Legislature(2001 - 2002)

03/14/2002 09:20 AM FIN

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                   HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                        March 14, 2002                                                                                          
                          9:20 A.M.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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 CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 Co-Chair Mulder called  the House Finance  Committee meeting                                                                   
 to order at 9:20 A.M.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Eldon Mulder, Co-Chair                                                                                          
 Representative Bill Williams, Co-Chair                                                                                         
 Representative Con Bunde, Vice-Chair                                                                                           
 Representative Eric Croft                                                                                                      
 Representative John Davies                                                                                                     
 Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                  
 Representative John Harris                                                                                                     
 Representative Bill Hudson                                                                                                     
 Representative Ken Lancaster                                                                                                   
 Representative Carl Moses                                                                                                      
 Representative Jim Whitaker                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 None                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                 
 Representative Ethan Berkowitz; Representative Beth Kerttula                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 JUNEAU                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 Floyd  Kookesh,   Mayor,   Angoon;  Michael   Sigler;   Vint                                                                   
 Woodyarel;  Chadley  McVeigh,  Fairbanks;  Michael  Merrial,                                                                   
 Fairbanks; Sally Smith,  Mayor, Juneau; Jeff  Wraley, Homer;                                                                   
 Elfrida Nord; Peter  Barnes, Anchorage;  Martha Hendrickson,                                                                   
 Homer; Jonalyn  Najera; Cheryl  Hull;  Riena Jackson;  Kelly                                                                   
 Cornick, Homer;  Doug Moore,  Matsu; Loren Gerhard,  Juneau;                                                                   
 Lois  Miller,  Anchorage;  Regene  Rodman,  Anchorage;  Bill                                                                   
 Hogan, Juneau; Jeri Lanier, Fairbanks;  Joyce Kitka, Juneau;                                                                   
 Jeanette Grasto,  Fairbanks;   Herbert Schaan, Kenai;  Roger                                                                   
 Kilby, Juneau; Terry Shockey, Soldotna;  Jodi Rumph, Juneau;                                                                   
 Selina Everson, Juneau;  Kari Onstott; Makenna Rielly  ; Dee                                                                   
 Dee Satran;  Dee  Smith;  Albert Judson,  Juneau;  Katherine                                                                   
 Myasato,  Juneau;  Susan  Trapp,  Anchorage;   Don  Bremner,                                                                   
 Juneau; Elizabeth  Hill, Anchorage;  Debra Rose,  Anchorage;                                                                   
 Karen Hodge,  Anchorage; Bob  Briggs,  Juneau; James  Shill,                                                                   
 Kenai;  Kevin  Ritchie,  Alaska  Municipal  League,  Juneau;                                                                   
 Albert Judson,  Juneau; Jan  Guerein, Juneau; Sarah  Jasper,                                                                   
 Akiak; Karen  Parr, Fairbanks;  Joe Sonneman, Juneau;  Marci                                                                   
 Clifton, Anchorage;  Cartherine  Burgess, Anchorage;  Althea                                                                   
 George,  Napiaskiak;  Barr  Gray,  Homer;  Helena  Williams,                                                                   
 Akiak;  Nancy Koon,  Anchorage;  Joe  Winders,  Juneau;  Jan                                                                   
 MacClarence,  Anchorage;  Martha  Stracener,  Juneau;  Agnes                                                                   
 Rychnovsky; Bill Corbus, Juneau; Martin  Hietola, Fairbanks;                                                                   
 Lori King, Juneau; Joy  Lyon, Juneau; Cindy  Cashen, Juneau;                                                                   
 Ruth Lister, Juneau; Emilie Souhrader, Juneau; Lisa Villano,                                                                   
 Fairbanks.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
 NOME                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 Gloria Eaton; Nancy Lyman; Julie  Serstand; Martha Outwater;                                                                   
 Patricia Power; Gregory Smith; Patrick Partridge; Jim Adams;                                                                   
 Mary Kowalczyk; Jerry Trainor; Donna Steinfort                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 KOTZEBUE                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 Eva Ohara;  Jim  Howell;  Olinka  Jones; Agnes  Lie;  Tricia                                                                   
 Truce; Paula  Swick; Agnes  Bernhardt;  Angela Valdez;  Ryan                                                                   
 Hill; Jimmy Johnson; Robert Weldy;  Kimberly Haviland; Susan                                                                   
 Jones; Nate  Kotch; Bruce  Ruttenberg; Barbara  Janitscheck;                                                                   
 Roswell Schaeffer, Mayor; Walter Sampson                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 BARROW                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 Elizabeth Taaffe                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 MATSU                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
 Roxana Sawyer; Beth  Shales; Brooke Youmans;  James Garhart;                                                                   
 Bonnie Quill; Aedene Arthur; Karen Backlund; Patricia Coyne;                                                                   
 William Wallace; Lauren  Swift; Tom Judstron;  Angela Resas;                                                                   
 Mary Ned; Aimee Herr; Wesley Coyne                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 HAINES                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 Robert Venables;  Carol  Lippy;  Linda Moonan;  Ruth  Kacko;                                                                   
 Janet Holze; Lorraine  Kasko, Dr. Linda Loos;  Rocky Seward;                                                                   
 Deb Stanford;  Bruce Gilbert;  Lucy Harrell; Laura  Fawcett;                                                                   
 Edward Stewart                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 DELTA JUNCTION                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 Robert Allen                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 OFFNETS                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 Doug Vent, Craig; Mike Korsmo, Skagway; Kathy Snow, McGrath;                                                                   
 Pamela  Fitch,  Mayor,  Unalaska;  Bob  Ward,  Skagway  City                                                                   
 Manager;  Albert  Dick,  Mayor,  Hoonah;  Christine  Tolson,                                                                   
 Hydaburg; Peter Moore,  Manley Hot Springs;  Patricia Hicks,                                                                   
 Wasilla; Henry  Hunter,  Bethel; Jill  Longnecker,  Wasilla;                                                                   
 Francis Thompson, St. Mary's; Phillip  Nick, Kwethluk; Tracy                                                                   
 Wiggins, Nenana; Sylvia Peele, Hydaburg;  Alexander Westdahl                                                                   
 Sr., Toksook Bay;  Frank Kelty,  Dutch Harbor;  Leona Kiana,                                                                   
 Selawig;  Bernadette Friday,  Toksook  Bay;  Lamonica  Claw,                                                                   
 Galkona; Vic  Dull, New  Stuyahok;  Roger Jenkins,  Nicolai;                                                                   
 George  Guy, Kwethluk;  Walton  Smith,  St.  Mary's;  Ernest                                                                   
 Russell,  Manley  Hot  Springs;  Wilma  Smith,  Hooper  Bay;                                                                   
 Wassillie Paul, Kwethluk; Kristine Stone,  Hooper Bay; Marie                                                                   
 Andrew, Napaskiak; David Epchook, Kwethluk; Dana Hall; Carol                                                                   
 Odinzoff; Donald Mironov;  RoseMarie Ashepak;  Bill O'Brien;                                                                   
 Exenia  A.  Nicholai;  Bessie  Frances;  Sara  Waters;  Fred                                                                   
 Waters; Sara  Reed; Francis  Pete Sr.,  Stebens; Rick  Gray,                                                                   
 Manley  Hot  Springs;  Dario  Notti,   Bethel;  Don  Graves,                                                                   
 Unalaska; Mary  Paniyak,  Chevak; Marie  Monroe,  Fairbanks;                                                                   
 Robert Lee, Manley Hot Springs                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                              
 ANCHORAGE:                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 Sallye  Werner; Erica  Jorley;  Dara  Lively;  Carla  Burns;                                                                   
 Robert  Wilson;  Heater   Swaney;  Bob   O'Connor;  Jennifer                                                                   
 Jackson; Shane  Chapple; Lee-Ann  French; Mark Jarvey;  Gail                                                                   
 Stadig; Maggie McQuaid; Molly Merritt-Duren;  David Sharrow;                                                                   
 Dennis Swain;  Delisa Culpepper;  Bonnie  Jock; Ernie  Hall;                                                                   
 Travis  Erickson;  Chris  Ross;  Fay  Von  Genningen;  Doris                                                                   
 Bergeron; Jason Bryne;  Sara Jackson; Thelma  Langdon; Cliff                                                                   
 Livingstron;  Sue Samet;  Aleen  Smith;  Kitty  Kohli;  Carl                                                                   
 Evertsbusch;  Mary  Crockett;  Irene   Persson-Gamble;  Lori                                                                   
 McClusky; Connie Kimmick; Carol Olson; Kathy  Punn; Tim Fox;                                                                   
 Daryl Nelson; Soren Wuerth; Todd  Brown; Maureen Tystacwicz;                                                                   
 Julie Guy;  Arlis  Sturgulewski; Stephanie  McKenzie;  Laura                                                                   
 Waldon;  Janice  Banks;  Rich  Llrsin;  Dale  Fox;  Susannah                                                                   
 Morgan;  Kathleen Fitzgerald;  Valerie  Baffone;  Eileen  M.                                                                   
 Cally; Bernd  Jilly; Cheryl  Wright; Shirley Pittz;  Cecilia                                                                   
 Esparza; Lisa Penetal;  Debbie Bogart; Bonnie  Lange; Cheryl                                                                   
 Haynes; Sherr Thompson; Amy Simpson; Christy Sturleis; Kenny                                                                   
 Powers; Michelle Girault; Debra Bassett                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
 GENERAL SUBJECT(S):                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
The following overview was taken in log note format.  Tapes                                                                     
and handouts will be on file with the House Finance                                                                             
Committee through the 22nd Legislative Session, contact 465-                                                                    
2156. After the 22nd Legislative Session they will be                                                                           
