Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/08/2016 10:00 AM FINANCE

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10:10:12 AM Start
10:10:23 AM SB139 || SB140
10:11:01 AM Public Testimony: Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska
11:04:02 AM Public Testimony: Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction
01:04:15 PM Public Testimony: Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg
02:02:13 PM Public Testimony: Sitka, Cordova, Valdez
03:42:38 PM Public Testimony: Off-net Sites
05:34:11 PM Adjourn
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Heard & Held
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+= SB 140 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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10:00 - 11:00 Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska
11:15 - 12:00 Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction
1:00 - 2:00 Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg
2:15 - 3:30 Sitka, Cordova, Valdez
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SENATE BILL NO. 139                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs,    capitalizing   funds,    making                                                                    
     reappropriations,  making supplemental  appropriations,                                                                    
     and 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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 140                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:10:23 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly relayed that he would hand the gavel to Co-                                                                      
Chair MacKinnon to continue the meeting.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: BETHEL, NOME, KOTZEBUE, UNALASKA                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:11:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CHUCK HERMAN,  SELF, BETHEL (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
spoke to  the importance of  public radio to  the community.                                                                    
He  explained the  critical  nature of  the  service to  the                                                                    
rural   community.  He   believed   KYUK  was   particularly                                                                    
important for community engagement;  the station aired local                                                                    
government  meetings,  news,   and  emergency  response.  He                                                                    
stressed that  the station helped  people with all  sorts of                                                                    
things including  finding jobs. He noted  that the community                                                                    
had little internet access.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:13:38 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
LORI  GREGORY, KUCB,  UNALASKA  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She shared that  she had lived in Unalaska  since the 1970s.                                                                    
She relayed that  the radio station provided  news and other                                                                    
important   programming.  She   relayed  that   the  fishing                                                                    
industry  relied  on  public  radio  for  weather  and  road                                                                    
conditions and  subsistence fishery closures. Cuts  from the                                                                    
prior year had  reduced the radio staff to  one. She relayed                                                                    
that at the  current staffing level the  station was already                                                                    
struggling.  She stressed  that  the station  was a  crucial                                                                    
service  that provided  emergency information  to the  local                                                                    
communities; with  further cuts the station  would be unable                                                                    
to provide the service. She  asked the committee to preserve                                                                    
as much funding as possible for public broadcasting.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:17:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BOB  METCALF,  UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA  FAIRBANKS,  NOME  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
University. He  spoke in support  of the  many organizations                                                                    
and partners  that worked to collaborate  with the Northwest                                                                    
campus. He  asked the committee  to support  K-12 education.                                                                    
He  shared  that  the local  school  districts  had  engaged                                                                    
openly  with communities,  Alaska Native  organizations, and                                                                    
business  partners as  part of  the  Norton Sound  Education                                                                    
Workgroup,  which  was  a   region-wide  effort  to  improve                                                                    
educational  achievement.  He   requested  support  for  the                                                                    
Department of Labor and Workforce  Development funds for the                                                                    
Northwestern  Alaska Career  and Technical  Center (NACTEC).                                                                    
He  supported the  Nome  youth  facility, behavioral  health                                                                    
services,  and   the  Cooperative  Extension.   He  strongly                                                                    
supported  Senator  Olson's  efforts  on  continuing  Alaska                                                                    
Native languages. He thanked the committee for its time.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:19:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SHAUNA  RUDIO, KUBC,  UNALASKA  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  understood   that  the  legislature  had   a  difficult                                                                    
situation related  to the budget. She  echoed testimony from                                                                    
Ms.  Gregory related  to the  community's dependence  on the                                                                    
local  public radio  station (KUCB).  She  relayed that  the                                                                    
station was  the voice  of Unalaska;  it kept  the community                                                                    
connected  with  news,  emergency services,  and  local  and                                                                    
state news.  She communicated that local  reporters provided                                                                    
news reports  that were broadcast state  and nationwide. She                                                                    
detailed that one of her  high school students was using the                                                                    
radio station  to broadcast news  reports. She  believed the                                                                    
service was very important for a democratic society.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:22:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ANN   CAPELA,  MANAGER,   CITY   OF   BETHEL,  BETHEL   (via                                                                    
teleconference),   provided   suggestions   on   how   state                                                                    
government could enable local  governments to make their own                                                                    
revenue. One of  the larger issues was related  to why sales                                                                    
tax could  not be imposed  on internet sales in  Alaska. She                                                                    
noted  that there  were many  states  that allowed  internet                                                                    
sales tax. She  believed the legislature should  take a hard                                                                    
look  at  the option.  She  relayed  that  it was  a  common                                                                    
practice  nationwide  to  enable the  local  governments  to                                                                    
negotiate franchise  fees with the cable  company providers,                                                                    
but it  was prohibited in  Alaska. She could not  figure out                                                                    
why the  state would protect  giant providers of  cable. She                                                                    
stated that the  fees could bring $150,000  to $200,000 into                                                                    
local communities. She opposed  cutting tax revenue to local                                                                    
governments. She  hoped the committee would  consider how to                                                                    
allow  local governments  to make  money  and adding  costs.                                                                    
Particularly,  in the  Public  Employees' Retirement  System                                                                    
(PERS) area. She  implored the committee to  untie the hands                                                                    
of local government.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:26:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARK SPRINGER, SELF, BETHEL  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
did not  believe it  was wise  to zero  out funding  for the                                                                    
service.  He discussed  that the  service had  been a  major                                                                    
effort   by  communities;   the  service   was  managed   by                                                                    
hardworking  professionals.  He   supported  the  governor's                                                                    
proposed  budget  that included  a  27  percent cut  to  the                                                                    
service. He stated that the  rural economy could not support                                                                    
commercial radio. He  noted that cutting the  service at 100                                                                    
percent would be extraordinarily unfair to rural Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:28:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SUE STEINACHER,  KUAC, NOME  (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
strong  opposition to  cuts to  behavioral health  services.                                                                    
She  was deeply  concerned  for rural  Alaska. She  stressed                                                                    
that the community  was dying due to high  costs of shipping                                                                    
to  the  region.  She  spoke to  high  fuel  costs,  alcohol                                                                    
problems, and very few resources.  She spoke to generational                                                                    
trauma, substance abuse, and family  violence. She urged the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
detailed that  she would  not have  known about  the current                                                                    
public testimony  without public  radio. She pointed  to the                                                                    
high  cost of  internet  services  that prevented  residents                                                                    
from  paying   for  the  service.  She   resented  receiving                                                                    
expensive  documents telling  her  how the  state  was in  a                                                                    
financial  crisis  and  how  education  and  other  critical                                                                    
services were at risk if  the Permanent Fund Dividend system                                                                    
was not  restructured. She stated  that to go after  the PFD                                                                    
would  proportionately hurt  the poor  and rural  Alaska far                                                                    
more  than the  wealthy.  She supported  a statewide  income                                                                    
tax.  She emphasized  that  sales taxes  hurt  the poor  far                                                                    
more. She stressed  that the state could not cut  its way to                                                                    
prosperity.  She  could  accept some  restructuring  of  the                                                                    
Permanent  Fund  especially  if  savings  were  invested  in                                                                    
affordable housing, education, and  childcare in the poorest                                                                    
sectors of the state or if it was done on a needs basis.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:33:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
NELSON WALKER,  CITY OF  KIANA, KIANA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
remarked  that  the  state's   smaller  communities  used  a                                                                    
significant amount  of state funds.  One of  the community's                                                                    
largest issues  was related to insurance  for its employees,                                                                    
buildings,  and equipment.  He stated  that insurance  costs                                                                    
had dramatically  increased in recent years.  He shared that                                                                    
the community  used a lot  of equipment on  road maintenance                                                                    
and its  sewer systems were  over 20 years old.  He detailed                                                                    
that  the community  was faced  with  replacing things  with                                                                    
parts  that  were  already  broken.  He  pointed  to  issues                                                                    
related  to the  community's  health and  safety. There  had                                                                    
recently been a large fuel  spill in the community, which it                                                                    
was working to clean up.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:34:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BRAD   REICH,   NORTHWEST   ARCTIC   BOROUGH,   KIANA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke to the  importance of revenue sharing                                                                    
for  the borough.  The  borough tried  to  provide the  best                                                                    
public safety as possible, but  it was in need of additional                                                                    
public  safety officers  to provide  sufficient service.  He                                                                    
spoke  to the  high costs  of  fuel in  the region.  Revenue                                                                    
