Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/12/2019 01:00 PM FINANCE

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01:02:11 PM Start
01:03:11 PM SB20 || SB21
01:04:37 PM Public Testimony: Kethcikan, Wrangell, Petersburg
02:00:28 PM Public Testimony: Utquagvik, Tok, Delta Junction
02:18:43 PM Public Testimony: Sitka, Cordova, Valdez
03:40:10 PM Public Testimony: Offnets
04:41:10 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Please Note Time --
+= SB 20 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+= SB 21 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
- 1:00-2:00: Ketchikan LIO, Wrangell LIO,
Petersburg LIO: Sign Up by 1:30 pm
- 2:00-2:30: Utqiagvik LIO, Tok LIO, Delta
Junction LIO: Sign Up by 2:15 pm
- 2:30-3:30: Sitka LIO, Cordova LIO, Valdez LIO:
Sign Up by 3:00 pm
- 3:30-5:00: Offnets: Sign Up by 4:15 pm
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
SENATE BILL NO. 20                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;  making appropriations  under art.  IX,                                                                    
     sec. 17(c),  Constitution of the State  of Alaska, from                                                                    
     the constitutional  budget reserve fund;  and providing                                                                    
     for an effective date."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 21                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive   mental    health   program,   including                                                                    
     supplemental  appropriations;  and   providing  for  an                                                                    
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:03:11 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Stedman provided protocol  for the public testimony                                                                    
process.  He provided  the testimony  times for  the various                                                                    
statewide communities.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: KETHCIKAN, WRANGELL, PETERSBURG                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:04:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  VONBARGEN,  BOROUGH  MANAGER,   CITY  AND  BOROUGH  OF                                                                    
WRANGELL,   WRANGELL  (via   teleconference),  opposed   the                                                                    
governor's   budget.  She   particularly  opposed   cuts  to                                                                    
education.  She noted  that  Wrangell  property taxes  would                                                                    
increase due to  a reduction in the  Base Student Allocation                                                                    
(BSA).  She asked  the committee  to fund  school bond  debt                                                                    
reimbursement.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:05:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  HAVRILEK,   SELF,  PETERSBURG   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in strong  support of  funding for  public radio,                                                                    
which he  said was essential  for health and safety  for his                                                                    
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:06:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN HOFSTAD, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support   for  public  radio  that   provided  emergency                                                                    
communication services  for the community. She  opposed cuts                                                                    
to public broadcasting.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:07:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLY   DWYER,   SELF,  PETERSBURG   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of  full funds  for the  Alaska Marine                                                                    
Highway  System (AMHS).  She  opposed  privatization of  the                                                                    
system. She  spoke in  strong support  of public  radio. She                                                                    
believed the  continued cuts to  public radio went  past the                                                                    
bone and into the marrow.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:09:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN  LYNCH, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  opposition  to   the  governor's  budget,  particularly,                                                                    
reallocation of  fishing grants to  the state's  budget away                                                                    
from municipalities. He explained  the grant process and how                                                                    
the  action would  negatively  impact  small costal  Alaskan                                                                    
communities.  He  asserted  that   not  all  tax  reductions                                                                    
enhanced business  opportunities and that this  action would                                                                    
not   reduce  taxes   currently   levied  against   existing                                                                    
businesses. He  said that local  municipal taxes  would have                                                                    
to be increased to cover lost revenues.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:10:17 PM                                                                                                                    
CYNTHIA LAGOUDAKIS,  SELF, PETERSBURG  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of public  radio that  sent emergency                                                                    
messaging  and information,  on  weather  and various  other                                                                    
important topics,  for fishermen  and the  larger community.                                                                    
She  strongly supported  readdressing  oil  tax credits  and                                                                    
instituting a statewide income tax.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:11:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY BERG, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), believed                                                                    
that the  state had  an obligation  to educate  its children                                                                    
and  provide   transportation  to  connect  the   cities  in                                                                    
boroughs of  Alaska. She testified  in support of  AMHS. She                                                                    
reported  a loss  in the  ferry system  would cause  a major                                                                    
loss in  her business. She  reiterated her support  of funds                                                                    
for education.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:12:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA  KNIGHT,  SELF,   PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
called  for the  immediate  cancellation of  the March  19th                                                                    
contract award of  the Sitka Katlian Road  on Baranof Island                                                                    
and redirect the funds to short-funded projects elsewhere.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:13:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEB TURNBALL, PUBLIC  MEDIA, KETCHIKAN (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in   support  of  public  broadcasting.   She  shared                                                                    
information about the local radio  station and stressed that                                                                    
KRBD  radio   was  the  only  station   providing  emergency                                                                    
information to nearby communities.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:14:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICKI  OBRIEN, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of flat funding  for public media  and satellite                                                                    
services.   She  discussed   that  public   media  connected                                                                    
Alaskans  and  was the  only  vetted  reputable news  source                                                                    
throughout the state.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:15:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GHERT   ABBOTT,   SELF,  KETCHIKAN   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
strongly  opposed  the  governor's budget.  He  particularly                                                                    
opposed cuts  to Medicaid and  the University. He  opposed a                                                                    
head  tax.  He believed  that  a  statewide income  tax  was                                                                    
becoming increasingly necessary.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:16:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GINGER FORTIN,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in strong  support for AMHS  funding. She lamented  it would                                                                    
be extremely  difficult to live in  Southeast Alaska without                                                                    
a ferry. She spoke against cuts in senior benefits.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:16:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY DEIHL,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of public radio.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:17:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHLEEN  LIGHT,   SELF,  KETCHIKAN   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
requested to  leave funding  for the  Alaska Council  on the                                                                    
Arts  in  the budget.  She  discussed  the benefits  of  the                                                                    
council and arts programs.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:18:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GLENN  BROWN,  KETCHIKAN  GATEWAY  BOROUGH,  KETCHIKAN  (via                                                                    
teleconference), opposed the elimination  of state bond debt                                                                    
reimbursement,  which he  said would  result a  loss to  the                                                                    
borough of 40 percent of its  annual sales tax revenue, or a                                                                    
23 percent  increase in property  tax millage. He  urged the                                                                    
committee to recognize the importance  of the municipal debt                                                                    
structure.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:19:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTY WEST, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of  the Alaska Council on the  Arts. She reported                                                                    