available through the Legislative Library at 465-3808.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
         STATEWIDE TESTIMONY ON THE OPERATING BUDGET                                                                            
         HB 403-APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                            
             HB 404-APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                
                                                                                                                              
 LOG SPEAKER                DISCUSSION                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
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      SIDE A                                                                                                                  
 000 CO-CHAIR MULDER        Convened the House Finance Committee                                                                
                            meeting and began with testimony taken                                                              
                            from participants in Juneau.                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
      JUNEAU                                                                                                                  
 216 FLOYD KOOKESH,         Spoke in support of fully funding Revenue                                                           
      MAYOR, ANGOON         Sharing.  He added his support for                                                                  
                            statewide taxes.  Mr. Kookesh voiced                                                                
                            continued support for Head Start.  He                                                               
                            added that Angoon supports an alcohol                                                               
                            tax.  Mr. Kookesh testified in support of                                                           
                            additional funding for alcohol and                                                                  
                            substance abuse programs.                                                                         
 725 MICHAEL SIGLER,        Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      JUNEAU                funding for the Department of Education                                                             
                            and Early Development.                                                                            
 932 MICHAEL MERRILL,       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      FAIRBANKS             mental health programs.                                                                           
 1128 SALLY SMITH, MAYOR, Spoke in support of continued funding for                                                             
      JUNEAU                the Alaska Marine Highway System. She                                                               
                            pointed out that the Alaska Marine                                                                  
                            Highway often transports medical                                                                    
                            supplies.                                                                                         
 1415 JEFF WRALEY, HOMER    Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs. He admitted that                                                            
                            he has been homeless and that it is                                                                 
                            important that there is adequate                                                                    
                            services.  He urged for the Legislature                                                             
                            to not balance the budget on the backs of                                                           
                            the sick and needy.                                                                               
 1611 ELFRIDA NORD, JUNEAU Testified in opposition to the                                                                       
                            unallocated reduction for the Department                                                            
                            of Health and Social Services.                                                                    
 1833 PETER BARNES,         Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      DILLINGHAM            elimination of the Division of                                                                      
                            Subsistence.  Mr. Barnes Testified in                                                               
                            opposition to reductions for mental                                                                 
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 1942 MARTHA HENDRICKSON, Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                             
      HOMER                 mental health programs and the building                                                             
                            bridges program.  Ms. Hendrickson pointed                                                           
                            out that Denali KidCare has helped their                                                            
                            daughter through her understanding of her                                                         
                            disease.  Mental health care works.                                                               
 2227 JONALYN NAJERA,       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs and the building                                                             
                            bridges program.  She added her support                                                             
                            for further funding of the Department of                                                            
                            Education.                                                                                        
 2335 CHERYL HULL, JUNEAU Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                             
                            the developmental  disability grants and                                                            
                            added her opposition  to reductions for                                                             
                            mental health programs. She stressed that                                                           
                            the Legislature has cut "past the bone".                                                            
                            She urged that there be a statewide                                                                 
                            income tax be imposed.                                                                            
 2560 RICHARD JACKSON,      Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      JUNEAU                elimination of the Division of Testified                                                            
                            in opposition to  the elimination of the                                                            
                            Division of Testified  in opposition to                                                             
                            the elimination of the Division of                                                                  
                            Subsistence and  testified in opposition                                                            
                            to the unallocated reduction for the                                                                
                            Department of Fish and Game.                                                                      
 3115 KELLY CORNICK, HOMER Testified against reductions to the                                                                  
                            Division of Family  and Youth Services.                                                             
                            She added her opposition to the                                                                     
                            unallocated reduction for the entire                                                                
                            budget and mental  health concerns as it                                                            
                            has helped her make something of her                                                                
                            life.  She voiced  her frustration with                                                             
                            attempting to live within the budget                                                                
                            structure that she has.                                                                           
 3648 DOUG MOORE, WASILLA Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                             
                            mental health programs.  He stated that                                                             
                            the cuts will inhibit the State of Alaska                                                           
                            and within the communities.   Mr. Moore                                                             
                            testified in support of additional                                                                  
                            funding for alcohol  and substance abuse                                                            
                            programs.                                                                                         
 3845 SEAN STEMPFLE,        Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      FAIRBANKS             mental health programs and how those                                                                
                            drugs are affecting  him negatively.  He                                                            
                            voiced his frustration  with the system                                                             
                            and his life.  He  stressed that this is                                                            
                           enough money.                                                                                      
 4105 LOREN GERHARD,        Spoke in support of continued funding for                                                           
      JUNEAU                the Alaska Marine Highway System budget.                                                            
                            The economy in this area is over-                                                                   
                            stressed.  The reduction will have a                                                                
                            magnitude of effects.  There are many                                                               
                            isolated communities and this is our                                                                
                            road.                                                                                             
 4340 LOIS MILLER,          Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHROAGE             mental health programs and the building                                                             
                            bridges program.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
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 4510 REGENE RODMAN,        Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs. Recalled her                                                                
                            personal experiences with health                                                                    
                            services.                                                                                         
 4128 BILL HOGAN, MEMBER    Testified in opposition  to reductions for                                                          
      ALASKA MENTAL HEALTH mental health programs.                                                                            
      BOUARD, JUNEAU                                                                                                            
 3952 JERI LANIER,          Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      FAIRBANKS             mental health programs. She pointed out                                                             
                            that the US Constitution provides for                                                               
                            all, she questioned how much life and                                                               
                            liberty a person has if they are homeless                                                           
