Legislature(2007 - 2008)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/17/2007 10:00 AM FINANCE


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10:10:39 AM Start
10:11:03 AM HB96
05:31:54 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
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+= HB 96 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
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-- Public Testimony --
- Testifiers requested to call in 30 min.
before the end of their scheduled time -
10:00 - 11:30am - Kenai, Valdez, Kodiak,
Ketchikan, Seward, Matsu, Glennallen, Tok
11:45 - 1:00pm - Sitka, Wrangell, Homer
Petersburg, Dillingham, Cordova
1:00 - 2:00pm - Lunch Break
2:00 - 3:15pm - Bethel, Kotzebue, Barrow,
Nome, Delta Junction, Offnets
3:30 - 5:30pm - Fairbanks
                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      March 17, 2007                                                                                            
                        10:10 A.M.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Chenault called the House Finance Committee meeting                                                                    
to order at 10:10:39 AM.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Mike Chenault, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Kevin Meyer, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Richard Foster                                                                                                   
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative Mike Hawker                                                                                                      
Representative Reggie Joule                                                                                                     
Representative Mike Kelly                                                                                                       
Representative Mary Nelson                                                                                                      
Representative Bill Thomas Jr.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bill Stoltze, Vice-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Harry Crawford                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Kurt Olson; Representative Peggy Wilson;                                                                         
Representative David Guttenberg, Senator Joe Thomas;                                                                            
Representative Scott Kawasaki                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Representative Jay Ramras (via teleconference)                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
 BARROW:                                                                                                                      
 Adeline Hopson, AML Member; Deborah German, Self; Lloyd                                                                        
 Leavitt, Mayor; Hellen Simmons, Self                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 BETHEL:                                                                                                                      
 Dave Trantham,  Alaska  Municipal League  (AML)  Board  of                                                                     
 Directors; Linda Weston,  TWC; Carrie  Ayagalria, TWC;  R.                                                                     
 Thor Williams, Self; Dan Leinberger, Self;  Reyne Athanas,                                                                     
 Self; Jody Malus, Self; Mary C. Pete, Self                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 CORDOVA:                                                                                                                     
 Tim Joyce, Mayor; Pete Hoepfner, Cordova School District                                                                       
 School Board; Kris Johnston, Governor's Council on                                                                             
 Disabilities and Special Education                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 DELTA JUNCTION:                                                                                                              
 0                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 DILLINGHAM:                                                                                                                  
 Arnold Watland, Superintendent of Schools, Dillingham City                                                                     
 School  District; Gina  Pope,  Bristol Bay  Council (BBC);                                                                     
 Kevin  Murphy,  Director, Bristol  Bay  Corporation; Chris                                                                     
 Klabunde, City Council, City of Dillingham                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
 FAIRBANKS:                                                                                                                   
 Jodi Irvine,  Agenet/FRA; Linda  Lanigan, Self;  Tim Beck,                                                                     
 Alaska Municipal League;  Ronald C.  Metzner; Kelly Brown,                                                                     
 Alaska State Employees Association; Tammie Wilson; Shirish                                                                     
 Patil, Chair, Faculty Alliance, University of Alaska; Cheryl                                                                   
 Keepers, Health  and  Social  Services  Commission; Carter                                                                     
 Crawford, Artic  Alliance; Katharine  B.  Marshall, Alaska                                                                     
 State Employees Association; Monique Mass; Hettie Hume; Erin                                                                   
 Atwood;  Alex  Henning;  Elyse  Guttenberg;  Torie  Foote,                                                                     
 Assembly, Fairbanks  North  Star  Borough;  Taber Rehbaum,                                                                     
 Arctic Alliance for People;  Jeanette Grasto, NAMI Alaska;                                                                     
 Kathy Thorstad,  Unemployment Insurance Claim  Center; Lou                                                                     
 Gross, Director, North Star Council on Aging; Brenda Hewitt,                                                                   
 Pubic Broadcasting; Todd Hume; Armond Dube; Andy Harrington,                                                                   
 Alaska Legal Services; Valerie Therrien; Michael Lamb, Chief                                                                   
 Financial Officer,  North Star  Fairbanks  Borough; Arlene                                                                     
 Bender; Cheryl Walsh; Kelly McGuire, Interior Alaska Center                                                                    
 for Non-Violent  Living;  Carol  Carlson,  Interior Alaska                                                                     
 Center for  Non-Violent  Living;  Carol  Carlson, Interior                                                                     
 Alaska Center  for  Non-Violent  Living;  Brenda Stanfill,                                                                     
 Director, Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living; Joe                                                                   
 Hayes, University of  Fairbanks; Joe  Hayes, University of                                                                     
 Fairbanks; Marta  Mueller, University  of  Fairbanks; Rick                                                                     
 Caulfield, University of Fairbanks,  Tanana Valley Campus;                                                                     
 Jack Witter; Robert Hanson; Patricia Hanson; Pat Moss; Bev                                                                     
 Dube; Cynthia Henry; Sven Gilkey; Patrick Frymark; Jennifer                                                                    
 Phillips; Hal Hume; Tammie Wilson; Sven Gilkey, President,                                                                     
 Student Body, University of  Fairbanks, Fairbanks; Patrick                                                                     
 Frymark, Fairbanks; Jennifer Phillips, Fairbanks; Hal Hume,                                                                    
 Fairbanks                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 GLENNALLEN:                                                                                                                  
 0                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 HOMER:                                                                                                                       
 Dr.  Doug  Stark, Sr.  Member, Homer  City  Manager, Board                                                                     
 Member,  Alaska Municipal League;  Gerald Scholand, Kieana                                                                     
 B&B, Self; Kelly Green, Self; Liz Downing, Kenai Peninsula                                                                     
 Borough School District School Board, Parent; Andy Fidino,                                                                     
 Self; Brad Faulkner, Self; Molly Bowen, Self; Janet Bowen,                                                                     
 Self;  Bob  Moore, Advisory  Board -  Kachemak  Bay; Cindy                                                                     
 Pelaia,  Kachemak Bay  Campus; Anna Kalugin,  Kachemak Bay                                                                     
 Campus; Karin  Miles-Brache, Student, Kachemak Bay Campus;                                                                     
 Klaudee  Marushev,  Student, Kachemak  Bay  Campus; Joanna                                                                     
 Tornes,   Independent  Living   Center;   Bruce  Anderson,                                                                     
 Independent Living Center; Cynthia Morelli, Charter School                                                                     
 Parent                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 KENAI:                                                                                                                       
 Larry Semmens,  Finance Director,  City of  Kenai;  Marsha                                                                     
 Moulton; Julia Wilson;  Emma Berry; Marion Nelson,  Public                                                                     
 Radio;  Loretta  Spalding,  TALENT,  Kenai;  Kim  Danesen,                                                                     
 TALENTS; Carolyn Langley; Pastor Phillip Egderly; Ed Martin                                                                    
 Sr.; Fred Sturman; Ron Fullnick; Gary Strod, Public Radio                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
 KETCHIKAN:                                                                                                                   
 Kevin  Gadsey, ORCA/SAIL;  Gregory  Vickrey;  Ed  Zastrow,                                                                     
 Pioneer Home Advisory Board; Joe Williams,  Mayor, Saxman;                                                                     
 Mike Sallee                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 KODIAK:                                                                                                                      
 Betty Walters,  Superintendent of  Schools, Kodiak  Island                                                                     
 School District;  Mike  Sallee, Ketchikan;  Jerome  Selby,                                                                     
 Kodiak Island Borough Manager; Linda Freed, City of Kodiak;                                                                    
 Jerome Selby, Kodiak Island School District, Kodiak; Linda                                                                     
 Freed, City of Kodiak, Kodiak; Betty Odell,  Kodiak Island                                                                     
 School District, Kodiak;  Barbara Bolson, Kodiak  College;                                                                     
 Pat Branson, Senior Center of Kodiak                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
 KOTZEBUE:                                                                                                                    
 Dr. Norman Eck, Northwest Arctic Borough  School District;                                                                     
 Matthew Kurtz, Chukchi Campus; Mickey  Jorgensen, Kotzebue                                                                     
 Technical Center;  Lincoln Saito,  Chukchi Campus;  Cheryl                                                                     
 Edenshaw,  Kotzebue   Technical   Center;   Dara   Whelan,                                                                     
 UAA/Maniilaq; Siikauraq Martha  Whiting, Northwest  Arctic                                                                     
 Borough; Denali  Whiting,  Kotzebue  Middle  High  School;                                                                     
 Cheryl Jong, Northwest Arctic Borough School District                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 MATSU:                                                                                                                       
 Murphy O'Brien, Matsu  Borough; Lucy  Hope, Matsu  Borough                                                                     
 School District;  Sandra Garley,  City  of Wasilla;  James                                                                     
 Garhart; Cheryl  Turner,  Matsu Borough  School  District;                                                                     
 Katie  Hurley; Mark  Lackey,  Executive  Director,  Direct                                                                     
