Legislature(2017 - 2018)HOUSE FINANCE 519

02/16/2018 01:30 PM FINANCE

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+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
*+ HB 284 APPROP: CAPITAL BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 285 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 286 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 321 APPROP: SUPPLEMENTAL OP.; FUND; AMENDING TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+ Budget Amendments by: TELECONFERENCED
- Pat Pitney, Director, OMB, Office of the
Governor
- Neil Steininger, Chief Budget Analyst, OMB
+= HB 176 GROUND EMER. MEDICAL TRANSPORT PAYMENTS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
HOUSE BILL NO. 284                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act   making  appropriations,   including  capital                                                                    
     appropriations,       supplemental      appropriations,                                                                    
     reappropriations,  and   other  appropriations;  making                                                                    
     appropriations to  capitalize funds; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 285                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health  program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 286                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;  making   supplemental  appropriations;                                                                    
     making  appropriations  under   art.  IX,  sec.  17(c),                                                                    
     Constitution  of   the  State   of  Alaska,   from  the                                                                    
     constitutional budget  reserve fund; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 321                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  supplemental appropriations  and other                                                                    
     appropriations; making  an appropriation  to capitalize                                                                    
     a fund;  amending appropriations; and providing  for an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:34:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAT PITNEY, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET,                                                                          
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR, introduced herself.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
NEIL STEININGER, CHIEF BUDGET  ANALYST, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT                                                                    
AND BUDGET, OFFICE OF THE  GOVERNOR, reviewed the details of                                                                    
the handout, "FY2019  Amendments to HB 286/ SB 144  / HB 284                                                                    
/ SB 142 / HB 321 / SB 168" (copy on file):                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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     CHIP Reauthorization                                                                                                       
     The   United   States    Congress   re-authorized   the                                                                    
     Children's  Health  Insurance  Program (CHIP)  and  the                                                                    
     reauthorization  was signed  into  law  on January  25,                                                                    
     2018. CHIP  reauthorization maintains the  88% enhanced                                                                    
     federal match  rate through  federal fiscal  year 2019,                                                                    
     starting in federal fiscal year  2020 the enhance match                                                                    
     rate  will be  stepped  down over  two  years until  it                                                                    
     reaches 65% in federal fiscal year 2021.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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     Reapprop for  Newtok - Mertarvik  Community Development                                                                    
     - NTE $960,000                                                                                                             
     The  Newtok Village  Council is  coordinating with  the                                                                    
     Denali  Commission to  bring  critical  housing to  the                                                                    
     community  of   Mertarvik.  This  project   will  match                                                                    
     federal  Denali Commission  funds of  $3.84 million  to                                                                    
     refurbish, ship,  and install 13 barracks  available on                                                                    
     Joint  Base  Elmendorf-Richardson   to  Mertarvik.  The                                                                    
     barracks will  be converted into 4-  bedroom residences                                                                    
     and  will add  to the  current housing  stock of  eight                                                                    
     existing homes in Mertarvik.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
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     Reapprop for Enhanced Rural Safety - Est $899,711                                                                          
     This  provides additional  funding  to  respond to  the                                                                    
     rural  public safety  crisis and  continues to  advance                                                                    
     the  goals of  the State's  Public Safety  Action Plan.                                                                    
     The  Governor is  working with  the Departments  of Law                                                                    
     and Public  Safety, as well  as institutions  and rural                                                                    
     leadership  most directly  involved  and affected,  and                                                                    
     will seek  innovative solutions to rural  public safety                                                                    
     needs.  The  funding  is requested  in  the  Governor's                                                                    
     Office  to denote  the priority  of solving  this issue                                                                    
     but also allows distribution  to the department that is                                                                    
     most able  to address  the specific issue.  Law, Labor,                                                                    
     Public Safety, and  Commerce could each play  a part in                                                                    
     addressing these pressing needs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wilson  asked if  the funds  were out  of the                                                                    
general funds (GF).                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Steininger  responded  that they  were  reappropriation                                                                    
dollars from the GF for a capital project.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt  wondered asked the  original location                                                                    
of the reappropriated funds.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger  replied that it  was a  reappropriation from                                                                    