                            or in jail because of a lack of services.                                                         
 3829 JOYCE KITKA, JUNEAU Testified in support of full funding for                                                              
                            Department of Education and Early                                                                   
                            Development.                                                                                      
 3730 JEANETTE GRASTO,      Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      FAIRBANKS             mental health programs. She stressed that                                                           
                            treatment works. Services prevent suicide                                                           
                            and criminalization.                                                                              
 3546 HERBERT SCHAAN,       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      COUNSELOR, KENAI      mental health programs.                                                                           
 3124 TERRY SHOCKEY,        Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      SOLDOTNA              mental health programs.                                                                           
 3042 JODI RUMPH, JUNEAU    Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 2826 SELINA EVERSON,       spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      JUNEAU                reductions. Testified in opposition to                                                              
                            the elimination of the Division of                                                                  
                            Subsistence. Testified in support of full                                                           
                            funding for therapeutic courts.                                                                   
      KATHERINE MYASATO,    Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      JUNEAU                elimination of the Division of                                                                      
                            Subsistence.                                                                                      
      SUSAN TRAPP,          Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs.                                                                           
      DON BREMNER,          Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      SEAALASKA, JUNEAU     reductions. Testified in support of full                                                            
                            funding for Head Start. Testified in                                                                
                            opposition to the elimination of the                                                                
                            Division of Subsistence.                                                                          
      ELIZABAETH HILL,      Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs. She pointed out                                                             
                            that foster families of mentally ill                                                                
                            children can get services that biological                                                           
                            children cannot.                                                                                  
      DEBRA ROSE,           Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs. Stressed that                                                             
                            programs are working. She took 6-week                                                               
                            classes at South-central Counseling                                                                 
                            Center in Anchorage, which were very                                                                
                            successful.                                                                                       
 2458 KAREN HODGE,          Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs.                                                                           
 2756 BOB BRIGGS, JUNEAU    Testified in opposition  to reductions for                                                          
                            mental health programs. Spoke in support                                                            
                            of full funding for the Alaska Youth                                                                
                            Initiative.                                                                                       
 3020 JAMES SHILL,          Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      SOUTHCENTRAL          mental health programs.                                                                           
      COUNSELING CENTER,                                                                                                        
      KENAI                                                                                                                     
 3449 KEVIN RITCHE, ALASKA Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                                
      MUNICIPAL LEAGUE,     reductions. He observed that $400 million                                                           
     JUNEAU                dollars is brought into communities                                                                  
                            through local taxes.                                                                              
 3707 ALBERT JUDSON,        Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      JUNEAU                elimination of the Division of                                                                      
                            Subsistence.                                                                                      
 3818 JAN GUERTIN, JUNEAU   Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs.                                                                           
 4122 SARAH JASPER, AKIAK Testified in support of full funding for                                                              
                            rural services and Denali Kid Care.                                                               
 4317 KAREN PARR,           Stressed the need for early intervention                                                            
      FAIRBANKS             of childhood problems.                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 02 - 43,                                                                                                       
      SIDE A                                                                                                                  
 253  JOE SONNEMAN, JUNEAU  Suggested that good  time be increased and                                                          
                            the Department of Corrections' budget be                                                            
                            reduced. Spoke in support of using the                                                              
                            CBR.                                                                                              
 541 MARCI CLIFTON,         Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs. Testified in                                                                
                            support of full funding for special                                                                 
                            education programs.                                                                               
 655  CATHERINE BURGESS,    Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
      ANCHORAGE             the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 755 ALTHEA GEORGE,         Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      NAPIASKIAK            Denali Kid Care.                                                                                  
 901 BARR GRAY, HOMER       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs.                                                                           
 957 HELENA WILLIAMS,       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      AKIAK                 Denali Kid Care.                                                                                  
 1221 NANCY KOON,           Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             Denali Kid Care.                                                                                  
 1438 JOE WINDERS, JUNEAU   Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                              
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 1640 JAN MACCLEARANCE,     Testified in opposition  to reductions for                                                          
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs. spoke in                                                                    
                            opposition to further budget reductions.                                                            
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 1924 MARTHA STRACENER,     Testified in opposition  to reductions for                                                          
      JUNEAU                mental health and developmental                                                                     
                            disability programs.                                                                              
 2342 BILL CORBUS, JUNEAU Spoke in support of a long-range fiscal                                                               
                            plan.                                                                                             
 2506 MARTIN HIETOLA,       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      FAIRBANKS             mental health programs.                                                                           
 2836 LORI KING, JUNEAU     Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs.                                                                           
 3450 JOY LYON, JUNEAU      Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
                            programs for the education and health of                                                            
                            children.                                                                                         
 3712 CINDY CASHEN, JUNEAU Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                            prosecuting attorneys. Spoke in                                                                     
                            opposition to further budget reductions.                                                          
 3854 RUTH LISTER, ALASKA Testified in support of full funding for                                                              
      WOMEN'S LOBBY,        Denali Kid Care. Testified against                                                                  
      FAIRBANKS             reductions to the Division of Family and                                                            
                            Youth Services.                                                                                   
      RECESSED              The Committee Recessed at 12:22 P.M.                                                              
      RECONVENED            The Committee Reconvened at 1:30 P.M.                                                             
                                                                                                                              
      NOME                                                                                                                    
 4143 GLORIA EATON, NOME    Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 4351 NANCY LYMAN, NOME     Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 4632 JULIE SERSTAD, NOME   Testified in opposition  to reductions for                                                          
                            mental health programs. Ms. Serstad                                                                 
                            voiced opposition to the unallocated                                                                
                            reduction for the Department of Health                                                              
                            and Social Services.                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
      TAPE HFC 02 - 43,                                                                                                       
      SIDE B                                                                                                                  
 4336 MARTHA OUTWATER,      Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                           
      NOME                  the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 4109 PATRICIA POWER,  NOME Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants. Ms.                                                            
