Legislature(2003 - 2004)

03/06/2004 10:05 AM FIN

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                   HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                      
                       March 06, 2004                                                                                           
                         10:05 A.M.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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 CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 Co-Chair Harris called the  House Finance Committee meeting                                                                    
 to order at 10:05 A.M.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative John Harris, Co-Chair                                                                                           
 Representative Bill Williams, Co-Chair  - (Teleconferenced)                                                                    
 Representative Kevin Meyer, Vice-Chair                                                                                         
 Representative Mike Chenault                                                                                                   
 Representative Eric Croft                                                                                                      
 Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                  
 Representative Mike Hawker                                                                                                     
 Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                    
 Representative Carl Moses                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Hugh Fate                                                                                                       
 Representative Bill Stoltze                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Ethan Berkowitz; Representative Dan Ogg; Eric                                                                   
 Lee, Petersburg; Bob Doll, Better Ferries For Alaska, Juneau                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 SITKA, WRANGELL, PERSBURG, HOMER:                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 Diana Carbonell, Homer;  Meg Mitchell, Homer;  Jean Steele,                                                                    
 Homer;  Paula  Pinder,  Homer;  Emily  Ward,  Homer;  Julie                                                                    
 LaFountain, Homer;  Sandy  Johns,  Homer; Deborah  Germano,                                                                    
 Homer; Phyllis  Kaufman,  Homer; Kay  Lynn  Nielsen, Homer;                                                                    
 Michelle Waneka, Homer; Valery McCandless, Mayor, Wrangell;                                                                    
 Joel Hanson, Sitka;  Joy Light, Sitka;  Cornelia Huesscher,                                                                    
Sitka; Jack  Ozment,  Sitka; Karl  Riffenstein, Sitka; Anne                                                                     
Morris,  Sitka; John  Bartels, Sitka;  Sheila  Finkenbinder,                                                                    
Sitka; Mary  Ellen  Purcell, Homer;  Chris Fontaine,  Homer;                                                                    
Shay  Hoffman, Homer;  Jerry Sainulainen, Sitka;  Reuben D.                                                                     
Johnson,  Sitka;  Lois Huffman,  Homer;  Elizabeth  Newmann,                                                                    
Anchor Point;  Matt Pancratz, Homer;  Terri Thurman,  Homer;                                                                    
Jules Harluett, Fritz Creek; Mary Lou Kelsey, Homer;  Howard                                                                    
Hedges, Homer;  Bonnie Richards, Sitka;  Bob Benton,  Sitka;                                                                    
Jane Alberts, Homer;  Kim Smith, Homer; Helen Craig,  Sitka;                                                                    
Jane Alberts                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BETHEL, DELTA JUNCTION, TOK, GLENNALLEN, CORDOVA                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Bob Medinger, University of Alaska, Bethel; Winifred  Kelly,                                                                    
TWC,  Bethel;  Winifred  Kelly,  Tundra  Women's  Coalition,                                                                    
Bethel; Rondi Bean,  Tundra Women's Coalition, Bethel; Zach                                                                     
Fransler, Tundra  Women's Coalition, Bethel; Aaron  Atchley,                                                                    
University  of  Alaska  Fairbanks;  Barbara  Smith,  Cordova                                                                    
Family Resource Center,  Cordova; Nancy Bird, Cordova; Mark                                                                     
Wasierski, Bethel; Suzanne Edelme, Bethel; Melanie Griffith,                                                                    
Tundra Women's Coalition, Bethel; Susan Talyor, Bethel                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
VALDEZ, KETCHIKAN, KODIAK, SEWARD, KENAI                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ella Lanier, Valdez;  Noel Arakelian, Valdez; Sharon Reese,                                                                     
Valdez; Betty Conley,  Valdez; Linda Fleming, Valdez; James                                                                     
Fisher,  Soldotna; Doug  Deorcie,  Valdez;  Chris  Chambers,                                                                    
Valdez; Amber Clark,  Valdez; Krystal Calison, Valdez; Beth                                                                     
LaCross, Ketchikan;  Becky Bolling,  Ketchikan; Geri  Kelly,                                                                    
Ketchikan;   Maureen   Kelly,   Ketchikan;   Margi   Gilmon,                                                                    
Ketchikan;  Susan Killary,  Kodiak; Wally  Johnson,  Kodiak;                                                                    
Margaret  Hall,  Kodiak; Toby  Sullivan,  Kodiak;  D. Scott                                                                     
Smith,  Kodiak;  Lorraine  Stewart,  Kodiak;  Dawn   Jurado,                                                                    
Kodiak; Bob  Johnson, Doctor, Kodiak;  Aaron Dolph,  Kodiak;                                                                    
Charlie  King,  Kodiak; Lisetta  Alverez,  Kodiak;  Patricia                                                                    
Gibbs,  Kodiak;  Colleen  Newman,  Kodiak;  Ranier  Masters,                                                                    
Valdez;  Linda  Fleming,  Valdez;  Colleen  Newman,  Kodiak;                                                                    
Richard  Warrington, Kenai;  Mary  Warrington,  Kenai; John                                                                     
Wensley, Kenai; Cathy Carrow, Soldotna; Kristin  Panamaroff,                                                                    
Kodiak; Olga Veter-Eluska, Kodiak; Lincoln Wensley, Kenai                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MAT-SU, KOTZEBUE, BARROW, NOME, DILLINGHAM                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Kathy Ashmore Roberts, MatSu; Mike Lane, Barrow; Lee Stoops,                                                                    
Kotzebue; Suzie  Erlich, Chairman, Assembly, Kotzebue; Brad                                                                     
Reeves,  Kotzebue;   Charles  Beck,   Norton  Sound   Health                                                                    
Consortium,  Nome; Gina  Pope, Dillingham;  Christy  Tilden,                                                                    
Dillingham;  Signey  Nelson,  Dillingham;  Russell   Nelson;                                                                    
Dillingham; Don  Ford, Dillingham; Pearl Strub,  Dillingham;                                                                    
Shelley  Long,  Executive Director,  Matsu  Recovery  Center                                                                    