the Susitna-Watana project.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Steininger  relayed  that   those  were  the  total  of                                                                    
negative $7 million in GF through the supplemental request.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Gara  asked for clarification, and  surmised that                                                                    
they were amendments to the 2019 budget.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:38:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger continued with the amendments:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Line 10:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Align   Information  Service   Fund  Receipts   Replace                                                                    
     interagency  receipts  with Information  Service  Fund.                                                                    
     This is a  technical adjustment to align  the Office of                                                                    
     Information  Technology's (OIT)  budget  with the  most                                                                    
     appropriate fund source.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Line 11:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     The  one  new  Research Analyst  I/II/III  flex  (Range                                                                    
     13/16/18) position  will serve  as a liaison  to school                                                                    
     districts   by  providing   technical  assistance   and                                                                    
     support   for  the   additional  data   that  will   be                                                                    
     collected.   In  addition, this  position will  provide                                                                    
     more  longitudinal  and   comparability  data  analysis                                                                    
     using existing  and new datasets.   This  position will                                                                    
     work  across   divisions  within  the   department  and                                                                    
     increase the reporting capacity  of the data management                                                                    
     team.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
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     Add General Fund Program  Receipt Authorization for the                                                                    
     Mt. Edgecumbe Aquatic Center In  order for the state to                                                                    
     accept entrance fees, and other  event fees, at the new                                                                    
     Mt.  Edgecumbe  High   School  (MEHS)  Aquatic  Center,                                                                    
     general  fund  program  receipt  (GF/PR)  authorization                                                                    
     must be  added to the MEHS  Facility Maintenance budget                                                                    
     structure.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson looked  at line  10, and  queried the                                                                    
total  money  in  the Information  Service  Fund.  She  also                                                                    
queried the age of the fund.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney replied  that the  fund  was set  up around  the                                                                    
prior information  technology organization, so the  fund may                                                                    
have been around for 15 years.  She shared that there was an                                                                    
oversight  of  having  interagency  receipt  authority.  She                                                                    
remarked  that the  Information Services  Fund was  the same                                                                    
type of  money, but  from an  accounting change,  there were                                                                    
statutory rules  that focused on the  information technology                                                                    
needs.  She  remarked that  it  was  a technical  accounting                                                                    
change, because there was an  inadvertent use of interagency                                                                    
receipts.  She  shared  that  the   number  was  the  annual                                                                    
anticipated operating cost.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wilson queried the total in the fund.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:41:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger continued with the amendments:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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     Establish Children's Services Safety Officer                                                                               
     The primary duties of the  Safety Officer would include                                                                    
     safety   policy  development,   workplace  inspections,                                                                    
     accident   investigations,   training   and   coaching,                                                                    
     regulatory  compliance,  safety   data  management  and                                                                    
     reporting, and workspace modification.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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     Security Guards for Kenai  and Fairbanks Recent threats                                                                    
     and incidents has led to  a growing concern for workers                                                                    
     safety. Security guards will  be used to prevent crime,                                                                    
     maintain  security, assist  clients and  employees, and                                                                    
     lead safety meetings and drills.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Pruitt  wanted   to  better  understand  the                                                                    
structure of funding.  He wondered if $129  was required for                                                                    
matching.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Steininger  replied  that   the  Office  of  Children's                                                                    
Services (OCS) had cost allocation  plans. He shared that it                                                                    
was  not a  direct matching  requirement. He  explained that                                                                    
the collection of federal revenue  was more dependent on the                                                                    
types  of children  in  care, and  the  types of  activities                                                                    
performed by the case workers and employees.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt asked about  the number of people that                                                                    
would be hired.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger responded  that there would be  one person in                                                                    
the  Safety Officer  position; and  the  security guards  in                                                                    
Kenai and  Fairbanks would be contracted  through a security                                                                    