                            Power voiced support for further funding                                                            
                            for pre-maternal homes.                                                                           
 3848 GREGORY SMITH, NOME Testified in support of additional                                                                    
                            funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 3706 PATRICK PARTRIDGE,    Voiced opposition to cuts to the Infant                                                             
      NOME                  Learning program.  He noted the size of                                                           
                            the current wait-list.                                                                            
 3514 JIM ADAMS, NOME       Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
                            unallocated reduction for the entire                                                                
                            budget.                                                                                           
 3429 JERRY TRAINOR, NOME Addressed the lack of skilled work force                                                              
                            in the village communities.  These people                                                           
                            are not adequately trained to join well                                                             
                            paying work force.  Testified in support                                                            
                            of additional funding for alcohol and                                                               
                            substance abuse programs, which results                                                             
                            from poor paying jobs.  He urged                                                                    
                            refinancing the STEP program.                                                                     
 3221 MARY KOWALCZYK, NOME Testified in opposition to the                                                                     
                            unallocated reduction for the entire                                                                
                            State budget.  Testified in support of                                                              
                            full funding for the Division of Parks.                                                           
 3103 DONNA STEINFORT,      Echoed comments made by Ms. Kowalczyk and                                                           
      NOME                  testified in support of full funding for                                                            
                            the Division of Parks.                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
      KOTZEBUE                                                                                                                
 3004 ROSWELL SCHAEFFER,    Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      MAYOR, KOTZEBUE       unallocated reduction for the entire                                                                
                            budget.  He voiced his support for HB 20                                                            
                            and statewide income tax.                                                                         
 2645 WAKTER SAMPSON,       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      KOTZEBUE              Governor's proposed budget. He noted that                                                           
                            he supported HB 20 and creating other                                                               
                            revenue sources for the State.  Mr.                                                                 
                            Sampson testified in opposition to                                                                  
                            reductions in village public safety                                                                 
                            officers.                                                                                         
 2436 BARBARA JANITSCHECK, Stated that the village areas have the                                                               
      KOTZEBUE              highest rate of mental illness and                                                                  
                            alcohol funding.  Testified in support of                                                           
                            full funding for budget to the current                                                              
                            level.                                                                                            
 2233 EVA O'HARA, KOTZEBUE Testified in opposition to the                                                                       
                            unallocated reduction for the entire                                                                
                            budget and especially those programs that                                                           
                            will affect the elders.                                                                           
 2155 OLINKA JONES,         Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      KOTZEBUE              unallocated reduction for the Department                                                            
                            of Health and Social Services and the                                                               
                            Infant Learning Program.                                                                          
 2038 AGNESS BERNHARDT,     Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      KOTZEBUE              unallocated reduction for the Department                                                            
                            of Health and Social Services and the                                                               
                            health aides that serve the village                                                                 
                            areas.                                                                                            
 1923 RYAN HILL, KOTZEBUE Spoke in support of continued services to                                                             
                            the rural areas.  He voiced concern with                                                            
                            the impact of the proposed cuts.  Further                                                         
                            cuts will keep important programs in the                                                            
                            village communities.  He addressed public                                                           
                            health programs and their importance.                                                             
 1725 JIM HOWELL, KOTZEBUE Testified in opposition to the                                                                       
                            unallocated reduction for the public                                                                
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 1657 AGNES LIE, KOTZEBUE Voiced continued support for the vital                                                                
                            emergency medical services for the                                                                  
                            village areas.                                                                                    
 1600 PAULA SWICK,          Echoed support for public health nursing                                                            
      KOTZEBUE              funding.  She noted the small number of                                                             
                            numbers of nurses in these areas and the                                                            
                            number of people served by such a few.                                                            
 1340 ANGELES VALDEZ,       Voiced concern with the reduction to                                                                
      KOTZEBUE              public health nursing and how that will                                                             
                            affect the children of that area.  Every                                                            
                            cuts will affect the health of the                                                                  
                            children.                                                                                         
 1251 JIMMY JOHNSON,        Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      KOTZEBUE              unallocated reduction for the Department                                                            
                            of Health and Social Services, Public                                                               
                            Health aid.                                                                                       
 1200 DR. ROBERT WELDY,     Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      KOTZEBUE              Department of Health and Social Services.                                                           
                            He addressed how the cuts will affect                                                               
                            medical needs of the local village                                                                  
                            communities.  He stressed that it will be                                                           
                            devastating and the funding needs to be                                                             
                            continued.                                                                                        
 1000 KIMBERLY HAVILAND,    Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      KOTZEBUE              funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 733 SUSAN JONES,           Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      KOTZEBUE              reductions that will affect the village                                                             
                            areas.  Budget cuts are not budget cuts                                                             
                            but rather they are service cuts.  Those                                                            
                            cuts will dramatically affect families                                                              
                            and the quality of services will suffer.                                                            
                            She urged increasing revenues for the                                                               
                            State.                                                                                            
 532 DR. BRUCE              Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      RUTTENBERG, KOTZEBUE mental health programs.  He noted that                                                               
                            there had been six suicides in the past                                                             
                            few months. He addressed concern with the                                                           
                            elimination of the suicide prevention                                                               
                            from the Governor's budget.                                                                       
 151 NATE KOTCH, KOTZEBUE Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                                 
                            reductions to community health services                                                             
                            and the mental health budget for the                                                                
                            State of Alaska. He warned of the                                                                   
                            dangerous impacts from the proposed cuts.                                                         
                                                                                                                              
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      OFF NET                                                                                                                 
 259 ELIZABETH TAAFFE,      Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                           
      BARROW                the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 427 ROBERT ALLEN, DELTA Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                                  