 Learning & Head Start                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 NOME:                                                                                                                        
 Ruth Johnson-Butts, Self, Nome;                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 OFFNETS:                                                                                                                     
 Kay Andrews, Self,  Aleknagik; Bernal Andrews,  Aleknagik;                                                                     
 Jeanne Gerhardt-Cyrus, Self, Kiana; Mayor Parker, McGrath;                                                                     
 Kurt Reymertson, City Manager, Seldovia; Alan Sourm, Self,                                                                     
 Skagway; Walter McKinnon,  City Council, Seldovia;  Yvonne                                                                     
 Harrin,  Self,  Kotzebue;  Dave  Talerico,  Mayor,  Denali                                                                     
 Borough; Tom Quick, Self, Ouzinkie; John  Carluccio, Self,                                                                     
 Seldovia; Charlotte Kave, Mayor, Savonga;  William Trader,                                                                     
 Self, Emmonak; Martin B. Moore, City Manager, Emmonak; Mark                                                                    
 Carpenter,  Self,  Fairbanks;   Amy  Titus,  Self,   White                                                                     
 Mountain; Jimmy Hurley, Self, Ekwok                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 PETERSBURG:                                                                                                                  
 Jim  Schwartz, Petersburg School Board; Terry Vanettinger,                                                                     
 Alaska Center for the Blind                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 SEWARD:                                                                                                                      
 Arthur  Walters,  Governor's  Council;  Jerry Dixon;  Gene                                                                     
 Bradley; Arthur  Walters, Governor's Council; Jerry Dixon,                                                                     
 Educator;  Gene Bradley;  Patty Linville;  Willard Dunham,                                                                     
 City Council                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
 SITKA:                                                                                                                       
 Bob  George, Sitka Counseling &  Prevention Services; Jeff                                                                     
 Johnston, University of Alaska, Sitka; Pat Alexander, Self;                                                                    
 Tom Conley, Sitka School Board                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
 TOK:                                                                                                                         
 Bill  Arpino, Burnt  Paw Cabins,  Outback; Suzette Tixier;                                                                     
 Alan LeMaster, Gakona                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
 VALDEZ:                                                                                                                      
 Stan   Stephens,  Valdez  Tourism;   Derek  Dodd;  Colleen                                                                     
 Stephens,  Valdez  Tourism; Lydia  Rountree;  John Devens,                                                                     
 Valdez  Convention & Visitors Bureau,  RCAC; Jessie McKay,                                                                     
 Student; Cherie  McKay, Parent; Melanie Nelson, Providence                                                                     
 Kodiak Island Counseling                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
 WRANGELL:                                                                                                                    
 Robert Prunella, Manager, City  of Wrangell; Jeff Jabusch,                                                                     
 Finance Director, City  of Wrangell;  Alice Rooney, Social                                                                     
 Worker, Alaska  Island  Community Services;  Betty Keegan,                                                                     
 Alaska Commission on Aging; Marlene  Clarke, Member of the                                                                     
 Assistance Advisory  Council  for  the  University Budget;                                                                     
 Valery  McCandless,  Mayor,  City  of  Wrangell;  Kathleen                                                                     
 Angerman, Alaska Island Community Services                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
 GENERAL SUBJECT(S):                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
 HOUSE BILL NO. 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.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 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 - Taken from the following communities:                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
     Kenai,  Valdez,  Ketchikan,  Kodiak,   Seward,  Matsu,                                                                     
     Glennallen, Tok,  Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg,  Homer,                                                                     
     Dillingham, Cordova,  Bethel, Kotzebue, Barrow,  Nome,                                                                     
     Delta Junction, Fairbanks, & Offnets                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
TIME        SPEAKER         DISCUSSION                                                                                      
10:11:03 AM Co-Chair        Convened the House Finance Committee                                                              
            Chenault        meeting in order to take statewide                                                                  
                            testimony   on    the   proposed   FY08                                                             
                            operating budget.                                                                                 
10:11:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                            KENAI,   VALDEZ,   KETCHIKAN,   KODIAK,                                                           
                            SEWARD, MATSU, GLENNALLEN, TOK                                                                  
            LARRY SEMMENS, Addressed concerns with the Public                                                                   
            FINANCE         Employees Retirement System (PERS) and                                                              
            DIRECTOR,  CITY the  unfunded liability associated with                                                             
            OF KENAI        that; he encouraged a cap at 22%.                                                                 
10:15:05 AM MARSHA          Spoke in support of funding for                                                                   
            MOULTON, KENAI interpreters for the deaf.                                                                         
10:16:43 AM JULIA   WILSON, Echoed support for interpreters for the                                                           
            KENAI           hard of hearing especially in the court                                                             
                            system and all job services.                                                                      
10:17:34 AM EMMA     BERRY, Voiced strong  support for interpreters                                                           
            KENAI           for all business services within the                                                                
                            State.                                                                                            
10:18:11 AM MARION  NELSON, Testified in greater support for public                                                           
            PUBLIC RADIO, radio creating more stable funding.                                                                 
            KENAI                                                                                                               
10:19:15 AM LORETTA         Urged support for greater funding of                                                              
            SPALDING,       independent living skills programs.                                                               
            TALENT, KENAI                                                                                                       
10:20:53 AM KIM    DANESEN, Voiced  support  for continued  funding                                                           
            TALENTS, KENAI for programs like the TALENTS program.                                                             
10:22:54 AM CAROLYN         Noted    further   support    for   the                                                           
            LANGLEY, KENAI  independent learning centers throughout                                                             
                            the State.                                                                                        
10:24:41 AM PASTOR  PHILLIP Voiced  strong  support  for  continued                                                           
            EGDERLY, KENAI  funding  for   the  Independent  Living                                                             
                            group & services.                                                                                 
10:27:27 AM ED  MARTIN SR., Testified   in  support   of  continued                                                           
            KENAI           funding   for   the   Longevity   Bonus                                                           
                             Program.                                                                                         
 10:29:09 AM FRED   STURMAN, Warned  Committee  members  about   the                                                          
             SOLDOTNA        hazards of not raising wages for                                                                   
                             employees of the  State of Alaska.   He                                                            
                             voiced   concern   with   the   State's                                                            
                             spending problems.                                                                               
 10:31:01 AM RON FULLNICK, [inaudible].                                                                                       
             KENAI                                                                                                              
 10:31:30 AM                                                                                                                  
             BILL    ARPINO, Voiced support for continued & greater                                                             
             BURNT      PAW funding for the Job Centers in the                                                                  
           CABINS,         smaller areas of the State.                                                                        
             OUTBACK,                                                                                                           
             TOURISM, TOK                                                                                                       
 10:34:37 AM SUZETTE         Indicated her support for jobs in                                                                
             TIXIER, TOK     Alaska and the importance of the Job                                                               
                             Center located in Tok.                                                                           
 10:36:12 AM ALAN  LEMASTER, Testified in support of greater funding                                                          
             GAKONA          of tourism marketing in the State.                                                               
 10:39:53 AM ARTHUR          Spoke in support of the Infant Learning                                                          
             WALTERS,        Program situated in the Mental Health                                                              
             GOVERNOR'S      Program.  He requested greater support                                                             
             COUNCIL,        for interpreters for the deaf and                                                                  
             SEWARD          further funding of all mental health                                                               
                             programs.                                                                                        
 10:42:27 AM JERRY   DIXON,  Noted  his   support  for   substantial                                                          
             EDUCATOR,       funding for education.  He worried                                                                 
             SEWARD          about cuts to the honors and special                                                               
                             education classes.                                                                               
             Representative Inquired about the numbers of losses to                                                             
             Gara            math and music programs.  Mr. Dixon                                                                
                             replied  when his  child  was  in  that                                                            
                             school, math  and  drama programs  were                                                            
