Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/19/2020 09:00 AM FINANCE

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09:00:41 AM Start
09:01:42 AM Public Testimony: Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Kenai, Seward, Valdez, Homer, Cordova
10:28:05 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+= HB 205 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+= SB 154 APPROP: CAPITAL; SUPP; OTHER APPROP. TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg, Sitka, Kenai,
Kodiak, Seward, Valdez, Homer, Cordova:
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+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
SENATE BILL NO. 154                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act   making  appropriations,   including  capital                                                                    
     appropriations,       supplemental      appropriations,                                                                    
     reappropriations,  and   other  appropriations;  making                                                                    
     appropriations to  capitalize funds; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS  FOR HOUSE  BILL NO.  205(FIN)(Corrected) am(brf  sup maj                                                                  
fld)                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs;    capitalizing   funds;    making                                                                    
     supplemental appropriations; and providing for an                                                                          
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY:  KETCHIKAN, WRANGELL,  PETERSBURG, SITKA,                                                                  
KENAI, SEWARD, VALDEZ, HOMER, CORDOVA                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:01:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof OPENED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  SWEENEY, CHIEF  FINANCIAL AND  ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER,                                                                    
CITY  AND  BOROUGH  OF SITKA,  SITKA  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  support of  school  bond  debt reimbursement.  He                                                                    
discussed the  unprecedented nature of the  health crisis of                                                                    
the  COVID-19 pandemic.  He commented  on the  importance of                                                                    
the tourism  industry for the  economy in  Southeast Alaska.                                                                    
He lamented that the loss  of local tax revenue would result                                                                    
in  communities  being  unable   to  pay  school  bond  debt                                                                    
service. He  asserted that Southeast Alaska  and other parts                                                                    
of the  state would  rely on the  government for  support to                                                                    
meet the  basic needs  of Alaskans.  He emphasized  the need                                                                    
for  support through  school  bond  debt reimbursement,  the                                                                    
Community Assistance Program, and  the Alaska Marine Highway                                                                    
System (AMHS).                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:04:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN     MENISH-MEUCCI,     SELF,     PETERSBURG     (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of fully  funding the                                                                    
AMHS and public radio. She  discussed the adverse effects of                                                                    
being without  ferry service.  She discussed  the importance                                                                    
of  public radio  for providing  updates on  COVID-19 virus.                                                                    
She  supported   funding  for  the  University   and  public                                                                    
schools.  She  supported a  state  income  tax and  a  small                                                                    
permanent fund dividend (PFD).                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:05:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN   MERRITT,   SELF,  WRANGELL   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported not paying  a PFD in the current  year, but rather                                                                    
using  it  for  social  programs such  as  food  stamps.  He                                                                    
supported full funding  for the AMHS. He  thought that barge                                                                    
and ferry  systems would be  necessary to keep the  state in                                                                    
operation. He discussed  the need for ferry  service for the                                                                    
fisheries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:07:08 AM                                                                                                                    
DAVID  BEEBE, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee  to take a  triage approach to the  budget for                                                                    
the highest and  best use of the  state's limited resources.                                                                    
He  mentioned the  Katlian Bay  Road in  Kake road  project,                                                                    
which  he did  not  think  was necessary  at  this time.  He                                                                    
thought the social safety net  had already been eviscerated.                                                                    
He  stressed the  importance  of the  AMHS.  He hoped  there                                                                    
would   be  a   process  through   which  the   state  could                                                                    
reappropriate the Kake  road funds for the  highest and best                                                                    
use.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof mentioned  that Senator  Bishop, Senator                                                                    
Olson, Senator  Wielechowski, and Senator Wilson  had joined                                                                    
the meeting.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:10:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY   SHORT,   JUNEAU    SCHOOL   BOARD,   JUNEAU   (via                                                                    
teleconference), supported  an increase to the  Base Student                                                                    
Allocation (BSA).  He emphasized that the  legislature had a                                                                    
constitutional   duty  to   support  public   education.  He                                                                    
discussed the adverse effects of  past cuts to education and                                                                    
expressed  concern  that  funding   for  education  was  not                                                                    
keeping up with inflation.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:12:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOEL  JACKSON, PRESIDENT,  ORGANIZED  VILLAGE  OF KAKE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  requested that  the  committee repeal  the                                                                    
unexpected  balance  of  the  2012  Kake  Road  Project.  He                                                                    
referenced  a poll  in  Kake  in which  217  people in  Kake                                                                    
opposed the road, and 27  supported the road, with 24 people                                                                    