      JUNCTION              reductions.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
      HAINES                                                                                                                  
 700 CAROL LIPPY, HAINES Voiced support for further funding for                                                                 
                            Head Start.                                                                                       
 809 LINDA MOONAN, HAINES Voiced support for further funding for                                                                
                            Head Start.                                                                                       
 847 RUTH KACKO, HAINES     Spoke against any reductions that would                                                             
                            affect the native population.                                                                     
 921 JANET HOLZE, HAINES Testified in support of additional                                                                     
                            funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs. Testified in opposition to                                                                
                            reductions for mental health programs.                                                            
 1222 LORRAINE KASKO,       Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      HAINES                funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 1311 LINDA LOOS, PHD,      Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      HAINES                mental health programs.                                                                           
 1505 JAMES GARHART, MATSU Suggested that the budget be forward                                                                 
                            funded from the Permanent Fund and the                                                              
                            revenues of that year be placed 50% into                                                            
                            the CBR and 50% to the Earnings Reserve                                                             
                            to be used for dividends/state                                                                      
                            government.                                                                                       
 1947 BONNIE QUILL, MATSU Testified in support of full funding for                                                              
                            tourism marketing.                                                                                
 2059 AEDENE ARTHUR, MATSU Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                            avalanche safety funding. Spoke in                                                                  
                            opposition to further budget reductions.                                                            
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 2402 KAREN BACKLUND,       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      MATSU                 the Department of Public Safety,                                                                    
                            Department of Health and Social Services.                                                         
 2724 PATRICIA COYNE,       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      MATSU                 avalanche safety funding.                                                                         
 2840 WILLIAM WALLACE,      Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      MATSU                 funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 2954 ROCKY STEWART,        Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      HAINES                the value added timber sales program.                                                             
 3122 LUCY HARRELL, HAINES Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                 
                            raising measures. She spoke in support of                                                           
                            an income tax or seasonal sales tax. She                                                            
                            recommended that the senior property tax                                                            
                            exemption be a local option.                                                                      
 3759 EDWARD STEWART,       Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      HAINES                reductions. Testified in support of full                                                          
                            funding for the value added timber sales                                                            
                            program.                                                                                          
 4006 LAUREN SWIFT, MATSU   Testified in opposition  to reductions for                                                          
                            mental health programs. Testified in                                                                
                            opposition to reductions for mental                                                                 
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 4214 TOM JUDSTRON, MATSU Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                                 
                            reductions.                                                                                       
 4225 ANGELA RESAS, MATSU   Spoke in support  of fully funding Revenue                                                          
                            Sharing.                                                                                          
 4351 MARY NED, MATSU       Testified in support of additional                                                                  
                            funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 4426 AIMEE HERR, MATSU     Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants and                                                             
                            special needs.                                                                                    
 4554 WESLEY COYNE, MATSU Spoke in further support for avalanche                                                                
                            awareness.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
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      SIDE A                                                                                                                  
 039 KAREN BACKLUND,        Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      MATSU                 mental health programs.                                                                           
 207  ROXANA SAWYER, MATSU   Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Asked for families needs to be the                                                                  
                            priority.                                                                                         
 0420 BETH SHALES, WASILLA  Testified in oppositions  to reductions in                                                          
                            the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures. Spoke in support of                                                               
                            capping the Permanent Fund.                                                                       
                                                                                                                              
      OFFNETS                                                                                                                 
 0620 DOUG VENT, CRAIG      Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs. Testified in                                                                
                            opposition to the unallocated reduction                                                             
                            for the Medicaid Program.                                                                         
 1215 PAMELA FITCH, MAYOR, Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                                
      UNALASKA              reductions to the Heath and Social                                                                  
                            Services Department. Testified in support                                                           
                            of additional funding for fish and                                                                  
                            wildlife protection in the Department of                                                            
                            Fish and Game.                                                                                    
 1459 BOB WARD, CITY        Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      MANAGER, SKAGWAY      reductions. Stressed the need to look at                                                            
                            revenue raising measures.                                                                         
 1830 TIM DOURCY, MAYOR,    Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      SKAGWAY               reductions.                                                                                       
 2105 ALBERT DICK, MAYOR, Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                  
      HOONAH                raising measures. Spoke in support of                                                               
                            continued funding for the Alaska Marine                                                             
                            Highway System.                                                                                   
 2245 PETER MOORE, MANLEY Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      HOT SPRINGS           reductions. Spoke in support of continued                                                           
                            funding for the Alaska Marine Highway                                                               
                            System.                                                                                           
 2641 PATRICIA HICKS,       Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                           
      WASILLA               the developmental disability grants.                                                                
                            Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
                            unallocated reduction for the Medicaid                                                              
                            Program.                                                                                          
 3150 HENRY HUNTER, BETHEL  Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
                            unallocated reduction for Public Health                                                             
                            services stressing immunizations.                                                                 
 3425 JILL LONGNECKER,      Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                           
      WASILLA               the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 3849 FRANCIS THOMPSON,     Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      ST. MARY'S            funding for the Department of Education                                                             
                            and Early Development. Testified in                                                                 
                            support of full funding for Suicide                                                                 
                            Prevention programs.                                                                              
 4125 WALTON SMITH, ST.     Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      MARY'S                the Department of Environmental                                                                     
                            Conservation food service safety                                                                    
                            inspectors. Testified in support of full                                                            
                            funding for Power Cost Equalization.                                                                
                            Voiced Support for continued funding for                                                            
                            Public Health services stressing                                                                    
                            immunizations.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                              
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      SIDE B                                                                                                                  