that the council was incredibly  important for the community                                                                    
and the local economy.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:19:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONALD  WESTLUND,  SELF,   KETCHIKAN  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke against cuts  to the AMHS. He had heard  a news report                                                                    
in  April that  the ferry  system was  critical to  national                                                                    
security. He  asked the committee to  reinstate $2.2 million                                                                    
that  the state  was looking  to  move away  from the  ferry                                                                    
Tustumena replacement.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  would try to  find the  document mentioned                                                                    
by Mr. Westlund related to national security.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:21:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHEN   PRYSUNKA,   CITY   OF  WRANGELL,   WRANGELL   (via                                                                    
teleconference), opposed  cuts to  AMHS. He spoke  about the                                                                    
needs  for  the  ferry  in  Wrangell  related  to  life  and                                                                    
tourism.  He   supported  funding  for  public   radio  that                                                                    
provided emergency service information.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:22:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE  JAMIESEN,  KSTK,  WRANGELL  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support of continued  funding for public radio. She                                                                    
spoke to the  importance of the emergency  alert system. The                                                                    
only way  to keep the services  on air was to  replace state                                                                    
funds with local  money, which was not  feasible. The impact                                                                    
of losing  radio stations was  major compared to  the amount                                                                    
of state funds required to continue the services.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:24:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE    DECKER,   CITY    OF   WRANGELL,    WRANGELL   (via                                                                    
teleconference), asked the committee  to support funding for                                                                    
the  AMHS. She  supported  looking  at productive  solutions                                                                    
that  Southeast Conference  was  currently considering.  She                                                                    
asked  the committee  to continue  sharing  fish taxes  with                                                                    
municipalities. She  urged the legislature to  avoid drastic                                                                    
cuts to education.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:25:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NOLA WALKER,  SELF, WRANGELL,  observed that  decisions made                                                                    
currently  would have  long-term  impacts.  She agreed  with                                                                    
most  statements made  by past  testimony. She  particularly                                                                    
opposed cuts  to public radio.  She spoke to  the importance                                                                    
of  the  emergency  broadcasting system.  Earthquakes  could                                                                    
happen at  any time  and could result  in tsunamis  or other                                                                    
negative results. The emergency system connected people.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:27:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHELSEA  GOUCHER,  UAS  KETCHICAN CAMPUS  ADVISORY  COUNCIL,                                                                    
KETCHIKAN, spoke in  support of funds for  the University of                                                                    
Alaska.  She  discussed  the  importance  of  the  community                                                                    
campuses  for  the  state.   She  discussed  local  training                                                                    
provided by  the University. She believed  that hiring local                                                                    
Alaskans  would help  keep costs  down. She  had received  a                                                                    
degree  from the  University,  and it  had  resulted in  her                                                                    
involvement in  the community.  She provided  further detail                                                                    
about her education with the  University. She discussed that                                                                    
the PFD had  been created to help hedge  against a declining                                                                    
revenue.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:30:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LESLIE  JACKSON, SELF,  KETCHIKAN, testified  in support  of                                                                    
public radio. The  radio was a community  asset and provided                                                                    
information  about  emergency  services,  community  events,                                                                    
news,  and other.  She  supported public  radio  even if  it                                                                    
meant an income tax.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:31:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MOLLY  KABLER,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support of  public                                                                    
radio.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:31:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KERRI  WILLOUGHBY, SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke in  support of  the                                                                    
AMHS, public education, and the  arts. She supported a state                                                                    
income tax. She believed the services were vital.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:33:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIC  GRUNDBERG,  SELF,   PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  strong support of  public media and  education. He                                                                    
wanted families  to live in  Alaska in 15 years  and without                                                                    
public education they  would not. He supported  the AMHS. He                                                                    
proposed  reduced  PFDs and  an  implementation  of a  state                                                                    
income  tax to  pay for  services until  oil taxes  could be                                                                    
revisited.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:33:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLENA  MARVIN,  SELF,   PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support  of funding for early  education, K-12, and                                                                    
postsecondary   education.  She   strongly  supported   full                                                                    
funding  for elder  programs and  public radio.  She opposed                                                                    
federal  block grant  funding  for  Medicaid. She  supported                                                                    
cutting  oil tax  credits. She  supported  full funding  for                                                                    
AMHS and a statewide progressive income tax.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:35:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARA LUTOMSKI, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support for  full funding of education,  including a one-                                                                    
time  increment  of $30  million  from  the past  year.  She                                                                    
supported  funding  and reform  of  AMHS.  She supported  an                                                                    
income  tax and  reduced PFD.  She did  not support  further                                                                    
budget cuts.                                                                                                                    
1:36:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEIGH    STANTON     GREGOR,    SELF,     PETERSBURG    (via                                                                    
teleconference), asked the  committee to reconsider proposed                                                                    
education cuts.  He believed the  reductions would  harm the                                                                    
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:37:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHI RIEMER,  SELF, PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of funds for public education.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:38:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEGAN LITSTER, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in opposition  to the proposed  budget. She  appreciated the                                                                    
commitment to criminal justice reform  but believed that the                                                                    
proposed  budget  would  have   a  negative  impact  on  law                                                                    
enforcement in  the state. She  opposed drastic  budget cuts                                                                    
that  would  impact  rural Alaska.  She  believed  that  the                                                                    
budget  did  not  reflect   Alaskan  values.  She  supported                                                                    
schools, arts, healthcare, AMHS, and public radio.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:39:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBYN  HAGERMAN,  SELF,   PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
opposed  cuts  to  the public  radio  system,  AMHS,  public                                                                    
education, and  public health. She believed  that there were                                                                    
more ways to  balance the budget than the  drastic cuts. She                                                                    
supported  a smaller  PFD and  a statewide  income tax.  She                                                                    
noted  there was  income generated  across Alaska  that left                                                                    
the state and  did not ultimately benefit  Alaska. She asked                                                                    