 MatSu; Sydney Jacobs, MatSu; Dan Ducey, MatSu; Trish Walter;                                                                   
 Bill Johnson; Gerald Milbrett, MatSu                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 OFFNETS:                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 Charles Gregory, Kake; Robert Bunsey, Kodiak; John Houser,                                                                     
 Kodiak; Dr. Bob Johnson, Kodiak; Barbara Lewis, Haines,                                                                        
 Francis Ozenna, Little Diomede                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 GENERAL SUBJECT(S):                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                     Public Testimony -                                                                                       
         HB 375-APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                          
             HB 377-APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
The following overview was taken in log note format.  Tapes                                                                     
and handouts will be on file with the House Finance                                                                             
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Committee through the 23 Legislative Session, contact 465-                                                                      
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2156. After the 23 Legislative Session they will be                                                                             
available through the Legislative Library at 465-3808.                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 LOG SPEAKER                DISCUSSION                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                            TAPE HFC 04 - 47, SIDE A                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
 000 Co-Chair Harris        Convened the House Finance Committee                                                                
                            meeting  in   order  to  take   statewide                                                           
                            testimony on the FY05 Operating Budget.                                                           
 150  ERIC LEE, PETERSBURG  Addressed concerns with the ferry service                                                           
                            being  cut and  how  it will  affect  the                                                           
                            fishermen  of   that  area.    Spoke   to                                                           
                            concerns that  the fast  ferry will  only                                                           
                            carry  three  vans,  which  would   be  a                                                           
                            problem  for  getting  the  fish  out  to                                                           
                            market.                                                                                           
 850 DIANA CARBONELL,       Urged that the Legislature reinstate the                                                            
      HOMER                 Federal Title 10 funds to help women and                                                            
                            children.  Without those  funds, it  will                                                           
                            but   Alaskan    women   at   risk    for                                                           
                            reproductive concerns.                                                                            
 1028 Co-Chair Harris       Stated that Representatives Hawker and                                                              
                            Coghill were working on that issue.                                                               
 1052 JEAN STEELE, HOMER    Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 1409 PAULA PINDER          Spoke against reductions to domestic                                                                
                            violence and sexual assault.                                                                      
 1531 MEG MITCHEL, HOMER    Spoke  in  support of  full  funding  for                                                           
                            mental  health and  disability  programs.                                                           
                            She   noted  that   this  is   the   most                                                         
                           vulnerable population of the State.                                                                
1746  VALERY MCCANDLESS,   Voiced  concerns with cuts to  the Alaska                                                            
      MAYOR, WRANGELL      Marine Highway System.  Spoke in support                                                             
                           of   additional  funding  for  education.                                                            
                           She added continued funding for the Youth                                                            
                          Core programs.                                                                                      
2056  JOEL HANSON, SITKA   Voiced  concerns with cuts to  the Alaska                                                            
                           Marine Highway System.                                                                             
2334 Co-Chair Harris       Asked how often does the ferry go to                                                                 
                           Sitka.                                                                                             
2347 Mr. Hanson            Replied not often.                                                                                 
2355 JOY LIGHT, SITKA      Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                               
                           health  programs.   She  supported taxing                                                            
                           out of State fishermen.                                                                            
2452  CORNELIA HUESSCHER,  Spoke  in support  of funding  for mental                                                            
      SITKA                health programs.                                                                                   
2707  JACK OZMENT, SITKA   Voiced  concerns with cuts to  the Alaska                                                            
                           Marine Highway System.                                                                             
2909  EMILY WARD, HOMER    Voiced opposition to the cuts in Medicaid                                                            
                           Services. Spoke in support of funding for                                                            
                           mental  health programs.  She urged  that                                                            
                           Title  10 funds be  reinstated and family                                                            
                           planning.                                                                                          
3001  JULIE LAFOUNTAIN,    Spoke  in support  of funding  for mental                                                            
      HOMER                health programs.                                                                                   
3143  SANDY JOHNS, HOMER   Urged  reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
                           Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                 
3301 DEBORAH GERMANO,      Spoke in support of additional funding                                                               
      HOMER                for education.   Expressed support for                                                               
                           the  implementation of a statewide income                                                            
