Legislature(1995 - 1996)

03/25/1995 09:05 AM FIN

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                     HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                   
                         March 25, 1995                                        
                            1:30 P.M.                                          
                                                                               
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  CALL TO ORDER                                                                
                                                                               
  Co-Chair  Mark Hanley  called  the  House Finance  Committee                 
  meeting to order at 9:05 a.m.                                                
                                                                               
  PRESENT                                                                      
                                                                               
  Co-Chair Hanley               Representative Martin                          
  Co-Chair Foster               Representative Mulder                          
  Representative Brown          Representative Navarre                         
  Representative Grussendorf    Representative Parnell                         
  Representative Kelly          Representative Therriault                      
  Representative Kohring                                                       
                                                                               
  ALSO PRESENT                                                                 
                                                                               
  Senator  Georgianna  Lincoln;   Representative  Kim   Elton;                 
  Representative   Karen   Robinson;   Representative  Cynthia                 
  Toohey;  Joann  McDowell,  President, Prince  William  Sound                 
  Community College, Valdez;  Bob Benda, Prince  William Sound                 
  Community  College,  Valdez;  john  Harris, Mayor,  City  of                 
  Valdez; Douglas Keil,  Anchorage; Michael Brogan, Anchorage;                 
  Stephen  Conn,  Alaska  Public  Interest  Group,  Anchorage;                 
  George Hanson, Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage; Daisy Stevens,                 
  Tanana Chiefs Conference,  Fairbanks; Charles Parker, Tanana                 
  Chiefs  Conference,  Fairbanks;   Reva  Shircel,   Director,                 
  Education Department, Tanana  Chiefs Conference,  Fairbanks;                 
  Ward Serrill, Ketchikan;  Karen Petersen, Petersburg; Bobett                 
  Bush,  Aniak;  Chris  Richard,  Kenicott;  Alice  Johnstone,                 
  Sitka;  Dorik Mechau, Sitka;  Charles Cole,  Former Attorney                 
  General, Juneau; Amy Skilbred,  Juneau; David Audet, Juneau;                 
  Nancy  DeCherney,  Juneau  Jazz  and  Classics  and   Juneau                 
  Symphony,  Juneau; Donna  Tollman,  Glennallen; Al  Beasley,                 
  Nome  Arts  Council, Nome;  Rose  Atuk-Fosdick, Nome;  Brant                 
  Moody, Police  Chief, Dillingham;  Ginger Baim,  Dillingham;                 
  Will  Peterson, Homer;  Cal Schmidt,  Homer;  Michael White,                 
  Homer; Mike Grenier, Homer; Earl Mickelson, American Legion,                 
  Kodiak; Barry  Gold, Executive  Director, Kodiak  Council on                 
                                                                               
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  Alcoholism; Ginny Shank, Vice President, Kodiak Arts Council                 
  Board of  Directors,  Kodiak; Susan  Kemp,  Chair,  Economic                 
  Adjustment  Committee,  Delta   Junction;  Jackie   Lizardi,                 
  Delta/Greely  Educational  Support Group  Association, Delta                 
  Junction; Mark  Fellman,  Delta  Junction;  Marilyn  George,                 
  Petersburg;   Nancy   Harris,   Petersburg;  Penny   Ripple,                 
  Petersburg; Sharon  Trish, Bethel;  Margaret Cooke,  Bethel;                 
  James  Elson, Kenai;  John  Dahlgren,  Kenai;  Bill  Parker,                 
  Kenai; Jack Hetherton, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kenai; Fern                 
  Neimeryer,  Mayor,  City of  Wrangell;  Zo Herriges-Sherman,                 
  Wrangell;  Stephen  Helgeson,  Wrangell;   Gordon  Castanca,                 
  Angoon; Ann Archie,  Thorne Bay; Jimmy Erick,  Venetie; Lynn                 
  Jensen, Gustavus; Kim  Swift, Mat-Su; Elnor  Baxter, Mat-Su;                 
  Lucy  Hope,  Mat-Su;  Bill  Munroe,   Mat-Su;  Suzy  Erlich,                 
  Kotzebue;  Reggie Joule,  Kotzebue;  Linda Joule,  Kotzebue;                 
  Susan Burke,  Anchorage; Barbara  Whitehurst, University  of                 
  Alaska, Anchorage; Peter Lipson, Anchorage; Mark Whitehurst,                 
  Anchorage;  Bob  Christal,  Anchorage;  Gary  Moore,  Tanana                 
  Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks;  Eileen Newman, Tanana  Chiefs                 
  Conference,  Fairbanks;  Laurel  McLaughlin, Fairbanks;  Ted                 
  Fathauer,  Anchorage;   Hanna  Wolf,  Juneau;   Tim  Wilson,                 
  Executive  Director, State  Council on  the  Arts, Anchorage                 
  (testified  in Juneau); Annie  Stokes, Member,  Alaska State                 
  Council on the Arts, Juneau; Brent Dillingham, Juneau; Larry                 
  King, Cordova; Patty Gilber, Prince Williams Sound Community                 
  College, Cordova; Scott Janke, City Manager, Cordova; Ginger                 
  Ahmaogak,  Barrow; Bob Johnson, Kodiak; Rita Stevens, Kodiak                 
  Arts Council,  Kodiak; Barbara  Bigelow, Ketchikan;  Anthony                 
  Rowan, Ketchikan;  Maria Dudzak,  Ketchikan; Brian  Johnson,                 
  Valdez;  Doug Roetman, Valdez;  Shana Simmons,  Valdez; Kris                 
  Norris, Petersburg; Susan Erickson, Petersburg; Chris Weiss,                 
  Petersburg; Carl  Berger,  Bethel;  Ken  Eggleston,  Bethel;                 
  Amanda Conard,  Bethel; John Straley, Sitka;  Bob Chevalier,                 
  Sitka;  Vincent  O'Connor,  Mat-Su;  Henery Cole,  Executive                 
  Director,  Interior ARDOR,  Fairbanks;  don Shircel,  Tanana                 
  Chiefs Conference,  Fairbanks; Sarah Kuencli,  Tanana Chiefs                 
  Conference,  Fairbanks;  Billie   Sundgren,  Tanana   Chiefs                 
  Conference,  Fairbanks;   Jean  Flanagan-Carlo,   Fairbanks;                 
  Leonard  Kamerling,  Fairbanks;  Neville Jacobs,  Fairbanks;                 
  Carol  Meares,  Fairbanks;  Betsy  Turner-Bogren,  Fairbanks                 
  Council Parents  Teacher Association (PTA),  Fairbanks; Mary                 
  Lou   Canney,  Fairbanks;   Rachael   Adams,  Homer;   Steve                 
  McCasland, Homer;  Angela Ramirez,  Homer; Robert  Anderson,                 
  Kodiak;  Jim   Blackburn,  Kodiak;  Brad   Stevens,  Kodiak;                 
  Georgene  Sink,  Kodiak;  James  Mykland,  Cordova;  Heather                 
  McCarthy, Cordova;  Patti Higgins,  Anchorage School  Board,                 
  Anchorage; Mary Stadum, Executive Director, Southwest Alaska                 
  Municipal  Conference,  Anchorage;  Rod  McCoy,  NEA-Alaska,                 
  Anchorage;  Carol  Bryner,  Alaska  Dance Theater;  Collette                 
  Owens,   Clitheroe,   Anchorage;  Joe   Tolotta,  Clitheroe,                 
  Anchorage; Rich Gilmore,  President, Better Business Bureau,                 
  Anchorage; Charles  McKee, Anchorage;  Jackie Flums,  Alaska                 
                                                                               