firm.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Pruitt  wondered   whether  the  $72,000  of                                                                    
federal funds would be lost, should there be no GF funds.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Steininger  replied that  they  would  not be  able  to                                                                    
collect the federal funds with the general funds.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wilson wondered how  much authority was given                                                                    
for the  federal funds.  She surmised  that, because  of the                                                                    
complicated calculation, the state  may not lose the federal                                                                    
funding. She stressed that there  was a maximum available to                                                                    
each state, and Alaska may almost be at that maximum.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney replied that five  years prior, there were not as                                                                    
many  qualified families  under the  4E. She  explained that                                                                    
the program had a much  higher federal rate. She stated that                                                                    
the request  balanced it to  what was eligible to  fund, and                                                                    
the balance  of the  state and  federal funds.  She remarked                                                                    
that the  federal funds were  increasing over  time, because                                                                    
there was  more eligibility in  the 4E area versus  those in                                                                    
the GF.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wilson felt  that it was about  the number of                                                                    
people  enrolled in  the  program, and  not  about how  many                                                                    
positions were hired.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney  agreed.  She  stated that  the  request  was  a                                                                    
balance of  funding that  would allow  the contract  for the                                                                    
individuals, given the other commitments in that operation.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:47:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Gara understood  that it  was not  federal money                                                                    
that would be  taken from other use. He felt  that there was                                                                    
room  for additional  federal funds,  as the  positions were                                                                    
added.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney agreed.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Seaton wondered  whether it  was a  maintenance of                                                                    
effort   amount,  rather   than  a   direct  federal   match                                                                    
percentage.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney responded in the  negative, and explained that it                                                                    
was the amount covered in the contract amount.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger continued with the amendments:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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     New Positions to Address Increased Caseloads                                                                               
     During  FY2013  the  average monthly  caseload  for  an                                                                    
     eligibility   technician  was   569  while   FY2017  is                                                                    
     estimated  at  676.  This  is   an  increase  of  18.80                                                                    
     percent. 41 additional positions would allow the                                                                           
     division to reduce the average monthly caseload per                                                                        
     technician and address the growing backlog.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson  wondered  whether  the  request  was                                                                    
within the  same department  that removed  public assistance                                                                    
to fund other workers.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Steininger replied  that  the  adult public  assistance                                                                    
program  was within  the Division  of Public  Assistance. He                                                                    
explained that  the request was for  Public Assistance field                                                                    
services, which  were people who determined  eligibility for                                                                    
programs like SNAP, Medicaid, and other similar programs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Gara  shared  that  there were  nearly  a  dozen                                                                    
public   assistance   programs   that  the   workers   would                                                                    
administer. He surmised that the  request was related to the                                                                    
federally  funded  or   partially  federally  funded  public                                                                    
assistance backlog.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger replied in the affirmative.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Pruitt felt  that the  goal was  to have  an                                                                    
influx of people  to eliminate the backlog. He  felt that 41                                                                    
positions was  more than what  would be needed in  the long-                                                                    
term.  He wondered  whether  the intent  was  to reduce  the                                                                    
numbers, or whether 41 was expected in perpetuity.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney responded that there was  a period of time as the                                                                    
backlog grew, when the Alaska  Mental Health Trust Authority                                                                    
(AMHTA)  filled several  positions on  a temporary  basis to                                                                    
help address  the backlog.  She stated  that there  was more                                                                    
progress than  the current  situation. She  anticipated that                                                                    
the positions  would be needed  in the short-term,  of three                                                                    
to five  years. She  furthered that,  if there  were systems                                                                    
and simplifications  of processes,  there would be  room for                                                                    
savings.  She did  not anticipate  that the  positions would                                                                    
only be one or two years.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:54:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Pruitt asked  how  the  total numbers  would                                                                    