                             axed & they hired a special tutor.                                                               
 10:45:49 AM GENE   BRADLEY, Testified  in  support  of  Independent                                                          
             SEWARD          Living Grants.                                                                                   
 10:46:39 AM PATTY           Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                           
             LINVILLE,       health programs and funding for K-12                                                               
             SEWARD          education programs.  She worried about                                                             
                             the  act   of  putting  finances   into                                                            
                             building  bigger  prisons  rather  than                                                            
                             funding education at a higher level.                                                             
 10:49:03 AM WILLARD         Voiced support for full funding for                                                              
             DUNHAM,   CITY  Public   Employees  Retirement   System                                                            
             COUNCIL,        (PERS) and Teachers Retirement System                                                              
             SEWARD          (TRS) debt. He added support for the                                                               
                             gas  line.   Mr.  Dunahm urged  greater                                                            
                             funding for University of Alaska.                                                                
 10:51:19 AM STAN  STEPHENS, Voiced  support  for  an   increase  in                                                          
             VALDEZ          funding of the tourism industry.  He                                                               
           TOURISM,        urged support for HB 67(?).                                                                        
             VALDEZ                                                                                                             
10:52:45 AM DEREK     DODD, Spoke  in support  of funding  for K-12                                                           
            VALDEZ          education program and support for full                                                              
                            funding of the PERS and TRS.                                                                        
                                                                                                                              
10:54:36 AM COLLEEN         Testified in support for continued                                                                
            STEPHENS,       support for tourism throughout the                                                                  
            VALDEZ          State.                                                                                            
            TOURISM,                                                                                                            
            VALDEZ                                                                                                              
10:55:59 AM LYDIA           Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                              
            ROUNTREE,       education programs; she pointed out how                                                             
            VALDEZ          education is being drained by the                                                                   
                            responsibility to fund TRS.                                                                       
10:58:04 AM JOHN    DEVENS, Testified  in   support  for  continued                                                           
            VALDEZ          support for tourism throughout the                                                                  
            CONVENTION    & State.                                                                                            
            VISITORS                                                                                                            
            BUREAU, RCAC,                                                                                                       
            VALDEZ                                                                                                              
11:00:38 AM JESSIE   MCKAY, Spoke  in support  of funding  for K-12                                                           
            STUDENT,        education programs.                                                                               
            VALDEZ                                                                                                              
11:01:38 AM CHERIE   MCKAY, Echoed support  for greater funding for                                                           
            PARENT, VALDEZ the Valdez School District.                                                                        
11:04:47 AM KEVIN   GADSEY, Testified  in  support  of  Independent                                                           
            ORCA/SAIL,      Living Grants and all programs that                                                                 
            KETCHIKAN       help those with disabilities.                                                                     
11:07:52 AM GREGORY         Echoed comments made by Mr. Gadsey.  He                                                           
            VICKREY,        added support for all the job centers                                                               
            KETCHIKAN       in the State & urged continued &                                                                    
                            greater support for Foster Family Care                                                              
                            statewide.                                                                                        
11:11:17 AM ED     ZASTROW, Noted  strong   support  for  continued                                                           
            PIONEER    HOME funding of the Pioneer Homes around the                                                             
            ADVISORY        State of Alaska.  He urged that all                                                                 
            BOARD,          nurse positions be filled.  He pointed                                                              
            KETCHIKAN       out that the wait lists for the Pioneer                                                             
                            Homes continue to grow.  The Ketchikan                                                              
                            home now has an occupancy rate of 87%.                                                            
11:14:07 AM JOE   WILLIAMS, Testified in  support of the Governor's                                                           
            MAYOR, SAXMAN   proposal  for $48 million  in municipal                                                             
                            assistance   grants.   Mayor   Williams                                                             
                            voiced support for full funding for                                                                 
                            PERS and TRS.  He mentioned HB 5.                                                                 
11:18:03 AM MIKE    SALLEE, Urged  continued  funding  support  for                                                           
            KETCHIKAN       disabled and disadvantaged elders and                                                               
                            children.                                                                                           
                            He worried about eliminating the Ocean                                                              
                            Ranger program for the cruise ship                                                                  
                            industry.                                                                                         
11:19:49 AM BETTY  WALTERS, Spoke  in support  of funding  for K-12                                                           
            SUPERINTENDANT  education programs.   Ms. Walters added                                                           
             OF     SCHOOLS, support for  full funding  of PERS  and                                                            
             KODIAK ISLAND TRS.                                                                                                 
             SCHOOL                                                                                                           
             DISTRICT,                                                                                                          
             KODIAK                                                                                                             
 11:22:18 AM JEROME  SELBY,  Testified    in    support    community                                                          
             KODIAK  ISLAND  educational support.    He  noted  that                                                            
             SCHOOL          many communities are in difficult                                                                  
             DISTRICT,       situations with water and power systems                                                            
             KODIAK          failing.  He supports finding a long                                                               
                             term solution.                                                                                   
 11:25:07 AM LINDA   FREED,  Voiced  support for  full  funding  for                                                          
             CITY        OF PERS and TRS, noting the need for a                                                                 
             KODIAK, KODIAK  permanent solution.  Ms.  Freed  voiced                                                            
                             support for capital matching and action                                                            
                             grants &  testified in  support of  the                                                            
                             Governor's   proposal    for    revenue                                                            
                             sharing.                                                                                         
 11:27:02 AM BETTY   ODELL,  Voiced  support for  full  funding  for                                                          
             KODIAK  ISLAND  PERS  and  TRS.    She  also  spoke  in                                                            
             SCHOOL          support of vocational and special                                                                  
             DISTRICT,       education funding & funding for K-12                                                               
             KODIAK          educational programs.                                                                            
 11:29:33 AM BARBARA         Spoke in support of full funding for K-                                                          
             BOLSON, KODIAK  12  educational  programs.  She   added                                                            
             COLLEGE,        support of the Board of Regents                                                                    
             KODIAK          proposed budget for the University &                                                               
                             full funding for PERS and TRS.                                                                   
 11:30:55 AM MELANIE         Indicated her support of funding for                                                             
             NELSON,         mental health programs.                                                                          
             PROVIDENCE                                                                                                         
             KODIAK ISLAND                                                                                                      
             COUNSELING                                                                                                         
             CENTER, KODIAK                                                                                                     
 11:32:30 AM PAT    BRANSON, Testified  in support  of  funding  for                                                          
             SENIOR  CENTER  Senior  Community Grants  &  for  Adult                                                            
             OF      KODIAK, Daycare programs and other senior grant                                                            
             KODIAK          programs.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
 11:35:01 AM MURPH  O'BRIEN, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             MATSU  BOROUGH, proposal for  $48 million in  municipal                                                            
             MATSU           assistance grants.                                                                               
 11:37:52 AM LUCY     HOPE, Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                              
             MATSU   BOROUGH education programs &  for full  funding                                                            
             SCHOOL          for PERS and TRS outside of the formula                                                            
             DISTRICT,       foundation. Ms. Hope added support for                                                             