if  the  state  was  going  to  shift  the  cost  burden  to                                                                    
municipalities to do so equitably across Alaska.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:40:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEL GRUELLE,  SELF, PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), shared                                                                    
that he was a retired fisherman.  He did not support cuts to                                                                    
the  AMHS.   He  opposed  cuts  to   schools,  seniors,  and                                                                    
Medicaid. He  stressed that Alaska  was an  incredible place                                                                    
to live. He thought the proposed cuts were ridiculous.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:42:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JODY  TOW,  SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference),  stated                                                                    
that the governor's proposals would  decrease the quality of                                                                    
life in  Alaska. She opposed  cuts to public  education. She                                                                    
stressed that  the community depended on  the fisheries tax.                                                                    
She opposed  changes to the  school bond  debt reimbursement                                                                    
for  FY 20;  the community  needed time  to prepare  for the                                                                    
inevitable  increase  in  property taxes.  She  supported  a                                                                    
reduced PFD and an income tax.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:43:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   BEEBE,   SELF,  PETERSBURG   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported public  education, AMHS, public  broadcasting, and                                                                    
other.  He  supported a  sustainable  means  of revenue.  He                                                                    
recommended  a  progressive  income  tax. He  spoke  to  the                                                                    
importance of a sustainable civil society.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:44:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHELSEA  TREMBLAY,  SELF, PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
provided a  short story about  her family and how  they came                                                                    
to Alaska.  She supported  AMHS, public schools,  and public                                                                    
radio.  She   was  scared  about  the   proposed  cuts.  She                                                                    
supported a reduced PFD, income tax, or oil tax revision.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:45:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DELBERT  KADAKE SELF,  KAKE, testified  he  would prefer  to                                                                    
give up the PFD than to  see the elimination of the AMHS. He                                                                    
stated that sometimes the ferries  were more affordable than                                                                    
planes. Elders  in the  community could  not always  fly for                                                                    
health  reasons.   He  recommended  using  the   ferries  to                                                                    
transport groceries to Southeast communities.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:47:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HENRICH  KADAKE,  SELF, KAKE,  spoke  in  strong support  of                                                                    
AMHS. He  reported there  were many  residents in  Kake that                                                                    
could not afford  to fly. He had been the  mayor of Kake for                                                                    
15 years. He  reported that it had taken 6  years to build a                                                                    
terminal  for the  ferry  and  now it  was  rarely used.  He                                                                    
stressed that  AMHS was  the highway  for the  community. He                                                                    
stated that residents were feeling  the pain for the PFD. He                                                                    
wanted the ferry to come to  Kake at least once per week. He                                                                    
argued that  the PFD was  the peoples' money and  should not                                                                    
be paid  out on the  backs of Alaskans that  used government                                                                    
services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  asked  Senator   Olson  to  co-chair  the                                                                    
meeting for the next portion.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:49:43 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:00:18 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: UTQUAGVIK, TOK, DELTA JUNCTION                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:00:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI  JACOBSEN,  SELF,   GLENNALLEN  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
thought cutting  the state's spending  should be  the number                                                                    
one  priority.  She  did not  support  spending  beyond  the                                                                    
state's means.  She did  not support  an income  tax because                                                                    
she  believed  it  was  a disincentive  to  work  hard.  She                                                                    
supported  continuing to  draw  from the  Permanent Fund  or                                                                    
implementing a sales tax.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  noted  there were  no  other  individuals                                                                    
online at present.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:02:13 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:08:58 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT  MACMANUS,   SUPERINTENDENT,  ALASKA   GATEWAY  SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT, TOK  (via teleconference), opposed  the governor's                                                                    
budget. He supported funding for  public education. He spoke                                                                    
to the right to receive a public education.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  noted there were no  additional testifiers                                                                    
online.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:10:48 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:17:56 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: SITKA, CORDOVA, VALDEZ                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:18:43 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:18:52 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
SAM SKAGGS,  SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference),  opposed the                                                                    
governor's  proposed  budget.  The   budget  would  cause  a                                                                    
massive deceleration  of the state's  economy. He  stated it                                                                    
ignored the  function of government  to pool  and distribute                                                                    
money equitably.  He felt that the  proposed budget bordered                                                                    
on irresponsible. He  did not support a  retroactive PFD. He                                                                    
stressed that  the PF  was designed  to fund  government and                                                                    
help all  Alaskans when the  oil revenue declined.  He urged                                                                    
the committee not to support the governor's budget.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:20:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHLEEN TODD,  SELF, VALDEZ (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
opposition  to the  governor's budget.  She supported  taxes                                                                    
and other  sources of  income. She  supported a  limited PFD                                                                    
and less subsidies to oil companies.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:22:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN HARDING, SELF, CORDOVA  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
opposition  to  cuts  to   public  education.  She  provided                                                                    
information about schools in the region.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:23:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PENELOPE   OSWALT,  SELF,   CORDOVA  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
opposed  the  budget  cuts proposed  by  the  governor.  She                                                                    
stated the budget  gutted services to provide  a larger PFD.                                                                    
She found  the budget  atrocious. She urged  the legislature                                                                    
to roll back  SB 21 credits to oil  companies. She supported                                                                    
funding   for  pre-K   and   postsecondary  education.   She                                                                    
supported  an income  tax and  a  reduced PFD.  She did  not                                                                    
support  taking  raw  fish taxes  from  municipalities.  She                                                                    
supported funding for the AMHS.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:25:42 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:27:08 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
KARL BECKER, SELF,  CORDOVA (via teleconference), emphasized                                                                    
the  importance of  fisheries to  Cordova. He  urged support                                                                    
for AMHS and  Medicaid. He supported a  graduated income tax                                                                    
and urged the legislature to consider the proposal.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:28:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA  RELAY, SELF,  VALDEZ  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee to oppose drastic  cuts to the University. She                                                                    
discussed that  proposed tuition hikes would  unfairly place                                                                    
the pain on the backs of students.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:29:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROSEMARY CARLTON,  FRIENDS OF SHELDON JACKSON  MUSEUM, SITKA                                                                    
