Legislature(2013 - 2014)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/06/2013 01:30 PM FINANCE


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01:32:37 PM Start
01:34:26 PM HB65 || HB66
06:43:35 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+= HB 65 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 66 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
1:30 - 2:45pm Fairbanks
3:00 - 4:00pm Sitka, Petersburg, Barrow,
Dillingham, Unalaska & Delta Junction
4:15 - 5:15pm Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak,
Mat-Su, Glennallen, Tok & Seward
- Public Testimony limited to 2 min. each
- Please arrive 15 min. prior to end of allotted
time or testimony will close early.
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       March 6, 2013                                                                                            
                         1:32 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:32:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Austerman  called   the  House  Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 1:32 p.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Alan Austerman, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative Lindsey Holmes                                                                                                   
Representative Cathy Munoz                                                                                                      
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Tammie Wilson                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Mia Costello                                                                                                     
Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                 
Representative Scott Kawasaki, Alternate                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Don Smith, Self, Anchorage; Tom Doran, Self, Seward.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Lisa  Herbert,  Executive  Director,  Fairbanks  Chamber  of                                                                    
Commerce,  Fairbanks; Aldean  Kilborn, Self,  Fairbanks; Eva                                                                    
Norwood,   Key   Coalition,   Fairbanks;   Nicholas   Clark,                                                                    
University  of  Alaska-  Community  and  Technical  College,                                                                    
Fairbanks;   Jim  Dodson,   President,  Fairbanks   Economic                                                                    
Development   Corporation,    Fairbanks;   Perry   Ahsogeak,                                                                    
Behavioral  Health Director,  Fairbanks Native  Association,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Luke   Hopkins,  Mayor,  Fairbanks   North  Star                                                                    
Borough, Fairbanks;  Joe Want,  Self, Fairbanks;  Smokey Don                                                                    
Duncan,  Self,   Fairbanks;  Christina   Davis,  Independent                                                                    
Living  Advocate,  Access  Alaska; Gary  Laursen,  Director,                                                                    
Honors Program,  University of Alaska  Fairbanks, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Colin Olner, Self, Fairbanks;  Chris Piech, Self, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Cecilia  Bates  Hudson,  Self,  Fairbanks;  Bedusha  Thomas,                                                                    
Self, Fairbanks; Taber Rehbaum,  Arctic Alliance for People,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Nick  Gasa,   Self,  Fairbanks;  John  Regitano,                                                                    
Executive  Director,  Family  Centered Services  of  Alaska,                                                                    
Fairbanks;   Angela   Linn,   President,   Museums   Alaska,                                                                    
Fairbanks;   Audrey  Jones,   President,  Fairbanks   Native                                                                    
Association,  Fairbanks;  Cheryl Keepers,  Self,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Emily  Vockeroth,   Self,  Fairbanks;  Martha   Rich,  Self,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Phil  Osborn,  Self,  Fairbanks;  Stephen  Fink,                                                                    
Student,   UAF-CTC  Paramedic   Academy,  Fairbanks;   Myles                                                                    
Jellison,  Student,  UAF-CTC Paramedic  Academy,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Kraig Bryan, Student,  UAF-CTC Paramedic Academy, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Michael   Smith,   Student,    UAF-CTC   Paramedic   Academy                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Chuck  Kuhns, Paramedic  Coordinator,  Paramedic                                                                    
Academy,  University  of  Alaska Fairbanks,  Fairbanks;  Don                                                                    
Gray,  Self, Fairbanks;  Murray  Richmond, Self,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Marie  Mitchall, Self,  Fairbanks; Ashlie  Theisen; Shawston                                                                    
Runk,  Selves,  Fairbanks;   Paul  Beals,  Self,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Gunnar  Ebbeson, Owner,  Turning Point  Counseling Services,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Stephanie  Little  Wolf, Self,  Fairbanks;  Jomo                                                                    
Stewart,   Energy   Project  Manager,   Fairbanks   Economic                                                                    
Development  Corporation,  Fairbanks;   Alan  Batten,  Self,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Sandy  Solenberger,  Volunteer  Chairman,  North                                                                    
Slope  Imagination  Library,  Barrow;  Patuk  Glenn,  Museum                                                                    
Curator,  North  Slope   Borough  Inupiat  Heritage  Center,                                                                    
Barrow; Judi Ruder,  Clinician, Behavioral Health, Unalaska;                                                                    
Danita Koehler, Self, Dry Creek;  Bryce Wrigley, Alaska Farm                                                                    
Bureau, Delta;  David Flynn, Self, Delta;  Carol Dufendauch,                                                                    
Delta Imagination Library,  Delta; Kristin Miller, Co-Chair,                                                                    
Delta  Imagination Library,  Delta; Jasmine  Well, Co-Chair,                                                                    
Delta Imagination Library, Delta;  Rose Loera, City Manager,                                                                    
Dillingham; Dan  Pasquariello, Chief of  Police, Dillingham;                                                                    
Robin  Chaney,  Self,  Dillingham;  Jean  Ellis,  President,                                                                    
Petersburg  Borough  School  District,  Petersburg;  Marlene                                                                    
Cushing,  Women  Against  Violence  Everywhere,  Petersburg;                                                                    
Sunny  Rice, Coordinator,  Alaska Young  Fishermen's Summit,                                                                    
Sitka;  Jerry   Stuber,  Self,  Petersburg;   Kim  Kilkenny,                                                                    
Clinician,  Petersburg Mental  Health Services,  Petersburg;                                                                    
Max   Worhatch,    President,   United    Southeast   Alaska                                                                    
