Legislature(2005 - 2006)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/18/2006 10:00 AM FINANCE


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10:06:21 AM Start
10:06:36 AM HB366
02:31:19 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+= HB 365 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 366 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Public Testimony: TELECONFERENCED
10:00 am - Kenai, Valdez, Ketchikan,
Kodiak, Seward, Matsu
11:15 am - Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg,
Homer, Dillingham, Cordova
12:30 pm - Bethel, Kotzebue, Barrow, Nome
Delta Junction, Tok, Glennallen, Offnets
         HB 365-APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                          
             HB 366-APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
                      PUBLIC TESTIMONY:                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
       Kenai, Valdez, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Seward, Matsu                                                                          
   Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg, Homer, Dillingham, Cordova                                                                      
     Bethel, Kotzebue, Barrow, Nome, Delta Junction, Tok                                                                        
                     Glennallen, Offnets                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 TIME        SPEAKER         DISCUSSION                                                                                     
 10:06:36 AM Co-Chair        Convened the House Finance Committee                                                             
             Chenault        meeting to allow public testimony from                                                           
                            areas  outside  of Anchorage,  Fairbanks                                                            
                            and Juneau.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                KENAI, VALDEZ, KETCHIKAN, KODIAK,                                                             
                                          SEWARD, MATSU                                                                     
10:07:03 AM Margaret        Asked what will happen with the                                                                   
             Gilman,        statewide infrastructure during the next                                                            
             Assembly Kenai 25  years. She  encouraged more  funding                                                            
             Borough, Kenai for  education  and urged  that  revenue                                                            
                            sharing be reinstated.                                                                            
10:10:58 AM  Tony    Lewis, Addressed  past  year's funding  of  the                                                          
             Parent,        charter schools and he applauded that                                                               
             Kaleidoscope   effort.  He  requested continued funding                                                            
             School      of for that system.                                                                                  
             Sciences,                                                                                                          
             Kenai                                                                                                              
10:12:43 AM Loretta         Urged continued & full funding for all                                                            
             Spalding,      the youth in transition programs.  She                                                              
             TALENTS, Kenai concurred for continued full funding for                                                            
                            services  for   the  independent  living                                                            
                            options.                                                                                          
10:14:28 AM  Cheri Edwards, Testified   in  support   of  Home   and                                                          
             Independent    Community  based   waiver  services  for                                                            
             Living Center, persons with disabilities.                                                                        
             Soldotna                                                                                                           
10:15:13 AM Elijah          Added his support for the Home and                                                                
             Stafford,      Community based waiver services for                                                                 
             Kenai          persons living with disabilities.                                                                 
10:16:16 AM  Nadine  Hatch, Urged greater  funding for the  youth in                                                          
             Independent    transition  programs. She  testified  in                                                            
             Living Center, support   of   full  funding   for   the                                                            
             Soldotna       vocational rehabilitation programs and                                                              
                            requested that the  $200 thousand dollar                                                            
                            increment be restored.                                                                            
10:17:57 AM  Debra Mullins, Addressed her support of greater funding                                                          
            Kenai          for K-12 Education programs.                                                                       
             Peninsula                                                                                                          
             Borough School                                                                                                     
             District,                                                                                                          
             Kenai                                                                                                              
10:19:53 AM  David   Means, Addressed   the   TALENTS  program   and                                                          
             Self, Kenai    pointed out  the  need for  funding that                                                            
                            productive program.  He pointed out that                                                            
                            students  from the  program have  proven                                                            
                            increased interest for  remaining in the                                                            
                            school system  and being more  active in                                                            
                            their participation.                                                                              
10:22:08 AM  Kris    Moore, Testified in support  of greater funding                                                          
             Self, Wasilla  for  K-12 education  programs.   Greater                                                            
                            funding  for education  is not  reaching                                                            
                            the kids  but rather to  the PERS  & TRS                                                            
                            system deficit.  Mr. Moore stressed that                                                            
                            the  increases  need  to   go  into  the                                                            
                            classrooms.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                             VALDEZ                                                                                         
 10:24:31 AM Alan    Sorum,  Spoke in support of greater  funding for                                                         
             Citizen,        K-12 education programs.  He noted                                                                 
             Valdez          concern with where past funding has gone                                                           
                             within that system.  He mentioned paying                                                           
                             the fuel costs,  the need for  municipal                                                           
                             revenue   sharing    when    considering                                                           
                             education funding.                                                                               
 10:25:53 AM Ruth   Knight,  Stressed  that  Valdez  is  experiencing                                                         
             Valdez          painful times from lack of funding in                                                              
             Schools,        education.  The Governor proposed an                                                               
             Valdez          increase.  She urged that education-                                                               
                             funding decisions must  be made  quickly                                                           
                             and that the  $90 million dollars  would                                                           
                             barely cover the PERS and TRS deficit.                                                           
 10:28:21 AM Deanne          Addressed education concerns given the                                                           
             Porritt,        decreased funding in that departments                                                              
             Citizen,        budget.                                                                                          
             Valdez                                                                                                             
 10:31:12 AM Stacy   Smith,  Advocated  support  for  the  Governor's                                                         
             Community       proposed Youth Success Initiative; she                                                             
             Coordinator,    spoke to  how  it would  help  continued                                                           
             Big   Brothers  funding  for  the   Big  Brothers,   Big                                                           
             and        Big Sisters Program in Valdez and statewide.                                                          