(via teleconference), supported an  income tax. She strongly                                                                    
supported the  continuation of  the Sheldon  Jackson Museum.                                                                    
Additionally,   she  believed   that  improvements   on  the                                                                    
Stratton Library should continue,  allowing for parts of the                                                                    
library to be  leased. She believed that sale  of the museum                                                                    
would result in expensive  litigation. She supported reduced                                                                    
money to oil companies. She  wanted to keep the constitution                                                                    
as it was.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  noted they were making  headway on Sheldon                                                                    
Jackson.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:30:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FREDERICK   OLSON,   SELF,   SITKA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified against the governor's  budget proposal. He stated                                                                    
that civilized  places did  not sell  their museums.  It was                                                                    
shameful  to  cut senior  services.  He  supported AMHS.  He                                                                    
asked the legislature to put thought into the budget.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:32:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATE  JOHNSON, SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
against  the governor's  budget. She  opposed cuts  to AMHS,                                                                    
Medicaid,  education,  and  public safety.  She  stated  the                                                                    
economic impacts of  the budget were unclear.  She asked the                                                                    
legislature to craft a thoughtful bipartisan budget.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:33:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BETH   SHORT-RHOADS,  SELF,   SITKA  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support  of an adequate level  of services. She                                                                    
stressed  that lawmakers  had the  responsibility to  ensure                                                                    
the  basic functions  of government  were  intact. She  felt                                                                    
that if  the revenue was  not available in the  general fund                                                                    
that it must  come from the Permanent  Fund, the elimination                                                                    
of oil tax credits, or an income tax.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:34:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER   MCNICHOL,  SELF,   SITKA  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of funds  for education.  She lamented                                                                    
that educators in  the state faced challenges  unique to the                                                                    
state.   She  urged  the legislature  to maintain  education                                                                    
funds. She  did not believe  the governor should  be allowed                                                                    
to  dismantle the  education system  or to  make fundamental                                                                    
changes to the State Constitution.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:35:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARA  KNOX,  SELF,  SITKA  (via  teleconference),  testified                                                                    
against  funding cuts  to public  education.  She asked  the                                                                    
committee to give full funding  support for education at all                                                                    
levels. Cuts  would devastate  decades of  effort developing                                                                    
best practices for education in  the community. She believed                                                                    
an income tax was necessary.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLLAUNA  MARLEY,  SELF,  SITKA  (via  teleconference),  was                                                                    
afraid the governor was not  listening to residents. She was                                                                    
not  afraid  of the  red  pen  the  governor had  been  seen                                                                    
wearing in  his shirt pocket.  She opposed cuts  proposed by                                                                    
the governor. The  community needed a share of  the raw fish                                                                    
tax to support its schools.  She thanked the legislature for                                                                    
its work; residents were counting on them.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:37:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICKEY BARKER,  SELF, SITKA (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of the AMHS.  He had provided written information                                                                    
to  legislators  as well.  He  stressed  the vital  services                                                                    
provided by AMHS.  He asked the legislature  to consider the                                                                    
McDowell  Group study  conducted  on the  AMHS. He  asserted                                                                    
that the system provided a  200 percent return on investment                                                                    
for the state.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:39:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN  ETULAIN,  RAVEN   RADIO,  SITKA  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of public  radio.  He  stressed  the                                                                    
importance   of  emergency   broadcasting,  news,   weather,                                                                    
community events, and other.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:40:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA   SADLER-HART,   SELF,  SITKA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
expressed strong  opposition to pre-K, K-12,  and university                                                                    
funding.  She opposed  the drastic  cuts  to education.  She                                                                    
asked the  legislature to reduce  the PFD and to  consider a                                                                    
state income tax. She supported  the decrease in tax credits                                                                    
to oil companies.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:41:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RENEE TRAFTON,  SELF, SITKA (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
AMHS,   a  reduced   PFD,  and   K-12  education,   and  the                                                                    
University. She supported a progressive income tax.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:41:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HARVEY BRANDT, SELF,  SITKA (via teleconference), understood                                                                    
both  sides  of  the  private/public  economy  equation.  He                                                                    
stressed that the  public side had to be  addressed - roads,                                                                    
electricity,  and  labor  were  all  needed  before  private                                                                    
enterprise  would  invest  in  the  state.  He  opposed  the                                                                    
governor's budget  and asked members  to support  the Senate                                                                    
budget.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:43:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATH TRAFTON, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), opposed the                                                                    
governor's  budget. He  strongly supported  public education                                                                    
and  the  University. He  stressed  that  if the  University                                                                    
fell, everyone would  fall. He opposed PFD  back payment and                                                                    
full PFDs  in the current  year. He stressed  the importance                                                                    
of making education a priority in the state.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:44:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA  DICK, SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference), strongly                                                                    
opposed  the  governor's  budget. She  referenced  a  recent                                                                    
roadshow by the  governor across the state  sponsored by the                                                                    
Koch  brothers.  She stressed  that  Alaskans  took care  of                                                                    
their children and elders. She  urged against any vetoes the                                                                    
governor may implement.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:45:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRETCHEN  CLARK,  SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  cuts  to public  health  and  senior services.  She                                                                    
asked for the  preservation of Head Start  and pre-K grants.                                                                    
She  supported adult  public  assistance  and Medicaid.  She                                                                    
supported public broadcasting.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:47:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA HALEY (ON  BEHALF OF KEITH BRADY),  CITY AND BOROUGH                                                                    
OF   SITKA,  SITKA   (via   teleconference),  testified   in                                                                    
opposition to  a reduction in  school funding.  Sitka voters                                                                    
had  voted  on school  bond  debt,  contingent on  the  debt                                                                    
payment by the state.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:48:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACEY WAYNE, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), opposed the                                                                    
governor's budget.  She stated  that the Permanent  Fund was                                                                    
instituted  to provide  funding  for  vital public  services                                                                    
when oil  revenue ran  out. She  was in  favor of  an income                                                                    