 4659 PHILLIP NICK,         Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      KWETHLUK              funding for the Department of Education                                                             
                            and Early Development emphasized the Head                                                           
                            Start Program. Voiced support for Upik                                                              
                            Language program. Testified in support of                                                           
                            full funding for the Power Cost                                                                     
                            Equalization Program.                                                                             
 4107 DAVIS EPCHOOK,        Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
      KWETHLUK              raising measures.                                                                                 
 3816 FRANK KELTY, DUTCH    Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      HARBOR                funding for fish and wildlife protection                                                            
                            in the Department of Fish and Game.                                                               
 3341 DANA HALL, BETHEL     Spoke on behalf of John Macentire.                                                                  
                            Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs. Testified in                                                                
                            support of additional funding for fish                                                              
                            and wildlife protection in the Department                                                           
                            of Fish and Game.                                                                                 
 3203 CAROL ODINZOFF,       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      BETHEL                mental health programs stressing                                                                    
                            Behavioral Health programs.                                                                       
 3055 DONALD MIRNOFF,       Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      BETHEL                mental health programs with emphasis on                                                             
                            suicide prevention. Testified in support                                                          
                            of additional funding for alcohol and                                                               
                            substance abuse programs.                                                                         
 2910 ROSEMARIE ASHEPECK, Testified in opposition to the                                                                        
      BETHEL                elimination of the Division of                                                                      
                            Subsistence.                                                                                      
 2832 BILL O'BRIEN, BETHEL Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                            
                            mental health programs stressing wellness                                                           
                            counselors and suicide prevention.                                                                
 2504 EXENIA A. NICHOLAI, Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                             
      BETHEL                the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 2414 BESSIE FRANCIS,       Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      BETHEL                emergency medical technician (EMT) and                                                              
                            health aide training.                                                                             
 2241 FRED WESTON, BETHEL Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                             
                            mental health programs.                                                                           
 2033 SARA REED, BETHEL     Testified on behalf of Tom Fazzinni.                                                                
                            Testified in support of funding for EMT                                                             
                            and health aide training.                                                                         
 1740 ERICA MATTHEWS,       Testified in support of funding for EMT                                                             
      BETHEL                and health aide training.                                                                         
 1528 DENNIS STOYER,        Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      SELAWIG               elimination of the Division of                                                                      
                            Subsistence. Stressed the need to look at                                                           
                            revenue raising measures for the bush                                                               
                            communities.                                                                                      
 1232 LEON KIANA, SELAWIG  Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                 
                            raising measures. Discussed revenue                                                                 
                            sharing and municipal assistance.                                                                   
                            Mentioned HB 20.                                                                                  
 915 BERNADETTE FRIDAY,     Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      TOOKSOOK BAY          funding for the Department of Education                                                             
                            and Early Development stressing                                                                     
                            importance in rural areas and the Head                                                              
                            Start Program.                                                                                    
 715 LAMONICA CLAW,         Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      GALKONA               Suicide Prevention programs.                                                                      
 553 VIC DULL, NEW          Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      STUYAHOK              mental health programs.                                                                           
 416 ROGER JENKINS,         Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
      NICOLAI               raising measures. Testified in support of                                                           
                            full funding for Power Cost Equalization.                                                         
 120 GEORGE GUY, KWETHLUK Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                                 
                            reductions with emphasis on rural areas.                                                            
                            Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
                            Power Cost Equalization. Stressed                                                                   
                            continued funding for the Head Start                                                                
                            program.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
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      SIDE A                                                                                                                  
 315 KATHY SNOW, MCGRATH Testified in support of full funding for                                                               
                            Power Cost Equalization. Testified in                                                               
                            support funding for Alaska State                                                                  
                            Troopers. Stressed the need to look at                                                              
                            revenue raising measures.                                                                         
 543 FRANCIS PETE SR.,      Testified in support of continued funding                                                           
      STEBENS               for the Head Start program.                                                                       
 759 WASSILLIE PAUL,        Testified in support of continued funding                                                           
      KWETHLUK              for the Head Start Program.                                                                       
 935 KRISTINE STONE,        Testified in support of continued funding                                                           
      HOOPER BAY            for the Head Start Program. Testified in                                                            
                            support of full funding for of Denali Kid                                                           
                            Care. Stressed the importance of these                                                              
                            programs in rural areas.                                                                          
 1210 DARIO NOTTI, VICE-Testified in support of full funding for                                                                
      MAYOR, BETHEL         Power Cost Equalization. Testified in                                                               
                            opposition to reductions in village                                                                 
                            public safety officers. Testified in                                                                
                            opposition to the elimination of the                                                                
                            Division of Subsistence. Stressed the                                                               
                            need to look at revenue raising measures,                                                           
                            especially in rural areas.                                                                        
 1604 DON GRAVES, UNALASKA Testified in support of additional                                                                   
                            funding for fish and wildlife protection                                                            
                            in the Department of Fish and Game.                                                                 
                            Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
                            unallocated reductions for the Department                                                           
                            of Environmental Conservation. Mentioned                                                            
                            a Hold Harmless provision for HB 20.                                                                
                            Spoke in support of capping the Permanent                                                           
                            Fund.                                                                                             
 2040 MARIE MONROE,         Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      FAIRBANKS             reductions. Testified in opposition to                                                              
                            the unallocated reduction for the Tourism                                                           
                            Industry. Mentioned a 30 % decrease in                                                              
                            tourism-scheduled activity in that area.                                                          
 2252 ROBERT LEE, MANLEY    Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      HOT SPRINGS           unallocated reduction for the Tourism                                                               
                            Industry and road service in to Manley                                                              
                            Hot Springs. Spoke in support of capping                                                            
                            the Permanent Fund.                                                                               
 2550 MIKE KORSOMO,         Spoke in support of continued funding for                                                           
      SKAGWAY               the Alaska Marine Highway System.                                                                   