Gillnetters,  Petersburg; Brian  Lynch, Executive  Director,                                                                    
Petersburg Vessel  Owners, Petersburg; Dr.  Robert Thomason,                                                                    
Superintendent,   Petersburg    Borough   School   District,                                                                    
Petersburg; Susan Ohmer,  Director, Petersburg Mental Health                                                                    
Services,  Petersburg; Jerry  Dzugan, Self,  Sitka; Marjorie                                                                    
Hennessey, Self,  Sitka; Tracy Gagnon, Coordinator,  Fish to                                                                    
School,   Sitka;  Clarice   Johnson,   Self,  Sitka;   Ellen                                                                    
Frankenstein, Self,  Sitka; Gayle  Young, Self,  Sitka; Lisa                                                                    
Busch,  Executive  Director,  Sitka  Sound  Science  Center,                                                                    
Sitka;  Lee  Bennet,  Director,  Sitka  Community  Hospital,                                                                    
Sitka;   Fred   Fayette,    Self,   Sitka;   Scott   Wagner,                                                                    
Representative,  Northern   Southeast  Regional  Aquaculture                                                                    
Association,  Sitka; Dorrie  Ferrell, Member,  Easter Group,                                                                    
Sitka;  Sue Hill,  President, Association  of Alaska  School                                                                    
Boards,  Fairbanks; Steve  Bradshaw,  Teacher, Sitka;  Susan                                                                    
Smalley,  Self,  Kenai;  Katie  Wales,  Peninsula  Community                                                                    
Health, Kenai; Twyla Bentley,  Self, Kenai; Margaret Parrot,                                                                    
Self,  Soldotna;  Lucy  Graham, Self,  Kenai;  Tina  Draper,                                                                    
Self, Kenai;  Sammy Crawford, Board Member,  Kenai Peninsula                                                                    
Borough School  Board, Kenai;  Mary Toutonghi,  Self, Kenai;                                                                    
Joe Cannava, Director,  Peninsula Community Health Services,                                                                    
Kenai;  Melissa  Baker,  Student,  Kenai  Peninsula  College                                                                    
(KPC),   Kenai;  Shauna   Thorton,   University  of   Alaska                                                                    
Anchorage, Coalition  Student Leaders, Kenai;  Pete Sprague,                                                                    
KPC,   Kenai;  Scot   Wheat,  Self,   Homer;  Kim   Burrows,                                                                    
Independent  Living  Center,  Homer;  Elanna  Sena,  Parent,                                                                    
Homer; Rick Malley, Independent  Living Center (ILC), Homer;                                                                    
Rachel  Romberg,  Haven  House,  Homer;  Liz  Downing,  KPC,                                                                    
Homer;  Robert  Letson,  South  Peninsula  Hospital,  Homer;                                                                    
Susan Drathman, South  Peninsula Behavioral Health Services,                                                                    
Homer;  Rachelle McAlexander,  Kachemak Bay  College, Homer;                                                                    
Bonnie  Betley,  Best   Beginnings,  Homer;  Maria  Calhoun,                                                                    
Sprout,  Homer; Michael  Horton,  Behavioral Health,  Copper                                                                    
Center;  Victoria  Kildal,  Counselor, Copper  River  Native                                                                    
Association,  Copper  Center;  Sharron  Ables,  Online  With                                                                    
Libraries (OWL),  Glennallen; Sherri Cox,  Crossroad Medical                                                                    
Center,   Glennallen;   Laurie  Thomas,   Best   Beginnings,                                                                    
Ketchikan;  Lanetta  Lundberg,   Ketchikan  Medical  Center,                                                                    
Ketchikan;  Bill  Auger,  Commercial  Fisherman,  Ketchikan;                                                                    
Emily   Chapel,  SAIL,   Ketchikan;   Kevin  Gadsey,   SAIL,                                                                    
Ketchikan;   Patricia   Chapman,  Self,   Ketchikan;   Jessi                                                                    
Chapman,   Self,   Ketchikan;   Charles   Haberbush,   Self,                                                                    
Ketchikan;  Jos Govaars,  Self, Ketchikan;  Bobbie McCreary,                                                                    
Self,  Ketchikan; Vikki  Jo Kennedy,  Self, Kodiak;  Valarie                                                                    
Kingsland, Alaska  Association of School  Libraries, Seward;                                                                    
Melinda  Matis, Self,  Seward; Kevin  Munson, Mat-Su  Health                                                                    
Services,  Wasilla; Kelly  McBride, Mat-Su  School District,                                                                    
Wasilla; Jim Beck, Access Alaska,  Palmer; Estrella Lee, PAT                                                                    
Coordinator, Homer; Ruth  Allison Reynolds, Best Beginnings,                                                                    
Homer;  Dave   Branding,  Chief  Executive   Officer,  South                                                                    
Peninsula  Behavioral  Health  Services, Homer;  Jill  Lush,                                                                    
Director,  Sprout   Family  Services,  Homer;   Sonja  Mark,                                                                    
Librarian,  Dillingham   Public  Library,   Dillingham;  Kay                                                                    
Andrews, Southwest Region  School District, Dillingham; Mary                                                                    
Jo Joiner,  Director, Kenai  Community Library,  Kenai; Mike                                                                    
Frost,  KPC, Kenai;  Dave  Jones, Assistant  Superintendent,                                                                    
KPBSD,  Kenai;  Phillip  Miller, KPC,  Cooper  Landing;  Bob                                                                    
Martin, Commercial  Fisherman, Petersburg;  John Bringhurst,                                                                    
Petersburg  Borough  School District,  Petersburg;  Jennifer                                                                    
Ray,  Self and  Parent,  Petersburg;  Sarah Bell,  Director,                                                                    
Kettleson  Memorial   Library,  Sitka;   Dennis  Longstreth,                                                                    
Commercial  Fisherman, Sitka;  John Baird,  General Manager,                                                                    
Sitka Sound  Seafoods, Sitka; Gretchen Geist,  Thrive Mat-Su                                                                    
Prevention Coalition,  Mat-Su; Celia Harrison,  Self, Kenai;                                                                    
Elizabeth   Ripley,   Executive  Director,   Mat-Su   Health                                                                    