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  Nursing Association; Warren  Collier, Anchorage; Tony  Rauh,                 
  Anchorage;    Jocelyn    Young,   Anchorage;    Ed   Gilley,                 
  Superintendent,  Adiak Region  School District;  Joe Hobert,                 
  Juneau;  Rich  Kronberg,  Juneau;  John  Cyr,  Wasilla  High                 
  School;  Rob  Pfisteror,   President,  Anchorage   Education                 
  Association, Juneau;  Eric Kueffner, President,  Juneau Arts                 
  and Humanities Council, Juneau; Chad Denton, Juneau; Margaux                 
  Deroux, Juneau; Richard Kerr, Juneau; Patrick Henry, Juneau;                 
  Robert  Sewell,  Juneau;  Shawnna Youngblot,  Juneau;  Scott                 
  Fiscus,  Juneau;  Claudia  Douglas,  President,  NEA-Alaska,                 
  Juneau, Deborah  Garrish, Juneau; Ken  Waldman, Juneau;  Liz                 
  Johnson,  Juneau; Liz  Saya, Juneau;  James Fisher,  Juneau;                 
  Kate Young,  Juneau; Alex  Wortheimer,  President, Auke  Bay                 
  PTA, Juneau; Barbara Wilmat, Juneau;  Ron Dunlap, President,                 
  Trout Unlimited,  Juneau; Lila  Ayers, Mat-Su; Sybil  Davis,                 
  Juneau;  Pam  Neal,  President,  Alaska  State   Chamber  of                 
  Commerce;  Charles  Rohbracher,  Juneau;   Darlene  Thorton,                 
  President, Harborview PTA, Juneau.                                           
                                                                               
  SUMMARY                                                                      
                                                                               
  HB 100    An Act making appropriations for the operating and                 
            loan  program expenses of  state government and to                 
            capitalize funds; 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.                         
                                                                               
            HB  100   was  HELD   in  Committee  for   further                 
            discussion.                                                        
  HOUSE BILL NO. 100                                                           
                                                                               
       "An Act  making appropriations  for  the operating  and                 
       loan  program  expenses  of  state  government  and  to                 
       capitalize funds; 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."                                                 
                                                                               
  JOANN MCDOWELL,  PRESIDENT, PRINCE  WILLIAM SOUND  COMMUNITY                 
  COLLEGE  testified  via   the  teleconference  network  from                 
  Valdez.   She spoke  in support  of funding  for the  Prince                 
  William Sound  Community College  (PWSCC).   She noted  that                 
  PWSCC has  become  the  most  cost  effective  unit  in  the                 
  University of Alaska system.  She pointed out that PWSCC has                 
  gone from one  of the highest  cost per FTE institutions  in                 
  the  state  of Alaska  to the  lowest,  due to  cost cutting                 
  reductions  in  staff  and  increases  in enrollment.    She                 
  questioned why funding was deleted for the College.                          
                                                                               
  BOB BENDA, PRINCE WILLIAM  SOUND COMMUNITY COLLEGE testified                 
                                                                               
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  via the  teleconference network  from Valdez.   He spoke  in                 
  support of funding  for the  Prince William Sound  Community                 
  College.                                                                     
                                                                               
  JOHN  HARRIS,  MAYOR,  CITY  OF  VALDEZ  testified  via  the                 
  teleconference network.  He spoke  against reductions to the                 
  Prince William Sound  Community College.  He  suggested that                 
  the proposed  reductions will result  in the closure  of the                 
  college.                                                                     
                                                                               
  DOUGLAS  KEIL, ANCHORAGE  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  spoke in  favor of funding  for the  Challenge                 
  Alaska Program.                                                              
                                                                               
  MICHAEL BROGAN,  ANCHORAGE testified via  the teleconference                 
  network.  He testified in favor of funding for the Challenge                 
  Alaska Program.  He suggested that savings could be realized                 
  through restructure of state retirement benefits.                            
                                                                               
  STEPHEN  CONN,  ALASKA  PUBLIC  INTEREST  GROUP,   ANCHORAGE                 
  testified  via  the  teleconference network.    He  spoke in                 
  opposition  to   reductions  made  in  the  Civil  Division,                 
  Department of Law.                                                           
                                                                               
  GEORGE  HANSON,   ANCHORAGE  SYMPHONY   testified  via   the                 
  teleconference  network   from  Anchorage.    He   spoke  in                 
  opposition  to reductions in the Alaska State Council on the                 
  Arts' budget.   He noted that  the proposed reduction is  83                 
  percent of  the Council's  budget.   He emphasized  that the                 
  Anchorage Symphony  generates approximately $12  dollars for                 
  every $1 dollar received in state funds.                                     
                                                                               
  DAISY STEVENS, TANANA CHIEFS CONFERENCE, FAIRBANKS testified                 
  via the teleconference  network.   She expressed concern  in                 
  the  proposed  reductions  to  the   Village  Public  Safety                 
  Officers  Program.    She emphasized  that  the  majority of                 
  communities served by  the Program are  off the road  system                 
  and  far away  from  the headquarters  of  the Alaska  State                 
  Troopers.                                                                    
                                                                               
  SENATOR GEORGIANA  LINCOLN testified via  the teleconference                 
  network from Fairbanks.   She  expressed concern that  rural                 
  programs  are  being   disproportionately  affected.     She                 
  maintained   that  the   proposed   budget  eliminates   the                 
  possibility  for employment in  rural and bush  Alaska.  She                 
  asserted that rural  residents will  be driven further  into                 
  welfare  status  by  proposed  reductions.   She  noted  the                 
  proposed  closure  of  the Mt.  Edgecumbe  School  and rural                 
  parks.   She  observed that the  Child Protection  Office of                 
  Public  Advocacy is  being reduced.   She stressed  that the                 
  reduction will eliminate funding for 300 high risk families.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  CHARLES   PARKER,   TANANA   CHIEFS  CONFERENCE,   FAIRBANKS                 
  testified via the teleconference network.   He observed that                 
  the funding level for the Alaska Rural Development Assistant                 
  Grant Program (ARDOR)  has been  reduced by $500.0  thousand                 
  dollars.   He  maintained that  the ARDORs  are an  integral                 
  factor  in  strengthening rural  economies.   He  also spoke                 
  against collection of airport tie down and departure fees by                 
  the Department of Transportation and  Public Facilities.  He                 
  suggested that services  to rural villages  will have to  be                 
  reduced.                                                                     
                                                                               