                           tax.                                                                                               
3508 PHYLLIS KAUFMAN,      Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                             
      HOMER                Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                 
3519  KAY LYNN NIELSEN,    Urged  reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
      HOMER                Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                   
                           Expressed  concern over cuts to  in state                                                            
                           services.                                                                                          
3647 MICHELLE WANEKA,      Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                             
      HOMER                Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                 
3828  MARY ELLEN PURCELL,  Urged  reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
      HOMER                Funds   for   family   planning   clinics                                                            
                           services.                                                                                          
3944  KARL RIFFENSTEIN,    Urged  that  the  Division of  Vocational                                                            
      SITKA                Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                            
                           State.                                                                                             
4116  ANNE MORRIS, SITKA   Expressed  concern over cuts to  in state                                                            
                           services.  Urged  that  the  Division  of                                                            
                           Vocational   Rehabilitation  remain  open                                                            
                           throughout the State and that funding not                                                            
                           be cut.                                                                                            
4311  JOHN BARTELS, SITKA  Urged  that  the  Division of  Vocational                                                            
                           Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                          
                            State and that the funding not be cut.                                                            
 4459 SHEILA FINKENBINDER,  Expressed concern  over cuts to in  state                                                           
      WORKFORCE             services. Urged that the Division of                                                                
      DEVELOPMENT CENTER,   Vocational  Rehabilitation  remain   open                                                           
      SITKA                 throughout the State and that the funding                                                           
                            not be cut.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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 4623 BONNIE RICHARDS,      Urged that the Division of Vocational                                                               
      SITKA                 Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                           
                            State and that the funding not be cut.                                                            
 4315 JERRY KAINULAINEN,    Urged  that the  Division  of  Vocational                                                           
      SITKA                 Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                           
                            State and that the funding not be cut.                                                            
 4006 CHRIS FONTAINE,       Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
      HOMER                 X Funds for family planning clinics                                                                 
                            throughout  the  State of  Alaska.    She                                                           
                            noted   that  it   will   affect   cancer                                                           
                            screening and family planning services.                                                           
 3808 SHAY HOFFMAN, HOMER   Urged reinstatement of the  Federal Title                                                           
                            Funds for  family planning clinics.   She                                                           
                            reiterated   concerns   voiced   by   Ms.                                                           
                            Fontaine.                                                                                         
 3700 ELIZABETH NEWMANN,    Urged reinstatement of the  Federal Title                                                           
     ANCHORAGE             Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                 
 3531 Co-Chair Harris       Observed that the operating budget is not                                                           
                            completed and  reassured testifiers  that                                                           
                            their  comments   would  be  taken   into                                                           
                            account.                                                                                          
 3459 MATT PANCRATZ, HOMER  Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health   and   developmental   disability                                                           
                            programs.                                                                                         
 3315 TARRI THURMAN,        Spoke in support of the Katchemak Bay                                                               
      KATCHEMAK BAY FAMILY Family Planning Clinic, Homer.                                                                     
      PLANNING CLINIC,                                                                                                          
      HOMER                                                                                                                     
 3143 JULES HARLUETT,       Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
      FRITZ CREEK           Funds for family planning clinics and                                                               
                            spoke  in support  of the  Katchemak  Bay                                                           
                            Family Planning Clinic, Homer.                                                                    
 3127 MARY LOU KELSEY,      Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
     HOMER                 Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                   
                                                                                                                              
 3043 HOWARD HEDGES, HOMER  Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 2901 KIM SMITH, HOMER      Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                            
                            Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                
 2703 RUEBEN JOHNSON,       Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                              
      SITKA                 health programs.                                                                                  
 2550 HELEN CRAIG, SITKA    Spoke    in   support    of    vocational                                                           
                            rehabilitation services.                                                                          
 2355 BOB BENTON, SITKA     Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health   programs.  Noted   support   for                                                         
                           additional revenue measures.                                                                       