tax.  She was  concerned  the economy  had  been damaged  by                                                                    
residents leaving Alaska to find job security elsewhere.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:49:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BART  MEYER,  SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
opposition  to the  detail and  principle of  the governor's                                                                    
budget. He  stressed the budget  was bad for  Alaska, Sitka,                                                                    
and his household. He supported  increasing revenues. He was                                                                    
in favor of an income tax.  He counted on the legislature to                                                                    
propose a reasonable balanced budget.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:50:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRACE BROOKS, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), opposed the                                                                    
governor's budget.  She supported a small  PFD. She believed                                                                    
education should be a priority.  She supported an income tax                                                                    
and  higher  taxes  on  oil  companies.  She  supported  the                                                                    
University  and opposed  proposed  cuts to  the system.  She                                                                    
asked the legislature  to alter the future  the governor was                                                                    
proposing for Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:51:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ  ZACHER,  SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  public education. She provided  detail about her                                                                    
family. She was deeply troubled  by proposed cuts that would                                                                    
deeply  hurt  vulnerable  Alaskans  including  children  and                                                                    
seniors.  She supported  a  lower PFD,  an  income tax,  and                                                                    
increased taxes on oil companies.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:52:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY  SWEENEY, SELF,  SITKA  (via teleconference),  supported                                                                    
oil  tax reconsideration,  modest PFDs,  and an  income tax.                                                                    
She opposed major cuts to state services.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:54:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ARIEL STARBUCK,  SELF, SITKA (via  teleconference), implored                                                                    
the legislature  to oppose the  governor's proposed  cuts to                                                                    
education.  She noted  that  education was  constitutionally                                                                    
mandated. She  asked the committee  to consider  passing the                                                                    
House  operating budget.  She discussed  that the  Permanent                                                                    
Fund could be  used to cover the cost of  basic services and                                                                    
other.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:55:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHLEEN  BRANDT, SELF,  SITKA  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee to decline the  governor's budget that cut too                                                                    
deeply. She pointed  to Finland with its  high literacy rate                                                                    
and  higher  spending  on  pre-K  and  K-12  education.  She                                                                    
supported funds  for senior services  and AMHS.  She opposed                                                                    
deep cuts to the University system.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:56:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM GIFFORD, SELF, VALDEZ  (via teleconference), opposed the                                                                    
governor's budget that  would hurt the state  for many years                                                                    
to come. He supported a  reduced dividend or no dividend. He                                                                    
was  in  favor of  adjustments  to  oil  and gas  taxes.  He                                                                    
characterized the governor's cuts as draconian.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:57:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MAUREEN RADOTICH,  SELF, VALDEZ (via  teleconference), asked                                                                    
the   legislature  to   support   core  services   including                                                                    
education   and  healthcare.   She  supported   reducing  or                                                                    
eliminating  the PFD.  She supported  an  income or  payroll                                                                    
tax.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:58:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY O'NEIL, SELF,  VALDEZ (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support  of  education  funding.   He  believed  it  was                                                                    
important to invest  in education in good  and bad financial                                                                    
times.  He shared  that  he  had just  lost  an employee  to                                                                    
Wyoming and  cited that states  investment in  education. He                                                                    
believed  that the  PFD  was  useless if  it  meant cuts  to                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
2:59:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  CULLEN,  SELF,  VALDEZ  (via  teleconference),  shared                                                                    
information about his job as  a physician. He was opposed to                                                                    
cuts  that  would  hurt rural  communities.  He  noted  that                                                                    
hospitals would  close due  to cuts  and babies  and mothers                                                                    
could die. He opposed the governor's budget.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BARB JEWELL, CORDOVA COMMUNITY  MEDICAL CENTER, CORDOVA (via                                                                    
teleconference),  urged  the  committee to  fully  fund  and                                                                    
include intent language that  fully funds Medicaid, Medicaid                                                                    
expansion, and  Medicaid grants. She asserted  that Medicaid                                                                    
funding  had  not  kept up  with  inflation  and  decreasing                                                                    
funding would  have an exponential  effect. She  pointed out                                                                    
that rural  hospitals were already struggling  under burdens                                                                    
of  regulation   and  poor   payments.  She   discussed  the                                                                    
important function  of behavioral  health grants.  She asked                                                                    
the  committee to  remember that  investment in  health care                                                                    
was an investment in Alaskans.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:01:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE  HAHN,  SELF,  CORDOVA  (via  teleconference),  had                                                                    
worked  for  the  legislature  for 16  years.  She  did  not                                                                    
support  the governor's  proposed  budget.  She thought  the                                                                    
proposed  cuts  would  be devastating  for  communities  and                                                                    
businesses, especially  those that were serviced  by AMHS or                                                                    
received  revenue sharing  from  the fisheries  tax and  PCE                                                                    
Program. She  asked the committee  to restore the  budget to                                                                    
FY 19 funding  levels. She thought the  budget shortfall was                                                                    
politically  created   and  promised  free  money   with  no                                                                    
consequences.  She  supported  a  state  income  tax  and  a                                                                    
reduction of the PFD. She  supported raising the oil and gas                                                                    
tax structure to the levels that existed in Norway.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:03:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW  SMALLWOOD,   SELF,  CORDOVA   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported an income  tax. He supported greater  taxes on oil                                                                    
companies. He  supported restoration  of funding for  the FY                                                                    
19 budget levels.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:04:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETER   HOEPFNER,   SELF,  CORDOVA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified against  the governor's proposed budget,  which he                                                                    
thought  would   decimate  cities  and   communities  across                                                                    
Alaska.  He  was  a  commercial fisherman  and  was  on  the                                                                    
Cordova  School  Board  and other  boards.  He  thought  the                                                                    
proposed cuts  would have a devastating  effect on education                                                                    
in Cordova.  He discussed  the PCE Fund,  the raw  fish tax,                                                                    
and school  bond debt reimbursement funding.  He thought the                                                                    
cost-shifting  effects  would  burden cities.  He  discussed                                                                    
cuts  to education  funding. He  thought education  had been                                                                    
flat  funded for  years. He  discussed the  increase in  CPI                                                                    