  REVA SHIRCEL, DIRECTOR, EDUCATION  DEPARTMENT, TANANA CHIEFS                 
  CONFERENCE,  FAIRBANKS  testified  via   the  teleconference                 
  network.  She expressed concern  with the proposed reduction                 
  to the  Close-Up Program  in the  Department of  Education's                 
  budget.    She maintained  that  current funding  levels for                 
  grades K  - 12  do not provide  opportunities for  children.                 
  She also expressed concern with the  intent to close the Mt.                 
  Edgecumbe  Boarding  School.    She   spoke  in  support  of                 
  increased school funding.                                                    
                                                                               
  WARD  SERRILL, KETCHIKAN  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska                 
  State  Council  on the  Arts'  budget.   He  noted  that the                 
  investment  made  to  the  Council  is multiplied  into  the                 
  economy.  He observed that state  funding is used to capture                 
  federal matching money and private donations.                                
                                                                               
  KAREN PETERSEN, PETERSBURG  testified via the teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public  Broadcasting Commission.   She observed  that                 
  Alaska's   public  broadcasting   stations  tie   the  state                 
  together.   She maintained that Alaska's public broadcasting                 
  system is  unique.  She  noted that  call-in programs  allow                 
  citizens to participate in their government.                                 
                                                                               
  BOBETT BUSH, ANIAK testified via the teleconference network.                 
  He  spoke against proposed  reductions to the Alaska  Public                 
  Broadcasting Commission.  He  asserted that reductions would                 
  result  in  a  shutdown  of  Bethel's radio  and  television                 
  stations.    He  pointed  out  that these  stations  provide                 
  important health  and safety information to local residents.                 
  He added  that university courses  are also provided  by the                 
  stations.    He  emphasized  that   residents  pay  for  the                 
  transmitter in Aniak.                                                        
                                                                               
  CHRIS  RICHARD, KENICOTT  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
  ALICE  JOHNSTONE,  SITKA  testified  via the  teleconference                 
                                                                               
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  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.  She  maintained that                 
  public radio provides essential  information and services to                 
  Sitka  and  the surrounding  areas.   She  observed  that no                 
  commercial stations reach  the fishing  fleet in the  waters                 
  near Sitka.  She emphasized that  staff has been reduced due                 
  to  previous   cuts.     She  pointed   out  that   listener                 
  participation and financial  donations to  KCAW in Sitka  is                 
  among the highest in the nation.                                             
                                                                               
  DORIK  MECHAU,   SITKA  testified  via   the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.  He also spoke in opposition                 
  to  reductions in  the  Alaska State  Council  on the  Arts'                 
  budget and to the budget of the Department of Fish and Game.                 
                                                                               
  CHARLES COLE,  FORMER ATTORNEY GENERAL, JUNEAU  testified in                 
  support of increased  funding levels for the  Civil Division                 
  in the Department  of Law.   He asserted that  the depth  of                 
  reduction  are  too great.    He maintained  that regulation                 
  review will be delayed.  He observed that the Civil Division                 
  of  the  Department of  Law  brings  in state  revenue.   He                 
  expressed  concern  with  proposed  reductions  to  programs                 
  within the  Human Services Section,  Department of Law.   He                 
  noted the importance of  these programs to children  in need                 
  of care and juveniles.                                                       
                                                                               
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  AMY  SKILBRED, JUNEAU spoke  against proposed  reductions to                 
  the  Alaska Public  Broadcasting Commission.   She  stressed                 
  that public broadcasting provides news and information.  She                 
  also  testified  in  support  of  funding  for  the  Habitat                 
  Division in the Department of Fish and Game.  She emphasized                 
  the need to protect the state's resources.                                   
                                                                               
  Ms.  Skilbred  also  expressed  concern  with the  level  of                 
  funding  for the  Office of  Public Advocacy  (OPA) and  the                 
  Public  Defenders Agency (PDA).   She stressed  that OPA and                 
  PDA  provide  services for  those  that cannot  afford legal                 
  representation.      She   observed   that   without   legal                 
  representation for defendants cases cannot come to trial.                    
                                                                               
  DAVID AUDET, JUNEAU spoke against proposed reductions to the                 
  Alaska Public  Broadcasting Commission.  He  maintained that                 
  Alaska's  news  programs  sends  Alaska's  messages  to  the                 
  nation.                                                                      
                                                                               
  NANCY  DECHERNEY,  JUNEAU  JAZZ  AND   CLASSICS  AND  JUNEAU                 
  SYMPHONY, JUNEAU spoke  in opposition  to reductions in  the                 
  Alaska State  Council on the  Arts' budget.   She emphasized                 
  that funding for the Council is  multiplied in the community                 
                                                                               
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  by  art  organizations.    She  stressed  that  art  funding                 
  provides jobs and increases tourism.   She asserted that art                 
  helps at risk children in the schools.                                       
                                                                               
  DONNA TOLLMAN,  GLENNALLEN testified via  the teleconference                 
  network.  She  expressed concern in the  proposed reductions                 
  to the ARDOR Program.  She also spoke  in opposition to cuts                 
  to state parks, welfare and job training programs.                           
                                                                               
  AL  BEASLEY,  NOME  ARTS  COUNCIL,  NOME testified  via  the                 
  teleconference   network.     He   spoke  against   proposed                 
  reductions to  the Alaska  Public Broadcasting  Commission.                  
  He  pointed out  that  the  Council  received a  21  percent                 
  reduction in FY 95  while the overall budget was  reduced by                 
  4.5 percent.   He observed that the Nome Arts Council is not                 
  eligible  to  receive  funding  directly  from the  National                 
  Endowment of the Arts.  He maintained that small communities                 
  and  arts  education in  the  schools  will be  hurt  by the                 
  reduction.                                                                   
                                                                               
  ROSE  ATUK-FOSDICK, NOME  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska  Public Broadcasting Commission.   She also expressed                 
  concern with proposed reductions to RATNet.                                  
                                                                               
  BRANT  MOODY, POLICE  CHIEF,  DILLINGHAM  testified via  the                 
  teleconference  network.    He  urged  full funding  of  the                 
  Contract Jail Programs, Department of Corrections.                           
                                                                               