sharing helped  to keep the communities  moving. He detailed                                                                    
the  costs  between  villages. He  asked  the  committee  to                                                                    
maintain revenue sharing for rural communities.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:37:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARY  NANUWAK,  SELF,  BETHEL (via  teleconference),  shared                                                                    
that  she had  listened  to a  taped  meeting between  David                                                                    
Gottstein  and David  Cuddy from  a bank  in Anchorage;  she                                                                    
stated that  the meeting was  very informative.  She relayed                                                                    
that  the  individuals  had talked  about  issues  that  the                                                                    
Senate had  not yet discussed.  She urged the  Alaska Mental                                                                    
Health Trust  Authority (AMHTA) to stop  misusing money. She                                                                    
asked for the  funds to be used for  the appropriate things.                                                                    
She  shared  that  she  had  sought  help  with  housing  in                                                                    
Anchorage from AMHTA  and had been told by  the authority to                                                                    
go to  the Alaska Psychiatric Institute,  which she believed                                                                    
was inappropriate.  She stated that  no matter who  a person                                                                    
was, their needs were like  everyone else's. She thanked the                                                                    
committee for its time.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  noted the  committee would  reconvene at                                                                    
11:15 a.m.  or earlier if  additional members of  the public                                                                    
were ready to testify.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:41:55 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:48:15 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:49:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GEOFF  CAROL, SELF,  BARROW (via  teleconference), spoke  to                                                                    
the need to increasing  income and reducing expenditures. He                                                                    
supported  restructuring  of the  Permanent  Fund  to be  of                                                                    
further  use  to the  state.  Additionally,  he supported  a                                                                    
statewide income  tax. He understood that  cuts were needed,                                                                    
but  he urged  the  committee from  cutting  too deeply.  He                                                                    
strongly  supported  a  restoration of  funding  for  public                                                                    
broadcasting. He  spoke to  the important  programs provided                                                                    
by the  service including news, emergency  broadcasting, and                                                                    
other. He relayed  that there was great  support provided to                                                                    
the station by  the community, but it was  not sufficient to                                                                    
run the station.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson   asked  Mr.  Carol  to   discuss  the  local                                                                    
contributions  to   radio.  Mr.   Carol  replied   that  the                                                                    
community  raised $130,000  per  year for  the public  radio                                                                    
station.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:53:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JEFF   SEIFERT,   GENERAL   MANAGER,   KBRW,   BARROW   (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public broadcasting. Shared that  the station had survived a                                                                    
20  percent  cut from  the  last  session. He  believed  100                                                                    
percent  cuts  to  public broadcasting  were  not  fair.  He                                                                    
discussed that  the Alaska  Public Broadcasting  Network was                                                                    
vitally important  to keeping local  stations on  track; the                                                                    
cuts  would  eliminate the  service.  He  stressed that  the                                                                    
station was a  vital link to villages and many  times it was                                                                    
the  only way  to  get information  to  the communities.  He                                                                    
stated that  for life, safety,  and health, the  service was                                                                    
critical. He hoped the committee would restore funding.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  asked about  the extent of  the range  of the                                                                    
radio station.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Seifert  replied that the  station's transmit  power was                                                                    
10,000 watts.  He had  been told that  the station  had been                                                                    
heard  as far  as  Finland. There  were public  broadcasting                                                                    
transmitters  in all  of the  region's village  communities,                                                                    
which  were in  dire need  of repair.  He detailed  that the                                                                    
station's  entire  infrastructure  was aging.  He  discussed                                                                    
that  costs  kept  rising. He  stressed  the  importance  of                                                                    
public broadcasting in the region.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:58:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Seifert noted that others  from public broadcasting were                                                                    
coming to testify.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  noted that the committee  would hear the                                                                    
testimony when they arrived.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:59:23 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:01:11 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
BRYANT  HAMMOND,  CITY  CLERK,  NOME  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
asked the committee  to ensure that the  Nome Youth Facility                                                                    
did  not close.  He spoke  to spreading  cuts to  ensure the                                                                    
facility remained open. He stressed  that there was not much                                                                    
"fat"  to cut.  He hoped  for  the return  of increased  oil                                                                    
prices, but he was not  holding his breath. He detailed that                                                                    
it was  time to  diversify the state's  revenue. He  did not                                                                    
believe  the  state  adequately   taxed  its  residents.  He                                                                    
advocated for  the government to  recognize that  change was                                                                    
needed. He endorsed a budget  that increased revenues rather                                                                    
than increasing cuts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: BARROW, TOK, DELTA JUNCTION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:04:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DONNA  DENNIS,  SELF,  TOK (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  funds for the  Tok Senior Center. She  urged the                                                                    
committee  to  not  cut  funds   for  senior  services  that                                                                    
included  transportation and  physical therapy.  The program                                                                    
encouraged seniors  to engage with other  community members.                                                                    
She spoke  to the  overwhelming number  of seniors  in need.                                                                    
She  detailed  that  the  center  had  been  told  that  the                                                                    
transportation service  would not be available  in April and                                                                    
May; one  of its staff  would be  required to take  time off                                                                    
due to  cuts. She urged  the committee to  strongly consider                                                                    
the cuts. She  reminded the committee members  that they too                                                                    
would  become  seniors  at  some   point.  She  thanked  the                                                                    
committee for its time.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:07:12 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HELEN OLSON,  SELF, TOK (via teleconference),  urged support                                                                    
of funding  for senior services  and the Tok  Senior Center.                                                                    
She  discussed   the  Meals  on   Wheels  service   for  the                                                                    
committee.  She  shared  information the  program  provided.                                                                    
Some of the  elders could not read or write;  the staff went                                                                    
above  and  beyond  for  caring   for  the  recipients.  She                                                                    
implored the committee to continue to support the service.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:10:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SHARON DUNKIN,  SELF, TOK (via teleconference),  shared that                                                                    
she is  currently 81 years of  age. She shared that  she had                                                                    
an old vehicle  that was currently in the shop  and needed a                                                                    
new  starter  and  rebuilt engine.  She  discussed  her  low                                                                    
income,  which prevented  her from  paying for  the repairs.                                                                    
She relayed  that she only  burned wood and  understood that                                                                    
heating  would be  cut;  her  only heat  source  was a  wood                                                                    
stove.  She spoke  to  the  high cost  of  groceries in  the                                                                    
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
11:11:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BETTY DENNY,  SELF, TOK  (via teleconference),  relayed that                                                                    
she had worked for  the Upper Tanana Development Corporation                                                                    
for the  past 38 years,  which received Title 3  grants. She                                                                    
detailed   that  the   corporation  served   16  communities                                                                    
discussed a  transportation service provided in  the region.                                                                    
She shared that the service  provided meal sites in seven of                                                                    
the communities. Additionally,  the corporation provided bus                                                                    
transportation for  seniors between  some of the  areas. She                                                                    
relayed  that the  buses were  aging and  upkeep costs  were                                                                    
high.  She noted  that the  agency  had been  forced to  lay                                                                    
staff off  due to budget  cuts. She  was opposed to  cuts to                                                                    
senior programs.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:13:27 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL   JEFFERY,   SELF,  BARROW   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
discussed his prior employment and  work as a superior court                                                                    
judge.   He   supported   continued   funding   for   public                                                                    
broadcasting.  He  supported  continued  funding  for  Adult                                                                    
Medicaid  dental  program,  mental health  grants,  and  the                                                                    
senior community based program.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
11:15:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BOB  HARCHAREK, PRESIDENT,  ALASKA MUNICIPAL  LEAGUE, BARROW                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in  favor  of maintaining  the                                                                    
revenue  sharing  program.  He  believed  the  loss  of  the                                                                    
program would result  in some placing having  to close their                                                                    
doors. He suggested  that three sets of keys  would be made,                                                                    
sending one to  the Senate President, one to  the Speaker of                                                                    
the House, and one to the  governor. He also spoke about the                                                                    
unfunded liability of PERS.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:19:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE  KOULUS,   SELF,  TOK  (via   teleconference),  urged                                                                    
support of funding for senior  services. He believed cutting                                                                    
senior benefits  and centers was  the wrong thing to  do. He                                                                    
explained  that  many seniors  depended  on  the check  they                                                                    
received. He spoke against cutting  heat assistance and food                                                                    
stamps. He  shared that he  tried to  work in the  summer as                                                                    
much as possible  to avoid being dependent  on the services.                                                                    
His benefits had  already been cut by $225  per month, which                                                                    
