Legislature(2007 - 2008)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/16/2007 01:30 PM FINANCE

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01:37:35 PM Start
01:40:55 PM HB96
03:53:05 PM Adjourn
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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      March 16, 2007                                                                                            
                         1:37 p.m.                                                                                              
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
Co-Chair Chenault called the House Finance Committee meeting                                                                    
to order at 1:37:35 PM.                                                                                                       
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Mike Chenault, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Kevin Meyer, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Bill Stoltze, Vice-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Harry Crawford                                                                                                   
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative Mike Hawker                                                                                                      
Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                     
Representative Mike Kelly                                                                                                       
Representative Mary Nelson                                                                                                      
Representative Bill Thomas, Jr.                                                                                                 
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                   
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
Representative Andrea Doll;  Representative Beth Kerttula;                                                                      
Elizabeth Porter,  Love,  INC; Julie  Morris, Faith  Based                                                                      
Church Initiatives;  George Briggs, Juneau  Coop Christian                                                                      
Ministry;  Mary  Hakala,  Great   Alaska  Schools;  Pamela                                                                      
Mueller-Guy, Southeast  Alaska  Independent Living;  Brian                                                                      
Johnson, Client, Southeast Alaska Independent Living; Mike                                                                      
Zigler, Great Alaska Schools;  Brenda Taylor, Great Alaska                                                                      
Schools; Susan  Musante, SOTERIA-Alaska; Stephanie Ashley,                                                                      
University of Alaska Southeast; Kevin Skeek, University of                                                                      
Alaska  Southeast;  Michael  Ciri,  University  of  Alaska                                                                      
Southeast; Jai Cary, University of Alaska Southeast; Walter                                                                     
Majorous, Juneau Youth  Services; Melinda Cavanaugh, Adult                                                                      
Day Program; Beth Rivest, Juneau Community Charter School;                                                                      
Marianne  Mills, Southeast  Senior  Services; Bev  Ingram,                                                                      
Alaska  Infant  Learning  Program;   Darryl  Tseu,  Juneau                                                                      
Community Charter School; Harriet  Milks, Juneau Community                                                                      
Charter  School;  Rosemary   Hagevig,  Catholic  Community                                                                      
Services;  Martha  Penrose, Juneau;  Bob  Doll,  City  and                                                                      
Borough of Juneau;  Eva Bennett, Juneau; Kathie Wasserman,                                                                      
Alaska Municipal League; Carl  Rose, Alaska Association of                                                                      
Alaska  School Boards;  Pam  Dunker,  Juneau; Andy  Story,                                                                      
Juneau  School  Board;  Jeff  Irwin,  Independent  Living,                                                                      
Juneau;  Harold  Stepp,  Juneau;   Maria  Rosales,  Juneau                                                                      
Community Charter School, Lisa Greenough, Juneau Community                                                                      
Charter School; Becky Bear, Alaska Personal Tours                                                                               
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
GENERAL SUBJECT(S):                                                                                                           
HB 95     "An Act making appropriations for the operating                                                                       
          and loan program expenses of state government, for                                                                    
          certain programs, and to capitalize funds; making                                                                     
          appropriations  under  art.   IX,  sec.   17(c),                                                                      
          Constitution of the State of Alaska; and providing                                                                    
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
HB 96     "An Act making appropriations for the operating                                                                       
          and capital expenses of the state's integrated                                                                        
          comprehensive mental health program; and providing                                                                    
          for an effective date."                                                                                               
                 Public Testimony - Juneau                                                                                    
                     (no action taken)                                                                                        
The  following overview  was  taken  in log  note  format.                                                                      
Handouts will be on  file with the House Finance Committee                                                                      
through the  25th  Legislative Session,  contact 465-6814.                                                                      
After the 25th  Legislative Session they will be available                                                                      
through the Legislative Library at 465-3808.                                                                                    
TIME        SPEAKER         DISCUSSION                                                                                      
1:40:55 PM Elizabeth        Testified   in   support  of   funding                                                            
            Porter,   Love, $414,000 for the Office of Faith Based                                                              
            INC             Initiatives.  She related the services                                                              
                            provided by Love, INC.                                                                            
1:42:38 PM Julie    Morris, Spoke in support of funding for the                                                               
            Faith     Based Office of Faith Based Initiatives.                                                                  
            Church          Some of the money would go toward                                                                   
            Initiatives     administering a federal grant which                                                                 
                            would   help   small   social  service                                                              
                            organizations like Love, INC and the                                                                
                            Glory Hole.                                                                                       
1:44:13 PM George Briggs, Highlighted Glory Hole services and                                                                 
            Juneau    Co-op spoke  if favor of funding faith-based                                                              
            Christian       organizations.  Spoke of the need for                                                               
            Ministry        increased funding to accommodate the                                                              
1:47:19 PM  Mary    Hakala, Spoke in  favor of funding for quality                                                            
            Great    Alaska schools.  She reminded the committee of                                                             