  GINGER  BAIM, DILLINGHAM  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  She  expressed concern in the  proposed reductions                 
  to  programs in  the  Department  of  Public  Safety.    She                 
  observed  that  real  savings are  not  achieved  if federal                 
  funding is lost.                                                             
                                                                               
  WILL  PETERSON,  HOMER   testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting  Commission.  He also  expressed concern                 
  with funding levels for education.                                           
                                                                               
  CAL SCHMIDT, HOMER testified via the teleconference network.                 
  He spoke against  proposed reductions  to the Alaska  Public                 
  Broadcasting Commission.                                                     
                                                                               
  MICHAEL  WHITE,  HOMER   testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    He  suggested  that  legislators'  salaries   be                 
  reduced.  He spoke in favor of funding for education.                        
                                                                               
  MIKE  GRENIER,  HOMER   testified  via  the   teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public  Broadcasting  Commission.   He  noted  the  that the                 
  Petersburg   radio   station   provides  important   weather                 
                                                                               
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  information to fishers in surrounding waters.                                
                                                                               
  EARL  MICELSON, AMERICAN  LEGION, KODIAK  testified via  the                 
  teleconference network.  He testified  in support of funding                 
  for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.                         
                                                                               
  BARRY   GOLD,   EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,   KODIAK  COUNCIL   ON                 
  ALCOHOLISM, KODIAK testified via the teleconference network.                 
  He expressed concern with proposed reductions to alcohol and                 
  drug  abuse programs.   He  noted that  funding  for alcohol                 
  abuse programs  has been  steadily reduced  since 1986.   He                 
  emphasized that the Alaskan problem with substance abuse has                 
  risen.                                                                       
                                                                               
  GINNY SHANK, VICE  PRESIDENT, KODIAK  ARTS COUNCIL BOARD  OF                 
  DIRECTORS, KODIAK testified via  the teleconference network.                 
  She spoke  in opposition to  reductions in the  Alaska State                 
  Council  on  the Arts'  budget.    She  emphasized that  the                 
  Council's budget  is reduced  below the  level necessary  to                 
  capture federal funds.                                                       
                                                                               
  SUSAN  KEMP,  CHAIR,  ECONOMIC  ADJUSTMENT COMMITTEE,  DELTA                 
  JUNCTION testified  via  the teleconference  network.    She                 
  expressed concern that rural programs will be hardest hit by                 
  proposed  reductions.    She  observed  that the  effect  of                 
  reductions in  state programs  will be  compounded in  Delta                 
  Junction by the  loss of  Fort Greely.   She also  expressed                 
  concern  in  the  proposed  reductions  to the  Division  of                 
  Tourism, Highway Marketing Program.                                          
                                                                               
  JACKIE  LIZARDI,  DELTA/GREEDY  EDUCATIONAL   SUPPORT  GROUP                 
  ASSOCIATION, DELTA JUNCTION testified via the teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke  in   support  of  full  funding  for                 
  education.  She asserted that our children are our future.                   
                                                                               
  MARK   FELLMAN,    DELTA   JUNCTION   testified    via   the                 
  teleconference network.  He expressed concern  with proposed                 
  reductions to welfare  programs.   He expressed support  for                 
  economic diversification and development grants.                             
                                                                               
  MARILYN GEORGE, PETERSBURG testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.  She expressed concern  with proposed reductions to                 
  the  Department  of Corrections.   She  spoke in  support of                 
  funding for the Senior Nutrition Program and senior housing.                 
                                                                               
  NANCY HARRIS,  PETERSBURG testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke  in   support  of  full  funding  for                 
  education.  She noted that  the instructional unit has  only                 
  been increased  once, by $1.0 thousand dollars,  in the past                 
  seven years.                                                                 
                                                                               
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  PENNY RIPPLE,  PETERSBURG testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                                       
                                                                               
  SHARON  TRISH,  BETHEL   testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska  Public  Broadcasting  Commission.    She   expressed                 
  concern that rural  areas will  receive the greatest  impact                 
  from proposed reductions.  She spoke  in support of the Head                 
  Start Program.                                                               
                                                                               
  MARGARET  COOKE,  BETHEL  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.   She  spoke  in opposition  to  reductions in  the                 
  Alaska State Council  on the  Arts' budget.   She noted  the                 
  impact that arts and culture have on children.                               
                                                                               
  JAMES ELSON, KENAI testified via the teleconference network.                 
  He spoke in  support of  increased funding for  ARDORs.   He                 
  noted that  $225.0 thousand  dollars  are being  transferred                 
  from  the  ARDOR  Program to  the  Alaska  Tourism Marketing                 
  Council and the Northern Forum.                                              
                                                                               
  JOHN  DAHLGREN,  KENAI   testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He expressed concern  with proposed funding levels                 
  for education.  He stressed that increased education funding                 
  is necessary to encourage new growth.                                        
                                                                               
  BILL PARKER, KENAI testified via the teleconference network.                 
  He expressed concern  in the  proposed reductions to  public                 
  safety programs.  He noted that reductions are being made to                 
  the Department of  Corrections and the Department  of Public                 
  Safety.     He   suggested   that   legislators'  per   diem                 
  compensation is too high.                                                    
                                                                               
  JACK HETHERTON,  VETERANS OF  FOREIGN WARS, KENAI  testified                 
  via  the teleconference  network.   He spoke  in  support of                 
  programs for veterans.                                                       
                                                                               
  FERN NEIMERYER, MAYOR,  CITY OF  WRANGELL testified via  the                 
  teleconference  network.     She   spoke  against   proposed                 
  reductions  to the  Alaska  Public Broadcasting  Commission.                 
  She emphasized that  public broadcasting is the  "life line"                 
  of rural communities.                                                        
                                                                               
  ZO    HERRIGES-SHERMAN,    WRANGELL   testified    via   the                 
  teleconference  network.     She   spoke  against   proposed                 
  reductions to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                     
                                                                               
  STEPHEN HELGESON, WRANGELL testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public  Broadcasting Commission.    He  emphasized that  the                 
                                                                               
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  Wrangell public station is the only source of daily news and                 
  weather for local residents.   He maintained that the affect                 
  of reductions will be devastating.                                           
                                                                               
  GORDON  CASTANCA, ANGOON  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in support of full funding for education.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  ANN ARCHIE,  THORNE  BAY testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting  Commission.  She noted  that the                 
  public  radio  stations  allow citizens  to  participate  in                 
  Governor call-in programs.                                                   
                                                                               
  JIMMY  ERICK,  VENETIE   testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
  LYNN  JENSEN,  GUSTAVUS  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting  Commission.  She suggested  that                 
  public television and RATNet be combined.  She stressed that                 
  Alaskan news programing connects the state.                                  
                                                                               