2120 JANE ALBERTS,         Urged reinstatement of the Federal Title                                                             
      PRESIDENT,           Funds for family planning clinics.                                                                 
      KATACHEMAK BAY                                                                                                            
      PLANNING CLINIC,                                                                                                          
      HOMER                                                                                                                     
1831 BOB MEDINGER,         Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                   
      UNIVERSITY OF        increments for the University.                                                                     
      ALASKA, BETHEL                                                                                                            
1645 WINIFRED KELLY,       Testified in support of funding for                                                                  
      TUNDRA WOMEN'S       women's shelters and domestic violence                                                               
      COALITION, BETHEL    programs.                                                                                          
1542  RONDI BEAN, TUNDRA   Voiced  support for programs that address                                                            
      WOMEN'S COALITION,   teens against violence.                                                                            
      BETHEL                                                                                                                    
1508 ZACH FRANSLER,        Testified in support of funding for the                                                              
      TUNDRA WOMEN'S       Tundra Women's Coalition, which provides                                                             
      COALITION, BETHEL    programs  for teens against  violence and                                                            
                           women's shelters.                                                                                  
1253 AARON ATCHLEY,        Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                   
      UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA increments for the University.                                                                     
      FAIRBANKS                                                                                                                 
1050 BARBARA SMITH,        In support for funding for the Cordova                                                               
      CORDOVA FAMILY       Family Resource Center, which works with                                                             
      RESOURCE CENTER,     domestic violence.                                                                                 
      CORDOVA                                                                                                                   
939   NANCY BIRD, CORDOVA  Expressed  support for the implementation                                                            
                           of a statewide income tax. Voiced support                                                            
                           for   programs   to  support   fisheries.                                                            
                           Testified in  support of full funding for                                                            
                           public broadcasting.                                                                               
622 MARK WASIERSKI,        Voiced support for the public health                                                                 
      BETHEL               nursing program.                                                                                   
537 SUSANNE EDELME,        Expressed support for the public health                                                              
      BETHEL               nursing programs. Spoke in support of                                                                
                           vocational rehabilitation services.                                                                
316   AMELANIE GRIFFITH,   Testified  in support of funding  for the                                                            
      TUNDRA WOMEN'S       Tundra Women's Coalition, which provides                                                             
      COALITION, BETHEL    programs  for teens against  violence and                                                            
                           women's shelters.                                                                                  
214   SUSAN TAYLOR, BETHEL Testified  in   support  of  funding  for                                                            
                           social  programs to help teens  and women                                                            
                           and correctional rehabilitation programs.                                                            
                           Voiced  support  for  the  public  health                                                            
                           nursing program.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
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419 BOB DOLL, BETTER       Voiced concerns with cuts to the Alaska                                                              
      FERRIES FOR ALASKA,  Marine Highway System and the degradation                                                            
      JUNEAU               of service. He pointed out that the                                                                  
                           Alaska  Marine  Highway  System would  be                                                            
                           about  $9   million  short.  All  of  the                                                            
                           savings would have to occur after October                                                          
                            and the burden would fall on the outlying                                                           
                            communities with the fewest resources.                                                            
 631 BETH LACROSS,          Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                              
      KETCHIKAN             health programs.                                                                                  
 816 BECKY BOLLING,         Voiced support for the public health                                                                
      KETCHIKAN             nursing program.                                                                                  
 1056 GERI KELLY,           Voiced support for the public health                                                                
      KETCHIKAN             nursing program.                                                                                  
 1136 MAUREEN KELLY,        Voiced support for the public health                                                                
      KETCHIKAN             nursing program.  She added her concern                                                             
                            to cuts in public health.                                                                         
 1258 MARGI GILMON,         Testified regarding cuts to public                                                                  
      KETCHIKAN             health.  She stated that public health                                                              
                            should continue  to have family  planning                                                           
                            services    available    and    education                                                           
                            programs.                                                                                         
 1526 JAMES FISHER,         Expressed concern over cuts to in state                                                             
      SOLDOTNA              services.  Noted support for additional                                                             