change  in   terms  of  percentages.  He   wondered  if  the                                                                    
department had any openings in the department.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney answered  that the  department  had openings  at                                                                    
present, with 6 to 7  percent increase. The vacancy rate was                                                                    
higher  than   expected.  The  department  needed   to  hire                                                                    
vacancies and filling the 41 positions.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Guttenberg thought  it  was  great that  the                                                                    
department was  getting back to  adequate numbers   He asked                                                                    
if the  department was  doing anything  else to  ensure they                                                                    
stay a long time.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney  did  not  have   specifics  on  the  particular                                                                    
department.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative Tilton  asked about the  considerations taken                                                                    
up in the subcommittee process.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney  replied that  any additions  in the  budget were                                                                    
scrutinized at a tedious level.  She stressed that there had                                                                    
been several reviews of the department.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:00:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair   Gara   stated   that  the   department   wanted                                                                    
additional  positions. He  stated  that  the department  had                                                                    
lower  paying employees  work overtime,  which led  to a  40                                                                    
percent burnout rate within the first year.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger continued:                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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     Alaska Geospatial Council                                                                                                  
     The  Alaska Geospatial  Council  has been  funded by  a                                                                    
     capital project  that will exhaust  all funds  by March                                                                    
     2019.  This  allows the  council  and  its services  to                                                                    
     continue through the end  of FY2019.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney added that the last capital project started at                                                                       
the end  of 2015.  She explained that  the council  began in                                                                    
the early  2000s to bring the  department mapping resources,                                                                    
needs,  and priorities  under  one  statewide umbrella.  She                                                                    
stated that the  request put it through the  next year, with                                                                    
anticipation that it would continue.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Representative Guttenberg queried the purpose.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney answered  that there were 3 to 4  main costs. She                                                                    
explained that there was a  contract with a mapping provider                                                                    
that  leverages  money  from  the  federal  government.  She                                                                    
stated that it was about $400 thousand spent on an annual                                                                       
basis                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger relayed that the total of operating                                                                              
amendments was $2.652 million in UGF; $2.334 million in                                                                         
federal funds; and $250,000 in DGF.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:05:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger continued with the amendments:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Line 19:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     FY2019 Transfer Balance of the  Mining Loan Fund No new                                                                    
     loans have  been made from  the mining loan  fund since                                                                    
     1986  and no  appropriations  have been  made from  the                                                                    
     fund since FY2004.   As such, the balance  of this fund                                                                    
    is available to be transferred to the general fund.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
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     FY2019  Transfer  Balance  of  the  Alternative  Energy                                                                    
     Conservation  Revolving  Loan  Fund No  new  loans  are                                                                    
     being  made from  the  alternative energy  conservation                                                                    
     revolving  loan fund  and no  appropriations have  been                                                                    
     made from the  fund since FY2004. As  such, the balance                                                                    
     of  this fund  is available  to be  transferred to  the                                                                    
     general fund.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Line 21:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     FY2019 Transfer  Balance of  the Investment  Loss Trust                                                                    
     Fund (Shows  as Revenue) The balance  of the investment                                                                    
     loss trust  fund (AS  27.09.010) as  of June  30, 2019,                                                                    
     estimated  to be  $2,298,862,  is  appropriated to  the                                                                    
     general fund.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Line 22:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     FY2019  Transfer Investment  Earnings on  Bond Proceeds                                                                    
     of the  Northern Tobacco Securitization Corp  (Shows as                                                                    
     Revenue) The amount of investment  earnings on the bond                                                                    
     proceeds   of  the   Northern  Tobacco   Securitization                                                                    
     Corporation  as  of  June 30,  2019,  estimated  to  be                                                                    
     $231,773, is appropriated to the general fund.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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     FY2019  Transfer  Balance   of  The  Municipal  Capital                                                                    
     Project  Matching Grant  Fund  (Shows  as Revenue)  The                                                                    