  KIM SWIFT, MAT-SU testified via the teleconference  network.                 
  He spoke in support of reductions proposed by the Committee.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  ELNOR  BAXTER,  MAT-SU  testified  via  the   teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in support  of funding for senior service                 
  and assisted living programs.                                                
                                                                               
  LUCY HOPE, MAT-SU testified  via the teleconference network.                 
  She noted that  she was speaking  on behalf of eleven  other                 
  persons  at  the   Legislative  Information  Office.     She                 
  requested  that  the  Committee provide  adequate  education                 
  funding.    She  stressed  the  need to  increase  education                 
  funding to keep up with inflation.                                           
                                                                               
  BILL  MUNROE,  MAT-SU   testified  via  the   teleconference                 
  network.   He spoke  in support  of  additional funding  for                 
  education.  He  maintained that funding levels  which do not                 
  compensate for inflation will be disastrous to children.                     
                                                                               
  SUZY  ERLICH,  KOTZEBUE  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting  Commission.  She noted  that the                 
  Kotzebue public radio  station serves villages that  have no                 
  commercial stations.   She stressed that important  life and                 
  safety information is broadcasted  on KOTZ radio.  She  also                 
  spoke in support of funding for RATNet.                                      
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  LINDA  JOULE,  KOTZEBUE  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.   She spoke in support  of funding for ARDORs.  She                 
  emphasized that ARDORs support grass roots programs designed                 
  to  generate  economic  plans that  have  been  developed by                 
  communities.                                                                 
                                                                               
  REGGIE  JOULE,  KOTZEBUE  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed concern with proposed  reductions to                 
  the Kotzebue Technical  Center.  He stressed  the importance                 
  of vocational training  for rural areas.   He also spoke  in                 
  support of funding for postsecondary education.                              
                                                                               
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  SUSAN  BURKE,  ANCHORAGE  testified via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  She expressed concern that seven optional medicaid                 
  services are not proposed for funding.                                       
                                                                               
  BARBARA   WHITEHURST,   UNIVERSITY   OF  ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE                 
  testified  via  the teleconference  network.   She  spoke in                 
  opposition to reductions in the Alaska State  Council on the                 
  Arts' budget.  She emphasized the impact of arts programs on                 
  children with disabilities.                                                  
                                                                               
  PETER  LIPSON,  ANCHORAGE testified  via  the teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska                 
  State Council on the Arts' budget.                                           
                                                                               
  MARK WHITEHURST, ANCHORAGE testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.    He spoke  in support  of  Challenge Alaska.   He                 
  suggested that reductions  need to be  made slowly to  allow                 
  groups to wean themselves from state funding.                                
                                                                               
  BOB  CHRISTAL,  ANCHORAGE testified  via  the teleconference                 
  network.    He   expressed  support  for  full   funding  of                 
  education.      He   maintained  that   the   state   has  a                 
  constitutional responsibility to fund education.                             
                                                                               
  GARY  MOORE, TANANA  CHIEFS CONFERENCE,  FAIRBANKS testified                 
  via the teleconference  network.  He expressed  concern with                 
  proposed  reductions to  programs that impact  rural Alaska.                 
  He stressed that he supports  reductions, but asked that the                 
  urban/rural balance be maintained.                                           
                                                                               
  EILEEN NEWMAN, TANANA CHIEFS CONFERENCE, FAIRBANKS testified                 
  via the  teleconference network.   She  spoke in support  of                 
  funding for RATNet.                                                          
                                                                               
  LAUREL    MCLAUGHLIN,    FAIRBANKS    testified   via    the                 
  teleconference  network.    She   spoke  in  opposition   to                 
  reductions in the Alaska State  Council on the Arts' budget.                 
  She also  spoke against  proposed reductions  to the  Alaska                 
                                                                               
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  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
  TED  FATHAUER, ANCHORAGE  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska                 
  State Council on  the Arts' budget.   He also spoke  against                 
  proposed  reductions  to   the  Alaska  Public  Broadcasting                 
  Commission.     He  stated   that  he   would  support   the                 
  reinstitution of an income tax.                                              
                                                                               
  HANNA WOLF, JUNEAU provided members with written comments in                 
  support of public broadcasting (copy on file).                               
                                                                               
  TIM WILSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ALASKA  STATE COUNCIL ON THE                 
  ARTS, ANCHORAGE  spoke in  opposition to  reductions in  the                 
  Alaska State Council on the Arts'  budget.  He observed that                 
  the arts bring people  together as a state.   He noted  that                 
  the  National Endowment  of  the Arts  (NEA)  is the  single                 
  largest arts donor in  Alaska.  He stressed that  70 percent                 
  of NEA  funding for  Alaska comes  through the Alaska  State                 
  Council on the Arts.  He maintained that federal NEA funding                 
  will  be  lost  if  the  proposed  reduction  remains.    He                 
  emphasized that Congress is moving the decision process from                 
  the federal  level to  the state  level.   He asserted  that                 
  Alaska   could  receive   more  federal   funding  under   a                 
  reorganization of the NEA.                                                   
                                                                               
  ANNIE  STOKES,  MEMBER, ALASKA  STATE  COUNCIL ON  THE ARTS,                 
  JUNEAU spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska State                 
  Council on the Arts' budget.  She observed that every dollar                 
  spent by the Council generates $8 to $9 dollars.   She noted                 
  that  the  Council's budget  has  funded projects  by 11,000                 
  artists.  She emphasized that 31,500 students have benefited                 
  from  art  programs in  schools.    She suggested  that  the                 
  Council's budget be  reduced to  $675.0 thousand dollars  in                 
  order to capture federal funds.                                              
                                                                               
  BRENT  DILLINGHAM, JUNEAU spoke  in opposition to reductions                 
  in  the  Alaska  State Council  on  the  Arts'  budget.   He                 
  stressed that a 83 percent reduction will be a heavy blow to                 
  the arts  community.   He emphasized  that art  helps us  to                 
  maintain a sense of history.                                                 
                                                                               
  LARRY  KING,  CORDOVA   testified  via  the   teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed concern with proposed  reductions to                 
  alcoholic treatment programs.                                                
                                                                               
  PATTY  GILBER,  PRINCE  WILLIAMS  SOUND  COMMUNITY  COLLEGE,                 
  CORDOVA testified via the teleconference network.  She spoke                 
  in support of funding for community colleges.  She  stressed                 
  that  the  Prince  William   Sound  Community  College   has                 
  increased its efficiency.   She noted the  support given the                 
  College by the cities of Valdez and Cordova.                                 
                                                                               
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  SCOTT  JANKE,  CITY  MANAGER,  CORDOVA  testified   via  the                 
  teleconference  network.    He   expressed  concern  in  the                 
  proposed reductions  to the Prince  William Sound  Community                 
  College,  drug  and  alcohol   abuse  programs,  ARDORS  and                 
  Contract Jails Program.                                                      
                                                                               