Index versus the increase in the BSA.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:06:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENT BARKHAU,  SELF, SITKA (via  teleconference), associated                                                                    
himself with remarks from  previous testifiers regarding the                                                                    
governor's proposed  budget. He thought the  budget proposal                                                                    
was  mean-spirited   and  would  affect  the   state's  most                                                                    
vulnerable  citizens the  most.  He asked  the committee  to                                                                    
restore the budget.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:08:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NORM  CARSON, CITY  OF PELICAN,  PELICAN, expressed  concern                                                                    
about proposed  budget cuts to  AMHS. He noted  that Pelican                                                                    
did not have a road or  barge service, and all goods came to                                                                    
Pelican through  the AMHS  or by  air freight.  He recounted                                                                    
that in  2012 Pelican's economy had  struggled. He discussed                                                                    
the genesis of a fish  processing facility in Pelican, which                                                                    
employed 24 people  in Pelican. He supported  an income tax,                                                                    
a school tax, a reduced PFD, and a reduced fish tax.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:10:52 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:39:08 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: OFFNETS                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman handed the gavel to Senator Olson.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:40:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HERMAN  MORGAN, SELF,  ANIAK (via  teleconference) supported                                                                    
the governor's  proposed budget.  He expressed  concern that                                                                    
native voices  were not being  heard in the  legislature. He                                                                    
quoted the  bible. He did  not think the children  of Alaska                                                                    
were  receiving a  quality  education. He  did  not want  to                                                                    
balance the  budget on the  backs of children.  He supported                                                                    
funding for  Medicaid. He urged  the committee to  work with                                                                    
the governor.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:42:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLIF  PASSMORE,  SELF,  EAGLE  RIVER  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in support  of the  Ocean Rangers  Program. He  was a                                                                    
licensed mariner.  He discussed  the role of  Ocean Rangers.                                                                    
He  thought there  had been  misleading information  put out                                                                    
about the program. He discussed  violations made by Carnival                                                                    
Cruise Lines and other cruise lines.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:43:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRIS  EICHENLAUB, SELF,  EAGLE  RIVER (via  teleconference),                                                                    
fully supported  the governor's proposed budget.  He thought                                                                    
the  state's educations  system was  a complete  failure. He                                                                    
thought there  should be a  reorganization of  the education                                                                    
system. He thought  there needed to be a  commission to look                                                                    
at reorganization.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:45:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE BERGLUND, THREAD,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),                                                                    
encouraged investment  in young  children and  families. She                                                                    
discussed  reading  proficiency  scores in  the  state.  She                                                                    
supported  funding for  Head Start  and Pre-K  programs. She                                                                    
referenced research about early childhood support.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:46:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  RUTECKI, SELF,  JUNEAU (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
funding for  the WWAMI  program. He  was a  marine biologist                                                                    
and had  worked with 6  Alaska high school students  who had                                                                    
studies  with the  WWAMI  program and  had  returned to  the                                                                    
state. He thought being part  of WWAMI gave students an edge                                                                    
to  get  into  University  of Washington  in  a  competitive                                                                    
environment.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:48:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLENE  ARNESON, CHUGATCH  SCHOOL DISTRICT,  WHITTIER (via                                                                    
teleconference),  thought  the  governor's  proposed  budget                                                                    
would not  sufficiently support  education. She  warned that                                                                    
increased class  sized would  severely limit  the purchasing                                                                    
power  of  basic  needs  for   students  and  teachers.  She                                                                    
discussed  years of  flat-funding  and  the forward  funding                                                                    
from  the  previous year.  She  thought  the cost  of  doing                                                                    
business had  increased and should  be reflected  in funding                                                                    
for education.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:50:16 PM                                                                                                                    
GEORGE  PIERCE,  CHUGATCH   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,  KASILOF  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  did  not  support  the  governor's      He                                                                    
discussed  severance taxes  and  thought  incentives to  oil                                                                    
producers were  hurting the  state. He  believed that  SB 21                                                                    
should be revisited.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:51:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT MORGAN,  SELF, SAND POINT (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
on behalf  of funding  for public  broadcasting. He  saw the                                                                    
need for a  balanced budget. He stated that  people in rural                                                                    
areas of the state relied on public broadcasting.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:53:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICK  RUTECKI,   SELF,  JUNEAU  (via   teleconference),  was                                                                    
against the  governor's proposed budget cuts.  He understood                                                                    
the need for reducing  spending. He discussed the importance                                                                    
of the WWAMI program.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:53:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  TEROGETTE, SELF,  KOTZEBUE (via  teleconference), was                                                                    
in  support  of full  funding  for  PCE, the  VPSO  Program,                                                                    
public  broadcasting,  education,   and  the  University  of                                                                    
Alaska. She felt  there was a priority crisis  rather than a                                                                    
fiscal crisis.  She was willing  to accept a reduced  PFD or                                                                    
an income  tax in  exchange for  state services.  She argued                                                                    
that  distributing larger  PFDs, while  cutting basic  state                                                                    
services,  would lead  to  a decreased  quality  of life  in                                                                    
rural Alaska.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:55:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIERSTEN    JORGENSON,   WWAMI    GRADUATE,   BOSTON    (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of the WWAMI program.                                                                    
She had  been born and  raised in Juneau and  had benefitted                                                                    
from  the  program. She  thought  cutting  the Alaska  WWAMI                                                                    
program would  be short-sighted. She said  that returning to                                                                    
Alaska to practice  was the goal of the  majority of Alaskan                                                                    
student enrolled in the program.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:57:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  MARTIN,  INTERIOR   COMMUNITY  CENTER,  FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   spoke  in   support  of   human  services                                                                    
community  matching grants.  He noted  that the  funding had                                                                    
helped to  provide integrated behavioral health  services to                                                                    
over 480  patients. He discussed  Medicaid Adult  Dental. He                                                                    
thought  many people  would  not be  able  to maintain  oral                                                                    
health if services  were cut, which would  lead to emergency                                                                    
room visits.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:58:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN  TOUPE, SELF,  FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),  was                                                                    
concerned  about  cuts  to the  Medicaid  program.  She  was                                                                    