             MATSU           greater special education funding.                                                               
 11:39:02 AM SANDRA  GARLEY, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             CITY        OF proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                     
             WASILLA                                                                                                            
 11:41:15 AM JAMES  GARHART, Noted frustration in only being given 2                                                          
             SELF, MATSU     minutes to speak to the 75 page budget.                                                          
11:43:34 AM CHERYL  TURNER, Spoke  in support  of funding  for K-12                                                           
            MATSU   BOROUGH education programs.   She added support                                                             
            SCHOOL          for continued and greater funding for                                                               
            DISTRICT,       the Head Start program, which currently                                                             
            MATSU           has a huge wait list.  Representative                                                               
                            Gara asked the numbers of the Head                                                                  
                            Start wait list.  Ms. Turner offered to                                                             
                            provide those numbers.                                                                            
11:46:37 AM KATIE   HURLEY, Voiced   support   for  the   community                                                           
            SELF, MATSU     service matching grant program.                                                                   
11:47:50 AM MARK    LACKEY, Echoed  further   support  for  greater                                                           
            EXECUTIVE       funding for the Head Start Program,                                                                 
            DIRECTOR,       which makes sure that children are                                                                  
            DIRECT          prepared for entering the school                                                                    
            LEARNING      & systems. He addressed prevention &                                                                  
            HEAD     START, intervention  in  relationship  to  the                                                             
            MATSU           expansion of the prison system and flat                                                             
                            funding for education.                                                                            
11:52:08 AM GARY     STROD, Urged  continued funding  for statewide                                                           
            PUBLIC   RADIO, public  radio &  requested  that public                                                             
            KENAI           radio statewide be fully funded.                                                                  
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                            SITKA, WRANGELL, PETERSBURG, HOMER,                                                               
                            DILLINGHAM, CORDOVA                                                                             
11:54:30 AM DR.        DOUG Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
            STARK,      SR. proposal for $48 million in municipal                                                               
            MEMBER, HOMER assistance grants.                                                                                  
            CITY   MANAGER,                                                                                                     
            BOARD   MEMBER,                                                                                                     
            0F  THE  ALASKA                                                                                                     
            MUNICIPAL                                                                                                           
            LEAGUE, HOMER                                                                                                       
11:56:29 AM GERALD          Encouraged greater funding for tourism.                                                           
            SCHOLAND,                                                                                                           
            KIEANA     B&B,                                                                                                     
            SELF, HOMER                                                                                                         
12:00:33 PM KELLY    GREEN, Testified  in  support  of  Independent                                                           
            SELF, HOMER     Living Grants.                                                                                    
12:01:39 PM LIZ    DOWNING, Spoke  in support  of funding  for K-12                                                           
            KENAI           education programs.  She worried about                                                              
            PENINSULA       the downward spiral education is                                                                    
            BOROUGH  SCHOOL experiencing in Alaska.  She urged that                                                             
            DISTRICT        the TRS be funded outside the formula.                                                            
            SCHOOL BOARD,                                                                                                       
            PARENT, HOMER                                                                                                       
12:04:08 PM ANDY    FIDINO, Voiced  support for  Independent Living                                                           
            SELF, HOMER     Center.                                                                                           
12:06:20 PM BRAD  FAULKNER, Testified   in  support   of  continued                                                           
            SELF, HOMER     funding for charter school grants.                                                                
12:07:52 PM MOLLY    BOWEN, Testified as  a charter  school student                                                           
            SELF, HOMER     in support of continued funding for                                                                 
                            charter school grants.                                                                            
 12:08:44 PM JANET   BOWEN,  Testified as a charter school parent in                                                          
             SELF, HOMER     support of continued funding for                                                                   
                             charter school grants.                                                                           
 12:10:15 PM JIM   SCHWARTZ, Spoke in support of full funding for K-                                                          
             PETERSBURG      12 education programs.                                                                           
             SCHOOL BOARD,                                                                                                      
             PETERSBURG                                                                                                         
 12:12:52 PM TERRY           Voiced concern for services for the                                                              
             VANETTINGER,    blind.   She  requested funding  for  a                                                            
             ALASKA  CENTER  grant for  the center  as  part of  the                                                            
             FOR THE BLIND   Vocational Rehabilitation budget.                                                                
 12:15:39 PM TIM     JOYCE, Testified in support of full funding                                                              
             MAYOR, CORDOVA  for the Alaska Marine Highway  System &                                                            
                             revenue sharing.                                                                                 
 12:17:19 PM PETE  HOEPFNER, Spoke in  support of  funding for  K-12                                                          
             CORDOVA SCHOOL education programs.                                                                               
             DISTRICT                                                                                                           
             SCHOOL BOARD,                                                                                                      
             CORDOVA                                                                                                            
 12:20:00 PM KRIS  JOHNSTON, Requested continued  support  for  full                                                          
             GOVERNOR'S      funding for research and diagnosis for                                                             
             COUNCIL     ON autism, as well as early intervention                                                               
             DISABILITIES    programs.                                                                                        
             AND     SPECIAL                                                                                                    
             EDUCATION,                                                                                                         
             CORDOVA                                                                                                            
 12:21:34 PM BOB     GEORGE, Supported funding for  social services,                                                          
             SITKA           especially behavioral health programs.                                                           
             COUNSELING   &                                                                                                     
             PREVENTION                                                                                                         
             SERVICES,                                                                                                          
             SITKA                                                                                                              
 12:23:44 PM JEFF  JOHNSTON, Requested support  for  the  University                                                          
             UNIVERSITY  OF  system,   especially   for   vocational                                                            
             ALASKA, SITKA   training programs.                                                                               
 12:25:48 PM PAT  ALEXANDER, Testified  in   support  of   continued                                                          
             SELF, SITKA     funding for human services programs,                                                               
                             for   revenue    spending,   and    for                                                            
                             children's   services.      She    also                                                            
                             requested full  funding for the  Alaska                                                            
                             Marine Highway System.                                                                           
 12:27:40 PM TOM     CONLEY, Spoke in  support of  funding for  K-12                                                          
             SITKA   SCHOOL education programs.                                                                               
             BOARD, SITKA                                                                                                       
 12:32:37 PM ROBERT          Voiced support for full funding for                                                              
             PRUNELLA,       PERS and TRS and revenue sharing.                                                                
             MANAGER, CITY                                                                                                      
             OF    WRANGELL,                                                                                                    
             WRANGELL                                                                                                           
 12:33:19 PM JEFF   JABUSCH, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             FINANCE         proposal for revenue sharing.  He                                                                  
             DIRECTOR, CITY  worried  about  the   school  districts                                                          
            OF    WRANGELL, carrying the weight of the TRS funding.                                                             
            WRANGELL        He pointed out that Wrangell is                                                                     
                            supporting their schools at the maximum                                                             
                            through the high mil rate.                                                                          
                                                                                                                              
12:36:43 PM ALICE   ROONEY, Voiced support  for greater funding for                                                           