  GINGER  AHMAOGAK, BARROW  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.   She testified  in support of  funding for alcohol                 
  and drug abuse programs.                                                     
                                                                               
  BOB  JOHNSON,   KODIAK  testified  via   the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska                 
  State Council on the Arts' budget.  He emphasized that a  83                 
  percent  reduction  will not  allow  the Council  to capture                 
  federal matching funds.                                                      
                                                                               
  RITA STEVENS, KODIAK ARTS COUNCIL,  KODIAK testified via the                 
  teleconference  network.     She  spoke  in   opposition  to                 
  reductions in the Alaska State  Council on the Arts' budget.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  BARBARA BIGELOW, KETCHIKAN testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.    She also  spoke in                 
  opposition to reductions in the Alaska State Council  on the                 
  Arts' budget and the University of Alaska.                                   
                                                                               
  ANTHONY ROWAN,  KETCHIKAN testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
  MARIA  DUDZAK, KETCHIKAN  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.    She spoke  in  opposition to  reductions  in the                 
  Alaska  State Council  on  the Arts'  budget.   He  compared                 
  reductions  for art funding  to cutting an  artery without a                 
  hospital in sight.                                                           
                                                                               
  BRIAN  JOHNSON,  VALDEZ  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    He spoke  in  support of  funding  for community                 
  colleges.                                                                    
                                                                               
  DOUG  ROETMAN,  VALDEZ  testified   via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in support of funding for ARDORs.                         
                                                                               
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  SHANA  SIMMONS,  VALDEZ  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public  Broadcasting Commission.   She stressed  that                 
  the  Valdez  public  radio  station  is the  only  broadcast                 
  station for a third of their listeners.  She emphasized that                 
                                                                               
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  the broadcast area of KCHU is the size of the state of Ohio.                 
                                                                               
  KRIS  NORRIS, PETERSBURG  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed concern with proposed  reductions to                 
  the Habitat Division of the Department of Fish and Game.  He                 
  noted that  the Department's  general fund  budget has  been                 
  reduced by 23 percent in the past four years.                                
                                                                               
  SUSAN ERICKSON, PETERSBURG  testified via the teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                                       
                                                                               
  CHRIS  WEISS,  PETERSBURG testified  via  the teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                                       
                                                                               
  CARL  BERGER,   BETHEL  testified  via   the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed concern with proposed  reductions to                 
  the  ARDOR  program.     He  also  spoke   against  proposed                 
  reductions to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                     
                                                                               
  KEN  EGGLESTON,  BETHEL  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke  in support of funding for the  Civil Air                 
  Patrol.                                                                      
                                                                               
  AMANDA  CONARD,  BETHEL  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting  Commission.   She asserted  that                 
  the Bethel public  radio station, KYUK  will be off the  air                 
  July 1, if the depth of reductions are maintained.                           
                                                                               
  JOHN  STRALEY,   SITKA  testified  via   the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska                 
  State Council on the Arts' budget.                                           
                                                                               
  BOB  CHEVALIER,  SITKA   testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  spoke in opposition  to reductions to the  Mt.                 
  Edgecumbe Boarding School.   He also spoke  against proposed                 
  reductions to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.  He                 
  indicated that he would be willing to pay an income tax.                     
                                                                               
  VINCENT  O'CONNOR, MAT-SU  testified via  the teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed concern with proposed  reductions to                 
  the Department of Corrections.   He spoke in support  of day                 
  reporting centers and community work service.                                
                                                                               
  ROBERT  HANSON,  MAT-SU  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against  reductions in public assistance.                 
                                                                               
                                                                               
  HENRY  COLE, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, INTERIOR  ARDOR, FAIRBANKS                 
  testified  via  the  teleconference network.    He  spoke in                 
                                                                               
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  support of the ARDOR Program.  He emphasized that the $225.0                 
  thousand dollar cut represents a 25 percent reduction to the                 
  program.   He  noted that  local groups  raise $5.0  million                 
  dollars to fund regional ARDORs.                                             
                                                                               
  DON SHIRCEL,  TANANA CHIEFS CONFERENCE,  FAIRBANKS testified                 
  via the teleconference  network.  He expressed  concern with                 
  proposed reductions to AFDC, Day Care Assistance and the Mt.                 
  Edgecumbe Boarding School.  He spoke in support of education                 
  funding.                                                                     
                                                                               
  SARAH KUENCLI, TANANA CHIEFS CONFERENCE, FAIRBANKS testified                 
  via the teleconference network.  She spoke in opposition  to                 
  reductions in any programs that affect children.                             
                                                                               
  BILLIE   SUNDGREN,   TANANA  CHIEFS   CONFERENCE,  FAIRBANKS                 
  testified  via the  teleconference network.   She  expressed                 
  support for fully funding medicaid optional services.                        
                                                                               
  JEAN   FLANAGAN-CARLO,   FAIRBANKS    testified   via    the                 
  teleconference  network.     She  spoke  in  opposition   to                 
  reductions in the Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                  
                                                                               
  LEONARD    KAMERLING,    FAIRBANKS    testified   via    the                 
  teleconference   network.     He   spoke   against  proposed                 
  reductions to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                     
                                                                               
  NEVILLE JACOBS, FAIRBANKS  testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.   She  spoke  in opposition  to  reductions in  the                 
  Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                                    
                                                                               
  CAROL  MEARES, FAIRBANKS  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network. She spoke in opposition to reductions in the Alaska                 
  State Council on  the Arts' budget.   She asserted that  art                 
  activities help to maintain a healthy community.   She spoke                 
  in support of funding for education.  She suggested that new                 
  income sources should be considered.                                         
                                                                               
  BETSY  TURNER-BOGREN,  FAIRBANKS   COUNCIL  PARENT   TEACHER                 
  ASSOCIATION    (PTA),    FAIRBANKS    testified   via    the                 
  teleconference   network.    She  noted  that  adequate  and                 
  equitable funding for  education is  the Alaska State  PTA's                 
  legislative priority.  She  stressed that education  funding                 
  has  been  eroded  through  inflation.     She  stated  that                 
  education  and social  services should  be  held as  a state                 
  priority.                                                                    
                                                                               
  MARY  LOU CANNEY, FAIRBANKS testified via the teleconference                 
  network.  She spoke in support of the Head Start Program.                    
                                                                               
  RACHAEL ADAMS, KBBI, HOMER testified via  the teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
                                                                               
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  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                                       
                                                                               
  STEVE   MCCASLAND,    KBBI,   HOMER   testified    via   the                 
  teleconference   network.     He   spoke   against  proposed                 
  reductions to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                     
                                                                               
  ANGELA  RAMIREZ,  HOMER  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.   She  spoke  in opposition  to  reductions in  job                 
  training programs.  She expressed concern with reductions to                 
  the  justice  system.    She  also  spoke  against  proposed                 
  reductions to the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission  and                 
  in the Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                             
                                                                               