undecided.  He stated  that  the people  of  Kake wanted  to                                                                    
protect  its  traditional  hunting and  gathering  area.  He                                                                    
referenced a  letter from the  city of Kake to  the governor                                                                    
in  support  of the  road  and  maintained that  the  larger                                                                    
community was  strongly opposed to  the road. He  urged that                                                                    
the funds be  used for another purpose such  as education or                                                                    
the AMHS.  He listed the myriad  of ways the AMHS  was vital                                                                    
to rural communities.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:15:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MALENA MARVIN, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of the AMHS  and re-directing Kake  Road Project                                                                    
funds.  She operated  a direct-market  seafood company.  She                                                                    
echoed the testimony of the  previous speaker. She urged the                                                                    
committee to  listen to the  people about the  road project.                                                                    
She supported  full funding  for the  AMHS. She  thought the                                                                    
Kake road  project had been  shelved because it was  not the                                                                    
best  use  of funds.  She  believed  that the  state  should                                                                    
govern from a place of consensus and not controversy.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:18:37 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  PURCELL,  KBBI  RADIO, HOMER  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported full  funding for  public radio.  He spoke  to his                                                                    
experience in emergency response  and had seen the important                                                                    
role played by public radio.  He discussed the importance of                                                                    
public  radio providing  critical  information  in times  of                                                                    
emergency. He  relayed that the  radio station had  a formal                                                                    
agreement  with  the  City of  Homer  to  provide  emergency                                                                    
information to  the community. He relayed  the radio station                                                                    
provided  updates  on  community response  to  the  COVID-19                                                                    
virus, which  he thought was important  for addressing needs                                                                    
at the community level. He  summarized that public radio was                                                                    
critical at the state and local levels.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:21:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARY  PAXTON, MAYOR  OF SITKA,  SITKA (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of  school  bond debt  reimbursement,                                                                    
community  assistance, and  full  funding for  the AMHS.  He                                                                    
stressed that full funding for AMHS should be a priority.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  requested  that Mayor  Paxton  compose  a                                                                    
letter  summarizing  the  potential economic  impacts  of  a                                                                    
downturn in  fisheries and reduced  cruise ship  tourism. He                                                                    
offered a brief background of Mr. Paxton.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Paxton  stated the City  of Sitka was drafting  a letter                                                                    
to provide to the legislature.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:23:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH    MEDICINE    CROW,    SELF,    ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),   spoke  in   support   of  repealing   the                                                                    
remaining appropriation for the  2012 Kake Road Project. She                                                                    
was from the community of  Kake and worked in Anchorage. She                                                                    
believed  that  the  funds  could  be  better  utilized  for                                                                    
transportation  needed  and  wanted by  the  community.  She                                                                    
thought the AMHS was incredibly  important to Kake and other                                                                    
coastal communities.  She considered  that the  road project                                                                    
was controversial and  should be tabled for  the time being.                                                                    
She  stressed that  the committee  should to  listen to  the                                                                    
people of Kake and Petersburg.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:26:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADAM DAVIS,  SELF, KAKE (via teleconference),  supported the                                                                    
Kake  Road Project.  He stated  that the  community of  Kake                                                                    
needed  economic  opportunity  and believed  that  the  road                                                                    
would provide  more economic  options. He  supported funding                                                                    
the AMHS.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:26:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOMMY  GLANTON, CHIEF  CLINICAL  OFFICER, SEAVIEW  COMMUNITY                                                                    
SERVICES, SEWARD  (via teleconference),  supported increased                                                                    
capital  funding   for  mental  health  and   substance  use                                                                    
disorder  treatment.  He  was  a  licensed  clinical  social                                                                    
worker.  He  expressed  significant  concern  regarding  the                                                                    
underserved  population  in  his area  during  the  COVID-19                                                                    
outbreak.  He thought  with increased  mental health  stress                                                                    
there  would be  need for  additional services  and physical                                                                    
capacity.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:28:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLA HOWARD, SELF, KAKE  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support of  reappropriating Katlian Bay Road  Project funds.                                                                    
She discussed  the cost of  maintaining the road.  She asked                                                                    
that the  $40 million be  put towards the AMHS.  She thought                                                                    
some  residents  wanted economic  growth,  but  she did  not                                                                    
support  the road  at the  cost  of the  community's way  of                                                                    