concerned  about  the  potential loss  of  federal  matching                                                                    
funds.  She  was  concerned about  reimbursement  for  life-                                                                    
saving  cancer  medications.  She  relayed  that  government                                                                    
assistance was  necessary in order  to maintain  and improve                                                                    
the program.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:59:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELANIE  LESH, SELF,  GUSTAVUS (via  teleconference), was  a                                                                    
supporter  of public  broadcasting,  the  ferry system,  and                                                                    
other state services. She thanked  the members and staff for                                                                    
their service.  She hoped that the  legislature would accept                                                                    
that budget  cuts alone would  not supplant the loss  of oil                                                                    
revenues, due to the decades  long price reduction, and look                                                                    
for new revenue streams to preserve essential services.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:01:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  JOYCE, SELF,  JUNEAU (via  teleconference), asked  for                                                                    
full funding  for the WWAMI  program. He had come  to Alaska                                                                    
23 years  previously. He thought education  was critical for                                                                    
the future of the state.  He had talked with many physicians                                                                    
that had been  in the WWAMI program and had  returned to the                                                                    
state. He thought that without  the program, the state would                                                                    
have    difficulty    training   and    retaining    medical                                                                    
professionals. He  was concerned about proposed  cuts to the                                                                    
University,  particularly  in  the   areas  of  science  and                                                                    
technology.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:03:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN HIGGINS,  SELF, FORT  YUKON (via  teleconference), asked                                                                    
that the committee support  funding for public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  thought public  broadcasting saved  lives. He  relayed a                                                                    
story about two  men that fell through the ice  and had been                                                                    
saved    by   information    relayed   by    radio   station                                                                    
communication.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:04:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANICE  MICHAUB-WHALEN,   BOARD  MEMBER,   CONNECTING  TIES,                                                                    
VALDEZ  (via   teleconference),  testified  in   support  of                                                                    
funding for  Medicaid. She was  happy with a smaller  PFD or                                                                    
an income  tax if  it meant services  would be  available to                                                                    
seniors,  disabled  people,  and  low-income  Alaskans.  She                                                                    
relayed that she had been  a special education teacher for 4                                                                    
years  and  urged  the  committee  to  support  funding  for                                                                    
children that needed additional educational support.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:06:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICKY  THOMAS,   SELF,  FORT  YUKON   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding for  public broadcasting.  She emphasized                                                                    
that   public   broadcasting   provided   information   that                                                                    
pertained to the health and safety of her community.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:07:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HANS JAMES, SELF, FORT YUKON  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of public broadcasting. He  was a council member for                                                                    
the  City of  Fort Yukon.  He discussed  the many  important                                                                    
aspects of public broadcasting,  including search and rescue                                                                    
operations.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:08:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TINA  SCANLAN, CITY  MANAGER,  AKUTAN (via  teleconference),                                                                    
did  not  support the  governor's  proposed  budget. He  was                                                                    
concerned about elimination of  the Chinook Fishery Business                                                                    
Tax and  the Chinook  Fishery Resource Lending  Tax Program.                                                                    
He  said   that  the  funds   helped  to  pay   for  capital                                                                    
improvement grants.  Losing the funding source  would have a                                                                    
devastating impact on the community.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:09:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NATHAN  HILL,  SELF,   KOKHANOK  (via  teleconference),  was                                                                    
manager for the Lake  and Peninsula Borough School District.                                                                    
He discussed  school bond  debt reimbursement.  He expressed                                                                    
that the  borough had  relied in the  grants and  that there                                                                    
were grave short, and long term, affects.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:11:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NATASHA  SINGH, SELF,  FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),  did                                                                    
not support  the governor's  proposed budget.  She explained                                                                    
that she  was part of  the Alaska Regional  Coalition, which                                                                    
represented  100  communities  from Kotzebue  to  Ketchikan.                                                                    
She  discussed the  importance  of  healthcare and  regional                                                                    
equity in budget considerations.  She urged the preservation                                                                    
of  funding  for improvements  to  rural  public safety  and                                                                    
Medicaid. She  said that the  coalition would work  with the                                                                    
state to find efficiencies without deep budget cuts.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:13:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MAUREEN  KNUTSEN,  SELF,  NAKNEK (via  teleconference),  had                                                                    
been a  resident of  Bristol Bay  since 1975.  She supported                                                                    
funding for  public broadcasting.  She had been  a long-time                                                                    
member  of the  citizen  advisory board.  She asserted  that                                                                    
public broadcasting  was the only source  for news, weather,                                                                    
tides,  fishing  announcements,  and  emergency  and  safety                                                                    
announcements.  She discussed the  potential loss of federal                                                                    
funds.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:14:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICKI  SHELDON, SELF,  HOONAH  (via  teleconference), was  a                                                                    
national trainer for the Parents  as Teachers. She supported                                                                    
an  income tax.  She encouraged  funding for  early learning                                                                    
programs. She  had emailed  a letter  to the  committee. She                                                                    
shared that  without early learning programs,  more children                                                                    
would  enter kindergarten  without school  readiness skills,                                                                    
which   would  require   increased  spending   for  remedial                                                                    
services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:16:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RUSSEL LYMAN,  SELF, HAINES (via  teleconference), expressed                                                                    
his  support for  funding for  public  media. He  referenced                                                                    
public safety  issues as  discussed by  previous testifiers.                                                                    
He discussed the importance of  tsunami warnings and weather                                                                    
reports.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:17:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIKA  WOLTER,  SELF,  BIG LAKE  (via  teleconference),  was                                                                    
strongly  opposed to  the governor's  budget. She  supported                                                                    
alternative ways to  increase revenue, even if  it meant not                                                                    
receiving a PFD. She said  that she would rather see support                                                                    
go to those who need it, rather than into her own pocket.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:18:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WENDY  FELDBAUER,  SELF,  SAND POINT  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of  public broadcasting.  She asserted                                                                    
that  public  broadcasting  was crucial  to  remote  fishing                                                                    
villages.                                                                                                                       
4:19:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