  ROBERT  ANDERSON, KODIAK  testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
  JIM  BLACKBURN,  KODIAK  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.                                                                     
  He spoke against  proposed reductions  to the Alaska  Public                 
  Broadcasting Commission.                                                     
                                                                               
  BRAD  STEVENS,  KODIAK  testified  via  the   teleconference                 
  network.  He spoke against proposed reductions to the Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
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  GEORGENE  SINK,  KODIAK  testified  via  the  teleconference                 
  network.    She  spoke against  proposed  reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                                       
                                                                               
  JAMES  MYKLAND,  CORDOVA  testified via  the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed concern with proposed  reductions to                 
  the Department of Fish and Game.                                             
                                                                               
  HEATHER MCCARTHY, CORDOVA  testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.  She  expressed support for ARDORs,  Prince William                 
  Sound  Community   College,  alcohol  and   substance  abuse                 
  programs,  and  the  Department  of  Fish  and  Game.    She                 
  maintained that fisheries are an  important part of Alaska's                 
  economy.                                                                     
                                                                               
  PATTI HIGGINS,  ANCHORAGE SCHOOL BOARD,  ANCHORAGE testified                 
  via  the teleconference network.  She stated that no further                 
  cuts should be  made to education programs or public safety.                 
  She observed that  Anchorage expects 400 new  students in FY                 
  96.    She  stressed  that   state,  federal  and  municipal                 
  reductions will result in a $10 million dollar reduction  to                 
  the Anchorage School District in one year.                                   
                                                                               
  MARY STADUM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  SOUTHWEST ALASKA MUNICIPAL                 
                                                                               
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  CONFERENCE,  ANCHORAGE  testified  via   the  teleconference                 
  network.  She spoke in opposition to reductions in the ARDOR                 
  Program.  She  stressed that  the ARDOR Program  has made  a                 
  significant contribution to economic  development in Alaska.                 
  She also  spoke against  proposed reductions  to the  Alaska                 
  Public Broadcasting Commission.                                              
                                                                               
  ROD   MCCOY,  NEA-ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE   testified  via   the                 
  teleconference  network.  He  expressed support for Governor                 
  Knowles' education budget.  He emphasized the need to reduce                 
  class size.                                                                  
                                                                               
  CAROL  BRYNER, ALASKA DANCE THEATER, ANCHORAGE testified via                 
  the  teleconference  network.   She  spoke in  opposition to                 
  reductions in the Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                  
                                                                               
  COLLETTE  OWENS,  CLITHEROE,  ANCHORAGE  testified  via  the                 
  teleconference network.  She expressed concern with proposed                 
  reductions to alcohol and drug abuse programs.                               
                                                                               
  JOE   TOLOTTA,  CLITHEROE,   ANCHORAGE  testified   via  the                 
  teleconference network.  He  expressed support for  prisoner                 
  rehabilitation and drug and alcohol abuse programs.                          
                                                                               
  RICK GILMORE, PRESIDENT,  BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU,  ANCHORAGE                 
  testified  via  the  teleconference network.    He  spoke in                 
  support  of the Fair Businesses Practice Section, Department                 
  of Law.  He pointed out  that nationwide consumer fraud is a                 
  $100 to $150 billion dollar industry.                                        
                                                                               
  CHARLES MCKEE,  ANCHORAGE testified  via the  teleconference                 
  network.  He  expressed  his  objection  to  the  amount  of                 
  testimony  given  in  regards to  reductions  to  the Public                 
  Broadcasting Commission.                                                     
                                                                               
  JACKIE  FLUMS,  ALASKA  NURSING  ASSOCIATION  spoke  against                 
  reductions to medicaid.  She noted that the state receives a                 
  50 percent federal match for medicaid payments.                              
                                                                               
  WARREN COLLIER, ANCHORAGE  testified via the  teleconference                 
  network.   He  testified  in  support  of  funding  for  the                 
  Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.                                 
                                                                               
  TONY  RAUH,  ANCHORAGE  testified  via  the   teleconference                 
  network.   He testified  in support of  funding for programs                 
  that support persons with disabilities.                                      
                                                                               
  JOCELYN  YOUNG, ANCHORAGE  testified via  the teleconference                 
  network.    She spoke  in  opposition to  reductions  in the                 
  Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                                    
                                                                               
  ED  GILLEY,  SUPERINTENDENT,  ADIAK  REGION SCHOOL  DISTRICT                 
                                                                               
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  spoke in support  of full funding  for education.  He  noted                 
  that schools in  Adiak have been  closed.  He stressed  that                 
  every reduction  to the  instructional unit  will result  in                 
  less teachers  in the classroom.  He stressed the need for a                 
  long range education plan.                                                   
                                                                               
  JOE HOBERT, JUNEAU spoke against  proposed reductions to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.   He stated  that any                 
  cuts  to  public  broadcasting  will  be  detrimental.    He                 
  stressed  that  public  broadcasting   sets  a  standard  of                 
  excellence for the rest of the industry.  He emphasized that                 
  Alaska  has  an insufficient  economic  base in  the private                 
  sector  to support  modern, up to  date commercial  news and                 
  public affairs broadcasts.   He maintained that,  in Alaska,                 
  only  government  has the  resources  to provide  the common                 
  carrier utility by which news  and public information flows.                 
  He noted  that  video  compression  could be  added  to  the                 
  existing  RATNet system  at a  cost  of $3  million dollars.                 
  Video  compression would  increase RATNet's  on air  channel                 
  capacity by a factor  of 8.  He suggested  that RATNet could                 
  be  converted  to AlaskaNet,  a  utility to  accommodate all                 
  broadcasts.                                                                  
                                                                               
  RICH KRONBERG, JUNEAU  spoke in support of  full funding for                 
  education.    He maintained  that  the quality  of education                 
  should not  be dependent on the quantity or the price of oil                 
  that flows through the pipeline.                                             
                                                                               
  JOHN CYR, TEACHER, WASILLA HIGH SCHOOL expressed support for                 
  full funding of education. He noted that the text books that                 
  his students use were  printed 18 years ago.   He emphasized                 
  that  he does  not have  enough  books to  go  around.   His                 
  students also share desks.  He  has over 160 students on his                 
  class rolls.  If everyone shows up  for his first hour class                 
  then one student must sit on  the floor.  He noted that  the                 
  quality of education  has been reduced.  He  maintained that                 
  the reductions in education funding will  exacerbate growing                 
  class size and the lack of materials.                                        
                                                                               