             Sisters,                                                                                                           
             Valdez                                                                                                             
 10:35:42 AM Dr.      Kathy Stated that every school district in the                                                          
             Todd,   Valdez  State is  having programs  cut and  many                                                           
             School  Board,  problems.  All the  additionally funding                                                           
             Valdez          for the electricity has gone into PERS                                                             
                             and TRS  issue.    Most of  the  current                                                           
                             school budget  is  used  for  personnel.                                                           
                             She urged greater funding for  education                                                           
                             statewide.                                                                                       
 10:38:51 AM Melissa Reese,  Testified in support of  greater funding                                                         
             Valdez    High  for the  K-12 education  programs.   She                                                           
             School, Valdez  pointed  out  a  need  to  have  skilled                                                           
                             workers within the  State of Alaska  and                                                           
                             testified in support  of the  vocational                                                           
                             rehabilitation programs. She  maintained                                                           
                             that  children   should  not   be   held                                                           
                             accountable  for   the  PERS   and   TRS                                                           
                             deficit.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                             KODIAK                                                                                         
 10:40:35 AM Mark   Vinsel,  Spoke to the  State's investment in  the                                                         
             Executive       fish and gaming statewide within the                                                               
             Director,       Alaska Department of Fish and Game.   He                                                           
             United          urged more funding for the United                                                                  
             Fisherman   of  Fishermen of  Alaska.   He  stated  they                                                           
             Alaska, Kodiak  support the funding level recommended by                                                           
                             the Governor this year.   He noted  past                                                           
                             returns of the Alaska  Seafood Marketing                                                           
                             programs  and  asked  consideration   of                                                         
                            further funding.                                                                                  
10:42:40 AM Al Burch,       Pointed out that funding has been cut                                                             
             Executive      for   the   Alaska   Seafood   Marketing                                                            
             Director,      programs and urged that the $2.3 million                                                            
             Alaska         dollars be placed back into the budget.                                                           
             Draggers                                                                                                           
             Association,                                                                                                       
             Kodiak                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                            KETCHIKAN                                                                                       
10:44:25 AM  Ed    Zastrow, Spoke  in  support  of HB  365  and  the                                                          
             Chairman,      Governor's recommended increase to the                                                              
             Pioneer   Home Pioneer Home component.                                                                           
             Advisory                                                                                                           
             Board,                                                                                                             
             Ketchikan                                                                                                          
10:48:54 AM  Sarah  Gucker, Read a  note from  a fellow  worker that                                                          
             Big  Brothers, advocated  support   of  the  Governor's                                                            
             Big   Sisters, proposed  Youth  Success Initiative  and                                                            
             Ketchikan      how beneficial the BBBS program has been                                                            
                            in her life and that of many other                                                                  
                            children statewide.                                                                               
10:49:20 AM  Cathy  Gucker, Advocated   greater   support   of   the                                                          
             Big  Brothers, Governor's   proposed    Youth   Success                                                            
             Big   Sisters, Initiative,    particularly   the    Big                                                            
             Ketchikan      Brothers, Big Sisters program.                                                                    
10:49:46 AM Christine       Advocated in support of the Governor's                                                            
             Lyshol,    Big proposed   Youth   Success   Initiative,                                                            
             Brothers,  Big particularly  the   Big   Brothers,  Big                                                            
             Sisters,       Sisters program.                                                                                  
             Ketchikan                                                                                                          
10:50:47 AM  Bruce Wallace, Requested  further  funding  for  Alaska                                                          
             Vice Chair,    Seafood   Marketing   Institute.      He                                                            
             Alaska Seafood mentioned  how that  agency affects  the                                                            
             Marketing      State's resource development philosophy.                                                            
             Institute,     He urged that sustainability requires                                                               
             Ketchikan      full funding for the Department of Fish                                                             
                            and Game.                                                                                         
10:52:03 AM Robert          Noted his support for more funding for                                                            
             Sivertsen,     the Alaska State Pioneer Homes and                                                                  
             Ketchikan      pointed out the need for more staffing                                                              
                            of those facilities.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                            MATSU                                                                                           
10:53:49 AM  Linda  Menard, Spoke  in support  of  funding for  K-12                                                          
             Vice           education programs. She warned about the                                                            
             President,     decline in quality education for all                                                                
             Matsu  Borough school  districts and  urged funding  to                                                            
             School         the cap.                                                                                            
             District,      She added that revenue sharing is a                                                                 
             Matsu          necessary   component    for   education                                                            
                            funding.                                                                                          
10:57:59 AM  Pat  Purchell, Addressed  support of  full funding  for                                                          
             Matsu  Borough the K-12  education programs.  She urged                                                          
             School          that the Legislative members put youth                                                             
             District,       and education first.                                                                             
             Matsu                                                                                                              
 10:59:33 AM Marilyn         Pointed out the huge education growth                                                            
             Muller,         increase in the Matsu Valley and the                                                               
             Parent,  Matsu  need  for  full   funding  support   for                                                           
             Borough School  education.  She   recommended   separate                                                           
             District,       funding for TRS and PERS costs.                                                                  
             Matsu                                                                                                              
 11:01:14 AM Ron    Rucker,  Commented that the State should not  own                                                         