was difficult. He was a 74  year-old and spoke of living off                                                                    
of the  land. He  stated that some  seniors depended  on the                                                                    
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:21:25 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD BENEVILLE   MAYOR,   NOME    (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against  cuts  to the  Nome  Youth  Facility.  He                                                                    
detailed that  there were troubled  youth in the  region and                                                                    
closing the  youth facility would  be sad. He also  spoke in                                                                    
favor  of revenue  sharing. He  stressed that  the community                                                                    
depended  on   revenue  sharing.  He  understood   that  the                                                                    
legislature  and the  governor  were  faced with  incredibly                                                                    
difficult decisions. He asked  that the committee members to                                                                    
reconsider funding the youth facility.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
11:23:52 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  HOLLINGSWORTH,  SELF,   BARROW  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in favor  of the  Online  with Libraries  program                                                                    
that provided increased bandwidth  to the 97 rural libraries                                                                    
throughout  the   state.  She  detailed  that   the  program                                                                    
provided educational  and economic opportunities  that would                                                                    
not otherwise  be available  to people  on the  North Slope.                                                                    
She  provided  examples  of  how   the  program  had  helped                                                                    
students  to  earn  degrees. She  opined  that  the  program                                                                    
helped  to   encourage  learning.   She  talked   about  the                                                                    
opportunities  that  online  technology  offered.  She  also                                                                    
supported early  learning programs. Additionally,  she urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She thanked the committee for its time.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  asked Ms.  Hollingsworth  to  expand on  the                                                                    
services provided by  the library in Barrow.  He referred to                                                                    
outreach   programs    provided   by   the    library.   Ms.                                                                    
Hollingsworth  responded that  she provided  public services                                                                    
including story  times with  a focus  on early  literacy and                                                                    
the Imagination  Library program. The library  also provided                                                                    
video conferencing  through the  OWL network,  which allowed                                                                    
the library to  bring authors into the state  from the Lower                                                                    
48,   sharing    cultural   programming,    conducting   job                                                                    
interviews, and other.  The library had picked  up the slack                                                                    
for many  of the  social welfare  services. She  also helped                                                                    
people fill out paperwork and their PFD applications.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
11:28:50 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RAYMOND  ATOS,  SELF,  BARROW (via  teleconference),  was  a                                                                    
resident of Barrow  for 33 years. He urged  the committee to                                                                    
restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He spoke  to the                                                                    
importance  of  the  service that  provided  information  on                                                                    
weather,  which  was  vital  information  for  the  region's                                                                    
hunters.  He  opined  that public  radio  was  critical  for                                                                    
providing emergency information.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
11:30:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MIKE SHULTS,  SELF, BARROW  (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
advocated  for  additional  funding   for  the  service.  He                                                                    
discussed that currently the weather  was very windy; it was                                                                    
also the  time of year  that whaling crews were  starting to                                                                    
cut trails  on the ice, which  was a perfect example  of the                                                                    
need for  public radio. He  stressed that without  the radio                                                                    
announcing the upcoming  storm there would be as  many as 48                                                                    
crews on  the ice  who would  be stuck on  the ice  when the                                                                    
storm hit.  He stressed that  it was a  dangerous situation.                                                                    
He  emphasized   that  it  was  public   radio  was  vitally                                                                    
important to the community.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
11:31:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JENELLE EVERETT,  SELF, BARROW (via teleconference),   spoke                                                                    
in support of the restoration  of funds to public radio. She                                                                    
mentioned  that  when  she  first  started  working  at  the                                                                    
station she had not realized  the importance of public radio                                                                    
in terms of  safety for community members.  She stressed the                                                                    
unpredictable nature  of the weather  in the region  and the                                                                    
importance  of public  broadcasting, which  provided reports                                                                    
on the weather. She relayed  that all residents did not have                                                                    
access to  a computer  or television,  which meant  they did                                                                    
not  have access  to events  in  the region  and the  state.                                                                    
Messages sent  between communities kept  residents informed.                                                                    
She  detailed that  hunters  needed to  be  informed of  the                                                                    
weather  for  safety reasons.  She  urged  the committee  to                                                                    
continue support of public broadcasting.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
11:33:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
LEE SHERWOOD,  SELF, TOK  (via teleconference),  shared that                                                                    
he had retired in Tok  because there were no property taxes.                                                                    
He  reviewed his  expenditures and  his  limited income.  He                                                                    
urged support of funding for  senior services because of his                                                                    
personal need.  He detailed that  he needed free  lunches at                                                                    
the  senior  center  and  he  used  the  heating  assistance                                                                    
program for  oil. He stated that  he needed the PFD  to help                                                                    
him out in the fall. He  stressed that if the budget reduced                                                                    
senior services it would  increase suffering for individuals                                                                    
like himself.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
11:35:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GLENN WILKINSON,  SELF, TOK (via  teleconference), indicated                                                                    
that  he and  his  wife  retired in  Tok.  He  spoke of  the                                                                    
expense of his  utilities. He spoke in  favor of maintaining                                                                    
the PFD; he  did not want to see it  reduced. He shared that                                                                    
he  and his  wife had  both  gone back  to work  in Tok.  He                                                                    
provided personal information about his struggles.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
11:38:10 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN ARNOLD,  SUPERINTENDENT,  NOME  PUBLIC  SCHOOLS,  NOME                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in favor  of full  funding for                                                                    
broadband in schools early  childhood education. He stressed                                                                    
that  many of  the cuts  to the  services were  significant,                                                                    
which would impact staffing. He  talked about the importance                                                                    
of  being able  to plan  ahead related  to staffing.  If the                                                                    
goal   was  to   determine   innovative  and   collaborative                                                                    
solutions   for  education,   the  funding   needed  to   be                                                                    
available.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  asked  Mr.  Arnold if  his  school  had                                                                    
qualified for  an early learning  grant from  the Department                                                                    
of Education and Early Development,  and if so, she wondered                                                                    
about the amount.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Arnold  replied in  the  affirmative.  The Nome  School                                                                    
District  had been  one  of the  initial  recipients of  the                                                                    
grant in 2012; the district  had received $264,000 per year.                                                                    
He  detailed  that  the district  had  received  about  one-                                                                    
quarter of the funding each  year, which helped the district                                                                    
provide  three full-time  certified  teachers  to the  local                                                                    
Head Start and one for Pre-K.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked for  verification that the district                                                                    
had used the grant funding to fund the Head Start Program.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Arnold  replied that the district  had collaborated with                                                                    
Head Start  as part  of the  grant and  it had  provided two                                                                    
teachers  from  the  school  district   to  the  Head  Start                                                                    
program. She  asked for verification  that the  district had                                                                    
used one-quarter  of the  funds. She  asked if  $264,000 was                                                                    
the total  amount the  district had  received over  the four                                                                    
year-period.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Arnold  clarified that it  was about one-quarter  of the                                                                    
amount that  was allotted  every year  within the  grant. He                                                                    
furthered that Nome Public Schools  was a recipient of about                                                                    
one-quarter of the funds each year.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  indicated   that  the  committee  would                                                                    
reconvene in 5 minutes.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:42:24 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:46:51 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon indicated  that currently  there was  no                                                                    
one  online to  testify.  She reviewed  the  agenda for  the                                                                    
remainder  of   the  day  and  noted   the  committee  would                                                                    
reconvene at 12:55 p.m.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
11:48:28 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:03:34 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Co-Chair Kelly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: KETCHIKAN, WRANGELL, PETERSBURG                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:04:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL  TREMBLAY,  BOARD   PRESIDENT,  KFSK  COMMUNITY  RADIO,                                                                    
PETERSBURG,  urged  the  committee to  restore  funding  for                                                                    
public broadcasting. He understood  the current state budget                                                                    
situation, but felt  that a 100 percent  reduction would put                                                                    
his station  out of business  within two years.  He remarked                                                                    
that  the  federal  grants  required a  minimum  of  $//  He                                                                    
stressed that there  was a minimum level  of employment that                                                                    
must be met in order to  meet the federal matching grant. He                                                                    
remarked  that  the  current  public  radio  system  was  an                                                                    
effective   way  of   communicating  emergency   and  safety                                                                    
information. He spoke against  the House proposed investment                                                                    
in  alternative   methods  of  communication.   He  provided                                                                    