  ROB PFISTEROR, PRESIDENT,  ANCHORAGE EDUCATION  ASSOCIATION,                 
  JUNEAU spoke  against cuts in  education.  He  observed that                 
  education  funding  which  does  not provide  for  increased                 
  enrollment will result  in major cuts to  schools throughout                 
  the  state,  force school  districts  to lay  off employees,                 
  increase  class  size,  cut   needed  materials  and  reduce                 
  instructional  support.   He  noted  that Anchorage  has 130                 
  fewer teaching  positions to  teach more  students than  the                 
  previous year.   He  stressed that  another 167  individuals                 
  have  received  lay  off slips  for  the  coming  year.   He                 
  observed that the state  of Alaska is the fiftieth  state in                 
  taxation.  He asserted  that the state is facing  a priority                 
  crisis not an economic crisis.                                               
                                                                               
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  ERIC  KUEFFNER,   PRESIDENT,  JUNEAU  ARTS   AND  HUMANITIES                 
  COUNCIL, JUNEAU  spoke in  opposition to  reductions in  the                 
  Alaska  State Council  on the Arts'  budget.   He emphasized                 
  that every dollars spent on the  Alaska State Council on the                 
  Arts is multiplied by $9 dollars.                                            
                                                                               
  CHAD  DENTON, STUDENT,  JUNEAU DOUGLAS  HIGH  SCHOOL, JUNEAU                 
  spoke  in  opposition  to  reductions  in the  Alaska  State                 
  Council on the Arts' budget.                                                 
                                                                               
  MARGAUX DEROUX, JUNEAU spoke in  opposition to reductions in                 
  the Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                                
                                                                               
  RICHARD  KERR,  TEACHER,  JUNEAU spoke  in  support  of full                 
  funding  for  education.   He  stated that  he  is currently                 
  teaching ten classes daily in  addition to maintaining other                 
  school  responsibilities.  He  asked how he  can continue to                 
  improve the level of services that he already provides.                      
                                                                               
  PATRICK  HENRY,  JUNEAU  spoke in  support  of  the Close-Up                 
  Program.                                                                     
  He noted that school districts pay  for half of the Program.                 
  He emphasized  the importance of  the Program.   He stressed                 
  that 35 school districts participated in  the Program in the                 
  past year.                                                                   
                                                                               
  ROBERT SEWELL, JUNEAU spoke against reductions in education,                 
  child  care, and DFYS.   He emphasized the  need to focus on                 
  prevention.                                                                  
                                                                               
  SHAWNNA YOUNGBLOT, STUDENT,  JUNEAU spoke in support  of the                 
  Close-Up Program.                                                            
                                                                               
  SCOTT FISCUS, JUNEAU  expressed support  for funding of  the                 
  Close-Up Program.                                                            
                                                                               
  CLAUDIA  DOUGLAS,  PRESIDENT,  NEA-ALASKA, JUNEAU  expressed                 
  concern with proposed reductions to K  - 12 funding, the Mt.                 
  Edgecumbe  Boarding  School,   the  Close-up  Program,   the                 
  Kotzebue Technical Center  and the  Alaska State Council  on                 
  the Arts.   She emphasized  that the state  of Alaska has  a                 
  constitutional responsibility to fund education.                             
                                                                               
  DEBORAH GARRISH, JUNEAU spoke in support of full funding for                 
  education.   She stressed that  classrooms are  overcrowded.                 
  She asserted that the quality of education has been reduced.                 
  She also expressed  concern with  reductions to child  abuse                 
  programs.    She spoke  against  proposed reductions  to the                 
  Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.   She suggested  that                 
  school and income taxes be reinstated.                                       
                                                                               
                                                                               
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  KEN WALDMAN, JUNEAU spoke in opposition to reductions in the                 
  Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.                                    
                                                                               
  LIZ JOHNSON, JUNEAU requested that careful consideration  be                 
  given  to  cuts to  education.    She asked  that  long term                 
  impacts be considered.  She noted that classes are large and                 
  course  offerings  are  fewer  at  the  Juneau/Douglas  High                 
  School.                                                                      
                                                                               
  LIZ SAYA, JUNEAU  spoke in opposition  to reductions in  the                 
  Alaska State  Council on the  Arts' budget.   She maintained                 
  that arts  are a  critical indicator  of the  health of  the                 
  state.  She spoke in support of new revenue sources.                         
                                                                               
  JAMES FISHER, JUNEAU asserted that  the Legislature needs to                 
  provide  responsibility for education  and health and safety                 
  programs.   He suggested that  state income and  alcohol and                 
  tobacco taxes be reinstated.  He noted the need for a steady                 
  source of  maintenance funds for the  state's transportation                 
  system.                                                                      
                                                                               
  KATE YOUNG,  JUNEAU spoke  in  support of  full funding  for                 
  education.  She asserted  that the operating budget can  not                 
  be balanced at the expense of our children.                                  
                                                                               
  ALEX WORTHEIMER, PRESIDENT, AUKE BAY  PTA, JUNEAU urged full                 
  funding of education.   He  stressed that education  funding                 
  has eroded due to inflation.  He also spoke in opposition to                 
  reductions to the  Division of Habitat in  the Department of                 
  Fish and Game.                                                               
                                                                               
  BARBARA WILMAT, JUNEAU spoke against proposed reductions  to                 
  the Alaska Public Broadcasting Commission.                                   
                                                                               
  RON DUNLAP, PRESIDENT, TROUT UNLIMITED, JUNEAU spoke against                 
  the  30  percent  reduction  to  the  Division  of  Habitat,                 
  Department of Fish and Game.                                                 
                                                                               
  LILA AYERS, TEACHER, MAT-SU spoke in support of full funding                 
  for education.                                                               
                                                                               
  SYBIL DAVIS, JUNEAU spoke in opposition to reductions in the                 
  Alaska State Council on the Arts' budget.  She stressed that                 
  arts provide a safety net for children.                                      
                                                                               
  PAM NEAL, PRESIDENT, ALASKA STATE  CHAMBER OF COMMERCE urged                 
  a five percent  annual reduction of state  spending, until a                 
  sustainable level is reached.  She commended the Committee's                 
  effort at bring state spending into balance.                                 
                                                                               
  CHARLES ROHBRACHER, JUNEAU spoke in opposition to reductions                 
  in  the  Alaska  State Council  on  the  Arts'  budget.   He                 
                                                                               
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  maintained  that  art  and   language  are  mankind's   most                 
  distinctive and characteristic behavior as human beings.  He                 
  noted the  impact  that the  reduction to  the Alaska  State                 
  Council on  the Arts  will have  on the  next generation  of                 
  Alaskan artists.                                                             
                                                                               
  DARLENE THORTON, PRESIDENT, HARBORVIEW PTA,  JUNEAU spoke in                 
  support of full funding for education.                                       
  ADJOURNMENT                                                                  
                                                                               
  The meeting adjourned at 2:00 p.m.                                           
                                                                               
                                                                               
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