             CEA, Matsu      any part of the pipeline. He spoke in                                                              
                             support  for  full   funding  for   K-12                                                           
                             education  programs   and   urged   full                                                           
                             funding   for   TRS   and   PERS   costs                                                           
                             separately from  the education  funding.                                                           
                             Mr.  Rucker  added  support  of  revenue                                                           
                             sharing.                                                                                         
 11:04:06 AM Debby Johnson,  Spoke in  support  of funding  for  K-12                                                         
             Schools, Matsu  education programs. She pointed out that                                                           
                             funding for custodians had been cut  and                                                           
                             that special  education hours  might  be                                                           
                             cut. Ms.  Johnson  urged  that  separate                                                           
                             full funding for TRS  and PERS costs  be                                                           
                             allocated.                                                                                       
 11:05:53 AM Tammy   Smith,  Advocated  support  for  the  Governor's                                                         
             Big  Brothers,  proposed   Youth   Success   Initiative;                                                           
             Big   Sisters,  emphasizing the  importance of  the  Big                                                           
             Matsu           Brothers, Big Sisters program.                                                                   
 11:07:24 AM Anne            Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                             
             Killkenny,      education programs, adding support for                                                             
             Education,      revenue sharing and how that affects                                                               
             Matsu           education. She did not support the                                                                 
                             "bonus  proposal".  She  believes   that                                                           
                             high-energy  staff  and  parents   would                                                           
                             gravitate  to   the  higher   performing                                                           
                             schools, undermining  the  weaker  ones.                                                           
                             She felt that funding should be added to                                                           
                             the base so that all would benefit.                                                              
 11:10:21 AM John   Cannon,  Testified in support of full funding for                                                         
             Matsu           services for people with disabilities.                                                           
 11:14:11 AM Don Zoerb,      Encouraged continued support for public                                                          
             Alaska Public   broadcasting funding  and the  increment                                                           
            Broadcasting, recommended by the Governor.                                                                        
             Matsu                                                                                                              
 11:15:27 AM Donna Swihart,  Testified  in   support  of   Home   and                                                         
             GCDSE/Parent,   Community  based  waiver  services   for                                                           
             Matsu           persons   with   disabilities.       She                                                           
                             addressed the Home  Initiative for  kids                                                           
                             and how  it  beneficially affects  those                                                           
                             children   that   are    developmentally                                                           
                             delayed.  She voiced concern with out-of                                                           
                             State placements.                                                                                
 11:19:51 AM Mary   Geurde,  Spoke in support of full funding for  K-                                                         
             Matsu          12 education programs and additionally                                                              
                            classroom assistants.   She acknowledged                                                            
                            how teacher's aids help with the reading                                                            
                            and math  programs.  She urged  that the                                                            
                            critical    education    situation    be                                                            
                            addressed  with   the   State's  surplus                                                            
                            dollars being spent on the children.                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                            DILLINGHAM                                                                                      
11:22:24 AM Teresa          Urged   continued    support   for   the                                                          
             Seybert,       Emergency Medical Services (EMS) funding                                                            
             Bristol Bay    increase   through  the   Department  of                                                            
             Emergency      Health and Social Services proposed                                                                 
             Medical        budget.                                                                                           
             Services                                                                                                           
             (EMS),                                                                                                             
             Dillingham                                                                                                         
11:24:23 AM Rachel Muir,    Encouraged continued support and full                                                             
             Public Radio, funding for public broadcasting.                                                                   
             Dillingham                                                                                                         
11:25:55 AM Nels Anderson, Urged full funding to the Department of                                                            
             Jr., Self,     Fish and Game and the Governor's                                                                    
             Dillingham     proposed   Alaska    Seafood   Marketing                                                            
                            Institute budget component.  He stressed                                                            
                            how serious that  concern is for Alaskan                                                            
                            fishermen,    continuing   a    consumer                                                            
                            marketing program and the  cost of doing                                                            
                            business for Alaska fishermen.                                                                      
                            Mr. Anderson  addressed statewide energy                                                            
                            concerns  and  urged support  for  Power                                                            
                            Cost Equalization.                                                                                  
                            Mr. Anderson added his support for fully                                                            
                            funding for K-12 education programs.                                                              
11:32:38 AM Dorothy         Testified in strong support for full                                                              
             Anderson,      funding of the Governor's recommended                                                               
             Self,          increment for FASD programs.  She warned                                                            
             Dillingham     it would cost more in the long run if                                                               
                            the funding is not placed up front.                                                                 
                            Ms. Anderson added request for continued                                                            
                            funding   to  address   the  bootlegging                                                            
                            concerns happening  in the  Village Bush                                                            
                            areas.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                            WRANGELL                                                                                        
11:35:49 AM Julie Decker, Urged greater funding for the fisheries                                                             
             Executive      throughout the State and full funding                                                               
             Director,      for the Department of Fish and Game.                                                              
             SARDFA-Dive                                                                                                        
             Fisheries,                                                                                                         
             Wrangell                                                                                                           