            Schools         the numbers of parents concerned about                                                              
                            K-12 education programs.                                                                          
1:48:50 PM  Pamela Mueller-Testified   in   favor  of  funding  of                                                            
            Guy,  Southeast independent living grants  such as for                                                              
            Alaska          SAIL.  She spoke of personal benefits                                                               
            Independent     from these grants.                                                                                
1:52:25 PM  Brian  Johnson, Testified  in support  of  funding for                                                            
            Client,         interpretative services.                                                                          
1:53:46 PM  Mike    Zigler, Spoke  in support of  funding for K-12                                                            
            Great    Alaska education programs.   He said he would                                                              
            Schools         like to see money going to the                                                                      
                            classrooms,   rather   than   to   pay                                                              
                            retirement funds.                                                                                 
1:56:04 PM  Susan  Musante, Explained that her organization targets                                                           
            SOTERIA-Alaska  the seriously mentally ill.  She spoke                                                              
                            in support of funding for mental health                                                             
                            programs.  She requested restoration of                                                             
                            funds for SOTERIA.                                                                                
1:59:11 PM  Brenda  Taylor, Spoke as  a parent of a Juneau Charter                                                            
            Great    Alaska School  student.    She  testified  in                                                              
            Schools         support of continued funding for                                                                    
                            charter school grants.  She thanked the                                                             
                            committee for past funding.                                                                       
2:04:15 PM Stephanie        Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                
            Ashley,         increments for the University.                                                                    
            University   of                                                                                                     
2:05:11 PM  Kevin    Skeek, Testified in favor of full funding for                                                            
            University   of the University.                                                                                   
2:06:05 PM  Michael   Ciri, Spoke as a student in favor of funding                                                            
            University   of for  the  university.    He related  a                                                              
            Alaska          personal experience with the university                                                             
            Southeast       system.  He requested the adoption of                                                               
                            the Board of Regents amended budget                                                                 
2:09:11 PM Jai        Cary, Related her personal story as a student                                                           
            University   of and  as an employee of the university.                                                              
            Alaska          She spoke in support of the Governor's                                                              
            Southeast       increments for the University.                                                                    
2:11:54 PM Walter           Thanked the committee for funding for                                                             
            Majorous,       behavioral health grants, fetal alcohol                                                           
            Juneau    Youth syndrome,  and  Bring  the  Kids  Home                                                              
            Services        initiative.       He   requested   the                                                              
                            restoration  of funding for  Bring the                                                              
                            Kids  Home.   He  related  the history                                                              
                            behind Denali KidCare funding cuts and                                                              
                            requested an expansion of the program.                                                            
2:15:41 PM Melinda          Shared her experience of caring for an                                                            
            Cavanaugh,      aged parent.  She requested funding for                                                             
            Adult       Day the Adult Bridge Program.                                                                         
2:18:04 PM  Beth    Rivest, Related a personal story as a parent of                                                           
            Juneau          a child in the charter school.  She                                                                 
            Community       testified in support of continued                                                                   
            Charter School funding for charter school grants.                                                                 
2:19:26 PM  Marianne Mills, Testified  in support  of  funding for                                                            
            Southeast       Senior Community Grants.  She listed                                                                
            Senior Services cost savings by funding these grants.                                                             
2:24:44 PM Bev      Ingram, Testified in favor of funding for the                                                             
            Alaska   Infant Alaska  Infant Learning Program.   She                                                              
            Learning        spoke about the need to fund programs                                                               
            Program         for autism diagnosis.  She spoke of                                                                 
                            federal     law     regarding    early                                                              
2:28:35 PM                  Testified in support of funding for                                                               
            Darryl    Tseu,                                                                                                     
                            schools fewer than 150 pupils, such as                                                              
                            the Juneau Community Charter School.                                                              
            Charter School                                                                                                      
2:30:01 PM                  Testified in support of $250,000 in                                                               
            Harriet Milks,                                                                                                      
                            funding for schools with fewer than 150                                                             
                            pupils,  such as  the Juneau Community                                                              
                            Charter  School.    She  stressed  the                                                              
            Charter School                                                                                                      
                            breadth of educational philosophies and                                                             
                            challenges in meeting students' needs.                                                            
2:33:39 PM                  Spoke in support of funding for human                                                             
                            services  needs of  the state  such as                                                              
                            Keep  the Seniors  Home, for restoring                                                              
                            funding  for  Denali  KidCare  to  200                                                              
                            percent  of  the  poverty  level,  for                                                              