                            revenue measures.                                                                                 
 1739 Co-Chair Harris       Asked what an acceptable measure would                                                              
                            be.                                                                                               
 1756 Mr. Fisher            Expressed support for the implementation                                                            
                            of a statewide income tax.                                                                        
 1817 Co-Chair Harris       Asked about earnings of the permanent                                                               
                            fund.                                                                                             
 1849 Mr. Fisher            Replied that would work also and a broad                                                            
                            base tax.                                                                                         
 1923 ELLA LANIER, VALDEZ   Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health  programs.  Spoke  in  support  of                                                           
                            additional    funding   for    education.                                                           
                            Expressed  concern   with  reduction   of                                                           
                            funding cuts to senior services.                                                                  
 2122 NOEL ARAKELIAN,       Expressed concern with reduction of                                                                 
      VALDEZ                funding   cuts   to    senior   services.                                                           
                            Expressed concern  over cuts to in  state                                                           
                            services. Voiced  opposition to the  cuts                                                           
                            in Medicaid  Services. She supported  the                                                           
                            need for  a broad  based tax  in lieu  of                                                           
                            cutting services.                                                                                 
 2325 SHARON REESE, VALDEZ  Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 2355 DOUG DEORCIE, VALDEZ  Spoke  in   support  of  the   Governor's                                                           
                            increments for  the  University and  full                                                           
                            funding for the budget.  Spoke in support                                                           
                            of additional  funding for education  for                                                           
                            K-12.                                                                                             
 2608 Co-Chair Harris       Asked how to fund the increases.                                                                  
 2624 Mr. Deorcie           Commented that there are PERS and TERS                                                              
                            expansion  are causing  inflated  budget.                                                           
                            He  commented that  Permanent Fund  would                                                           
                            work,  broad base  tax, tourism  and  oil                                                           
                            tax.                                                                                              
2945 CHRIS CHAMBERS,       Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                   
      VALDEZ               increments for the University and full                                                               
                           funding.     Expressed  support  for  the                                                            
                           implementation of  a statewide income tax                                                            
                           and  noted that the Permanent Fund should                                                            
                           not be touched.                                                                                    
3155 SUSAN KILLARY,        Spoke against cuts to the component of                                                               
      KODIAK               domestic violence and sexual assault                                                                 
                           services to women and children.                                                                    
3421 WALLY JOHNSON,        Testified in support of full funding for                                                             
      KODIAK               public broadcasting.  He commented that                                                              
                           this is a "quality of life" issue.                                                                 
3634 Co-Chair Harris       Noted that there were reductions to                                                                  
                           public radio in the subcommittee reports.                                                          
3653 MARGARET HALL,        Expressed concern with reduction of                                                                  
      KODIAK               funding cuts to senior services.   Voiced                                                            
                           opposition   to  the  cuts   in  Medicaid                                                            
                           Services.    She encouraged  that a  good                                                            
                           fiscal   plan  be  adopted.     Expressed                                                            
                           support  for   the  implementation  of  a                                                            
                           statewide  income  tax  and  use  of  the                                                            
                           permanent fund earnings.                                                                           
3824 TOBY SULLIVAN,        Urged that the Division of Vocational                                                                
      KODIAK               Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                            
                           State  and that  the funding not  be cut.                                                            
                           Expressed  support for the implementation                                                            
                           of    a   statewide   income    tax   and                                                            
                           reconsideration of oil taxes.                                                                      
3953 D. SCOTT SMITH,       He asked if medical services were removed                                                            
      KODIAK               from Kodiak Island, how would residents                                                              
                           get by.   Spoke against cuts to Medicaid,                                                            
                           and felt there must be alternatives.                                                               
4237  REPRESENTATIVE DAN   Expressed  that he  sat  on subcommittee,                                                            
      OGG                  and was able to put funds back in for                                                                
                           ASAP program for the juvenile portion.                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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4323  JOHN WENSLEY, KENAI  Expressed   concern  over  cuts   to  the                                                            