11:36:53 AM Alice Rooney, Testified continued funding support for                                                             
             Social Worker, the  long-term   flexible  care  program                                                            
             Alaska  Island within the Division  of Senior Services.                                                            
             Community      That program allows seniors to remain in                                                            
             Services,      their homes safely.                                                                               
             Wrangell                                                                                                         
 11:38:41 AM Valerie         Voiced appreciation for proposed funding                                                         
             McCandless,     for    Public    Health    and    Public                                                           
            Mayor,          Broadcasting in the budget.                                                                         
             Wrangell        She included her support for the rural                                                             
                             EMS services.                                                                                      
                             Ms. McCandless  added  her  support  for                                                           
                             funding   increments   in   the   Energy                                                           
                             Assistance programs  and  urged  support                                                           
                             for Power Cost Equalization.                                                                     
 11:40:21 AM Janet   Strom, Said she would not testify.                                                                       
             Self, Wrangell                                                                                                     
 11:40:38 AM Gig Decker, SE  Addressed the urgent need for  continued                                                         
             Alaska          funding of the Alaska Seafood Marketing                                                            
             Rainforest      Institute.  He stated that he supported                                                            
             Wild, Wrangell the Governor's requested amount.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                             CORDOVA                                                                                        
 11:42:17 AM Valerie Covel,  Urged    support    for    Power    Cost                                                         
             Self, Cordova   Equalization and added support for  full                                                           
                             funding for K-12 education programs.                                                             
 11:43:12 AM Kurt            Urged that the Department of Fish and                                                            
             Herschleb,      Game be funded at the level proposed by                                                            
             Cordova         the Governor.                                                                                    
             District                                                                                                           
             Fishermen                                                                                                          
             United,                                                                                                            
             Cordova                                                                                                            
 11:43:58 AM Clay Koplin,    Urged support for  statewide Power  Cost                                                         
             President,      Equalization funding.                                                                            
             Chamber of                                                                                                         
             Commerce,                                                                                                          
             Cordova                                                                                                            
 11:44:59 AM Ken Gates,      Urged    support    for    Power    Cost                                                         
             CEO, Cordova    Equalization    at    the     Governor's                                                           
             Electric Coop, recommended level.                                                                                
             Cordova                                                                                                            
 11:46:44 AM Hap Symmonds,   Urged support for stabilized funding for                                                         
             Ocean Beauty    Power Cost Equalization.                                                                           
             Seafood and     Mr.   Symmonds   requested   that    the                                                           
             Cordova         Department of Fish and Game budget and                                                             
             Electric Coop,  the Alaska  Seafood Marketing  Institute                                                           
             Cordova         program be fully funded.                                                                           
                             He added support for greater funding for                                                           
                             the  Home  and  Community  based  waiver                                                           
                             services   for   those   persons    with                                                           
                             disabilities.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                             SITKA                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 11:49:34 AM Scott McAdams,  Spoke to full funding for K-12 education                                                         
             President,      programs. He stressed:                                                                             
             Sitka   School                                                                                                     
                               · Equity for Schools                                                                             
             Board, Sitka                                                                                                       
                               · Adequacy for Schools                                                                         
                              · Unity in the school budgeting                                                                 
11:54:13 AM Kelly           Emphasized the importance of the Big                                                              
             Ferguson, Big  Brothers,  Big Sisters  program, pointed                                                            
             Brothers, Big  out support for  the Governor's proposed                                                            
             Sisters, Sitka Youth Success Initiative.                                                                           
                            She asked her Little Sister to voice her                                                            
                            support    and     Darien    Scarborough                                                            
                            emphasized that the program works.                                                                
11:55:57 AM  Jane Demmert,  Stated  her mother  lives  at the  Sitka                                                          
             Pioneer Home,  Pioneer   Home;   she  urged   continued                                                            
             Sitka          funding for the statewide pioneer home                                                              
                            programs, particularly the one in Sitka.                                                          
11:57:41 AM  Fredi Young,   Commented that  she  lives in  the Sitka                                                          
             Pioneer Home,  Pioneer Home  and urged  further funding                                                            
             Sitka          those programs, particularly the one in                                                             
                            Sitka.                                                                                            
11:59:42 AM  Theresa Pazar, Noted  that  she   lives  in  the  Sitka                                                          
             Pioneer Home,  Pioneer Home and urged continued funding                                                            
             Sitka          for the statewide programs, particularly                                                            
                            the program in Sitka.                                                                             
12:00:56 PM Dr. Sharon      Advocated support for the Governor's                                                              
             Cox, Big       proposed Youth Success Initiative; she                                                              
             Brother, Big   emphasized  the  importance of  the  Big                                                            
             Sisters, Sitka Brothers, Big Sisters program.                                                                    
12:04:55 PM  Mary Larsen,   Spoke on behalf of  her mother who lives                                                          
             Pioneer Homes, in the  Sitka Pioneer  Home.   She urged                                                            
             Sitka          continued funding for the statewide                                                                 
                            Pioneer Home  programs, particularly the                                                            
                            program  in Sitka.    She worried  about                                                            
                            staffing  cuts occurring  in the  homes.                                                            
                            She stressed  that she does  not support                                                            
                            any rate  increases for  those currently                                                            
                            living in the Pioneer Homes, considering                                                            
                            the existing staffing issues.                                                                     