written testimony.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  stated that the  written testimony  would be                                                                    
distributed to the committee.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:07:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   MARTIN,   CITY    OF   KETCHIKAN,   KETCHIKAN   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing. He remarked that  the City of Ketchikan had                                                                    
received an average  of $483,000 in revenue.  He shared that                                                                    
revenue sharing funding approximately  2.4 percent of city's                                                                    
general fund  annual budget. He  stated that the  city would                                                                    
stand to lose  $158,457, and may need to raise  its mil rate                                                                    
by two-tenths of  a mil to cover the projected  loss, if the                                                                    
governor's  proposed budget  was  not  approved. The  city's                                                                    
economy  had  become  more  seasonal  as  a  result  of  the                                                                    
shutdown  of the  timber industry  in  Southeast Alaska.  He                                                                    
stressed  that  revenue  sharing  had been  a  reliable  and                                                                    
consistent source of revenue to  help pay for the operations                                                                    
of general government.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:10:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GINGER   FORTIN,  SELF,   KETCHIKAN  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of   funding  for  Southeast  Alaska                                                                    
Independent  Living (SAIL),  and  other similar  nonprofits.                                                                    
She urged  support of funding  for all senior  services. She                                                                    
also  testified  in support  of  funding  the Alaska  Marine                                                                    
Highway, and hoped that the  Kennecott would provide further                                                                    
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:11:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY DEIHL, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of funding the  Alaska Marine Highway. She shared                                                                    
that  it  was  difficult  to get  car  space  on  cross-gulf                                                                    
service on  the ferry. She encouraged  more cross-gulf ferry                                                                    
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:12:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF JABUSCH,  BOROUGH MANAGER,  WRANGELL CITY  AND BOROUGH,                                                                    
WRANGELL  (via  teleconference),  testified  in  support  of                                                                    
funding  for revenue  sharing. He  stated  that the  funding                                                                    
would  provide  support  for  the  smaller  communities.  He                                                                    
remarked  that  the  property  tax  exemption  law  made  it                                                                    
difficult  to  fund services  when  70  percent of  the  tax                                                                    
exemptions were  directed at seniors. He  remarked that many                                                                    
times  the  exemptions were  directed  at  the wealthier  in                                                                    
communities.  He  urged the  committee  to  utilize a  state                                                                    
sales tax.  He also urged  the committee to  restore funding                                                                    
for public  broadcasting. He stressed that  the public radio                                                                    
was the only form of broadcasting in Wrangell.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:14:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE JAMIESON, PRESIDENT,  WRANGELL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE,                                                                    
WRANGELL  (via  teleconference),   urged  the  committee  to                                                                    
restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  She shared  that                                                                    
the  proposed  100  percent reduction  would  eliminate  the                                                                    
federal  match  for  public radio.  She  stressed  that  the                                                                    
elimination of  small stations in the  state would eliminate                                                                    
the possibility for access to state and world news.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:16:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  STEVENS, SELF,  WRANGELL (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  echoed Ms.  Jamieson's remarks.  She spoke  against the                                                                    
tax  exemption  withholding.  She testified  in  support  of                                                                    
funding the Alaska Marine Highway.  She shared that the poor                                                                    
communities would be greatly affected  by the elimination of                                                                    
ferry service.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:17:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALEISHA MOLLEN,  SELF, WRANGELL (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  echoed the  previous testifiers  related to  the public                                                                    
broadcasting  funding. She  shared  that  without the  state                                                                    
funding, the  local radio station  would be  eliminated. She                                                                    
shared that  KSTK was Wrangell's  only source for  state and                                                                    
local news.  She encouraged the committee  to consider their                                                                    
own  news sources  when determining  whether to  fund public                                                                    
radio. She urged the committee  to provide the essential and                                                                    
worthwhile funding to the public radio stations.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:20:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK  JENSEN,  MAYOR,  PETERSBURG BOROUGH,  PETERSBURG  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing. He  felt that SB 21 should  be revisited in                                                                    
order  to balance  the state's  budget situation.  He shared                                                                    
that the  Petersburg Borough had  a lower  proposed balanced                                                                    
budget than  in years prior.  He would like to  decrease the                                                                    
municipality  contribution to  Public Employees'  Retirement                                                                    
System (PERS). He also spoke  in support of full funding for                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:22:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE HURSEY,  SELF, PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She felt  that the  elimination of  funding would  cause the                                                                    
radio to go  out of business. She shared that  the radio had                                                                    
recently provided  information about  an escape  inmate, but                                                                    
the radio was  able to provide information  about the safety                                                                    
of  children and  citizens. She  stressed that  public radio                                                                    
was a  lifeline. She announced  that there were  many people                                                                    
in  Petersburg who  did not  have cell  phones or  internet.                                                                    
Public radio  was available to everyone  regardless of their                                                                    
ability to pay.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:24:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG  OLSON, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He encouraged  the reinstatement of the  governor's proposed                                                                    
budget related to public radio.  He remarked that the public                                                                    
radio provided  timely safety information. He  stressed that                                                                    
the  public radio  station in  Petersburg provided  news and                                                                    
information to  many outlying communities. He  stressed that                                                                    
the  budget   reduction  would  eliminate   federal  funding                                                                    
availability.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:26:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  ABBBOTT, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support  of capping  the  Permanent  Fund Dividend,  and                                                                    
urged the committee  to utilize a state income  tax. He also                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting. He  felt that the governor's  proposed cut was                                                                    
more reasonable than the House  proposed 100 percent cut. He                                                                    
stressed  that   public  radio  provided  access   to  local                                                                    
Alaskans to entertainment, news, and community information.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:28:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDY DONATO, DIVISION MANAGER,  KPU ELECTRIC, KETCHIKAN (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public  broadcasting.  He  shared  that  there  had  been  a                                                                    
situation that  had eliminated power for  most of Ketchikan.                                                                    
He remarked that  the public radio in Ketchikan  was able to                                                                    
announce the situation and encourage  the community to lower                                                                    
their  lights  and heat  to  "skirt"  the shortage  to  make                                                                    
adequate power  repairs. He stressed  the importance  of the                                                                    
public radio station in Ketchikan.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:30:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELVIN CHARLES, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to utilize  a state  income tax.  He remarked                                                                    
that  the  majority  of  state   fishermen  in  Alaska  were                                                                    
nonresidents in  Alaska. He  felt that  all of  the employed                                                                    
nonresidents should  pay taxes  in Alaska. He  remarked that                                                                    
the  tax would  pay for  education. He  spoke in  support of                                                                    
reducing funding for food stamps.  He felt that a person who                                                                    
makes  over $2000  should pay  taxes. He  did not  feel that                                                                    
seniors should  pay taxes.  He felt that  there should  be a                                                                    
large  tax  on alcoholics.  He  remarked  that he  had  many                                                                    
additional comments.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Senator Bishop.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:32:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHLEEN LIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  KETCHIKAN AREA ARTS AND                                                                    
HUMANITIES  COUNCIL, KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  stated  that  the  public  radio  provided  a  valuable                                                                    
service  in providing  information.  She stated  that a  100                                                                    
percent cut  to public radio  would cause a  negative ripple                                                                    
effect across the community.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:34:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEB  TURNBULL, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  understood that  the committee  had a  difficult budget                                                                    
decision.  She stated  that the  public  radio in  Ketchikan                                                                    
provided service to  many communities surrounding Ketchikan.                                                                    
She  stressed that  the budget  cuts would  cause a  loss of                                                                    
jobs that would  cause a loss of service.  She stressed that                                                                    
the  local public  radio station  provided various  types of                                                                    
information to the residents of Ketchikan.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:36:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN HOFSTAD, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  remarked  that  there  were  many  safety  issues  that                                                                    
required  the  information  produced by  public  radio.  She                                                                    
understood  that  there  should  be  funding  for  essential                                                                    
services including public radio communication.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:38:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE STRATMAN,  SELF, PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  remarked that  the rural  communities  relied on  public                                                                    
radio  for  the sole  source  of  news and  information.  He                                                                    
shared  that   the  public  radio  in   Petersburg  provided                                                                    
information about  a major earthquake in  2013. He announced                                                                    
that  the   public  radio   provided  access   to  emergency                                                                    
information. He felt that a  100 percent cut to public radio                                                                    
