster               testified on behalf of paying taxes to                                                               
                           raise revenues.                                                                                    
252 SUZANNE FALVONI -      Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
      PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND the University of Alaska and community                                                               
      COLLEGE              colleges.                                                                                          
361 VICE-CHAIR BUNDE       Asked if there are allowances for special                                                            
                           needs students that want to take a GED                                                               
                           test.                                                                                              
430 Ms. Falvoni            Stated that additional resources are                                                                 
                           needed for special education students                                                                
                           such as material on tape.  The Committee                                                             
                           took an "at ease" for a dinner break at                                                              
                           5:00 p.m.                                                                                          
889 Co-Chair Williams      Reconvened the Committee at 6:05 p.m.                                                              
933 BILL HARDY -           Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      KETCHIKAN            cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
1040 PATTY GREEN -         Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      KETCHIKAN            cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
1159 REBECCA KLEINSCHMIDT Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                     
      - KETCHIKAN          cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
1226 MIKE WISNEWSKI -      Voiced support for $160 thousand dollars                                                             
      KETCHIKAN            funding to the State Parks budget.                                                                 
1275 TED SMITH, MAYOR -    Spoke in support of increased funding for                                                            
      PETERSBURG           the Alaska Marine Highway system.                                                                  
1365 LINDA QUARLES -       Requested greater funding for the Highway                                                            
      PETERSBURG           Stabilization fund.                                                                                
 1396 MARY FRANCIS -        Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      PETERSBURG            funding for education.                                                                            
 1511 DAVE CARLSON -        Requested fully funding the Alaska Marine                                                           
      PETERSBURG            Highway stabilization fund.                                                                       
 1547 BARRY BRACKEN -       Requested fully funding the Alaska Marine                                                           
      PETERSBURG            Highway stabilization fund.                                                                       
 1611 THOMAS CONLEY -       Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      SITKA                 funding for education.                                                                            
 1735 Representative        Asked to what extend would the economic                                                             
      Hudson                decline would have on funding for                                                                   
                            educational needs.                                                                                
 1817 Mr. Conley            Acknowledged that there had been a                                                                  
                            substantial effect and changes noted                                                                
                            toward that in the past year.  He stated                                                            
                            that it had not affected real estate                                                                
                            costs in Sitka.                                                                                   
 1847 FRED REEDER - SITKA   Testified in support of additional                                                                  
                            funding for education.  He noted that $18                                                           
                            million dollars was going to grants.  He                                                            
                            asked where the money promised by the                                                               
                            legislators was.  He stressed the need to                                                           
                            fully fund education.  Testified in                                                                 
                            support of full funding for pupil                                                                   
                            transportation.  Mr. Reeder recommended                                                             
                            adding $200 dollars on the ATM.  He                                                                 
                            stressed that students cannot pass the                                                              
                            exit exam with the current allocated                                                                
                            funding.                                                                                          
 2000 Co-Chair Mulder       Stated that the State was fully funding                                                             
                            the education formula according to                                                                  
                            statute.  Noted that the amount that was                                                            
                            going into pupil transportation was at                                                              
                            the last level for the past three-years.                                                          
 2056 Mr. Reeder            Recommended changing the statute.                                                                 
 2078 Representative Croft  Noted that the Legislature wrote the                                                                
                            statute and stressed that the Legislature                                                           
                            has the responsibility to change that                                                               
                            statute.                                                                                          
 2111 MARYLS TEDIN - SITKA Requested further funding for the State                                                              
                           Parks system.                                                                                      
 2169 MOLLIE KABLER -       Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      SITKA                 funding for education.                                                                            
 2200 JANELLE PRIVETT -     Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      WRANGELL              funding for education.                                                                            
 2248 PAMELLA MCCLOSKEY -   Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      WRANGELL              funding for education.                                                                            
 2284 DAVID GALLA -         Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      WRANGELL              funding for education.                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 01 - 38,                                                                                                       
      Side A                                                                                                                  
 007 TONNIE BARLOW -        Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      WRANGELL              funding for education.                                                                            
129 PENNY DILLARD -        Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      KETCHIKAN            cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
225 DAVID DEAL -           Requested greater funding for trooper                                                                
      KETCHIKAN            coverage to help prevent burglaries.  He                                                             
                           noted further concern with drunk drivers.                                                          
302 BOB WEINSTEIN, MAYOR Testified in support of additional                                                                     
      - KETCHIKAN          funding for education.  Mayor Weinstein                                                              
                           voiced concern with the current funding                                                              
                           proposed for the Alaska Marine Highway                                                               
                           System.  He believed that would                                                                      
                           exasperate the economic harm already                                                                 
                           experienced throughout Southeast Alaska.                                                           
469 WOODY WILSON -         Testified in support of additional                                                                   
      WRANGELL             funding for education.                                                                             
553 PAM ROOPE - WRANGELL Testified in support of additional                                                                     
                           funding for education.                                                                             
635 Representative Croft  Noted that the recommendation for the 1st                                                             