            SOCIAL  WORKER, Senior  Services   and  in-house  grant                                                             
            ALASKA   ISLAND funds.    She urged  that  all existing                                                             
            COMMUNITY       programs receive current level of                                                                   
            SERVICES,       funding.                                                                                          
            WRANGELL                                                                                                            
12:38:34 PM BETTY   KEEGAN, Voiced support for the Keep the Seniors                                                           
            ALASKA          at Home initiative.  She echoed                                                                     
            COMMISSION ON sentiments of Ms. Rooney.                                                                           
            AGING,                                                                                                              
            WRANGELL                                                                                                            
12:41:40 PM MARLENE         Spoke in support of the Board of                                                                  
            CLARKE,  MEMBER Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                             
            OF          THE University.  She urged reconsideration                                                              
            ASSISTANCE      of the PERS/TRS system funding &                                                                    
            ADVISORY        supported education funding before                                                                  
            COUNCIL     FOR addressing other state issues.                                                                    
            THE UNIVERSITY                                                                                                      
            BUDGET,                                                                                                             
            WRANGELL                                                                                                            
12:43:49 PM VALERY          Voiced     support    for    education,                                                           
            MCCANDLESS,     retirement security, transportation and                                                             
            MAYOR, CITY OF municipal revenue sharing.                                                                         
            WRANGELL                                                                                                            
12:45:15 PM KATHLEEN        Voiced support for community services.                                                            
            ANGERMAN,                                                                                                           
            ALASKA ISLAND                                                                                                       
            COMMUNITY                                                                                                           
            SERVICES,                                                                                                           
            WRANGELL                                                                                                            
12:46:59 PM ARNOLD          Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                              
            WATLAND,        education programs.                                                                               
            SUPERINTENDANT                                                                                                      
            OF     SCHOOLS,                                                                                                     
            DILLINGHAM                                                                                                          
12:48:18 PM GINA      POPE, Spoke in support of the Board of                                                                  
            BRISTOL     BAY Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                             
            COUNCIL (BBC), University.                                                                                        
            DILLINGHAM                                                                                                          
12:49:58 PM KEVIN   MURPHY, Voiced  support  for behavioral  health                                                           
            DIRECTOR,       funding & human service grants.                                                                   
            BRISTOL     BAY                                                                                                     
            CORPORATION,                                                                                                        
            DILLINGHAM                                                                                                          
12:51:32 PM CHRIS           Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
            KLABUNDE, CITY proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                        
            COUNCIL,   CITY He   addressed  the   aging  group   in                                                             
            OF DILLINGHAM, Dillingham and their needs.                                                                        
             DILLINGHAM                                                                                                       
 12:53:05 PM BOB     MOORE, Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                              
             ADVISORY BOARD education programs.                                                                               
             IN     KACHEMAK                                                                                                    
             BAY, HOMER                                                                                                         
 12:55:05 PM CINDY   PELAIA, Echoed sentiments of Mr. Moore & voiced                                                          
             KACHEMAK   BAY support of funding for K-12 educational                                                             
             CAMPUS, HOMER   programs.                                                                                        
 12:55:57 PM ANNA   KALUGIN, Spoke in  support of  funding for  K-12                                                          
             KACHEMAK   BAY education programs.                                                                               
             CAMPUS, HOMER                                                                                                      
 12:56:36 PM KARIN   MILES-Spoke   in  support of  funding for  K-12                                                          
             BRACHE,         educational programs.                                                                            
             STUDENT,                                                                                                           
             KACHEMAK   BAY                                                                                                     
             CAMPUS, HOMER                                                                                                      
 12:57:19 PM KLAUDEE         Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                             
             MARUSHEV,       education programs.                                                                              
             STUDENT,                                                                                                           
             KACHEMAK   BAY                                                                                                     
             CAMPUS, HOMER                                                                                                      
 12:57:57 PM JOANNA  TORNES, Testified  in  support  of  Independent                                                          
             INDEPENDENT     Living Grants.                                                                                   
             LIVING CENTER,                                                                                                     
             HOMER                                                                                                              
 12:58:20 PM BRUCE           Testified in support of Independent                                                              
             ANDERSON,       Living Grants.                                                                                   
             INDEPENDENT                                                                                                        
             LIVING CENTER,                                                                                                     
             HOMER                                                                                                              
 12:59:31 PM CYNTHIA         Testified in support of continued                                                                
             MORELLI,        funding for charter school grants.                                                               
             CHARTER SCHOOL                                                                                                     
             PARENT, HOMER                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
 1:01:34 PM                  AT EASE                                                                                          
 2:11:18 PM                  RECONVENE                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
                             BETHEL, KOTZEBUE, BARROW, NOME, DELTA                                                            
                             JUNCTION, OFFNETS                                                                              
 2:11:53 PM DR.      NORMAN Spoke in support of funding for K-12                                                              
             ECK, NORTHWEST education programs in the Northwest                                                                 
             ARCTIC BOROUGH Arctic Borough.                                                                                   
             SCHOOL                                                                                                             
             DISTRICT,                                                                                                          
             KOTZEBUE                                                                                                           
 2:15:02 PM  MATTHEW KURTZ,  Spoke in support of funding for Chukchi                                                          
             CHUKCHI         Campus, a distance education program.                                                              
             CAMPUS,         He highlighted program offerings from                                                              
             KOTZEBUE        Chukchi Campus.                                                                                  
 2:20:15 PM MICKEY           Spoke as a student of the Kotzebue                                                               
             JORGENSEN,      Technical Center in favor of funding                                                               
             KOTZEBUE        for the center as well as for Chukchi                                                            
            TECHNICAL       Campus.                                                                                           
            CENTER,                                                                                                             
            KOTZEBUE                                                                                                            
2:23:29 PM  LINCOLN  SAITO, Spoke  in  support  of  the  Governor's                                                           
            CHUKCHI         increments for the University, which                                                                
            CAMPUS,         allows for rural outreach in the                                                                    
            KOTZEBUE        Kotzebue area.                                                                                    
2:25:49 PM  Representative  Asked  how  many  students  attend  the                                                           
            Joule           Chukchi Campus.  Mr. Saito said about                                                               
                            300.                                                                                              
2:26:26 PM CHERYL           Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                
            EDENSHAW,       increments    for    the    University,                                                             
            KOTZEBUE        especially for the Kotzebue Technical                                                               
            TECHNICAL       Center.  She related the detriments,                                                                
            CENTER,         which would result from funding cuts.                                                             
            KOTZEBUE                                                                                                            
2:30:14 PM  DARA    WHELAN, Related  information about  the nursing                                                           
            UAA/MANIILAQ    program offered at  the Training Center                                                             
                            in Maniilaq.   She testified in support                                                             