12:07:48 PM  John Murray,   Spoke  in  support   of  the  Governor's                                                          
             Self-proposed budget increment for the                                                                             
             Fisherman,     Department of Fish and Game, Commercial                                                             
             Sitka          Fisheries budget.  He mentioned the need                                                            
                            for   the   Alaska   Seafood   Marketing                                                            
                            Institute.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                            HOMER                                                                                          
12:09:55 PM Sue Hecks,      Urged full funding for the Emergency                                                              
             Kenai          Medical Services grant in the Department                                                            
             Peninsula EMS, of  Health  and  Social Services.    She                                                            
             Anchor Point   outlined   the    sacrifices   made   by                                                            
                            volunteer   EMS   personnel  and   urged                                                            
                            support.                                                                                          
12:12:43 PM  Barry Levit,   Testified regarding the  need to support                                                          
             Self, Homer,   programs   focusing  on   Fetal  Alcohol                                                            
                            Syndrome  and  urged full  funding  that                                                            
                            program, especially  for diagnosis.   He                                                            
                            recounted  his  experience as  a  mental                                                          
                             health clinician working with  juveniles                                                           
                             in rural areas.                                                                                  
 12:15:10 PM Deb Germano,    Testified in support of full funding for                                                         
             Self, Homer     K-12 education and in support of revenue                                                           
                             sharing.  She noted  the need for  fully                                                           
                             funding vocational  training  and  other                                                           
                             borough expenses and programs.                                                                     
                             She  also  urged   funding  for   Public                                                           
                             Broadcasting.                                                                                      
                             Finally,  she  spoke  to  the  need  for                                                           
                             greater funding of the Public Defender's                                                           
                             office.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
 12:18:14 PM Scott Wheat,    Testified in support of full funding for                                                         
             The Center for  Mental Health Services, including 'Bring                                                           
             SEAL, Homer     the Kids Home Initiative'.  He noted the                                                           
                             need for  a  higher level  of  community                                                           
                             service support for youth.                                                                       
 12:20:10 PM Kelly Behen,    Scott   Wheat   read   the   Kids   Home                                                         
             Self, Homer     Initiative a  statement on  Ms.  Behen's                                                           
                             behalf in  support of  the  Bring.   She                                                           
                             requested    that     prevention     and                                                           
                             intervention  programs  also  be   fully                                                           
                             funded.                                                                                          
 12:21:07 PM Skip Richards,  Testified in favor  of the 20%  increase                                                         
             Chugachmuit,    to  the   EMS  regional   budget.     He                                                           
             Homer           expressed his appreciation of past                                                                 
                             funding, and spoke to his experiences as                                                           
                             an EMS  trainer.  He  explained that  in                                                           
                             rural  areas,  Native  non-profits  have                                                           
                             provided additional funding to  complete                                                           
                             EMS services.                                                                                    
 12:25:02 PM Charlie Franz,  Spoke  in  support  of   the  Governor's                                                         
             K. Bay Campus   increments for the University.  He noted                                                           
             Advisory        that funding the full budget request                                                               
             Council, Homer  would provide  programs  that  supported                                                           
                             the health care systems in Alaska.                                                               
 12:26:45 PM Joyanna         Testified in support of replacement of                                                           
             Geisler,        the $200 thousand increment in the                                                                 
             Independent     Department of Labor, Independent  Living                                                           
             Living Center,  component.   She thought  the  increment                                                           
             Homer           would provide transitional services for                                                            
                             high-risk youth in Southeast Alaska,  as                                                           
                             well as  for  sign language  interpreter                                                           
                             referral services.                                                                               
 12:28:27 PM Beth Bowe,      Testified in support of continued                                                                
             Fireweed        funding for charter schools, stating                                                               
             Academy, Homer  that  funding  would  allow  schools  to                                                           
                             remain in operation.                                                                             
 12:29:23 PM Elise Nacht     Testified  in  support  of  funding  for                                                         
             Boyer,          charter schools.  She emphasized the                                                               
             Fireweed        need for that option within the school                                                             
            Academy, Homer system and the communities.                                                                        
12:31:18 PM  Meg Mitchell,  Testified   in  support   of  Home   and                                                          
             Self, Homer    Community  based   waiver  services  for                                                            
                            persons  with  disabilities.   She  also                                                            
                            testified  in  support  of  funding  for                                                            
                            Mental Health  Services as  well  as the                                                            
                            University of Alaska.                                                                               
                            Ms.  Mitchell  urged support  for  other                                                            
                            bills,  which  support  Medicaid  dental                                                            
                            services.  She added her support for the                                                            
                            continued    funding   for    diagnostic                                                            
                            services  for   Fetal  Alcohol  Syndrome                                                            
                            (FASD).                                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
12:35:18 PM Terry           Emphasized   the   importance   of   the                                                          
             Thompson, K.   University  for  Alaska and  urged  full                                                            
             Bay College    funding support.   He noted  the benefit                                                            
             Advisory       of providing excellent higher education                                                             
             Council, Homer within   the   State  to   help   retain                                                            
                            students, as  well as to  provide needed                                                            
                            health care professionals.                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
12:37:39 PM Chairman                                                                                                          
                            AT EASE.                                                                                        