would be  detrimental to  the local  station. He  also urged                                                                    
the  committee to  utilize  a state  income  tax to  support                                                                    
public radio funding.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:40:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUNNY  RICE, SELF,  PETERSBURG  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She   also  testified   in  support   of  funding   for  the                                                                    
University.  She  shared  that  the  research  in  paralytic                                                                    
shellfish poisoning  would be eliminated, and  stressed that                                                                    
the research  was important to  the safety of  the citizens.                                                                    
She urged the  committee to utilize a state  income tax, and                                                                    
testified in support of using Permanent Fund earnings.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:42:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEO  LUCZAK, SELF,  PETERSBURG  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  supported  the  governor's proposed  budget  for  public                                                                    
broadcasting.  He  remarked that  a  100  percent cut  would                                                                    
cause many of  the rural stations to lose  funding for their                                                                    
own stations.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:43:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE  JENKINS,  SELF,  WRANGELL  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported the  senior citizen tax exemption.  She also urged                                                                    
support of funding for senior services.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:44:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK  MAYER,   SUPERINTENDENT,  WRANGELL   PUBLIC  SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT, WRANGELL (via  teleconference), spoke in  favor of                                                                    
full funding for  broadband in schools. He  spoke in support                                                                    
of  the   scheduled  $50  increase   to  the   base  student                                                                    
allocation.  He  testified  against   the  cuts  to  travel,                                                                    
personnel, and  phones. He  also supported  enhanced revenue                                                                    
measures.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:46:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET CLOUD, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She spoke in  support of full funding  for public television                                                                    
and radio. She  shared a personal story  about her daughter.                                                                    
She stated  that her daughter  was given the  opportunity to                                                                    
have a radio show, and allowed  her to grow and develop. She                                                                    
stressed  that  her  son would  watch  valuable  educational                                                                    
programming on  public television.  She shared that  her son                                                                    
felt that  he did not  need to attend  kindergarten, because                                                                    
he  felt  that  he  was receiving  adequate  education  from                                                                    
public television.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:49:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHEILA  MILLER,   VOLUNTEER,  KRBD  RADIO,   KETCHIKAN  (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public broadcasting. She shared that  she was able to access                                                                    
state and  national news and  information through  the local                                                                    
public  radio station  in Ketchikan.  She stressed  that she                                                                    
received most of her information  from public radio, because                                                                    
she did not have internet or phone access in her home.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:51:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS  MANN, SELF,  KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to utilize  a state  income tax,  rather than                                                                    
accessing  the  Permanent Fund.  He  also  urged support  of                                                                    
funding for senior services.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:52:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANALEE GAGE,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), shared                                                                    
that she  was a working  disabled person. She  remarked that                                                                    
she had seen  the disregard of disabled  citizens. She urged                                                                    
the committee to utilize a  state income tax. She also urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  stressed that  the public  radio station  provided news                                                                    
and important emergency information.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:54:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANICE WALKER,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She remarked  that there was  no cable  television, internet                                                                    
access,  or  cell  phone  service   in  many  of  the  rural                                                                    
communities.  The  rural  communities often  relied  on  the                                                                    
local  public  radio  station  to  access  needed  community                                                                    
information. She  shared that the  budget cut would  lead to                                                                    
the layoff of  many public radio personnel.  She stated that                                                                    
the  layoffs would  result in  decreased public  content and                                                                    
quality  information.  She  felt  that the  cut  would  also                                                                    
result in  the loss  of federal  funding. She  stressed that                                                                    
the  Ketchikan  public radio  was  the  source of  emergency                                                                    
services in  Ketchikan and the surrounding  communities. She                                                                    
also spoke in support of alternate revenue sources.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:57:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  BYRNE, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  stressed  that  the  radio   provided  local  real  time                                                                    
information and  news to  the community.  He was  opposed to                                                                    
any further budget cuts to the radio.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:58:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERICA   KLUDT-PAINTER,  SUPERINTENDENT,   PETERSBURG  SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT,  PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support  of enhanced  revenue measures.  She  felt that  the                                                                    
governor  had  provided  a  reasonable  budget  and  revenue                                                                    
proposal. She  also urged the  committee to utilize  a state                                                                    
income  tax, and  testified in  support  of using  Permanent                                                                    
Fund  earnings.  She also  urged  the  committee to  restore                                                                    
funding for public broadcasting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:00:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  HAVRILEK, PETERSBURG  CHAMBER OF  COMMERCE, PETERSBURG                                                                    
(via  teleconference),   urged  the  committee   to  restore                                                                    
funding for  public broadcasting.  He stated that  the local                                                                    
public  radio had  provided  adequate  information about  an                                                                    
escape  inmate,  and  was  able to  keep  the  community  of                                                                    
Petersburg safe.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:01:32 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: SITKA, CORDOVA, VALDEZ                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:02:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TED HOWARD, BOARD MEMBER,  KCAW, SITKA (via teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting. He felt that the  budget reduction would cause                                                                    
a  problem in  educating children.  He felt  that the  radio                                                                    
station could not handle any further budget cuts.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:03:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICH MCCLEAR,  SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
stressed  that  the  local public  radio  station  could  no                                                                    
longer  provide the  expensive  news  services. He  stressed                                                                    
that the state needed to know the activities of the state.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:05:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  DULL,  SELF,  SITKA  (via  teleconference),  testified                                                                    
against  all  funding  for   education.  He  also  testified                                                                    
against  funding   for  all   senior  citizens   and  public                                                                    
broadcasting.  He did  not feel  that  the Medicaid  funding                                                                    
should  be in  incremental. He  encouraged the  committee to                                                                    
make adequate  budget decisions.  He urged the  committee to                                                                    
utilize a  substantial state income  tax, and a  state sales                                                                    
tax.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:07:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK GORMAN, CITY ADMINISTRATOR,  CITY AND BOROUGH OF SITKA,                                                                    
SITKA (via teleconference), felt  that moving too quickly in                                                                    
the  budget  reductions  would result  in  a  recession.  He                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for  revenue sharing.  He                                                                    
also spoke about the PERS  contribution. He spoke in support                                                                    
of the community sharing programs.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:09:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAUREN BELL, SELF,  SITKA  (via  teleconference), urged  the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
shared  that she  was 27-years-old,  and  had relied  almost                                                                    
exclusively  on public  broadcasting for  local, state,  and                                                                    
national news. She  stressed that she often  depended on the                                                                    
public radio for health,  emergency, and safety information.                                                                    
She  remarked  that  many  people did  not  have  access  to                                                                    
internet, and relied  on the radio for  all information. She                                                                    
felt that  the budget reduction  would degrade the  value of                                                                    
Alaska communities.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:11:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  WEGNER, SUPERINTENDENT,  SITKA SCHOOL  DISTRICT, SITKA                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in  support  of funding  Pre-K                                                                    
through  University.  She  also  spoke  in  support  of  the                                                                    
scheduled $50  increase to the base  student allocation. She                                                                    
stressed that the funds allowed  for a quality education for                                                                    
students.  She remarked  that,  without  the funding,  there                                                                    
would  be   a  drastic  negative  impact   on  students  and                                                                    
communities. She  also testified  in support of  funding the                                                                    
Alaska  Marine  Highway. She  opposed  the  proposed cut  to                                                                    
Department of Education and Early Development (DEED).                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:14:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SANDI  KOVAL,   SELF,  SITKA  (via   teleconference),  urged                                                                    
support of  funding for senior  services. She  stressed that                                                                    
many  services provided  dignity to  the senior  citizens of                                                                    
the state.  She stressed that  the elders of the  state were                                                                    
pioneers  who contributed  to the  community. She  felt that                                                                    
the  cuts  were devaluing  the  seniors.  She stressed  that                                                                    
every senior  services provided priceless human  contact for                                                                    
many citizens.  She hoped that  the state would  continue to                                                                    
value the existence of the state's senior population.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:17:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON   STAVIG,   CFO,   CITY   OF   CORDOVA,   CORDOVA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of funding the Alaska                                                                    
Marine  Highway. He  remarked that  there was  a study  that                                                                    
showed that  for every  dollar spent  on the  ferry service,                                                                    