     balance  of  the  Municipal  Capital  Project  Matching                                                                    
     Grant  Fund  (AS  37.06.010)  as   of  June  30,  2019,                                                                    
     estimated  to  be  $253,500,  is  appropriated  to  the                                                                    
     general fund.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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     FY2019   Transfer   Balance   of   The   Unincorporated                                                                    
     Community  Capital Project  Matching Grant  Fund (Shows                                                                    
     as   Revenue)  The   balance   of  the   Unincorporated                                                                    
     Community  Capital  Project  Matching  Grant  Fund  (AS                                                                    
     37.06.020)  as  of  June  30,  2019,  estimated  to  be                                                                    
     $646,200, is appropriated to the general fund.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative Pruitt wondered whether all of the items                                                                         
were sunsetting.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Pitney  replied that  the  only  program that  was  not                                                                    
sunsetting was  the Norther Tobacco Securitization;  and the                                                                    
Investment  Loss  trust fund.  She  stated  that those  were                                                                    
funds that were available to be deposited.;                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Representative    Pruitt    acknowledged   the    work    of                                                                    
Representative Tilton.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:09:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Steininger continued with the amendments:                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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     Fairbanks  PM2.5 Nonattainment  Area Voluntary  Heating                                                                    
     Device Change Out Program                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     This  project  continues  a  voluntary  heating  device                                                                    
     change-out  program  for  residents  in  the  Fairbanks                                                                    
     North  Star Borough's  fine particulate  matter (PM2.5)                                                                    
     serious  nonattainment area.  The program  is aimed  at                                                                    
     minimizing particulate  matter emissions  and improving                                                                    
     air  quality  in  the  Borough.  The  Borough  has  the                                                                    
     highest  recorded  levels  of   PM2.5  in  the  nation.                                                                    
     Federal  grant funds  have been  applied  for from  EPA                                                                    
     through the Targeted Air Shed Program.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
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     Seismic Data Collection                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Recent federal government actions  opened the 1002 area                                                                    
     of the  Arctic National  Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)  to oil                                                                    
     and   gas   leasing,   exploration   and   development.                                                                    
     Availability of  seismic data will improve  interest in                                                                    
     exploring for  oil and gas  within the 1002  area. This                                                                    
     funding allows the state to  work with other interested                                                                    
     parties  to provide  seismic  data  which will  enhance                                                                    
     state  revenue from  lease sales  and decrease  time to                                                                    
     drilling and production.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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     National  Petroleum  Reserve   -  Alaska  Impact  Grant                                                                    
     Program  This request  amends  the original  Governor's                                                                    
     FY2019  capital budget  request  by adding  $10,233,376                                                                    
     for a  new requested total of  $11,611,722. This change                                                                    
     is due  to updated revenue estimates  for FY2019, which                                                                    
     results in  FY2019 National Petroleum Reserve  - Alaska                                                                    
     (NPR-A) recommended awards  to communities being higher                                                                    
     than the  estimate provided in the  original Governor's                                                                    
     FY2019  capital  request.  The NPR-A  program  provides                                                                    
     grants  to   communities  for  public   facilities  and                                                                    
     services.  Priority  is   given  to  those  communities                                                                    
     directly  or  severely  impacted   by  the  leases  and                                                                    
     development of  oil and gas  within the  NPR-A. Funding                                                                    
     comes from  the federal  government as  a share  of the                                                                    
     funds received on leases issued within NPR-A.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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     North Slope Borough - Monitoring  Waterfowl in the NPR-                                                                    
     A This  request amends  the original  Governor's FY2019                                                                    
     capital  budget  request  by  adding  allocation  level                                                                    
     funding  of  $337,550.00. This  change  is  due to  the                                                                    
     timing  of approval  of  individual National  Petroleum                                                                    
     Reserve   Alaska grants.  This project provides support                                                                    
     to  the  North  Slope Borough  Department  of  Wildlife                                                                    
     Management  to monitor  population trends  in waterfowl                                                                    
     that will build upon a  study that has been ongoing for                                                                    
     over fifteen years. This grant  will fund labor, fringe                                                                    
     benefits,  contractual,  materials, supplies,  freight,                                                                    