Foundation, Mat-Su.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 65     APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 65 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 66     APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 66 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 65                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs,    capitalizing   funds,   amending                                                                    
     appropriations,   and   making  reappropriations;   and                                                                    
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 66                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman discussed the meeting's agenda.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
FAIRBANKS                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:34:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  HERBERT,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  FAIRBANKS  CHAMBER  OF                                                                    
COMMERCE,  FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support of  the governor's North  Slope LNG project  and for                                                                    
including the governor's amendment  to transfer $125 million                                                                    
from  the Alaska  Housing Capital  Corporation  Fund to  the                                                                    
Sustainable  Energy  Transmission   Supply  and  Development                                                                    
Fund. She  stated that the  Fairbanks Chamber  of Commerce's                                                                    
number one  priority was reducing energy  costs. She related                                                                    
that the high cost of  energy was driving business away from                                                                    
her community and had crippled  disposable income that could                                                                    
have otherwise been spent in Alaska.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:36:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALDEAN  KILBORN,   SELF,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified against  cuts in the  Alaska State  Library Budget                                                                    
to  the  Online With  Libraries  Program  and Tutor.com  She                                                                    
stated  that  the  two programs  should  be  made  permanent                                                                    
budget  items,   as  proposed  by  the   governor.  She  was                                                                    
concerned that  by cutting the funding,  the Legislature was                                                                    
sending  the message  that rural  Alaskans  did not  deserve                                                                    
digital equality and related that  funding would give "bush"                                                                    
communities equal  access to the  internet. She  pointed out                                                                    
that live-homework help was a  cheap way to provide students                                                                    
with help and  that a lot of students  accessed Alaska State                                                                    
Library services.  She discussed the  value and ease  of use                                                                    
of Alaska State Library services.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:38:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EVA NORWOOD, KEY  COALITION, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),                                                                    
expressed the  Key Coalition's support  for the  $450,000 in                                                                    
funding for  the Complex  Behavior Collaborative  (CBC). She                                                                    
pointed out that  the state should not cut  funding for this                                                                    
unique and critical program. She  explained that most people                                                                    
with disabilities  were easy to  care for, but that  a small                                                                    
percentage had  challenging behaviors; without  support, the                                                                    
challenging  behaviors escalated  into  costly problems  for                                                                    
the  state.  She pointed  out  that  the CBC  was  providing                                                                    
support  in the  forms  of  expert assessment,  intervention                                                                    
planning, training  of family, professional care  givers, as                                                                    
well  as  consultations  and evaluations.  She  stated  that                                                                    
funding was allocated to set up  the CBC in FY12 and that it                                                                    
had starting  serving Alaskans in  FY13. She  concluded that                                                                    
the CBC worked and was cost effective.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:40:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICHOLAS   CLARK,  UNIVERSITY   OF  ALASKA-   COMMUNITY  AND                                                                    
TECHNICAL    COLLEGE,   FAIRBANKS    (via   teleconference),                                                                    
expressed support  of funding for  the Interior  Alaska Area                                                                    
Health  and Education  Cooperative (AHEC).  He related  that                                                                    
funding  AHEC  was  vital for  students  in  the  healthcare                                                                    
field. He pointed out that  AHEC provided small scholarships                                                                    
and internships in hospitals  and care facilities throughout                                                                    
the state; AHEC  also helped students go  outside Alaska for                                                                    
internships  in  the healthcare  field.  He  added that  the                                                                    
program had helped over 2,000 students in 2011-2012.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:42:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM  DODSON,   PRESIDENT,  FAIRBANKS   ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT                                                                    
CORPORATION,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),   spoke  in                                                                    
support of the of the  governor's package to advance the LNG                                                                    
trucking  project   in  Fairbanks  and  for   including  the                                                                    
governor's  amendment  to  transfer $125  million  from  the                                                                    
Alaska Housing  Capital Corporation Fund to  the Sustainable                                                                    
Energy Transmission  Supply and Development Fund.  He shared                                                                    
that funding provided  Fairbanks with the means  to move the                                                                    
project forward; he  pointed out that the funding  was not a                                                                    