                            of  the Governor's  increments for  the                                                             
                            University   system,    requesting   an                                                             
                            increase in funding.                                                                              
2:32:47 PM SIIKAURAQ        Shared priorities of her region.  She                                                             
            MARTHA          testified in support of continued                                                                   
            WHITING,        funding for the Technical Center.  She                                                              
            NORTHWEST       addressed power cost equalization (PCE)                                                             
            ARCTIC          and revenue sharing.  She requested                                                                 
            BOROUGH,        funding for various community projects.                                                           
            KOTZEBUE                                                                                                            
2:36:47 PM DENALI           Spoke as a student of the high school                                                             
            WHITING,        in support of funding for K-12                                                                      
            KOTZEBUE        education programs.                                                                               
            MIDDLE     HIGH                                                                                                     
            SCHOOL,                                                                                                             
            KOTZEBUE                                                                                                            
2:37:48 PM  CHERYL    JONG, Related     her    school    district's                                                           
            NORTHWEST       partnerships which require continued                                                                
            ARTIC BOROUGH funding.                                                                                            
            SCHOOL                                                                                                              
            DISTRICT,                                                                                                           
            KOTZEBUE                                                                                                            
2:39:21 PM  KAY    ANDREWS, Spoke as a parent in support of funding                                                           
            SELF,           for K-12 education programs.  She also                                                              
            ALEKNAGIK       testified in support of funding for                                                                 
                            municipal revenue sharing.                                                                        
2:44:42 PM  BERNA  ANDREWS, Spoke   in  support   of   funding  for                                                           
            MAYOR,          municipal revenue sharing.                                                                        
            ALEKNAGIK                                                                                                           
2:45:38 PM JEANNE           Encouraged full funding for children's                                                            
            GERHARDT-services such as Bring the Kids Home,                                                                      
            CYRUS, KIANA    Chukchi Services, Workforce Development                                                             
                            and the Boys and Girls Clubs.                                                                     
 2:48:55 PM  MAYOR   PARKER, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             MCGRATH         proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                    
 2:50:17 PM  RUTH   JOHNSON-Testified   in support  of  funding  for                                                          
             BUTTS,   SELF,  elder services  and independent  living                                                            
             NOME            grants.       She    shared    personal                                                            
                             experiences  with   independent  living                                                            
                             centers.                                                                                         
 2:53:43 PM KURT             Testified in support of the Governor's                                                           
             REYMERTSON,     proposal for revenue sharing.  He                                                                  
             CITY   MANAGER, related  the  consequences  of  revenue                                                            
             SELDOVIA        sharing cutbacks & voiced support for                                                              
                             full funding for PERS and TRS.                                                                   
 2:56:28 PM WALTER           Testified in support of the Governor's                                                           
             MCKINNON, CITY proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                     
             COUNCIL,                                                                                                           
             SELDOVIA                                                                                                           
 2:57:56 PM  ALAN    SOURM,  Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             SELF, SKAGWAY   proposal for revenue sharing.  He spoke                                                            
                             of  higher   expenses  experienced   in                                                            
                             Skagway.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
 2:58:56 PM ADELINE          Testified in support of the Governor's                                                           
             HOPSON,    AML  proposal  for  revenue  sharing.    She                                                            
             MEMBER, BARROW  related the history of  Barrow's second                                                            
                             class  city  status.    She   spoke  of                                                            
                             cutbacks due to loss of funding.                                                                 
 3:06:24 PM DEBORAH          Testified in support of the Governor's                                                           
             GERMAN,  SELF,  proposal  for  revenue  sharing.    She                                                            
             BARROW          requested that communities throughout                                                              
                             the State examine their tax structures.                                                            
                             She  also   testified  in  support   of                                                            
                             funding for K-12 education.                                                                      
 3:09:34 PM  LLOYD  LEAVITT, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             MAYOR, BARROW   proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                    
 3:11:01 PM  DAVE  TRANTHAM, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             AML  BOARD  OF  proposal for revenue sharing.  He spoke                                                            
             DIRECTORS,      of concerns in Bethel.                                                                             
             BETHEL                                                                                                           
 3:15:02 PM  LINDA   WESTON, Spoke in support of funding for women's                                                          
             TWC, BETHEL     shelters   and    increases   to    the                                                            
                             Department  of  Public  Safety  budget.                                                            
                             She related positive  work done by  the                                                            
                             shelters.                                                                                        
 3:17:33 PM CARRIE           Spoke   in   favor   of   funding   for                                                          
             AYAGALRIA,      children's support services.  She                                                                  
             TWC, BETHEL     requested an increase in funding for                                                               
                             domestic  violence  services  and   for                                                            
                             women's shelters.                                                                                
 3:20:14 PM R.         THOR Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
             WILLAIMS,       proposal for revenue sharing.  He spoke                                                            
             SELF, BETHEL    in support of funding for mental health                                                            
                             programs and for substance abuse.                                                                
 3:22:08 PM DAN              Testified in support of the Governor's                                                           
            LEINBERGER,     proposal for revenue sharing, noting                                                                
            SELF, BETHEL    that  the  "band-aid"  approach is  not                                                             
                            working.    He urged  full  funding for                                                             
                            Power Cost Equalization.                                                                            
                                                                                                                              
3:25:16 PM HELLEN           Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                            
            SIMMONS,  SELF, health programs and other public health                                                             
            BARROW          services.                                                                                         
3:27:36 PM  REYNE  ATHANAS, Testified in  support of funding public                                                           
            SELF, BETHEL    broadcasting.  She  spoke in support of                                                             
                            funding for K-12 education programs, as                                                             
                            well as for University funding.                                                                   
3:28:57 PM  JODY     MALUS, Spoke of increasing funding for revenue                                                           
            SELF, BETHEL    sharing and for public radio.                                                                     
3:30:42 PM  MARY  C.  PETE, Spoke  in support  of funding  for K-12                                                           
            SELF, BETHEL    education programs.   She also spoke in                                                             
                            support  of  the  Governor's increments                                                             
                            for  the  University, especially  rural                                                             
                            campuses.                                                                                         
3:33:19 PM  YVONNE  HARRIN, Spoke in  favor of funding services for                                                           
            SELF, KOTZEBUE the deaf.                                                                                          
3:36:27 PM  DAVE  TALERICO, Testified in  support of the Governor's                                                           
            MAYOR,   DENALI proposal  for   revenue  sharing.    He                                                             
            BOROUGH         suggested not linking PERS/TRS and                                                                  
                            revenue sharing.                                                                                  
3:37:50 PM TOM       QUICK, Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
            SELF, OUZINKIE  proposal  for   revenue  sharing.    He                                                             
                            shared  attempts at making  budget cuts                                                             
                            while  keeping services.   He mentioned                                                             
                            the  dire straits now  existing in most                                                             
                            rural communities.                                                                                
3:43:25 PM JOHN             Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
            CARLUCCIO,      proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                     
            SELF, SELDOVIA                                                                                                      