     travel, and 25% administration.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Line 32:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     North Slope Borough - Area-Wide  Air Quality Study This                                                                    
     request amends  the original Governor's  FY2019 capital                                                                    
     budget request  by adding  allocation level  funding of                                                                    
     $1,187,500.  This  change  is  due  to  the  timing  of                                                                    
     approval  of individual  National  Petroleum Reserve                                                                       
     Alaska  grants.  The  purpose of  this  project  is  to                                                                    
     collect base  line data  on air  quality in  areas that                                                                    
     are currently  not developed by  oil and  gas industry.                                                                    
     This   grant   will   fund  labor,   fringe   benefits,                                                                    
     contractual,  material,   supplies,  travel,   and  25%                                                                    
     administration.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Line 33:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     North  Slope Borough  - Monitoring  Nearshore Fish  and                                                                    
     their  Habitats in  the NPRA  This  request amends  the                                                                    
     original  Governor's FY2019  capital budget  request by                                                                    
     adding  allocation  level  funding  of  $562,500.  This                                                                    
     change is due  to the timing of  approval of individual                                                                    
     National  Petroleum  Reserve      Alaska  grants.  This                                                                    
     project  provides support  to the  North Slope  Borough                                                                    
     Department  of  Wildlife  Management (DWM)  to  conduct                                                                    
     studies  on  the  abundance  and  health  of  nearshore                                                                    
     fisheries  in  the NPR-A  region.  DWM  will work  with                                                                    
     local subsistence fisherman  and collect samples across                                                                    
     lagoon and  nearshore subsistence waters to  assess the                                                                    
     abundance and  distribution of fishes  and characterize                                                                    
     their biological and physical habitat.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     Line 34:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City  of   Nuiqsut  -   Youth  Center   Operations  and                                                                    
     Maintenance   This   request    amends   the   original                                                                    
     Governor's  FY2019  capital  budget request  by  adding                                                                    
     allocation level  funding of  $267,826. This  change is                                                                    
     due to  the timing  of approval of  individual National                                                                    
     Petroleum Reserve    Alaska grants. This  project is to                                                                    
     continue  operations  and   maintenance  of  the  youth                                                                    
     center.  Grant funds  are requested  for labor,  fringe                                                                    
     benefits,  supplies,   freight,  maintenance,  repairs,                                                                    
     fuel  oil, communications,  utilities, cultural  camps,                                                                    
     and special events.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Line 35:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City  of  Nuiqsut  - Local  Government  Operations  and                                                                    
     Maintenance   This   request    amends   the   original                                                                    
     Governor's  FY2019  capital  budget request  by  adding                                                                    
     allocation level  funding of  $949,203. This  change is                                                                    
     due to  the timing  of approval of  individual National                                                                    
     Petroleum Reserve    Alaska  grants. This  project will                                                                    
     provide   continued   funding  for   local   government                                                                    
     operations  and maintenance  for the  city of  Nuiqsut.                                                                    
     Grant funds  are requested for labor,  fringe benefits,                                                                    
     office   equipment   purchase,   materials,   supplies,                                                                    
     travel,  maintenance,  communications, utilities,  fuel                                                                    
     oil, and insurance.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
     Line 36:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City of Wainwright - Youth  Program This request amends                                                                    
     the original  Governor's FY2019 capital  budget request                                                                    
     by adding  allocation level  funding of  $289,272. This                                                                    
     change is due  to the timing of  approval of individual                                                                    
     National  Petroleum  Reserve      Alaska  grants.  This                                                                    
     project will continue the  Youth Program established in                                                                    
     2005, which  provides a safe and  drug-free environment                                                                    
     with adult  supervision for youth ages  6-18 years old.                                                                    
     Grant funds  will be used  for labor,  fringe benefits,                                                                    
     insurance,    contractual     services,    recreational                                                                    
     materials,  supplies,   utilities,  communication,  and                                                                    
     building maintenance and repairs.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Line 37:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City of  Wainwright - Local Government  Operations This                                                                    
     request amends  the original Governor's  FY2019 capital                                                                    
     budget request  by adding  allocation level  funding of                                                                    