             Chenault                                                                                                           
12:47:23 PM Allen           Testified regarding the importance of                                                             
             Sagoonick      fully funding schools throughout the                                                                
                            rural communities.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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12:49:26 PM  Rose Walker,   Testified  in  support  of  the  Pioneer                                                          
             Ketchikan      Homes of Alaska.  She noted the shortage                                                            
                            of  staff at  facilities and  urged full                                                            
                            funding.                                                                                          
12:53:38 PM                 Testified in support of Pioneer Homes of                                                          
             PALMER PIONEER                                                                                                   
                            Alaska, and recounted the generations of                                                            
                 HOME:                                                                                                        
                            her  family  that  has relied  on  those                                                            
             Barbara Hecker                                                                                                     
                            services.   She  expressed concern  over                                                            
                            the need  for more specialized  care for                                                            
                            residents with dementia.                                                                          
12:58:33 PM Cathy           Testified in support of funding for the                                                           
             Christenson    Pioneer Homes of Alaska.  She noted that                                                            
                            the  level  of  care  for  patients  has                                                            
                            increased and  that more  caregivers are                                                            
                            needed.                                                                                           
12:59:44 PM  Catherine Cain Testified in support  of greater funding                                                          
                            for the statewide Pioneers Homes.                                                                 
1:00:32 PM   Jesse DeVries  As a resident of the Pioneer Home, and a                                                          
                            former nurse,  she testified  in support                                                            
                            to  fully  fund  the Pioneer  Homes  and                                                            
                            mentioned   the    need   for   adequate                                                            
                            staffing.                                                                                         
1:01:46 PM   Jean Chapman   Testified  in  support  of  the  Pioneer                                                          
                            Homes  of Alaska  and  expressed concern                                                            
                            over   the   need  for   more   adequate                                                            
                            staffing.                                                                                         
 1:03:13 PM  Karen Steward,  Testified in support of full funding for                                                         
             Nurse           Pioneer Homes.  She outlined the number                                                            
                             of patients in  the Palmer Pioneer  Home                                                           
                             that  require   specialized  care,   and                                                           
                             emphasized the  need  for  more  trained                                                           
                             staff to support them.                                                                           
 1:05:08 PM Maria            Testified in support of funding for the                                                          
             Strandberg,     Pioneer Homes and for adequate staffing.                                                         
             Resident                                                                                                           
 1:06:02 PM Mary             Advocated support of full funding for                                                            
             McConnell,      the Pioneer Homes of Alaska.  She                                                                  
             Social Worker pointed out that residents currently                                                                 
                             appear  to  have  more  physical  needs,                                                           
                             emphasizing  the   need  for   increased                                                           
                             staffing.                                                                                        
 1:09:12 PM  Carol Berger,   Spoke to  the need for  entrepreneurship                                                         
             Bethel          in rural Alaska; she testified in                                                                  
                             support of the Power  Cost Equalization.                                                           
                             She emphasized  the need  to lower  fuel                                                           
                             costs in  the rural  areas.   She  added                                                           
                             support for funding  for Alaska  Seafood                                                           
                             Marketing    Institute    and     Public                                                           
                             Broadcasting.                                                                                    
 1:11:40 PM  Barbara Lewis,  Testified in support of funding for  the                                                         
             Alaska Native following programs:                                                                                  
             Sisterhood,                                                                                                        
                               · Fetal Alcohol Syndrome                                                                         
             Haines                                                                                                             
                               · K-12 Education                                                                                 
                               · Alcohol education counseling                                                                   
                               · Power Cost Equalization                                                                        
                               · Pioneer Homes                                                                                  
                               · Increases in nursing salaries                                                                  
                               · Bring the Kids Home, Youth Success                                                             
                                  Initiative                                                                                    
                               · Public Broadcasting                                                                            
                               · Alaska Marine Highway System                                                                   
                               · Mental Health Services.                                                                        
                             She urged  the  Legislature to  use  oil                                                           
                             revenues to provide those services.                                                              
 1:15:57 PM Sandy            Testified in support of funding for                                                              
             Sanderson,      Interpreter Referral Services.                                                                   
             Exec Director,                                                                                                     
             Service for                                                                                                        
             the Blind                                                                                                          
 1:17:34 PM  Joan McBeen,    Testified in support of funding for  the                                                         
             Tenakee         Marine Highway System.  She emphasized                                                             
                             the  dependence  of  remote  communities                                                           
                             upon the ferry system.                                                                             
                             Ms. McBeen urged support for  Power Cost                                                           
                             Equalization and Public Broadcasting.                                                            
 1:19:41 PM  Gary Hennigh,   As a  coastal  community, he  noted  the                                                         
             City Manager, economic impact of federal fisheries                                                               
             King Cove      changes.  He emphasized that their                                                                  
                            municipal  revenues  offset  challenges,                                                            
                            and  urged  support of  Revenue  Sharing                                                            
                            equal to  $150 per resident, as  well as                                                            
                            full Power Cost Equalization funding and                                                            