3:45:12 PM CHARLOTTE        Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
            KAVA,    MAYOR, proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                       
            SAVONGA                                                                                                           
3:46:34 PM WILLIAM          Testified in support of continued                                                                 
            TRADER,   SELF, funding   for   the   Longevity   Bonus                                                             
            EMMONAK         Program.  He related personal expenses                                                              
                            of living in Emmonak as an 84-year-old,                                                             
                            and  his need for  subsistence foods to                                                             
                            survive.                                                                                          
3:50:11 PM MARTIN        B. Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
            MOORE,     CITY proposal  for   revenue  sharing.    He                                                             
            MANAGER,        related concerns of his community.                                                                  
            EMMONAK                                                                                                           
3:54:33 PM MARK             Testified in support of funding for                                                               
            CARPENTER,      persons with disabilities.                                                                        
            SELF,                                                                                                               
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
3:55:12 PM AMY       TITUS, Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
             SELF,    WHITE proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                       
             MOUNTAIN                                                                                                         
 3:56:53 PM  JIMMY   HURLEY, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             SELF, EKWOK     proposal for revenue sharing.                                                                      
                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                             FAIRBANKS                                                                                      
 3:58:47 PM  JODI    IRVINE, Spoke in favor  of the Keep the  Elders                                                          
             AGENET/FRA,     Home Initiative.                                                                                 
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:00:36 PM  LINDA  LANIGAN, Testified  in support  of  funding  for                                                          
             SELF,           Senior Community Grants.                                                                         
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:01:43 PM TIM       BECK, Testified in support of the Governor's                                                            
             ALASKA          proposal for $48 million in municipal                                                              
             MUNICIPAL       assistance.                                                                                        
             LEAGUE (AML),                                                                                                    
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:02:46 PM RONALD       C. Testified in support of Independent                                                               
             METZNER,        Living Grants.                                                                                   
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:04:54 PM  KELLY   BROWN,  Testified in  opposition to  reductions                                                          
             ALASKA   STATE  to   the  Department   of   Labor   and                                                            
             EMPLOYEES       Workforce Development.                                                                           
             ASSOCIATION,                                                                                                       
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:06:26 PM  TAMMIE  WILSON, Testified in support of  the Governor's                                                          
             FAIRBANKS       proposal   for   revenue   sharing    &                                                            
                             indicated support for full  funding for                                                            
                             PERS and  TRS.   Ms.  Wilson added  her                                                            
                             request for  continued funding for  the                                                            
                             Longevity Bonus Program.                                                                         
 4:07:32 PM  LUKE   HOPKINS, Testified in  opposition to the  Office                                                          
             FAIRBANKS       of Faith Based Initiative.  Mr. Hopkins                                                            
                             noted support for full funding for PERS                                                            
                             and TRS and testified in support of the                                                            
                             Governor's   proposal    for    revenue                                                            
                             sharing.                                                                                         
 4:10:05 PM DAVID            Testified in support of Independent                                                              
             JACOBSON,       Living Grants and asked the Committee                                                              
             FAIRBANKS       to make the Governor's increment                                                                   
                             permanent. He  observed  the  need  for                                                            
                             interpretive  services.  He  spoke   in                                                            
                             support   of   an   increase   in   the                                                            
                             reimbursement rate  of 12  percent  for                                                            
                             personal care services.                                                                          
 4:12:36 PM  SHIRISH PATIL,  Spoke  in  support  of  the   Board  of                                                          
             CHAIR,  FACULTY Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                            
             ALLIANCE,       University.                                                                                      
             UNIVERSITY OF                                                                                                      
             ALASKA,                                                                                                            
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:15:10 PM CHERYL           Voiced support for health and social                                                             
            KEEPERS,        services funding and community action                                                               
            HEALTH      AND grants.                                                                                           
            SOCIAL                                                                                                              
            SERVICES                                                                                                            
            COMMISSION,                                                                                                         
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
4:17:13 PM CARTER           Voiced support for health and social                                                              
            CRAWFORD,       services funding and community action                                                               
            ARTIC ALLIANCE grants.                                                                                            
4:20:05 PM  KATHARINE    B. Testified  in opposition  to reductions                                                           
            MARSHALL,       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                 
            ALASKA    STATE Center in  the Department of  Labor and                                                             
            EMPLOYEES       Workforce Development.                                                                            
            ASSOCIATION,                                                                                                        
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
4:20:57 PM  MONIQUE   MASS, Testified  in opposition  to reductions                                                           
            FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment call center in the                                                              
                            Department of Labor and Workforce                                                                   
                           Development.                                                                                       
4:22:24 PM  HETTIE    HUME, Voiced  support for funding  for autism                                                           
            FAIRBANKS       services.                                                                                         
4:23:44 PM  ERIN    ATWOOD, Voiced  support for  Access  Alaska and                                                           
            FAIRBANKS       other   programs   that   support   for                                                             
                            programs for those with disabilities.                                                             
4:26:10 PM  ALEX   HENNING, Voiced  support for  Access  Alaska and                                                           
            FAIRBANKS       other programs that support those with                                                              
                            disabilities.                                                                                     
4:27:02 PM ELYSE            Voiced support for community service                                                              
            GUTTENBERG,     control, which picks up inebriates &                                                                
            FAIRBANKS       testified in support of funding for                                                                 
                            alcohol treatment programs.                                                                       
4:29:52 PM  TORIE    FOOTE, Voiced  support for  health  and social                                                           
            ASSEMBLY,       services funding and community action                                                               
            FAIRBANKS       grants & added support of the Board of                                                              
            NORTH      STAR Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                             
            BOROUGH,        University.                                                                                       
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
4:31:37 PM  TABER  REHBAUM, Voiced   support  for   human  services                                                           
            ARCTIC          community        matching        grant.                                                             
            ALLIANCE    FOR Representative    Kelly    asked    for                                                             
            PEOPLE,         information regarding distribution of                                                               
            FAIRBANKS       the grant.                                                                                        
4:32:46 PM JEANETTE         Spoke in support of funding for mental                                                            
            GRASTO,    NAMI health programs &  testified in support                                                             
            ALASKA,         of funding for alcohol treatment                                                                    
            FAIRBANKS       programs.                                                                                         
4:35:16 PM KATHY            Testified in opposition to reductions                                                             
            THORSTAD,       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                 
            UNEMPLOYMENT    Center to  the Department of  Labor and                                                             
            INSURANCE       Workforce Development.                                                                            
            CLAIM CENTER,                                                                                                       
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
 4:37:37 PM LOU      GROSS, Testified in support of funding for                                                               
             DIRECTOR,       Human   Services   Community   Matching                                                            