                           education  funding and suggested  that it                                                            
                           be inflation proofed.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                           TAPE HFC 04 - 49, Side A                                                                         
042 CATHY CARROW,          Spoke in support of additional funding                                                               
      SOLDOTNA             for education.  Expressed support for the                                                            
                           implementation of a statewide income tax.                                                          
110 Co-Chair Harris        Asked she would be the head of the "Just                                                             
                           Say Yes" campaign on Kenai.                                                                        
138   RICHARD WARRINGTON,  Spoke  in support  of funding  for mental                                                            
      KENAI                health programs.  He commented on the                                                                
                           number   of  brain  injuries  that  exist                                                            
                           statewide.                                                                                         
421 MARY WARRINGTON,       Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                               
      KENAI                health programs and voiced opposition to                                                             
                           the cuts  in Medicaid Services.  Spoke in                                                          
                            support   of   additional   funding   for                                                           
                            education.  She spoke against  taking the                                                           
                            Permanent  Fund away  but did  support  a                                                           
                            broad based income tax.                                                                           
 558 LINCOLN WENSLEY,       Spoke in support of additional funding                                                              
      KENAI                 for education.                                                                                    
 633  AMBER CLARK, VALDEZ   Spoke  in   support  of  the   Governor's                                                           
                            increments for  the  University and  full                                                           
                            funding   and   spoke   in   support   of                                                           
                            additional funding for education K-12.                                                            
 755 KRYSTAL CALISON,       Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                  
      VALDEZ                increments for the University.                                                                    
 828 RANIER MASTERS,        Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                  
      VALDEZ                increments for the University and full                                                              
                            funding   and   spoke   in   support   of                                                           
                            additional funding for education.                                                                 
 1119 LINDA FLEMING,        Expressed concern with reduction of                                                                 
      VALDEZ                funding cuts to senior services.   Voiced                                                           
                            opposition  to   the  cuts  in   Medicaid                                                           
                            Services.  Spoke   in   support  of   the                                                           
                            Governor's increments for  the University                                                           
                            and full funding.                                                                                 
 1240 LORRANIE STEWARD,     Spoke against  cuts to  the component  of                                                           
      KODIAK                domestic violence and sexual assault                                                                
                            services to women and children.  Spoke in                                                           
                            support  of  funding  for  mental  health                                                           
                            programs.                                                                                         
 1504 DAWN JURADO, KODIAK   Urged  that the  Division  of  Vocational                                                           
                            Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                           
                            State and that the funding not be cut.                                                            
 1644 BOB JOHNSON, DOCTOR,  Commented  on   the  volunteer   services                                                           
      KODIAK                available in Kodiak and all the non-                                                                
                            profits.     Many   services  have   been                                                           
                            severely compromised but  the job of  the                                                           
                            Legislature  should  be  the  caring  for                                                           
                            people.                                                                                           
 1853 Co-Chair Harris       Noted that all legislators share that                                                               
                            concern.                                                                                          
 1912 AARON DOLPH, KODIAK   Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
                            health programs.                                                                                  
 2125 CHARLIE KING, KODIAK  Expressed support for  the implementation                                                           
                            of a statewide income tax.  He spoke to a                                                           
                            Permanent Fund for education.   He agreed                                                           
                            that the  existing permanent fund  should                                                           
                            be capped  at $25  million dollars.   All                                                           
                            dollars over  that should be placed  into                                                           
                            another account for uses by the State.                                                            
 2356 Co-Chair Harris       Explained that the issue is not coming up                                                           
                            with  a  creative solution.  There  is  a                                                           
                            political problem, not a  fiscal problem.                                                           
                            Many   people   throughout   the    State                                                           
                            recommend  different options  on  how  to                                                         
                           deal with these concerns.                                                                          