                            full  funding  for   the  Department  of                                                            
                            Transportation   &  Public   Facilities,                                                            
                            Highway and  Aviation and  Department of                                                            
                            Fish and Game.                                                                                    
1:22:48 PM   Vicky  Madsen, Testified  in   support   of  vocational                                                          
             ANC            rehabilitation programs.  She noted the                                                             
                            impact  of those  programs  have on  her                                                            
                            life  as  a   victim  suffering  from  a                                                            
                            disabling disease,  and her  ability now                                                            
                            to contribute to the local economy.                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
1:24:52 PM Emily            Urged    support    for    Power    Cost                                                          
             Rosebery,      Equalization.  She requested that the                                                               
             Barrow         Governor's     original    budget     be                                                            
                            reinstated.   She  pointed  to the  high                                                            
                            impact  level on  rural areas  resulting                                                            
                            from the high fuel costs.                                                                           
                                                                                                                              
1:26:23 PM Alexandria       Spoke in support of funding for EMS                                                               
             Chartier,      services, emphasizing the importance to                                                             
             Seldovia       rural areas.  She noted the efforts of                                                              
                            regional  volunteers  in  education  and                                                            
                            training.                                                                                         
1:27:42 PM   Judy Dobbins,  Testified   in   support   of   proposed                                                          
             Old Harbor     increases to EMS programs.  She spoke to                                                            
                            her experience as  an EMS volunteer, and                                                            
                            noted efforts in fund raising, education                                                            
                            and  training.     She   emphasized  the                                                            
                            importance of  small clinics  to remote,                                                            
                            village areas.                                                                                    
1:30:14 PM Wanda            Testified in support of funding for                                                               
             Baltazar,      substance abuse and treatment programs.                                                             
             Kotzebue       Spoke in favor of full funding the                                                                  
                            Governor's  proposed  increment  to  the                                                            
                            FASD programs.                                                                                    
1:31:28 PM   Ron Huffman,   Testified  in  support  of  adult  basic                                                          
             Adult Basic    education programs.                                                                               
             Education,                                                                                                         
             Nome                                                                                                               
1:33:38 PM   Audrey Tate    Testified  in  support  of  adult  basic                                                          
             Walunga, Nome  education  programs.   She  acknowledged                                                            
                            the  benefit she  received from  earning                                                            
                            her  GED,   which  resulted   in  higher                                                            
                            education and her current career.                                                                 
1:36:00 PM Lee Hagen,       Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                
             Northwest      increments for the University.  She                                                                 
             Campus, Nome   spoke to the  need for increased funding                                                            
                            in  specific programs,  such as  teacher                                                          
                             education.  She noted the service of the                                                           
                             University  in   training  the   Alaskan                                                           
                             workforce.                                                                                       
 1:38:32 PM Ross             Testified in support of support of                                                               
             Schaeffer,      funding for borough services, such as K-                                                           
             Mayor,          12 education.  He expressed concern over                                                           
             Kotzebue        the elimination of the mentor program                                                              
                             for teachers.  He noted support for  the                                                           
                             University  scholars  program,  as  well                                                           
                             Revenue    Sharing     for     municipal                                                           
                             governments and Power Cost Equalization.                                                           
                             He  expressed  support  for  the   Youth                                                           
                             Success Initiative  and substance  abuse                                                           
                             treatment,  while  solving  the  PRS/TRS                                                           
                            challenges.                                                                                       
 1:43:08 PM Brad Reeve,      Urged    support    for    Power    Cost                                                         
             KEA, Kotzebue   Equalization.  He  pointed out the  100%                                                           
                             cost increase in fuel over the past year                                                           
                             in his community.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
 1:45:53 PM Lincoln Saito, Testified in support of full funding for                                                           
             Educator,       Power Cost Equalization.  He noted                                                                 
             Kotzebue        current   cost   savings   measures   in                                                           
                           electricity.                                                                                         
                             He  also  expressed  support  for   full                                                           
                             funding for  the University  of  Alaska,                                                           
                             especially for rural campuses,  pointing                                                           
                             out  the   number  of   older   students                                                           
                             attending  classes  and  commitment   to                                                           
                             village life enabled by that education.                                                          
 1:51:03 PM Ben     Frantz, Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
             Barrow          proposed $25 million funding for Power                                                             
                             Cost Equalization.   He  emphasized  the                                                           
                             importance of that funding to  the rural                                                           
                             communities.  He indicated efforts those                                                           
                             areas were already making in energy cost                                                           
                             savings.                                                                                         
 1:53:36 PM Barbara          Testified in support of reinstating                                                              
             Angaiak,        funding to the Mentoring Program; she                                                              
             Statewide       spoke to the benefits she witnessed                                                                
             Mentoring       working as a mentor.                                                                             
             Programs,                                                                                                          
             Bethel                                                                                                             
 1:57:31 PM Raymond Thor     Urged    support    for    Power    Cost                                                         
             Williams,       Equalization.  He noted the importance                                                             