IDA  NELSON, SELF,  IGIUGIG (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
funding for  Medicaid. She was not  in favor of oil  and gas                                                                    
tax  credits. She  was not  in  favor of  reducing the  VPSO                                                                    
program. She  was in favor  of a reduced PFD.  She supported                                                                    
public broadcasting. She  was in favor of  early funding for                                                                    
education. She supported an income  tax. She did not support                                                                    
a sales tax.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:21:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PHYLLIS   BOTTAI,   SELF,   PALMER   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported funding for  senior benefits. She was  in favor of                                                                    
a sales  tax and  an income  tax. She  warned that  the cuts                                                                    
would be detrimental to senior's quality of life.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:22:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL   MCGINTY,   SELF,  PALMER   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding  for  Medicaid and  senior  services.  He                                                                    
pointed out  that seniors  were becoming  a larger  group in                                                                    
Alaska and were living at, or below, poverty.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson handed the gavel to Co-Chair Stedman.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:23:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOAN  TOWER, SELF,  PALMER  (via teleconference),  supported                                                                    
funding  for  senior  services. She  supported  funding  for                                                                    
Meals on Wheels. She supported  a state income tax. She said                                                                    
that not holding harmless for  PFDs would force many seniors                                                                    
to lose  their Medicaid  and force  people to  use emergency                                                                    
services for their care.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:24:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHERINE HALL,  SELF, PALMER (via teleconference),  did not                                                                    
support  the governor's  budget. She  supported funding  for                                                                    
senior  benefits and  noted than  some seniors  were already                                                                    
living  below  poverty  level.  She  supported  funding  for                                                                    
education  and drug  treatment programs.  She lamented  that                                                                    
poor  people in  the state  would suffer  disproportionately                                                                    
from the budget cuts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:25:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRED  TRABER, SELF,  PALMER  (via  teleconference), was  the                                                                    
interim  executive director  of Mat-Su  Senior Services.  He                                                                    
stated that  his organization operated  on a  tenuous budget                                                                    
comprised  of state  funding,  state  grants, Medicaid,  and                                                                    
private donations. The organization  provided over 300 meals                                                                    
to  Alaskans  daily.  Many  of the  residents  came  to  the                                                                    
facility  when   homeless.  He  requested   the  legislature                                                                    
continued funding at past levels.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:27:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman handed the gavel to Senator Olson.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA SIEGAL,  SELF, BREVIG MISSION  (via teleconference),                                                                    
encouraged  funding for  education,  VPSO programs,  WWHAMI,                                                                    
the  hold  harmless  provision,   and  PCE.  She  urged  the                                                                    
legislature to  reduce the  PFD, bring  back an  income tax,                                                                    
and eliminate oil and gas tax credits.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:28:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON   JOHNSON,   SELF,   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
appreciated  the  committee's  critical  evaluation  of  the                                                                    
governor's  proposed  budget.  He  supported  modest  budget                                                                    
cuts. He  was in favor of  an increase to the  gasoline tax.                                                                    
He supported a simple income tax.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:29:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK KELPY,  MAYOR, CITY OF UNALASKA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in opposition  to the governor's budget.  He hoped the                                                                    
committee would  hold the bill  pertaining to a  shared fish                                                                    
tax. He  calculated that the  bill would cause  suffering in                                                                    
his community.  He discussed the  proposed reduction  to the                                                                    
BSA.  He  discussed  the  94   percent  graduation  rate  in                                                                    
Unalaska,  where   there  was   a  Blue-Ribbon   school.  He                                                                    
expressed concern for cuts to AMHS.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:31:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  FELDBAUER,  SELF,  SAND POINT  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding  for  public  education  and  for  public                                                                    
broadcasting.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:32:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHY   RENFELDT,   SELF,  CORDOVA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding  for  AMHS.  She  noted  that  6  of  the                                                                    
nation's top 12 ports for  seafood landing relied on AMHS as                                                                    
their  only connection  to the  road system.  She emphasized                                                                    
the importance  of a year-round  ferry system.  She stressed                                                                    
that dismantling  the system would force  the 27 communities                                                                    
off the  hard road system  to route their  purchases through                                                                    
Seattle, bypassing Anchorage, and the rest of Alaska.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:33:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY MURRAY,  SELF, ELIM  (via teleconference),  voiced her                                                                    
support for funding the PCE  program, the fish tax, and Head                                                                    
Start.    She  noted  that her  hometown  was  Golovin.  She                                                                    
supported funding for Medicaid.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:34:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  ANDERSON, SELF,  CORDOVA (via  teleconference), did                                                                    
not  support  the  governor's  budget.  He  thought  funding                                                                    
should be  restored to 2018  levels. He supported  a smaller                                                                    
PFD,  an  income  tax,  and  eliminating  oil  and  gas  tax                                                                    
credits.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:36:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY TITUS,  SELF, WHITE  MOUNTAIN (via  teleconference), was                                                                    
the city  clerk for  White Mountain.  She urged  support for                                                                    
the  Community Assistance  Program  and Payment  in Lieu  of                                                                    
Taxes, two programs  vital to the budget  of White Mountain.                                                                    
She said that the PCE  program was important to her village.                                                                    
She urged  support for  funding for  education and  the VPSO                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:37:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBRA SCHNABEL, SELF, HAINES, wanted  to express support for                                                                    
rural coastal  communities. She wanted a  budget that funded                                                                    
education,  transportation, and  communication. She  thought                                                                    
private industry would  not invest in a state  that had weak                                                                    
infrastructure.   She noted that Haines  participated in the                                                                    
school  debt reimbursement  program and  would suffer  if it                                                                    
was forced to cover the costs alone.                                                                                            
4:39:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche  thanked his  constituents that  had called                                                                    
in and had dropped calls.  He shared that those constituents                                                                    
could send letters to the committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman discussed housekeeping.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB  20  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB  21  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

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SB 20 Public Testimony Packet 7.pdf SFIN 4/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
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SB 20 Public Testimony _ Hayes.pdf SFIN 4/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
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SB 20 Public Testimony Packet 8.pdf SFIN 4/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
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SB 20 Public Testimony Packet 9.pdf SFIN 4/12/2019 1:00:00 PM
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