     $499,251. This change is due  to the timing of approval                                                                    
     of  individual  National  Petroleum  Reserve     Alaska                                                                    
     grants.   This   project   is  to   provide   continued                                                                    
     operations  and maintenance  necessary to  successfully                                                                    
     operate  the  local  government  of  Wainwright.  Grant                                                                    
     funds   will  go   towards   labor,  fringe   benefits,                                                                    
     insurance,   contractual    services,   communications,                                                                    
     utilities,    travel,    materials,    supplies,    and                                                                    
     maintenance and repairs.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Line 38:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     North Slope  Borough - Monitoring Fish  in the Colville                                                                    
     River  for Presence  of Water  Mold (Saprolegnia)  This                                                                    
     request amends  the original Governor's  FY2019 capital                                                                    
     budget request  by adding  allocation level  funding of                                                                    
     $187,500. This change is due  to the timing of approval                                                                    
     of  individual  National  Petroleum  Reserve     Alaska                                                                    
     grants.  This  project  will monitor  broad  whitefish,                                                                    
     especially for presence of mold,  on the Colville River                                                                    
     by  recording catch  from subsistence  caught specimens                                                                    
     and   deploy   real-time   data  loggers   to   monitor                                                                    
     temperature on  the river in six  locations from break-                                                                    
     up to October.  Grant funds will pay  for labor, fringe                                                                    
     benefits,  contractual  services, materials,  supplies,                                                                    
     freight, travel, and 25% administration.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Line 39:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City  of  Atqasuk  - Local  Government  Operations  and                                                                    
     Youth   Program  This   request  amends   the  original                                                                    
     Governor's  FY2019  capital  budget request  by  adding                                                                    
     allocation level  funding of  $393,061. This  change is                                                                    
     due to  the timing  of approval of  individual National                                                                    
     Petroleum Reserve    Alaska grants. This  project is to                                                                    
     supplement   the  operations   and  maintenance   costs                                                                    
     necessary to successfully  operate the local government                                                                    
     of   Atqasuk   and   provide  continued   services   to                                                                    
     residents,  including the  Youth  Program. Grant  funds                                                                    
     will  pay   for  labor,  fringe   benefits,  insurance,                                                                    
     professional      services,     travel,      utilities,                                                                    
     communications,  maintenance  and  repairs,  materials,                                                                    
     and supplies.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Line 40:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City  of Nuiqsut  -  Kisik  Center Maintenance  Project                                                                    
     This  request  amends  the original  Governor's  FY2019                                                                    
     capital  budget  request  by  adding  allocation  level                                                                    
     funding of $192,035.  This change is due  to the timing                                                                    
     of approval of individual  National Petroleum Reserve                                                                      
     Alaska  grants.  This  project will  repair  the  Kisik                                                                    
     Community Center  HVAC system, as well  as fund general                                                                    
     maintenance  to   the  facility  such   as  electrical,                                                                    
     plumbing, and mechanical. Grant  funds will be used for                                                                    
     contractual services and building materials.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Line 41:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City  of   Anaktuvuk  Pass   -  Local   Operations  and                                                                    
     Community  Center  Upgrades  This  request  amends  the                                                                    
     original  Governor's FY2019  capital budget  request by                                                                    
     adding  allocation level  funding of  $571,535.44. This                                                                    
     change is due  to the timing of  approval of individual                                                                    
     National  Petroleum  Reserve      Alaska  grants.  This                                                                    
     project  is  to  support  the  general  operations  and                                                                    
     renovation activities  of the  city of  Anaktuvuk Pass,                                                                    
     enabling  the city  to continue  to build  capacity for                                                                    
     effective  and  efficient local  government  operations                                                                    
     during a period of increased  NPR-A related oil and gas                                                                    
     development.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
     Line 42:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     North Slope  Borough -  Community Winter  Access Trails                                                                    
     (CWAT)  This  request  amends the  original  Governor's                                                                    
     FY2019  capital  budget  request by  adding  allocation                                                                    
     level funding of $3,576,798. This  change is due to the                                                                    
     timing  of approval  of  individual National  Petroleum                                                                    
     Reserve    Alaska grants. This project  is to establish                                                                    