the state  saw a two dollar  return in the economy.  He felt                                                                    
that the ferry  reduction would see a  reduction in economic                                                                    
activity.  He  also  testified in  support  of  funding  for                                                                    
revenue  sharing. He  stated that  Cordova had  consistently                                                                    
provided the maximum allowable contribution to the schools.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:19:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRENT DAVIS,  SELF, CORDOVA (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
shared that he did not  own a television, and received their                                                                    
information from the public radio station.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:20:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRETCHEN  CLARKE, SELF,  SITKA  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She also testified  in support of funding  for public health                                                                    
nursing. She felt that the  cuts would result in detrimental                                                                    
health  issues  across the  state.  She  remarked that  many                                                                    
radio stations  utilized membership  support, but  could not                                                                    
fully rely on local support.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:22:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN MURRAY, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support  of funding  the Alaska  Marine  Highway. He  agreed                                                                    
with the outlook  of Vice-Chair Micciche. He  also urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
felt that  public radio and television  helped to adequately                                                                    
inform the  citizens of the  state. He stressed that  it was                                                                    
important for him to have  a connection to the state through                                                                    
public  radio. He  thanked the  committee for  not proposing                                                                    
cuts to the Board of Fish and Game.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche  requested  written comments  from  Mr.                                                                    
Murray. He shared that he  attempted to reflect the concerns                                                                    
of  Sitka  in  the  current budget.  Mr.  Murray  agreed  to                                                                    
provide that information.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:25:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENNY   WEATHERS,   SELF,  CORDOVA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against SB  139 and  SB  140. She  felt that  the                                                                    
government  overspending  had   caused  the  current  budget                                                                    
shortfall. She  spoke against accessing the  Permanent Fund,                                                                    
and also spoke against  capping the Permanent Fund Dividend.                                                                    
She spoke against additional taxes.  She spoke in support of                                                                    
reducing government funding.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon shared  that the  budget did  not access                                                                    
the  Permanent Fund  or  new taxes.  She  stressed that  the                                                                    
bills  were the  operating  and mental  health budgets.  Ms.                                                                    
Weathers  agreed.  She felt  that  public  radio, and  other                                                                    
public services were not necessities.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:29:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ANDERSON, KCHU, VALDEZ  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
felt  that  public  television   and  radio  were  essential                                                                    
services to  rural Alaska. He  felt that a cornerstone  to a                                                                    
democracy  was  a  well-informed public.  He  remarked  that                                                                    
zeroing out  the budget for public  broadcasting would cause                                                                    
a loss of federal funds.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:31:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHANE  KIMBERLIN, SELF,  VALDEZ (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  stressed  that  public  radio   was  not  owned  by  the                                                                    
corporations.  He shared  that he  was a  bartender and  had                                                                    
heard   many  peoples'   problems.   He   felt  that   local                                                                    
programming provided hope and solutions to many Alaskans.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:34:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GUY BERGSTROM, SELF, VALDEZ  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
stated  that he  received most  of his  news from  the local                                                                    
public  radio station  in Valdez.  He shared  that he  has a                                                                    
friend with a  serious disability who was  able to volunteer                                                                    
as  a disk  jockey  on  the local  public  radio station  in                                                                    
Valdez.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:35:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRY SIMMONS, SELF, VALDEZ  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
shared  that she  was physically  and mentally  handicapped.                                                                    
She remarked that  the radio station had worked  with her to                                                                    
become a disk jockey on  the local public radio station. She                                                                    
stressed  that  she  had serious  dementia,  and  the  radio                                                                    
station provided her with  essential information to increase                                                                    
her memory.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:38:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  BERCELI, SELF,  CORDOVA (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He shared  that the  emergency broadcasting  system provided                                                                    
important  storm warnings  such as  high tide  and blizzards                                                                    
that could block  the road to Thompson Pass.  He shared that                                                                    
the  public  radio   provided  information  about  terrorist                                                                    
groups in the world. He  also urged the committee to utilize                                                                    
a  state income  tax.  He  felt that  the  state income  tax                                                                    
should  never   have  been  eliminated.  He   stressed  that                                                                    
commercial  fisheries   was  a  major  life   force  of  the                                                                    
community. He also spoke in support of education funding.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:41:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN ALLRED, VOLUNTEER,  KCHU, VALDEZ (via teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting.  She stated  that she  volunteered because  of                                                                    
her dedication to the underserved  in her area. She stressed                                                                    
that  information  was  not available  to  everyone  in  the                                                                    
private sector. She stressed that  the state of Alaska had a                                                                    
population  of a  major urban  area  across a  vast area  of                                                                    
land.  She stated  that information  was the  cornerstone to                                                                    
democracy.  She  stressed  that most  of  the  listeners  of                                                                    
public radio  stated that it  was the lifeline to  access to                                                                    
information. She  encouraged the  committee to reach  out to                                                                    
the constituents who depend on public radio.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:44:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEE HART, LEVITATION 49,  VALDEZ (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She stated that  Levitation 49 was an  organization that was                                                                    
dedicated  to  the   diversification  of  information  about                                                                    
sports  services. She  stressed  that the  local station  in                                                                    
Valdez was  the only source  of media that covered  news and                                                                    
information. She  stressed that  the commercial  radio could                                                                    
not provide in depth stories  about the community and state.                                                                    
She  shared  that  the  ferry service  in  Valdez  had  seen                                                                    
dramatic  cuts, so  further cuts  to information  eliminated                                                                    
access to the outside world.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:47:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE  NIEMI,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support of  the                                                                    
scheduled $50  increase to the base  student allocation. She                                                                    
stressed that many schools and  families were in crisis. She                                                                    
also urged the committee to  utilize a state income tax. She                                                                    
shared that there  was an income tax in the  1970s, when she                                                                    
first  moved  to  Alaska.  She   shared  that  there  was  a                                                                    
tremendous amount  of state funding  from rural  Alaska. She                                                                    
appreciated the  people in rural  Alaska. She  stressed that                                                                    
the  urban  centers  of  the state  had  greater  access  to                                                                    
resources, and hoped  that the people of  rural Alaska would                                                                    
be considered in the operating budget drafting.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:49:35 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:03:02 PM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair MacKinnon  stated that the committee  would go into                                                                    
RECESS until 3:45 p.m.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:04:00 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: OFF-NET SITES                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JOAN   KAUTZER,   BOARD   MEMBER,   KFSK,   KUPREANOF   (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public   broadcasting.   She   appreciated   the   difficult                                                                    
financial   decisions   faced   by  the   legislature,   and                                                                    
understood  the inevitability  of budget  cuts. She  thought                                                                    
zeroing   out   funding   for    public   radio   would   be                                                                    
irresponsible. She  recounted that KFSK reviewed  its budget                                                                    
at  every  board meeting,  and  the  budget was  very  tight                                                                    
despite  robust listener  support  and non-stop  fundraising                                                                    
events. She  thought that  a hundred  percent cut  would set                                                                    
off a bad chain reaction  resulting in loss of federal grant                                                                    
money  that  relied on  matching  funds,  and silencing  the                                                                    
local  public radio  service on  July 1.  She discussed  the                                                                    
time  it  had taken  to  build  up  the radio  station.  She                                                                    
described  public radio  as fundamental  infrastructure that                                                                    
was the  sole provider of  daily local, regional,  and state                                                                    
news. She discussed  other functions of local  radio such as                                                                    
emergency  information  dissemination.   She  called  public                                                                    
radio a  lifeline to  the outside  world. She  recounted the                                                                    
many important pieces of news  she had heard from the radio.                                                                    
She thought  that a  hundred percent  funding cut  to public                                                                    
radio disproportionately  discriminated against  Alaskans in                                                                    
the bush.  She asked the  committee to reinstate  a rational                                                                    
level of funding for public broadcasting.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:42:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  BOLLING, CITY  OF CRAIG,  CRAIG (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support  of funding for revenue  sharing at the                                                                    
level  of the  governor's proposed  budget. He  reminded the                                                                    
committee  that   the  governor's  budget  had   included  a                                                                    
reduction  in funding  for revenue  sharing. He  stated that                                                                    
the  City of  Craig understood  the need  for reduced  state                                                                    
programs when  state revenues declined.  He thought  that an                                                                    
abrupt one-third cut to the  revenue sharing program was too                                                                    