grant,  but was  a loan.  He  offered that  the funding  was                                                                    
making less than 2 percent  interest currently, but that the                                                                    
loan would  be paid back  with 3 percent. He  concluded that                                                                    
the loan was the right thing to do.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:43:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PERRY  AHSOGEAK,   BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH   DIRECTOR,  FAIRBANKS                                                                    
NATIVE  ASSOCIATION, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
in  support of  funding for  behavioral health  services and                                                                    
stated that  behavioral health had  not seen an  increase in                                                                    
funding in several  years. He offered that  the reduction in                                                                    
funding could  mean the closure of  programs, staff layoffs,                                                                    
and reducing  the number  of people  served. He  pointed out                                                                    
that other higher-cost facilities,  such as emergency rooms,                                                                    
would see  an increase  in the number  of people  that would                                                                    
have to  be served if the  funding was cut. He  relayed that                                                                    
Alaska  already   had  limited  substance   abuse  treatment                                                                    
resources  and that  a funding  cut might  result in  people                                                                    
being sent  out of state  for treatment. He spoke  about the                                                                    
effectiveness of  behavioral health  services and  urged the                                                                    
committee to reconsider budget cuts.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:45:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LUKE   HOPKINS,  MAYOR,   FAIRBANKS   NORTH  STAR   BOROUGH,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), testified  in support of the                                                                    
LNG   facility   and   the  distribution   project   funding                                                                    
legislation,  as  well  as   for  including  the  governor's                                                                    
amendment to  transfer $125 million from  the Alaska Housing                                                                    
Capital   Corporation  Fund   to   the  Sustainable   Energy                                                                    
Transmission  Supply and  Development Fund;  he pointed  out                                                                    
that the amendment would be a  loan to help solve the energy                                                                    
issues in Fairbanks and other rural communities.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:46:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stoltze related  that  the  committee was  missing                                                                    
Representative  Guttenberg's  presence   and  requested  Mr.                                                                    
Hopkins to pass on the  comments on behalf of the committee.                                                                    
Mr.   Hopkins   responded   that    he   had   spoken   with                                                                    
Representative Guttenberg  regarding the issues  and thanked                                                                    
Co-Chair Stoltze for his best wishes.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:47:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE  WANT,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against funding  the Department of Natural  Resources' (DNR)                                                                    
Guide  Concession  Program.  He thanked  the  committee  for                                                                    
removing the  fiscal note  for the  program. He  pointed out                                                                    
that  DNR  already had  a  system  in  place that  could  be                                                                    
modified   to  address   any  concerns   regarding  resource                                                                    
management.  He  related  that the  concession  program  was                                                                    
based on crowding  of the resource and  trespassing, both of                                                                    
which  could already  be addressed  under current  programs,                                                                    
resources, and infrastructure. He  discussed the decrease in                                                                    
license sales in  the last few years, as well  as a decrease                                                                    
in the  number of non-resident  moose tags, sheep  tags, and                                                                    
caribou tags.  He expressed concern  that the  program would                                                                    
hand  over to  an individual  management policies  that were                                                                    
currently vested by statute in the Board of Game.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:50:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SMOKEY  DON DUNCAN,  SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified   against  funding   the  Department   of  Natural                                                                    
Resources'  Guide Concession  Program.  He  stated that  the                                                                    
program  was  not  based on  resource  management,  wildlife                                                                    
conservation,  or  maximizing  the value  of  the  resource;                                                                    
furthermore, the  program did not satisfy  the five criteria                                                                    
that were  used to justify  it. He offered that  the program                                                                    
would  not have  withstood  a legal  challenge  and that  50                                                                    
percent of  the original supporters could  no longer support                                                                    
the program. He  pointed out that DNR had never  been a game                                                                    
manager  and that  solutions should  include broad  industry                                                                    
participation. He thanked the  committee for not funding the                                                                    
Guide Concession Program and urged not revitalizing it.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:52:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINA DAVIS, INDEPENDENT  LIVING ADVOCATE, ACCESS ALASKA                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in  support  of restoring  the                                                                    
$100,000 increment  for the Centers for  Independent Living.                                                                    
She stated that the  Centers for Independent Living provided                                                                    