                            Supported sales Tax                                                                               
 2610 RECESS                The committee recessed at 5:20 P.M.                                                               
      RECONVENED            The committee reconvened at 6:23 P.M.                                                             
 2652 SALLYE WERNER,        Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions.  Ms. Werner stressed the need                                                           
                            to look at revenue raising measures                                                                 
                            providing a balance fiscal plan.                                                                  
 3230 ERICA JORLEY,         Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      ANCHORAGE             unallocated reduction for the Department                                                            
                            of Health and Social Services.                                                                    
 3410 DARA LIVELY,          Addressed the concerns in working with                                                              
      ANCHORAGE             child abuse and children services.  She                                                           
                            stressed that the priorities are simple.                                                            
                            She noted support for an increase in the                                                            
                            Testified in support of increased alcohol                                                           
                            tax.                                                                                              
 3637 CARLA BURNS,          Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions.                                                                                       
 3704 ROBERT WILSON,        Testified in support of additional                                                                  
      ANCHORAGE             funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 3750 HEATER SWANEY,        Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs.                                                                           
 3827 BOB O'CONNOR,         Felt that the proposed budget would not                                                             
      ANCHORAGE             benefit children.                                                                                 
 3901 JENNIFER JACKSON,     Testified against  reductions to the                                                                
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                              
                            Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs.                                                                           
 4012 SHANE CHAPPLE,        Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                              
                            Stressed that children of today are                                                                 
                            Alaska's future.                                                                                  
 4157 LEE-ANN FRENCH,       Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                              
                                                                                                                              
 4320 MARK JARVEY,          Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
 4419 GAIL STADIG,          Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
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 4336 MAGGIE MCQUAID,       Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
 4115 MOLLY MERRITT-DUREN, Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
     ANCHORAGE             the Department of Health and Social                                                                  
                            Services. She maintained that under-                                                                
                            funding would result an increase in ATAP                                                            
                            recipients. Testified in support of full                                                            
                            funding for the Department of Education                                                             
                            and Early Development.                                                                            
 3903 DAVID SHARROW,        Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             the Department of Labor and Workforce                                                               
                            Development, Council of Safety Standards.                                                         
 3554 DENNIS SWAIN,         Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
 3426 DELISA CULPEPPER,     Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             Department of Health and Social Services                                                            
                            and Testified in support of additional                                                              
                            funding for alcohol and substance abuse                                                             
                            programs.                                                                                         
 3401 BONNIE JACK/ERNIE     Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      HALL, ANCHORAGE       reductions and in support of a fiscal                                                               
                            plan.                                                                                             
 3128 TRAVIS ERICKSON,      Testified against reductions to the                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
 2805 CHRIS ROSS,           Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             the Department of Labor and Workforce                                                               
                            Development, Alcohol Safety Action                                                                  
                            Program.                                                                                          
 2732 FAY VON GEMMINGEN,    Expressed support for a municipal                                                                   
      ASSEMBLY, ANCHORAGE  dividend. Spoke in support of fully                                                                  
                            funding revenue sharing and municipal                                                               
                            assistance. She spoke in support of a                                                               
                            long-range fiscal plan.                                                                           
 2329 VICE-CHAIR BUNDE      Questioned if the senior citizen property                                                           
                            exemption should be a local option.                                                               
 2306 MS. GEMMINGEN         Stated that she would not support a local                                                           
                            option. She felt that it should be                                                                  
                            uniformed and added that a discussion                                                               
                            should occur regarding a change in the                                                              
                            program to a needs based or another                                                                 
                            option.                                                                                           
 2154 JASON BRYNE,          Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             Alaska Mineral and Resource Fund.                                                                 
 2008 CO-CHAIR MULDER       Clarified that the elimination of AMRF                                                              
                            was at the direction of the Department of                                                           
                            Education and Early Development.                                                                  
 1931 ED MARTIN, COOPERS    Spoke in support of the budget                                                                      
      LANDING               reductions.                                                                                       
 1316 SHERMAN SMITH,        Spoke in support of the budget                                                                      
      COOPERS LANDING       reductions.                                                                                       
 701 SARA JACKSON,          Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             Department of Health and Social Services.                                                           
                            Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
                            mental health programs. Stressed the need                                                           
                            to look at revenue raising measures.                                                              
 248 THELMA LANGDON,        Observed that she is a life long                                                                    
      ANCHORAGE             resident. She noted that the projections                                                            
                            of budget deficits were correct.                                                                    
                            Expressed support for a fiscal plan.                                                              
 52   VICE-CHAIR BUNDE      Pointed out that the governmental process                                                           
                            is not efficient. He noted that House                                                               
                            Finance Committee provided leadership by                                                            
                            placing a plan on the ballot, which was                                                             
                            rejected by the citizens. He noted that                                                             
                            progress is being made and that the                                                                 
                            public now seems ready to accept the need                                                           
                            form a plan.                                                                                      
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      SIDE A                                                                                                                    
 100 CLIFF LIVINGSTON,      Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 304 SUE SAMET, ANCHORAGE  Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
                            programs to benefit the elderly and                                                                 
                            Department of Health and Social Services.                                                         
 420 ALEEN SMITH,           Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                         
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs. stressed the need                                                           
                            to look at revenue raising measures.                                                              
 803 KITTY KOHLI,           Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs.                                                                           
 947 CARL EVERTSBUSCH,      Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs.                                                                           
 1137 MARY CROCKETT,        Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             Department of Education and Early                                                                   
                            Development.                                                                                      
 1233 IRENE PERSSON-Testified in support of full funding for                                                                    
      GAMBLE, ANCHORAGE     programs that support children. Spoke in                                                            
                            opposition to further budget reductions.                                                          
 1423 LORI MCCLUSKY,        Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions and in support of Department                                                             
                            of Health and Social Services.                                                                    