                           year was a 4% increase to the foundation                                                             
                           formula.  He questioned if that was what                                                             
                           was needed.                                                                                        
677 Ms. Roope              Explained that could keep the community                                                              
                           even.  It would not allow for any growth.                                                          
700 TIFFANY BORGES -       Testified in support of the Governor's                                                               
      PETERSBURG           request for increased funding for alcohol                                                            
                           and drug abuse programs.                                                                           
746 JEAN FRANK - SITKA     Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
                           cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                              
838 ALICE JOHNSTONE -      Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      SITKA                cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                                
                           Ms. Johnstone spoke in support of the                                                                
                           Governor's request for increased funding                                                             
                           for alcohol and drug abuse programs.                                                               
971 DALE STONE -           Spoke in support for full funding for the                                                            
      PETERSBURG           Department of Public Safety and all the                                                              
                           Village Public Officers funding.                                                                   
1130                       At-Ease 6:55 p.m.                                                                                  
                           End of recess:  7:15 p.m.                                                                          
1151 RUTHAMAE KARR -       Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                    
      FAIRBANKS            cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                            
                           settlement funds as a funding source.                                                                
                           Alaskans are over 38% tobacco users.                                                               
1334 Representative        Asked what programs would be effective.                                                              
      Hudson               He asked for her to submit that                                                                      
                           information.                                                                                       
1376 Ms. Karr              Explained that there would need to be a                                                              
                           comprehensive program.  She offered to                                                               
                           provide that information.                                                                          
1401 JIM KNOSKE -          Voiced support for full funding for the                                                              
      FAIRBANKS            Department of Public Safety and the VPSO                                                           
                            15% increases.                                                                                    
 1522 MARTA MUELLER -       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      FAIRBANKS             the University of Alaska and support the                                                            
                            budget provided by the Governor.  She                                                               
                            recommended capping the Permanent Fund                                                              
                            Dividend and also adds a personal                                                                   
                           property tax.                                                                                      
 1658 VERA BECKER -         Stressed the need to fund tobacco                                                                   
      FAIRBANKS             cessation programs and pointed to tobacco                                                           
                            settlement funds as a funding source.                                                             
 1780 RUTH L'HOMMEDIEU -    Encouraged further funding for                                                                      
      FAIRBANKS             Independent Living Centers throughout the                                                           
                            State.                                                                                            
 1901 DAVID JACOBSON -      Encouraged further funding for                                                                      
      FAIRBANKS             Independent Living Centers throughout the                                                           
                            State.                                                                                            
 2032 COLLEEN CHINN -       Noted support for greater funding for the                                                           
      FAIRBANKS             infant learning program.                                                                          
 2165 TIM DORAN -           Expressed support for the recommendations                                                           
     FAIRBANKS             of the Education Task Force Report.                                                                  
                            Testified in support of additional                                                                  
                            funding for education.                                                                            
 2341 Representative        Questioned if enrollment is down in the                                                             
      Hudson                Fairbanks North Star Borough                                                                      
 2356 Mr. Doran             Acknowledged that enrollment is down,                                                               
                            however, emphasized that the needs of the                                                           
                            kids is great. He noted that kids today                                                             
                            are not prepared for school.                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
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      Side B                                                                                                                  
 28   Vice-Chair Bunde      Questioned if Fairbanks had taken                                                                   
                            advantage of school quality school                                                                  
                            grants.                                                                                           
 62   Mr. Doran             Stated that they had taken advantage of                                                             
                            some of the quality school programs and                                                             
                            gave examples.                                                                                    
 129 Vice-Chair Bunde       Noted that schools needed to align with                                                             
                            the elementary benchmark and asked what                                                             
                            information was provided.                                                                         
 161 Mr. Doran              Responded that goals and objectives were                                                            
                            aligned with State standards. He was                                                                
                            confident that the majority of their                                                                
                            students would pass.                                                                              
 467 BETTY DUPEE -          Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      FAIRBANKS             the University of Alaska.                                                                         
 524 BRIAN BRUBAKER -       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      FAIRBANKS             the University of Alaska.                                                                         
 604 JEFF WALTERS -         Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      FAIRBANKS             funding for education.  He noted the need                                                           
                            to protect art in school.                                                                         
 836 JOE HARDENBROOK -      Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      FAIRBANKS             the University of Alaska.                                                                         
976 JOHN ASHCRAFT          Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                           the University of Alaska.                                                                          
1048 JERI LANIER -         Testified in support of the mental health                                                            
     FAIRBANKS            budget.  Testified in support of the                                                                  
                           Governor's request for increased funding                                                             
                           for alcohol and drug abuse programs.                                                               
                                                                                                                                
                           ADJOURNMENT                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                           The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.                                                             

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