services to  over 45 rural  communities the prior  year, but                                                                    
that large  areas of the  state still  remained underserved.                                                                    
She  pointed  out that  limited  funds  reduced the  already                                                                    
limited options that Rural  Alaskans had, particularly among                                                                    
seniors and  individuals with disabilities. She  pointed out                                                                    
that funding  these services would make  productive citizens                                                                    
and reduce costs  to the state. She concluded  that home and                                                                    
community  based services  were  proven  effective and  cost                                                                    
efficient.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:53:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARY  LAURSEN,  DIRECTOR,   HONORS  PROGRAM,  UNIVERSITY  OF                                                                    
ALASKA FAIRBANKS, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), expressed                                                                    
support of  continued funding for the  University of Alaska,                                                                    
the preservation  of the  UA Press,  and a  $50,000 addendum                                                                    
for the University  of Alaska's Honors program  at UAA, UAF,                                                                    
and UAS.  He pointed out  that the press gave  publishers an                                                                    
outlet and  related that all  royalties of  his publications                                                                    
were going  back to  the university  and into  a scholarship                                                                    
fund  that supported  undergraduate  and graduate  students'                                                                    
education.  He stated  that  95 percent  of  the UAF  Honors                                                                    
Program students  were graduating  and that 90  percent were                                                                    
staying in Alaska.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:55:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLIN OLNER, SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support  of  funding  the   Controllership  Program  at  the                                                                    
University of  Alaska Fairbanks. He pointed  out that Alaska                                                                    
had a  critical shortage  of trained senior  accountants and                                                                    
controllers  and  that the  demand  for  these services  was                                                                    
expected to rise over the next  few days. He related that he                                                                    
was working for a small  company that did around $30 million                                                                    
a  year in  business  and  pointed out  that  it was  having                                                                    
trouble finding a controller because  of the high demand. He                                                                    
concluded  that the  program would  help  train and  develop                                                                    
students that were from Alaska, who knew Alaska's economy.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:56:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS   PIECH,   SELF,   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of funding the  Controllership Program                                                                    
at  the  University  of Alaska  Fairbanks.  He  shared  that                                                                    
Alaska was currently experiencing  a shortage of accountants                                                                    
and that  the addition of  the program would meet  the need.                                                                    
He related that a lot  of senior accountants and controllers                                                                    
were expected to retire in  the next ten years. He concluded                                                                    
that  the program  would help  support  Alaskans and  create                                                                    
more opportunities.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:57:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CECILIA BATES HUDSON,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  support  increasing  funding  to  education.  She                                                                    
expressed  the need  for Alaska's  schools to  keep up  with                                                                    
technology.  She  discussed  how  a North  Pole  school  had                                                                    
incorporated  career technology  learning.  She shared  that                                                                    
her son, who had Fetal  Alcohol Syndrome, was in enrolled in                                                                    
the  North  Pole school  and  was  maintaining a  3.8  grade                                                                    
average;  furthermore,  her  son  was  more  exciting  about                                                                    
school than  he ever  had been before.  She stated  that the                                                                    
West Valley  and Lathrup school  districts did not  have the                                                                    
budget for  some of these  programs and related  how helpful                                                                    
they  were  for  young  people.  She  discussed  bringing  a                                                                    
student down to Juneau to  meet with legislators and related                                                                    
how the experience had changed the child.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:00:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BEDUSHA  THOMAS,   SELF,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
expressed support  of funding for  the Interior  Alaska Area                                                                    
Health and  Education Cooperative  (AHEC). She  related that                                                                    
AHEC had  been beneficial  in to  the UAF  Paramedic Academy                                                                    
and had  aided the  clinical setting.  She pointed  out that                                                                    
that the cooperative was a  great benefit to students in the                                                                    
university's externship program in the Lower 48.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TABER REHBAUM,  ARCTIC ALLIANCE  FOR PEOPLE,  FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference),  expressed support  of a  $200,000 increase                                                                    
to the  Health and  Human Services Community  Matching Block                                                                    
Grant  and  spoke  against cutting  funding  for  behavioral                                                                    
health services,  Best Beginnings, and Parents  as Teachers.                                                                    