great  of a  reduction for  a  single year.  He thought  the                                                                    
governor's proposal  struck a good balance  between the need                                                                    
to  reduce state  spending and  giving  communities time  to                                                                    
adjust to  any further  incremental cuts. He  encouraged the                                                                    
committee to maintain  the 22 percent employer  match to the                                                                    
Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS).                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:44:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL BERGER,  SELF, BETHEL  (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
stated that the 100 percent  cut would have a drastic effect                                                                    
on the  public broadcasting system throughout  the state. He                                                                    
discussed federal  funding that required a  state match, and                                                                    
noted that additional revenue would  be lost if the proposed                                                                    
cuts went in to effect.  He referred to the many individuals                                                                    
in   the   state    that   consistently   supported   public                                                                    
broadcasting. He discussed regions  where there was only one                                                                    
radio  station. He  encouraged the  committee to  reconsider                                                                    
the cuts to public broadcasting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:46:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GLEN    MARUNDE,   NORTHWAY    COMMUNITY,   NORTHWAY    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  opposition  to  cuts to  the                                                                    
Department  of Transportation  and  Public  Facilities.   He                                                                    
shared  that he  was born  and  raised in  the Upper  Tanana                                                                    
Valley, and  was testifying  on behalf  of the  community of                                                                    
Northway and the residents of  the section of Alaska Highway                                                                    
that would be  affected by SB 139. He disclosed  that he was                                                                    
a 23-year  state employee with  DOT. The  Northway community                                                                    
was greatly opposed  the proposed cuts that  would result in                                                                    
the  closure of  the Northway  DOT Maintenance  Station. His                                                                    
biggest concern was the safety  of the travelling public and                                                                    
the deterioration of the road  surface due to no maintenance                                                                    
or delayed maintenance. He was  concerned about the economic                                                                    
hardship and  future opportunities that  would be lost  as a                                                                    
result  of the  proposed cuts.  He  thought it  was time  to                                                                    
utilize the permanent fund for  the purpose for which it was                                                                    
created. He  thanked the finance committee  for listening to                                                                    
the concerns of the Northway community.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:47:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIA  PHELAN, SELF,  DELTA  JUNCTION (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  support of reinstating  funds for  Best Beginnings                                                                    
and   the  Cooperative   Extension  Service.   She  observed                                                                    
positive  outcomes   in  children  as  a   result  of  early                                                                    
childhood education. She referred  to studies that indicated                                                                    
a child's personality  was largely determined by  the age of                                                                    
five years. She had met  many parents who did not understand                                                                    
the significance  of the early  stage of  child development,                                                                    
and  did  not  know  how   to  engage  their  children.  She                                                                    
discussed  Imagination  library   referenced  a  study  that                                                                    
revealed economic benefits from  every dollar spent on early                                                                    
childhood  education. She  spoke in  support of  funding for                                                                    
the Cooperative  Extension Service.  She recounted  that her                                                                    
family had started a homestead  in the 1970s and had learned                                                                    
about many  necessary food  harvest and  preservation skills                                                                    
from  the service.  She  discussed her  current  use of  the                                                                    
service, and  referenced research  done by the  service that                                                                    
was  used as  a resource  by  her community.  She urged  the                                                                    
committee   to  reinstate   funding   for  the   Cooperative                                                                    
Extension Service, and for Best Beginnings.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:49:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON   ERICKSON,  CITY   MANAGER,   CITY   OF  YAKUTAT   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing.  He pointed out  that Yakutat  was probably                                                                    
one of  the smallest boroughs  in population but one  of the                                                                    
largest  boroughs in  acreage. He  shared that  the City  of                                                                    
Yakutat  had  received  $390,000   in  revenue  sharing  the                                                                    
previous  year.  The  proposed $130,000  cut  was  the  same                                                                    
amount as the entire  administration budget for the borough.                                                                    
He discussed  possible job  loss, rising  cost of  PERS, and                                                                    
wondered  if  he  would have  any  full-time  employees.  He                                                                    
thanked the  committee and urged  them to  reinstate funding                                                                    
to the governor's proposed level.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:51:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVE  ALEXANDER,  SELF,  ELFIN COVE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting. He  discussed the  importance of  public radio                                                                    
to the  community in Elfin Cove.  He stated that he  was the                                                                    
tsunami "go-to  guy" in  Elfin Cove, and  wanted to  make it                                                                    
clear that  severe weather  could impact  communications. He                                                                    
discussed the unreliability of  other types of communication                                                                    
and emphasized  the importance of  radio in the event  of an                                                                    
emergency.  He acknowledged  the extreme  budget crisis  but                                                                    
thought  that   there  were  some  things   that  were  very                                                                    
important.  He added  that he  was  a Viet  Nam veteran  and                                                                    
retired commercial  fisher who had  lived in Elfin  Cove for                                                                    
many years.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:53:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TODD RICHARDS, SELF, ELFIN  COVE (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  supported   funding  public  radio  at   the  governor's                                                                    
proposed level. He  thought that the value  of dollars spent                                                                    
on  public broadcasting  outweighed the  benefit of  savings                                                                    
that would be gained from cutting the service.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:55:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET  FRIEDENAUER,  SELF, HAINES  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting.   She   stressed  that   public   broadcasting                                                                    
provided her  a job,  so she could  remain in  the community                                                                    
and state. She reiterated  that cutting funding for services                                                                    
resulted in cutting  jobs in the state  and communities. She                                                                    
noted that the  lawmakers were still discussing  ways to cut                                                                    
spending rather than discussing ways  to pay for the budget.                                                                    
She felt that revenue producing legislation was important.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:57:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE HANSSEN,  SELF, HAINES (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
highlighted  the importance  of the  local radio  station in                                                                    
Haines. She relayed  that the public radio  in Haines (KNHS)                                                                    
had  worked hard  in  the  recent years  to  raise money  to                                                                    
enhance the local news.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:58:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN LAMONT, SELF, ALAKANUK  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting  and                                                                    
early  childhood  education.  He  also  supported  alternate                                                                    
forms of  revenue for the  state. He  was willing to  pay an                                                                    
income tax,  and thought that  every citizen should  pay for                                                                    
the services  in the  state. He  referred to  teachers being                                                                    
hired from  out of state,  and felt  that there should  be a                                                                    
focus on employing  teachers from inside the  sate. He spoke                                                                    
in support of a state income  tax. He thought cuts needed to                                                                    
be made  on high administrative positions,  and thought many                                                                    
state  employees  made  more money  than  the  governor.  He                                                                    
mentioned  federal  funds  that   were  leveraged  by  state                                                                    
funding for state  funding would be lost as a  result of the                                                                    
proposed budget cuts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:01:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALBERT  NIGNEULOOK, SELF,  SHISHMAREF (via  teleconference),                                                                    
urged support  of funding for senior  services. He mentioned                                                                    
the  heating  assistance  program and  senior  benefits.  He                                                                    
highlighted  the  importance  of  senior  benefits  to  many                                                                    
elders in the state. He  also urged the committee to restore                                                                    
funding for public broadcasting.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:03:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELSIE    VENT,   HUSLIA    CITY    COUNCIL,   HUSLIA    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing. She stressed the  importance of the fund as                                                                    
a lifeline to provide services in Huslia.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:03:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  SQUYRES, SELF,  RURAL  DELTANA (via  teleconference),                                                                    
thought there  should be additional  cuts to the  budget. He                                                                    
spoke against  the governor's proposed state  income tax and                                                                    
cap of  the permanent fund.  He shared that he  had observed                                                                    
testimony in  the Senate State Affairs  related to continued                                                                    
budget cuts. He  endorsed the judicious use  of the earnings                                                                    
reserve,  and the  power of  the majority  under the  caucus                                                                    
rules to lower  the overall budget to $4.5  billion or lower                                                                    
in  the  current year.  He  felt  that  there should  be  an                                                                    
examination  of  funding sources  like  the  PCE and  higher                                                                    
education fund. He  felt that the legislature did  not set a                                                                    
precedent. He  called the  governor's plan  "diabolical." He                                                                    
shared  some thoughts  about the  inflation proofing  of the                                                                    
Permanent Fund.  He felt that the  legislature should reduce                                                                    
the size of government to the 2006 level.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  announced  that  the  budget  was  at  2003                                                                    
levels.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy asked  if Mr. Squyres had  mentioned a $4.5                                                                    
billion for  the current  year. Mr.  Squyres replied  in the                                                                    