             Mayor, City of  of that funding  in offsetting the  high                                                           
             Bethel          cost of living in rural areas, and the                                                             
                             ability to retain community members.                                                               
                             He also encouraged full separate funding                                                           
                             for PERS and TRS, which  currently draws                                                           
                             municipal revenues  away from  community                                                           
                             needs.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                              
2:00:15 PM   Kathy Hansen,  Testified  in  support  of  adult  basic                                                          
             Adult Basic    education  programs.     She  noted  the                                                            
             Education,     importance of GED programs to rural                                                                 
             Bethel         Alaskans.                                                                                         
2:02:35 PM   Christy Davis, Testified  in  support  of  adult  basic                                                          
             Department of  education  programs.     She  noted  the                                                            
             Corrections,   correlation between illiteracy and crime                                                            
             Bethel         and the importance of obtaining a GED                                                               
                            and how  it affect the  students ability                                                            
                            to re-enter society.                                                                              
2:03:57 PM Michelle         Urged    support    for    Power    Cost                                                          
             Dewitt, TWC,   Equalization.                                                                                       
             Bethel         She noted support for the special                                                                   
                            appropriation for  the Kotzebue shelter,                                                            
                            Revenue Sharing for  non-profits as well                                                            
                            as an increased  funding for the Village                                                            
                            Public Safety Officers (VPSO).                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
2:06:01 PM Elizabeth        Testified in support for funding to                                                               
             Roll, TWC      support   Domestic   Violence   shelters                                                            
                            statewide  and urged  support for  great                                                            
                            funding for VPSO's.                                                                               
2:07:15 PM   Jean Gerhardt-Testified   to   request  restoration  of                                                          
             Cyrus, Parent, funding  for  support  of  programs  for                                                            
             Kiana          Fetal    Alcohol   Syndrome    Disorder,                                                            
                            especially for  the diagnostic services.                                                            
                            She  noted   the  successful  prevention                                                            
                            campaign in her community as a result of                                                            
                            funding.   Ms.  Gerhardt-Cyrus suggested                                                            
                            that to  not fund prevention  results in                                                            
                            larger cost to the State.                                                                         
2:11:23 PM   Terry   Stone, Testified  in support  of fully  funding                                                          
             Kodiak         EMS services, which is especially                                                                   
                            important to the rural areas.  She noted                                                            
                            the  use  of  those funds  in  providing                                                            
                            equipment and training.                                                                           
2:16:04 PM   John Stripe,   Testified in support  of reinstating the                                                          
             Anchorage      $200 thousand increment for Independent                                                             
                            Living.   He  emphasized the  benefit of                                                            
                            those services in preventing more costly                                                            
                            assisted services.  He expressed support                                                            
                            of  Representative   Hawker's  amendment                                                            
                           adding funds.                                                                                      
2:19:59 PM   Jan Haines,    Testified in support of full funding for                                                          
             Ketchikan      the Alaska Pioneer Homes.  She spoke to                                                             
             Pioneer Home   the support given to her family by those                                                            
                            services.  She pointed  out the need for                                                            
                            adequate   salaries   for   nurses   and                                                            
                            adequate staffing.                                                                                
2:23:28 PM   Kris Aubertine Testified in support of full funding for                                                          
                            the Alaska Pioneer Homes.  She expressed                                                            
                            the increasing needs of  her family as a                                                            
                            resident  and  stressed   the  need  for                                                          
                             adequate staffing.                                                                               
 2:24:18 PM Joan Martin      Testified in support of full funding for                                                         
                             the Alaska Pioneer Homes.  She  spoke to                                                           
                             the support provided  to her family  and                                                           
                             urged   further    funding   for    care                                                           
                             positions.                                                                                       
 2:25:26 PM Vanessa Olson Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
             on behalf of    the Alaska Pioneer Homes.  She stressed                                                            
             Betty Streeper the need for increased staffing and                                                                 
                             discussed   the   danger   to    fragile                                                           
                             residents in  the  absence  of  adequate                                                           
                             nurses.                                                                                          
 2:27:05 PM Doris Bailey     Testified in support of full funding for                                                         
                             the Alaska  Pioneer Homes.   A  resident                                                           
                             for a  number of  years, she  emphasized                                                           
                             the need for continuing care.  She noted                                                           
                             the increased  needs of  the  residents,                                                           
                             and the decreased  staffing.  She  spoke                                                           
                             to  the   need  for  specialized   care,                                                           
                             especially  for   conditions   such   as                                                           
                             dementia.                                                                                        
 2:31:19 PM Vanessa Olson, Testified in support of full funding for                                                           
             Social Worker the Alaska Pioneer Homes.  She noted                                                                 
                             that the majority  of admissions to  the                                                           
                             homes are residents in their 80's; there                                                           
                             exists  a  lack  of  room  in  the  more                                                           
                             supervised areas.  Ms.  Olson emphasized                                                           
                             the lack of staffing positions and urged                                                           
                             funding   to   increase   salaries   and                                                           
                             positions.                                                                                       
             ADJOURNMENT     The meeting was adjourned at 2:34 P.M.                                                           
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                

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