She offered  that the increase  to the matching  block grant                                                                    
would  allow Fairbanks  to fund  all  the eligible  agencies                                                                    
that applied  for funding;  furthermore, the  agencies would                                                                    
provide  the services  at a  fraction of  the cost  that the                                                                    
state   would  incur   providing  them.   She  shared   that                                                                    
prevention saved money in the short-term and the long-term.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:03:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICK GASA,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  of a $200,000  increase to the Health  and Human                                                                    
Services  Community  Matching  Block  Grant and  SB  70.  He                                                                    
related that SB 70 amended  the Civil Legal Services Fund to                                                                    
include  25 percent  of  the court  filing  system fees.  He                                                                    
stated  that funding  to Alaska  Legal Services  Corporation                                                                    
(ALSC)  provided essential  human  services,  but that  ALSC                                                                    
also  boosted economies  across the  state by  $17.8 million                                                                    
annually. He  concluded every dollar invested  ALSC resulted                                                                    
in $5 dollars of economic benefit for its clients.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:04:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN REGITANO, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, FAMILY CENTERED SERVICES                                                                    
OF ALASKA, FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), spoke in support                                                                    
of  restoring the  funding cuts  to  the state's  Behavioral                                                                    
Health Grants.  He shared that  Family Centered  Services of                                                                    
Alaska   provided  mental   health  and   behavioral  health                                                                    
services to  children around the  state. He opined  that the                                                                    
budget cuts  would result in a  dramatically negative effect                                                                    
on  social  service  agencies  in the  state  and  that  the                                                                    
network  would suffer.  He discussed  the fragile  nature of                                                                    
the  network  of  social  service  agencies  in  Alaska  and                                                                    
pointed  out that  Family Centered  Services  of Alaska  had                                                                    
already  received a  ten  percent cut  in  2003; since  that                                                                    
time,  there had  been no  increases in  the budget  and the                                                                    
number of children the centers  served had risen from 100 to                                                                    
300. He  concluded that this was  a bad time to  cut already                                                                    
struggling social service agencies.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:06:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANGELA  LINN,  PRESIDENT,  MUSEUMS  ALASKA,  FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support of  increasing  the                                                                    
funding for the Alaska State  Museum's Grant and Aid Program                                                                    
to  $150,000  and an  additional  line  item of  $25,000  to                                                                    
support   the  internship   program,  which   was  currently                                                                    
included in the Alaska State  Museum's Grant and Aid Program                                                                    
budget.  She pointed  out  that the  grant  and aid  program                                                                    
supported  projects  in  Alaska  museums  in  the  areas  of                                                                    
collections   care,    facility   upgrades,    and   exhibit                                                                    
development.  Over  its 32  year  history,  the program  had                                                                    
provided  over 80  of  Alaska's  cultural institutions  with                                                                    
funding   or   interns.   The  funding   provided   valuable                                                                    
assistance for Alaska's smaller  and rural museums, cultural                                                                    
centers,   visitor   centers,  historical   societies,   and                                                                    
historical  holdings. She  discussed how  the state  museums                                                                    
benefited  Alaska's   economy,  communities,   and  cultural                                                                    
wealth.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:08:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AUDREY  JONES,  PRESIDENT,   FAIRBANKS  NATIVE  ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference),  testified   against  the                                                                    
budget  cuts  to  behavioral   health  services  and  voiced                                                                    
support for  the Controllership Program at  UAF. She related                                                                    
that  approval  of  the   proposed  budget  would  devastate                                                                    
communities  and would  create a  huge deficit  in services.                                                                    
She   shared  that   the   Fairbanks  Native   Association's                                                                    
behavioral  health  services   provided  a  community  based                                                                    
option for  the substance abuse treatment  of youth, adults,                                                                    
and families. She shared a  personal story regarding her own                                                                    
and her family's experiences with  substance abuse; with the                                                                    
help of  behavioral health  services, she  was able  to turn                                                                    
her   life  around.   She  concluded   that  detoxification,                                                                    
residential  treatment, and  aftercare  services provided  a                                                                    
new start and hope for many families.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL  KEEPERS,   SELF,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
expressed her support  for a $200,000 increase  to the Human                                                                    