                            additional funds for early intervention                                                             
                            services,   and   for   an   equitable                                                              
                            distribution  of matching  grants (see                                                              
                            written  remarks).   She  stressed the                                                              
                            importance of the non-profit sector for                                                             
                            its  contributions to delivering much-                                                              
                            needed social services.                                                                           
2:36:23 PM                  Voiced support for Adult Daycare Bridge                                                           
            Martha Penrose,                                                                                                     
                            program and other senior grant programs                                                             
                            that allow  seniors to be cared for in                                                              
                            their homes or with their families.                                                               
2:39:46 PM                  Testified in support of the governor's                                                            
            Bob       Doll,                                                                                                     
                            proposal to reinstate municipal revenue                                                             
                            sharing and  asked that it be divorced                                                            
            and  Borough of                                                                                                     
2:43:17 PM                  Voiced support for the legislatative                                                              
                            consideration   of    PERS   and   TRS                                                              
                            stability.  Testified in support of the                                                             
                            governor's proposal to reinstate $48.1                                                              
                            million for municipal revenue sharing.                                                            
2:45:44 PM Carl       Rose, Spoke in support of funding for                                                                   
            Alaska          education programs.  He pointed out                                                                 
            Association  of that  the PERS and TRS  liability is a                                                              
            Alaska   School concern.   He referenced the sic-point                                                              
            Boards          concern from previous testimony.  He                                                                
                            testified in support of the governor's                                                              
                            proposal to reinstate municipal revenue                                                             
                            sharing grants.                                                                                   
2:50:26 PM                  Testified in support of Independent                                                               
            Pam     Dunker,                                                                                                     
                            Living Grants.   She stressed the need                                                              
                            to  support the  hearing impaired with                                                              
2:53:58 PM                  Expressed appreciation for education                                                              
            Andy     Story,                                                                                                     
                            funding  in  the previous  year.   She                                                              
            Juneau   School                                                                                                     
                            observed  that the governor's proposed                                                              
                            funding  level would result in  a $1.8                                                              
                            million reduction to the Juneau School                                                              
                            District.   She asked the Committee to                                                              
                            look  at  district  cost factors.  She                                                              
                            testified  in support of  full funding                                                              
                            for pupil transportation.                                                                         
2:58:52 PM                  Testified in support of Centers for                                                               
            Jeff Irwin                                                                                                          
                            Independent Living.  These centers help                                                             
                            allow individuals to remain in the work                                                             
                            force and to live independently.                                                                  
3:02:23 PM                  Testified in support of assisted living                                                           
            Harold Stepp                                                                                                        
                            support  for seniors.   He  shared his                                                              
                            personal story with the committee.                                                                
3:05:42 PM                                                                                                                    
3:36:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                            Testified as a parent in support of                                                                 
            Maria  Rosales,                                                                                                     
                            continued  funding for  charter school                                                              
            Charter School                                                                                                      
3:38:00 PM                  Spoke in support of continued funding                                                             
            Lisa Greenough,                                                                                                     
                            for  charter school grants.  She noted                                                              
                            the  inequity  in  funding of  various                                                              
                            sized  schools.  She brought attention                                                              
            Charter School                                                                                                      
                            to  a new  charter school,  the Alaska                                                              
                            Native   Cultural  Charter  School  in                                                              
                            Anchorage.    She  related a  positive                                                              
                            personal   experience   with   charter                                                              
3:45:44 PM                  Spoke in favor of funding for tourism,                                                            
            Becky     Bear,                                                                                                     
            Alaska Personal                                                                                                     
                            Industry.   She described independent                                                               
                            tourism activities which sometimes get                                                              
                            overlooked by the cruise industry.                                                                
3:53:05 PM                                                                                                                    

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