 1720 CONNIE KIMMICK,       Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
 1844 CAROL OLSON,          Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions. Testified in opposition to                                                              
                            reductions for mental health programs.                                                            
 2207 KATY PUNN, ANCHORAGE  Testified in support of a long-range                                                                
                            fiscal plan. Testified in support of full                                                           
                            funding for tourism funding.                                                                      
 2437 TIM FOX, ANCHORAGE  Testified in support of full funding for                                                              
                            programs that support children.                                                                   
 2840 REPRESENTATIVE CROFT  Pointed out that legislators have a                                                                 
                            responsibility to lead.                                                                           
 2926 DARYL NELSON,         Testified in opposition to reductions for                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             mental health programs.                                                                           
 3356 SOREN WUERTH,         Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
      ANCHORAGE             raising measures. Testified in opposition                                                           
                            to reductions for mental health programs.                                                         
 3624 VICE-CHAIR BUNDE      Pointed out that the largest deposit into                                                           
                            the Permanent Fund was by the                                                                       
                            legislature.                                                                                      
 3816 MAUREEN TYSTACWICZ, Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                             
      ANCHORAGE             the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 3922 JULIE GUY, ANCHORAGE Spoke in support of capping the Permanent                                                            
                            Fund. Testified in support of income tax.                                                           
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 4123                       Spoke in support of a long-range fiscal                                                             
                            plan. Spoke in opposition to further                                                                
                            budget reductions. Testified in                                                                     
                            opposition to the elimination of the                                                                
                            Division of Subsistence. Pointed out the                                                            
                            loss of qualified employees. Testified in                                                           
                            support of full funding for the                                                                     
                            Department of Environmental Conservation                                                            
                            food service safety inspectors. Stressed                                                            
                            moving away from pointing fingers.                                                                
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
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      SIDE B                                                                                                                  
 4530 CO-CHAIR MULDER       Commented on the difficulty of the                                                                  
                            responsibility for devising a long-range                                                            
                            fiscal plan.                                                                                      
 4403 ARLISS STUTGULEWSKI,  Responded the importance of alerting the                                                            
                            public of the Legislature's plans.                                                                
 4130 CO-CHAIR MULDER       Assured that there would be leadership                                                              
                            shown by the legislature.                                                                         
 4100 REPRESENTATIVE        Stated that it was unjustified to                                                                   
      DAVIES                continue cutting the budget.                                                                      
 3950 REPRESENTATIVE        Noted the momentum building in the fiscal                                                           
      LANCASTER             policy caucus.                                                                                    
 3916 STEPHANIE MCKENZIE, Suggested that funds be used to build                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             more housing.                                                                                     
 3759 LAURA WALDON,         Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions specifically suicide                                                                     
                            prevention.                                                                                       
 3525 JANICE BANKS,         Testified in oppositions to reductions in                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             the developmental disability grants.                                                              
 3400 RICH LLRSIN,          Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions. Stressed Supportive Service                                                             
                            funding.                                                                                          
 3145 DALE FOX, ANCHORAGE Testified in opposition to the                                                                        
                            unallocated reduction for the Tourism                                                               
                            Industry.                                                                                         
 3023 SUSANNAH MORGAN,      Testified in opposition to the                                                                      
      ANCHORAGE             unallocated reduction for Public                                                                    
                            Assistance.                                                                                       
 2824 VALERIE BAFFONE,      Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions.                                                                                       
 2413 EILEEN CALLY,         Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             Department of Health and Social Services                                                            
                            and the University of Alaska. Stressed                                                              
                            the need to look at revenue raising                                                                 
                            measures.                                                                                         
 2141 BERND JILLY,          Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions. Testified in support of full                                                            
                            funding for Department of Health and                                                                
                            Social Services.                                                                                  
 1757 CHERYL WRIGHT,        Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             University of Alaska.                                                                             
 1553 SHIRLEY PITTZ,        Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions. Testified in support of full                                                            
                            funding for programs to benefit children.                                                           
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 1257 CECILIA ESPARZA,      Spoke in support of capping the Permanent                                                           
      KODIAK                Fund. Spoke in opposition to further                                                                
                            budget reductions. Testified in support                                                             
                            of full funding for children and the                                                                
                            elderly.                                                                                          
 1113 LIDA PENETAL,         Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                              
                            Spoke in support of capping the Permanent                                                           
                            Fund.                                                                                             
 846 DEBBIE BOGART,         Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             the Community School Program.                                                                     
 625 BONNIE LANGE,          Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             foster care programs.                                                                             
 409 SHERRY THOMPSON,       Spoke in opposition to further budget                                                               
      ANCHORAGE             reductions. Stressed the need to look at                                                            
                            revenue raising measures. Spoke in                                                                  
                            support of capping the Permanent Fund.                                                              
                            Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
                            University of Alaska.                                                                             
 222 AMY SIMPSON,           Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
      ANCHORAGE             raising measures. Testified in support of                                                           
                            full funding for the Department of Health                                                           
                            and Social Services. Testified in                                                                   
                            oppositions to reductions in the                                                                    
                            developmental disability grants.                                                                  
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 029 CHRISTY STURLEIS,      Testified against reductions to the                                                                 
      ANCHORAGE             Division of Family and Youth Services.                                                            
 206 KENNY POWERS,          Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             the Division of Parks.                                                                            
 641 DEBRA BASSETT,         Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      ANCHORAGE             foster care and social service programs.                                                          
 907 MIKE SCOTT,            Spoke in support of fully funding revenue                                                           
      ANCHORAGE             sharing and municipal assistance.                                                                   
                            Stressed the need to look at revenue                                                                
                            raising measures.                                                                                 
 1406 LISA VILLANO,         Testified in support of full funding for                                                            
      FAIRBANKS             University of Alaska.                                                                             
      ADJOURNMENT           The meeting was adjourned at 9:24 P.M.                                                            

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