Services  Community Matching  Block  Grant,  an increase  in                                                                    
funding   for  the   early  childhood   programs,  and   the                                                                    
restoration   of  funding   for  behavior   health  services                                                                    
programs.  She  pointed  out that  the  state  dollars  were                                                                    
matched by borough  and local sources and  were leveraged 17                                                                    
times  its value.  She stated  that Best  Beginnings dollars                                                                    
were well spent in her community.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:12:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY  VOCKEROTH,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  the  governor's  proposed funding  for  the  Best                                                                    
Beginnings  and Parents  as  Teachers  Programs. She  stated                                                                    
that her  community had greatly  benefited from both  of the                                                                    
programs.  She mentioned  that  Best  Beginnings had  funded                                                                    
several projects including  improving literacy education for                                                                    
childcare  providers, establishing  a website  with multiple                                                                    
resources,  and a  community  wide  campaign to  disseminate                                                                    
early  childhood development  information.  She warned  that                                                                    
the  proposed  cuts  by  the  Education  Subcommittee  would                                                                    
jeopardize  projects.  She  offered  that  the  kindergarten                                                                    
profile  for this  year indicated  that only  17 percent  of                                                                    
Alaska's  children  arrived at  school  ready  to learn  and                                                                    
opined that there was a lot of work that needed to be done.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:13:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA   RICH,   SELF,   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified against  the cuts in funding  to behavioral health                                                                    
services. She  discussed the 13 different  behavioral health                                                                    
service programs that she had on  a list and stated that she                                                                    
did not want any of the  programs to be cut. She pointed out                                                                    
that  behavioral  health  services served  individuals  with                                                                    
mental  illnesses, substance  abuse disorders,  intellectual                                                                    
and developmental  disorders, and seniors. She  offered that                                                                    
the people that behavioral health  services served were at a                                                                    
higher  risk for  institutional care,  which would  cost the                                                                    
state a lot more money that keeping the social services.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:14:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PHIL   OSBORN,   SELF,   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  restoring  the   funding  for  behavioral  health                                                                    
services.  He  opined that  the  people  who benefited  from                                                                    
these programs  were the  neediest in  our society  and that                                                                    
the highest  function of  government was  to help  those who                                                                    
needed  help more  than others.  He discussed  the death  of                                                                    
Hugo Chavez  and related that  he had been guiding  light to                                                                    
help the poor among his citizens.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:15:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHEN FINK, STUDENT,  UAF-CTC PARAMEDIC ACADEMY, FAIRBANKS                                                                    
(via teleconference),  expressed support of funding  for the                                                                    
Interior  Alaska  Area   Health  and  Education  Cooperative                                                                    
(AHEC). He pointed out that  the paramedic academy had a two                                                                    
to three month required internship  in the Lower 48 and that                                                                    
AHEC supported the  travel costs of the  internship, as well                                                                    
as orientation at hospitals.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:16:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MYLES   JELLISON,   STUDENT,  UAF-CTC   PARAMEDIC   ACADEMY,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
funding for  the Interior Alaska  Area Health  and Education                                                                    
Cooperative  (AHEC). He  offered  that he  was  from out  of                                                                    
state and pointed out that  the paramedic program at UAF was                                                                    
a driving  factor of why  he chose to attend  the University                                                                    
of  Alaska. He  shared  that the  support  of AHEC  provided                                                                    
students with  training and  experience to  become competent                                                                    
medics and allowed the students  to go outside the state for                                                                    
internships. He concluded that  continued funding would keep                                                                    
more  students  coming  in from  outside  Alaska  and  would                                                                    
provide a steady supply of  highly trained EMS professionals                                                                    
in the state.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:18:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRAIG BRYAN,  STUDENT, UAF-CTC PARAMEDIC  ACADEMY, FAIRBANKS                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke in  support of funding  for the                                                                    
Interior  Alaska  Area   Health  and  Education  Cooperative                                                                    
(AHEC). He pointed out that AHEC  played a vital role in the                                                                    
paramedic program  at UAF and  that it helped  coordinate to                                                                    
make local  healthcare facilities available to  students. He                                                                    
discussed the  financial support AHEC provided  for required                                                                    