life.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:30:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA  KNIGHT,  SELF,   PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  repealing  the  remaining appropriation  for  the                                                                    
Katlian Bay Road  Project. She thought there  were many more                                                                    
important needs for which the funding could be used.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:31:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIANNA  CARBONELL, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of funding for  public radio. She appreciated the                                                                    
timely and  accurate information  provided by  public radio.                                                                    
She thought it was important  to keep citizens informed. She                                                                    
supported additional revenue measures  such as a broad-based                                                                    
tax.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:32:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE  BITTERMAN,   CITY  CLERK,   CITY  OF   KAKE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  supported the  Katlian  Bay Road  Project.                                                                    
She was  not aware of a  petition that was put  forth by the                                                                    
city.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:33:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRY HAINES,  SELF, KODIAK  (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support  of  additional  funding  for the  AMHS  and  public                                                                    
radio.  He   supported  funding  the   Community  Assistance                                                                    
Program.  He  supported   funding  for  coastal  communities                                                                    
during the  COVID-19 crisis. He  supported school  bond debt                                                                    
reimbursement.  He   pointed  out  that  school   bond  debt                                                                    
reimbursement  did not  affect all  communities in  the same                                                                    
way. He thought there should  be a reasonable oil tax system                                                                    
that  would  provide  dependable  revenue.  He  supported  a                                                                    
broad-based tax.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:35:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUGLAS   PENGILLY,  SELF,   KODIAK  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported funding for public radio  at the level proposed by                                                                    
the House, or higher. He  discussed the importance of public                                                                    
radio in remote areas,  specifically during a health crisis.                                                                    
He discussed  isolation during the global  pandemic, and the                                                                    
importance of  public radio.  He believed  that now  was not                                                                    
the time  to rely on the  public for funding as  many people                                                                    
have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:38:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH   POTTER,   SELF,  SKAGWAY   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of full  funding for public  radio and                                                                    
the AMHS.  She thought  the COVID-19 pandemic  had showcased                                                                    
the public  safety role that  public radio played  in Alaska                                                                    
life. She noted  there had been a special  city meeting that                                                                    
had been  livestreamed in her  community. She  discussed the                                                                    
importance   of  public   radio   in   the  community,   for                                                                    
disseminating  up  to   date  important  information  during                                                                    
mandatory social isolation. She expressed support for AMHS.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:40:26 AM                                                                                                                    
SCOTT MESZAROUS, CITY  MANAGER, SEWARD (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of additional  capital  funding  for                                                                    
additional bed capacity for  opioid and drug rehabilitation.                                                                    
He thanked the committee for  its work. He supported closing                                                                    
airport  operations  save for  freight.  He  noted that  the                                                                    
Alaska Sea Life  Center was shut down and  had been severely                                                                    
impacted economically.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:42:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL LORD, SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support    of   community    assistance   and    bong   debt                                                                    
reimbursement.  She  was  on the  Homer  City  Council.  She                                                                    
supported funding for community  jails and the court system,                                                                    
public   broadcasting,  K-12   education,  the   university,                                                                    
healthcare, road  maintenance, and  AMHS. She  discussed the                                                                    
importance of continuity in education.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:44:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HERMAN MORGAN,  SELF, ANIAK (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  of a  PFD payback as  proposed by  the governor.                                                                    
He spoke in  support of an austere budget.  He discussed the                                                                    
importance  of the  PFD. He  did not  think the  state could                                                                    
afford  Medicaid for  all. He  thought  the legislature  was                                                                    
going the wrong way regarding the budget.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:47:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARITY POMEROY,  SELF, SKAGWAY (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee to fully fund  public radio. She discussed the                                                                    
importance of public radio in  Skagway and described it as a                                                                    
lifeline.  She  stressed that  many  did  not have  reliable                                                                    
internet  in  their  homes. She  thought  public  radio  was                                                                    
additionally important during the  isolation required by the                                                                    
COVID-19 pandemic.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:48:30 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DELLA CHENEY,  SELF, JUNEAU (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
funding  for the  AMHS. She  opposed the  road from  Kake to                                                                    
Petersburg. She  pointed out that the  journey would require                                                                    