     the North  Slope Borough Winter Access  Trails, develop                                                                    
     permits, agreements, protocol  with regulatory agencies                                                                    
     and  industrial   users  that  will  allow   for  local                                                                    
     community   use.  Grants   funds   are  requested   for                                                                    
     contractual  services,  equipment purchase,  materials,                                                                    
     supplies,   freight,   travel,  contingency   and   25%                                                                    
     administration.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     Line 43:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City of Utqiagvik  - Repair of the  City of Utqiagvik's                                                                    
     Shop Subfloor  and BCI Support This  request amends the                                                                    
     original  Governor's FY2019  capital budget  request by                                                                    
     adding  allocation  level  funding  of  $160,000.  This                                                                    
     change is due  to the timing of  approval of individual                                                                    
     National  Petroleum  Reserve      Alaska  grants.  This                                                                    
     project is to replace the  old shop floor by installing                                                                    
     BCI  support  and  all  new  subfloors  at  the  city's                                                                    
     maintenance  shop.   Grant  funds  are   requested  for                                                                    
     contractual   services,    materials,   supplies,   and                                                                    
     freight.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     Line 44:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City of  Utqiagvik -  Local Government  Operations This                                                                    
     request amends  the original Governor's  FY2019 capital                                                                    
     budget request  by adding  allocation level  funding of                                                                    
     $1,890,000.  This  change  is  due  to  the  timing  of                                                                    
     approval  of individual  National  Petroleum Reserve                                                                       
     Alaska grants.  This project is to  continue operations                                                                    
     including    city    council,   administration    cost,                                                                    
     maintenance department,  business licensing, Department                                                                    
     of   Motor  Vehicles,   taxicab  regulation   services,                                                                    
     alcohol     registration     services,     concessions,                                                                    
    scholarship expenses, and recreational activities.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Line 45:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City of Utqiagvik  - Purchase of New  John Deere Loader                                                                    
     This  request  amends  the original  Governor's  FY2019                                                                    
     capital  budget  request  by  adding  allocation  level                                                                    
     funding of $400,000.  This change is due  to the timing                                                                    
     of approval of individual  National Petroleum Reserve                                                                      
     Alaska grants. This project will  be used to purchase a                                                                    
     loader.  Grant   funds  are  requested   for  equipment                                                                    
     purchase and freight.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
     Line 46:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     City of Utqiagvik  - Purchase of New  Tent for Existing                                                                    
     Hockey  Facility  This   request  amends  the  original                                                                    
     Governor's  FY2019  capital  budget request  by  adding                                                                    
     allocation level  funding of  $147,690. This  change is                                                                    
     due to  the timing  of approval of  individual National                                                                    
     Petroleum Reserve    Alaska grants. This  project is to                                                                    
     purchase  a  tent  cover for  the  hockey  and  curling                                                                    
     facility.  Grant  funds  are  requested  for  material,                                                                    
     supplies, and freight.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:11:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson asked  about  line  28. She  wondered                                                                    
whether the $4  million would allow the borough  to look for                                                                    
the  grant,  or whether  there  was  another grant  for  the                                                                    
changeout program of $4 million awaiting an appropriation.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney responded that it was not in hand but was                                                                            
eminent.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Representative Wilson asked whether it had the same                                                                             
restrictions.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pitney agreed to provide that information.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Seaton asked that                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB  284  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  285  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  286  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  321  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:13:44 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:14:18 PM                                                                                                                    
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Document Name Date/Time Subjects
DHSS Review WDR-HB176-2-6-18.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 176
HB176 Sponsor Statement 2.13.18.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 176
HB176 Additional Documents - HB 176 GEMT Summary 2.13.18.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 176
HB176 Supporting Documents - LTRs of Support 2.13.18.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 176
Combined_Budget_Amendments_Detail_Backup_2-13-18.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 284 HB 286
HB 286 HB 284 FY2019 Combined Amendment Summary and Detail.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286 HB 284 FY2018_Supplemental_Summary_Feb_13.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 284
HB 286
HB 286 HB 284 FY2019_Amendment_Summary_Feb_13.pdf HFIN 2/16/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 284
HB 286