2524 LISETTA ALVEREZ,      Voiced opposition to the cuts in Medicaid                                                            
      KODIAK               Services.                                                                                          
2736 PATRICIA GIBBS,       Expressed concern with the cuts happening                                                            
      KODIAK               with the early intervention programs.                                                                
                           She  stated that  she  supports substance                                                            
                           abuse  programs and  teen courts.   Fully                                                            
                           funds grant for mental health.  Youth are                                                            
                           a precious resource.  Spoke in support of                                                            
                           additional    funding   for    education.                                                            
                           Expressed  support for the implementation                                                            
                           of a statewide income tax.                                                                         
2920 COLLEEN NEWMAN,       Spoke against cuts to the component of                                                               
      KODIAK               domestic violence and sexual assault                                                                 
                           services to women and children.                                                                    
3154  KRISTIN PANAMAROFF,  Spoke  in support  of funding  for mental                                                            
      KODIAK               health programs.                                                                                   
3344 GINA POPE,            Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                   
      DILLINGHAM           increments for the University and the                                                                
                           small   campuses  throughout  the  State.                                                            
                           Expressed  concern over cuts to  in state                                                            
                           services.                                                                                          
3604 CRISTY TILDEN,        Commented on the concerns in that area                                                               
      DILLINGHAM           with alcohol and drug abuse.  She noted                                                              
                           the   programs  that  have  helped  those                                                            
                           people.   Expressed concern over  cuts to                                                            
                           in state services.                                                                                 
3808 SIGNEY NELSON,        Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                               
      DILLINGHAM           health programs.                                                                                   
3937  MIKE LANE, BARROW    Voiced support for tobacco prevention and                                                            
                           cessation programs.                                                                                
4223 Representative        Observed that the House has authorized 20                                                            
      Hawker               percent funding for tobacco prevention                                                               
                           and cessation programs.                                                                            
4357 Lee Stoops            Testified in support of additional state                                                             
                           trooper  positions and stressed  the need                                                            
                           for the  positions to be located in rural                                                            
                           areas.   Testified  in  support  of  full                                                            
                           funding for public broadcasting.                                                                   
4541 SUZIE ERLICH,         Noted support for additional revenue                                                                 
      CHAIRMAN, ASSEMBLY,  measures  and  a  long-term  solution  to                                                            
      KOTZEBUE             stabilize the budget.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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4641 Representative        Observed that the city of Nome supports                                                              
      Foster               the POMV. He added that many others have                                                             
                           supported  an income  tax and  noted that                                                            
                           legislators  need   to  hear  from  their                                                            
                           communities.                                                                                       
4255  BRAD REEVES, ALASKA  Testified in  support of full funding for                                                            
      PUBIC BROADCASTING   public  broadcasting. Voiced  support for                                                            
      ASSOCIATION,         continuation of funding for the public                                                               
      KOTZEBUE             broadcasting satellite infrastructure. He                                                          
                            observed that  there would be  a loss  of                                                           
                            stations if the proposed cuts remain.                                                             
 3939 CHARLES BECK, NORTON  Spoke in  support of  funding for  mental                                                           
      SOUND HEALTH          health and alcohol and substance abuse                                                              
      CONSORTIUM, NOME      programs.                                                                                         
 3728 SHELLEY LONG,         Voiced opposition to the cuts in Medicaid                                                           
      EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,   Services.  She   spoke   in  support   of                                                           
      MATSU RECOVERY        substance abuse program funding. Noted                                                              
      CENTER, MATSU         support for additional revenue measures.                                                            
                            Expressed support for  the implementation                                                           
                            of a statewide income tax.                                                                        
 3438 KATHY ROBERTS, MATSU  Voiced opposition to the cuts in Medicaid                                                           
                            Services. She stressed that seniors would                                                           
                            be adversely affected by reductions.                                                              
 3257 SYDNEY JACOBS,        Spoke    in   support    of    vocational                                                           
      PALMER                rehabilitation services. Urged that the                                                             
                            Division  of   Vocational  Rehabilitation                                                           