a ferry  for part of  the trip. She  noted that there  was a                                                                    
new ferry  terminal in  Kake. She  urged the  legislature to                                                                    
support the AMHS.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:50:01 AM                                                                                                                    
BRIDGET  WEISS,  SUPERINTENDENT,   JUNEAU  SCHOOL  DISTRICT,                                                                    
JUNEAU  (via teleconference),  spoke in  support of  funding                                                                    
for  education. She  thought there  had been  an absence  of                                                                    
voices  in  education over  the  past  week because  of  the                                                                    
COVID-19  pandemic.  She  emphasized   the  need  for  major                                                                    
maintenance funding for districts.  She stated that at times                                                                    
it  was   possible  for  the   Juneau  School   District  to                                                                    
supplement with funds, and she  noted the deep impact of the                                                                    
local economy due  to the pandemic would  make funds scarce.                                                                    
She  discussed  increasing  needs  from  utility  costs  and                                                                    
salaries. She  explained that flat  funding was  a reduction                                                                    
in  funding because  of  increasing  costs. She  anticipated                                                                    
that schools  would be closed  for an extended  time because                                                                    
of the pandemic and  encouraged funding to support districts                                                                    
through this difficult time.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:52:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF  MEUCCI, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of  public radio. He expressed  concern about his                                                                    
community's preparedness  for the COVID-19 pandemic.  He was                                                                    
on the borough  assembly. He said that the Raw  Fish tax was                                                                    
very important  to Petersburg. The  local radio  station had                                                                    
been providing  updates from the hospital.  He discussed the                                                                    
Katlian Bay  Road Project and  suggested that  the remaining                                                                    
project  funds  be  redirected for  issues  related  to  the                                                                    
pandemic.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:55:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PHILLIP MOSER, SELF,  JUNEAU (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of funding for public  radio and the AMHS. He did                                                                    
not  support  continued funding  for  the  Katlian Bay  Road                                                                    
Project. He discussed  his past use of the  ferry system. He                                                                    
thought the  Kake road was  a waste  of funds that  could be                                                                    
used elsewhere for existing infrastructure.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:58:00 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RUDY  BEAN,  SELF,   KAKE  (via  teleconference),  supported                                                                    
funding the  Katlian Bay Road  Project. He thought  the road                                                                    
was important  for the survival  of the community.  He cited                                                                    
economic growth  and affordable  electricity as  benefits of                                                                    
the road. He supported  the Department of Transportation and                                                                    
Public  Facilities   50-50  grant  program.  He   hoped  the                                                                    
allocation could be increased to $2 million.                                                                                    
10:00:07 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof handed the gavel to Senator Hoffman.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PENNY VADLA,  BOARD PRESIDENT, KENAI SCHOOL  DISTRICT, KENAI                                                                    
(via  teleconference), testified  in  support for  increased                                                                    
funding  for   public  education.   She  worried   that  the                                                                    
community would not  be able to retain teachers  due to lack                                                                    
of adequate  resources. She believed that  funding education                                                                    
was  the most  important  issue in  the  state and  strongly                                                                    
supported  continued and  increased  funding for  education.                                                                    
She  expressed  concern  for  the  consequences  that  would                                                                    
result  without  the  promised   $30  million  in  education                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:02:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JODY TOW,  FINANCE DIRECTOR, PETERSBURG  BOROUGH, PETERSBURG                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in support of  full funding                                                                    
for municipal  debt reimbursement and  community assistance.                                                                    
She  described  the  ways  in which  the  school  bonds  had                                                                    
improved the community and hoped  that the state would honor                                                                    
its  commitment  to  communities by  providing  school  debt                                                                    
reimbursement.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:04:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAT BRANSON,  MAYOR OF KODIAK, KODIAK  (via teleconference),                                                                    
hoped  that  the state  would  help  to financially  support                                                                    
local  governments. She  noted  that her  community had  the                                                                    
largest community jail  in the state and  hoped that funding                                                                    
could be increased by $3  million. She supported funding for                                                                    
the AMHS.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:05:35 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof took back the gavel.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:05:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARK LARSEN,  SELF, SKAGWAY (via  teleconference), supported                                                                    
funding  for public  radio. He  discussed the  importance of                                                                    
public radio  for smaller  Alaskan communities.  He stressed                                                                    
that  public radio  was critical  for small  communities. He                                                                    
believed   that   public   radio   was   crucial   for   the                                                                    