             NORTH     STAR Grants, which support services for                                                                  
             COUNCIL     ON seniors.  He voiced support for the                                                                 
             AGING,          Keep Seniors at Home initiative.                                                                 
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:41:06 PM  BRENDA  HEWITT, Voiced support for  public broadcasting                                                          
             PUBIC           funding, pointing out they had received                                                            
             BROADCASTING,   stable funding in  FY08, but noted  the                                                            
             FAIRBANKS       60% cuts since 1992.                                                                             
 4:42:50 PM TODD      HUME, Voiced support for programs to assist                                                             
             FAIRBANKS       autism.                                                                                          
 4:44:06 PM  ARMOND   DUBE,  Testified in  opposition to  reductions                                                          
             FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                
                             Center in the Department of Labor and                                                              
                             Workforce Development.                                                                           
 4:45:27 PM ANDY             Thanked the subcommittee for the                                                                 
             HARRINGTON,     restoration of the State's share of the                                                            
             ALASKA   LEGAL Human Services Matching grants.                                                                   
             SERVICES,                                                                                                          
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:47:22 PM VALERIE          Voiced support for full funding for                                                              
             THERRIEN,       PERS and TR & testified in support of                                                              
             FAIRBANKS       the Governor's proposal for revenue                                                                
                             sharing. She added support of funding                                                              
                             for alcohol treatment programs.                                                                  
 4:49:07 PM  MICHAEL  LAMB,  Voiced  support for  full  funding  for                                                          
             CHIEF           PERS and TRS.  He spoke to the 22% rate                                                            
             FINANCIAL       used   by    the   Alaska    Retirement                                                            
             OFFICER, NORTH  Management (ARM)  Board and  emphasized                                                            
             STAR  FAIRBANKS that PERS and TRS need to be kept  as a                                                            
             BOROUGH,        separate issue.                                                                                  
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:53:54 PM JENNIFER         Testified in support of greater funding                                                          
             YUHAS,          for education.                                                                                   
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
             NORTH     STAR                                                                                                     
             BOROUGH,                                                                                                           
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 4:54:43 PM  ARLENE  BENDER, Testified in  opposition to  reductions                                                          
             FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                
                             Center in the Department of Labor and                                                              
                             Workforce Development.                                                                           
 4:55:08 PM  CHERYL  WALSH,  Testified in  opposition to  reductions                                                          
             FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                
                             Center in the Department of Labor and                                                              
                             Workforce Development. She noted the                                                               
                             high unemployment rate in Fairbanks.                                                             
 4:57:22 PM  KELLY  MCGUIRE, Voiced support  for funding to  support                                                          
             INTERIOR        Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent                                                             
             ALASKA CENTER Living and other shelters.                                                                         
             FOR       NON-                                                                                                     
             VIOLENT                                                                                                            
            LIVING,                                                                                                             
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                         
4:59:41 PM  CAROL  CARLSON, Voiced  support for funding  to support                                                           
            INTERIOR        Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent                                                              
            ALASKA   CENTER Living and  other shelters that support                                                             
            FOR        NON-victims of domestic violence and sexual                                                              
            VIOLENT         assault. She noted that the field is                                                                
            LIVING,         under paid.                                                                                       
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
5:02:00 PM BRENDA           Voiced support for funding to support                                                             
            STANFILL,       Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent                                                              
            DIRECTOR,       Living and other shelters that support                                                              
            INTERIOR        victims of domestic violence and sexual                                                             
            ALASKA   CENTER assault.  She noted  the  difficulty in                                                             
            FOR        NON-maintaining staff.                                                                                 
            VIOLENT                                                                                                             
            LIVING,                                                                                                             
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
5:03:51 PM JOE       HAYES, Voiced support for funding to support                                                             
            UNIVERSITY   OF Interior Alaska  Center for Non-Violent                                                             
            FAIRBANKS,      Living and other shelters that support                                                              
            FAIRBANKS       victims of domestic violence and sexual                                                             
                            assault. Mr. Hayes noted support of the                                                             
                            Board of Regents proposed budget for                                                                
                            the University.                                                                                   
5:05:43 PM  MARTA  MUELLER, Spoke  in   support  of  the  Board  of                                                           
            UNIVERSITY   OF Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                             
            FAIRBANKS,      University.                                                                                       
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
5:07:19 PM RICK             Spoke in support of the Board of                                                                  
            CAULFIELD,      Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                             
            UNIVERSITY OF University.                                                                                         
            FAIRBANKS,                                                                                                          
            TANANA VALLEY                                                                                                       
            CAMPUS,                                                                                                             
            FAIRBANKS                                                                                                           
5:09:48 PM  JACK    WITTER, Voiced   support   for  programs   that                                                           
            FAIRBANKS       support those with autism.                                                                        
5:12:27 PM  ROBERT  HANSON, Testified  in opposition  to reductions                                                           
            FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                 
                            Center in the Department of Labor and                                                               
                            Workforce Development.                                                                            
5:15:09 PM PATRICIA         Testified in opposition to reductions                                                             
            HANSON,         in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                 
            FAIRBANKS       Center in the Department of Labor and                                                               
                            Workforce Development.                                                                            
5:17:35 PM PAT        MOSS, Testified in opposition to reductions                                                             
            FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                 
                            Center in the Department of Labor and                                                               
                            Workforce Development.                                                                            
5:19:04 PM BEV        DUBE, Testified in opposition to reductions                                                             
            FAIRBANKS       in the Unemployment Insurance Claim                                                                 
                            Center in the Department of Labor and                                                             
                             Workforce Development.                                                                           
 5:19:35 PM CYNTHIA HENRY, Spoke in support of the Governor's                                                                 
             FAIRBANKS       increments for the University.                                                                   
 5:24:10 PM SVEN     GILKEY, Spoke in support of the Board of                                                                 
             PRESIDENT,      Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                            
             STUDENT BODY, University                                                                                         
             UNIVERSITY OF                                                                                                      
             FAIRBANKS,                                                                                                         
             FAIRBANKS                                                                                                          
 5:26:50 PM PATRICK          Spoke in support of the Board of                                                                 
             FRYMARK,        Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                            
             FAIRBANKS       University                                                                                       
 5:28        JENNIFER        Spoke in support of the Board of                                                                   
             PHILLIPS,       Regents   proposed   budget   for   the                                                            
             FAIRBANKS       University                                                                                       
 5:29:09 PM HAL       HUME, Voiced support for programs that                                                                  
            FAIRBANKS       support those with autism.                                                                        
5:31:54 PM ADJOURNMENT      The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 P.M.                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                

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