                            remain open throughout the State and that                                                           
                            the funding not be cut.                                                                           
 3226 DAN DUCEY, MATSU      Spoke    in   support    of    vocational                                                           
                            rehabilitation services and recounted his                                                           
                            personal experiences.                                                                             
 2959 TRISH WALTER,         Voiced opposition to the cuts in Medicaid                                                           
      SERVICES FOR          Services.                                                                                         
      CHILDREN AND ADULTS                                                                                                       
      MATSU                                                                                                                     
 2601 BILL JOHNSON, MATSU   Spoke    in   support    of    vocational                                                           
                            rehabilitation services.                                                                          
 2320 GERALD MILBRETT,      Spoke    in   support    of    vocational                                                           
      MATSU                 rehabilitation services. He recounted                                                               
                            help he received through the  Division of                                                           
                            Vocational Rehabilitation.                                                                        
 2126 RUSSLE NELSON,        Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                  
      DILLINGHAM            increments for the University.                                                                    
 1928 DON FORD, MATSU       Urged that the Division of Vocational                                                               
                            Rehabilitation remain open throughout the                                                           
                            State and  that the  funding not be  cut.                                                           
                            Expressed support for  the implementation                                                           
                            of a statewide income tax.                                                                        
 1645 PEARL STRUB, MATSU    Voiced  support   for  the  Bristol   Bay                                                           
                            Campus.                                                                                           
 1347 CHARLES GREGORY,      Stated that he had suffered a heart                                                                 
      KAKE                  attack and that he used medical services                                                            
                            in Sitka.  He spoke in support of medical                                                           
                            services in Sitka.                                                                                
 1108 ROBERT BUNSEY,        Spoke    in   support    of    vocational                                                           
      KODIAK                rehabilitation   services.      Expressed                                                           
                            support  for  the  implementation  of   a                                                           
                            statewide income  tax. Spoke against  use                                                           
                            of the Permanent Fund.                                                                            
 0823 JOHN HOUSER, KODIAK   Testified  in  support  of   funding  for                                                           
                            community  mental health  programs.    He                                                         
                           explained he  had a nervous breakdown and                                                            
                           would  like the  Kodiak office  to remain                                                            
                           open.  Spoke in favor of a sales tax.                                                              
0458 DR. BOB JOHNSON,      Spoke in support of a long-range fiscal                                                              
      KODIAK               plan.    Expressed   support    for   the                                                            
                           implementation of  a statewide income tax                                                            
                           and  the  POMV.   Urged  leaving the  CBR                                                            
                           alone.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
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0113 BARBARA LEWIS,        Spoke against an access road from Haines                                                             
      HAINES               to Juneau.  Testified in support of                                                                  
                           funding   for  community   mental  health                                                            
                           programs.   Expressed  support   for  the                                                            
                           implementation of a statewide income tax.                                                            
                           Suggested  increasing  oil company  taxes                                                            
                           per barrel.                                                                                        
      FRANCIS OZENNA,      Described the local problems and needs                                                               
      LITTLE DIOMEDE       including their limited mail service; law                                                            
      ISLAND               enforcement; two years of shoreline                                                                  
                           erosion    that   was   funded   locally;                                                            
                           transportation  services, specifically  a                                                            
                           small boat harbor; new housing and better                                                            
                           medical   attention;   and  solid   waste                                                            
                           disposal.     The  local  bird  sanctuary                                                            
                           limits  housing construction.   The  town                                                            
                           hasn't received disaster funding although                                                            
                           it has serious erosion problems.                                                                   
0801 CORY THOLE, SKAGWAY Voiced concerns with cuts to the Alaska                                                                
                           Marine  Highway System.  Did  not support                                                            
                           the  highway  from Haines  to Juneau  and                                                            
                           would  prefer full funding for  the ferry                                                            
                           system.                                                                                            
1112                       The meeting was adjourned at 4:09 P.M.                                                             
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