dissemination of real and fact-based news.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:08:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  understood the importance of  public radio.                                                                    
He shared that  the funding in the  current budget contained                                                                    
funding  equal  to  FY  19  numbers.  A  combined  total  of                                                                    
approximately $2.7 million.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:09:03 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman interjected  that budget subcommittees were                                                                    
hard at work on the issue of funding for public radio.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof  added that the senate  had increased the                                                                    
house  numbers  in  the current  version  of  the  operating                                                                    
budget.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:10:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CARRIE  HARRIS,  SELF,  ANCHOR POINT  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
wanted the current budget thrown  out and for the process to                                                                    
begin again. She lamented that  the PFD had been stolen from                                                                    
the  Alaskan people.  She named  her  budget priorities  and                                                                    
referred to the committee members as "thieves".                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:11:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:12:29 AM                                                                                                                   
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10:12:49 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT   ARNDT,   KODIAK    ISLAND   BOROUGH,   KODIAK   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  supported  full  funding for  school  bond                                                                    
debt  reimbursement.  He  echoed the  comments  of  previous                                                                    
testifiers on  the matter. He  warned against  cost shifting                                                                    
to  municipalities and  boroughs. He  felt that  considering                                                                    
the  recession  spurred  by   COVID-19,  funding  should  be                                                                    
restored to previous levels. He urged support for the AMHS.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:14:53 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
LLOYD DAVIS, MAYOR, KAKE  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support of  funding for the  AMHS. He supported  the Katlian                                                                    
Bay Road Project. He  thought increased infrastructure would                                                                    
provide  for economic  growth and  employment. He  discussed                                                                    
the various ways that the  road would improve the community.                                                                    
He lamented  that it was  expensive to travel from  Kake and                                                                    
the road would alleviate much  of that expense. He felt that                                                                    
the petition  that had been  generated in the  community was                                                                    
invalid.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:18:57 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SHARON HUNTER, SELF,  PETERSBURG (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
the committee to  include adequate funding for  the AMHS and                                                                    
public radio.  She thought public  radio was  crucial during                                                                    
the  COVID-19 pandemic.  She supported  a  reduced PFD.  She                                                                    
supported a broad-based income tax.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:20:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KAITLYN   JAREG,   SELF,   SKAGWAY   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported additional funding for public radio and the AMHS.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:21:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAUL  KELLY,   JUNEAU  BOARD   OF  EDUCATION,   JUNEAU  (via                                                                    
teleconference),    supported    additional   funding    for                                                                    
education. He supported additional  funding for the AMHS. He                                                                    
supported  allowing the  moratorium on  school bond  debt to                                                                    
expire. He  thanked the legislature  for the  additional $30                                                                    
million in  education funding, which resulted  in $1 million                                                                    
for the Juneau School District.   He asserted that teachers,                                                                    
staff  and administration  worked harder  with less  funding                                                                    
each  year.  He  supported  increasing the  BSA.  He  was  a                                                                    
student  at  the  University of  Alaska  Southeast.  He  was                                                                    
concerned that  cuts to University were  not sustainable. He                                                                    
supported a sustainable source of state revenue.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:23:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOY  BAKER,  SELF,  NOME   (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support of the completion of  the design of the Arctic Deep-                                                                    
Draft Port.  She continued  that the  city had  assisted the                                                                    
Army  Corps of  Engineers,  which had  finalized  a plan  to                                                                    
submit to  congress. She thought  that the state  was behind                                                                    
the curve  in designing a  deep-water port in the  Arctic to                                                                    
support  national  and security  fleets.  She  spoke to  the                                                                    
timeline of design and construction.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:26:32 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson referenced  the deep-water  port funding  and                                                                    
understood that  the requested amount  was $3.2  million. He                                                                    
asked how far that requested amount would carry the                                                                             
project.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Baker stated that the funds would complete the design                                                                       
and likely forward the project to the bidding phase for                                                                         
construction.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SB 154 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 205(FIN)(Corrected) am(brf sup maj fld) was HEARD and                                                                      
HELD in committee for further consideration.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 205 - SB 154 Public Testimony Packet 5.pdf SFIN 3/19/2020 9:00:00 AM
HB 205
SB 154