affirmative.  He  clarified  that  there should  be  a  $4.5                                                                    
billion  budget before  the PCE  or  higher education  funds                                                                    
were maneuvered.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy asked  if Mr. Squyres supported  the use of                                                                    
the   earnings  reserve.   Mr.   Squyres   replied  in   the                                                                    
affirmative.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:06:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRED  PATTERSON, SELF,  CHINIAK (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He stated that  public radio was critical  to his community,                                                                    
because they had limited internet at cell phone service.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:07:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF WIDDOWS, SELF, YAKUTAT  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
discussed the  inaccessibility of his area,  and shared that                                                                    
many  people  did not  have  internet  or phone  access.  He                                                                    
thought public radio was important for emergency services.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:08:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  WIDDOWS, SELF,  YAKUTAT  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  shared that  the community  in  Yakutat was  struggling                                                                    
financially. She furthered that  there were not resources to                                                                    
fill the  monetary gap  that would  be left  by the  cuts in                                                                    
state  funding. She  discussed federal  matching funds  that                                                                    
would be lost if funding  was cut. She thanked the committee                                                                    
for their efforts.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:09:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  AMAKTOIK, SELF,  ELIM (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support of  funding for  revenue sharing.  She supported                                                                    
funding  revenue  sharing  as  proposed  in  the  governor's                                                                    
budget.  She  discussed  municipal expenses  for  Elim,  and                                                                    
stressed that  the revenue  sharing enhanced  Elim's ability                                                                    
to provide essential services to  the community. She thanked                                                                    
the committee for the work they had done.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:11:31 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:29:17 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel back to Co-Chair Kelly.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:29:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH  POTTER, SELF,  SKAGWAY (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She  discussed the  many isolated  rural communities  in the                                                                    
state,  and thought  that they  were  dependent upon  public                                                                    
radio to  get timely  and important information.  She shared                                                                    
that  her  community depended  on  the  radio for  potential                                                                    
lifesaving   information  such   as  weather   alerts,  road                                                                    
closures,  and last  minute changes  to the  ferry schedule.                                                                    
She stressed that  there was no other way  for the community                                                                    
to  receive the  important information  in a  timely manner.                                                                    
She  thought  that the  cuts  to  public broadcasting  would                                                                    
affect  many vulnerable  people.   She  asked  that cuts  to                                                                    
public  radio would  not exceed  the level  proposed by  the                                                                    
governor.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:31:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  THUSS, SELF,  SKAGWAY (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
She thought public  radio was vital to  small communities of                                                                    
Haines, Skagway, and Klukwan.  She considered it the fastest                                                                    
way for  the community to  share national, state,  and local                                                                    
information in  real time.  She echoed  the remarked  of Ms.                                                                    
Potter.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:32:41 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:56:01 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MELANIE  LESH, SELF,  GUSTAVUS  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee to restore funding  for public broadcasting at                                                                    
the  level  proposed by  the  governor.  She thought  public                                                                    
broadcasting to  critical for  individuals in  rural Alaska.                                                                    
She relayed  that many  communities did  not have  access to                                                                    
internet  or phone  service, and  relied on  the information                                                                    
provided   by  public   radio.  She   thought  that   public                                                                    
broadcasting connected the state.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:58:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DUSTIN CRANEY, SELF,  HAINES (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of funding the  Alaska Marine Highway. He relayed                                                                    
that  he was  a  business  owner, and  relied  on the  ferry                                                                    
service. The current marine highway  schedule was making his                                                                    
business operations difficult. He  was unsure that a planned                                                                    
road would happen in the  near future, and considered planes                                                                    
to  be  an  uncertain  mode   of  transport.  He  urged  the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
was  a  regular  listener  to  local  radio,  and  discussed                                                                    
federal matching  funds that would  be lost if  the proposed                                                                    
cuts were  to happen. He also  spoke in support of  a cap to                                                                    
the Permanent Fund Dividend.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:01:34 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly relayed that public testimony had concluded                                                                      
for the day. He communicated that the committee would meet                                                                      
the following morning.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB 139 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB 140 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 139 Chilkat Tribal Village Council Resolution 2016-1 Signed.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony AAP letter.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 HainesAssembly Resolution jan2016.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Bertels OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Bevins Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Bodony Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Booch OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Box Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Boyden Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Brannon OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Brenner Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Brophy UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Calica Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Candace Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Carpenter Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Busey Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Clark Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Clarke Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Cohen Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Conley BSA increase.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Costello - Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Czech Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Doogan-Burns-McElroy.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Doroff OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Eller Behavioral Health.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Evens Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Everett Education Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Fitzgerald Mentor Program.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Foster Public Radio.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hanneman UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Harrison Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Harris Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hersey Budget Suggestion.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hodges.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hoffman Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hollen UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hussey UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Ivey Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Jackson Education and Early Development Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Katchemack Emergency Services Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Koval Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Kenai Peninsula College UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Krause Education -ACPE.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony LAPC Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Lee UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Longenbaugh - Alaska history.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Michaud Early Childhood Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Meyer.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Mandel OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Mills AgeNet.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Mossholder Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Mountain Sky Hotel Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Murphy Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Nelson Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Neth Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Nordin Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony P.Clark University Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Passarello Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Pogson public broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Ramsburgh UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Rial OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Rice Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Rion Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Ronda Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Rosenblatt Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Schmidt UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Schwartz Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Shinn Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Skow OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Soos Education Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Stanton Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Stock Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Stoltz Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Terhune UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Trafton Public Broadcasting_.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Theiss Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Unalaska DPS.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Waldorf OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Wilner UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Winner Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Wolter Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Wolter Education Budget.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Woodall Education Funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Puublic Testimony Scholl Early Childhood.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Skagway Resolution - KHNS.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB139 Public Testimony Cammisa Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Skagway Resolution - KHNS.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 ACoA Public Testimony to Senate Finance SB 139.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Belanger Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Bergstrom CSG funding levels.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Bergstrom Public Broadcasting Budget.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Bilderback Public Radio funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Campbell Public radio funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony City of Chevak Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Coadic OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Corcoran Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Craig Please Support Best Beginnings.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hamar Revenue Sharing.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Harshman early childhood education.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hirschfeld Early Childhood.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Hollingsworth Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Irinaga Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Jasky Cuts to Senior and Disability Grants.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Johnson Public Radio.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Johnson Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Joiner OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Martin Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Levitation 49 Public Radio.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Marunde DOT Cuts - Keep Northway Open.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Menzies Budget Testimony.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Nelson Budgt Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony North Star Council Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Palmer early childhood education.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Pope Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Tanana Chiefs Conference Alternative Energy Efficiency programs DPM.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Thorne Revenue Sharing.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Traylor Personal Care Assistant Services.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Updegrove Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Valda Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Verfaillie KCHU Public Radio.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Widdicombe OWL.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Widdows Public radio funding.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Willman Early Education.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Wood Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Wrangell Public Testimony Packet.pdf SFIN 3/8/2016 10:00:00 AM
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