internships out of the state.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:19:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL SMITH, STUDENT,  UAF-CTC PARAMEDIC ACADEMY FAIRBANKS                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke in  support of funding  for the                                                                    
Interior  Alaska  Area   Health  and  Education  Cooperative                                                                    
(AHEC).  He  shared  that  he   had  been  a  volunteer  and                                                                    
professional  EMT  in  the  Fairbanks  for  five  years.  He                                                                    
related that  he was able  to increase his  training through                                                                    
the use of AHEC. He  concluded that when someone called 911,                                                                    
they wanted  a fully  qualified medical provider  to respond                                                                    
and  that  the  AHEC  and the  university  would  make  that                                                                    
happen.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:19:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHUCK  KUHNS,  PARAMEDIC   COORDINATOR,  PARAMEDIC  ACADEMY,                                                                    
UNIVERSITY    OF    ALASKA   FAIRBANKS,    FAIRBANKS    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  expressed  support   of  funding  for  the                                                                    
Interior  Alaska  Area   Health  and  Education  Cooperative                                                                    
(AHEC)  and  its regional  centers.  He  related that  UAF's                                                                    
paramedic  program   was  the  only   nationally  accredited                                                                    
program in the  state and trained about 20  students a year;                                                                    
the  program had  90  percent of  its  students passing  the                                                                    
national test  on the first  attempt. He stated  that AHEC's                                                                    
regional center in  Fairbanks provided "almost foundational"                                                                    
support  to  the Paramedic  Academy.  He  related that  AHEC                                                                    
assisted  students   with  the  expenses  of   the  required                                                                    
internships  outside of  Alaska and  helped coordinate  with                                                                    
the hospitals.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:21:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DON  GRAY,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the proposed cuts to  behavioral health services and                                                                    
in  support of  funding  education. He  shared that  funding                                                                    
behavioral health services  would prevent state expenditures                                                                    
in  the   future  that  would  result   from  incarceration,                                                                    
institutionalization, and  hospitalization. He  relayed that                                                                    
the future relied on the  education of Alaska's children and                                                                    
urged  that public  schools were  critical  for the  state's                                                                    
future.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:23:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MURRAY  RICHMOND,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of the  restoration of adequate funding                                                                    
for the  health and  social services and  education budgets.                                                                    
He offered  that the sexual  assault rate in Alaska  was too                                                                    
high and  was sometimes higher  than the graduation  rate in                                                                    
certain  areas.  He stated  that  people  with problems  had                                                                    
children with the same problems  and that putting less money                                                                    
towards the problem  did not help. He  stated that "throwing                                                                    
money" at problem was not  the issue, but that doing nothing                                                                    
would not make them go away.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:25:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIE  MITCHALL,   SELF,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
expressed  support of  the restoring  funding to  behavioral                                                                    
health services,  a $200,000 increase to  the Human Services                                                                    
Community Matching  Block Grant, an increase  in funding for                                                                    
the early  childhood programs, as well  as restoring funding                                                                    
to   the  Complex   Behavior   Collaborative  Program.   She                                                                    
supported   the  testimony   of   previous  testifiers   and                                                                    
discussed the  demand and benefit  of behavioral  and social                                                                    
service programs. She pointed out  that the Key Coalition of                                                                    
Alaska  had   data  that  supported  the   Complex  Behavior                                                                    
Collaborative  Program.   She  relayed  the   difficulty  of                                                                    
getting help for  a loved one or family  member with complex                                                                    
behavior  and stated  that the  programs provided  stability                                                                    
and allowed those affected to live a normal life.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:27:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ASHLIE  THEISEN;  SHAWSTON   RUNK,  SELVES,  FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   spoke   against   cuts  in   funding   to                                                                    
behavioral  health  services,   and  supported  funding  for                                                                    
mental  and  substance   abuse  programs,  particularly  the                                                                    
Womens and Childrens Center for  Inner Healing in Fairbanks.                                                                    
She related  that she was  currently a client of  the Womens                                                                    
and  Childrens  Center  for  Inner   Healing  and  that  the                                                                    
services had  been life changing  for herself, her  son, and                                                                    
her  family.  She  shared that  the  treatment  program  had                                                                    
changed a  lot of women's lives  and that it was  one of the                                                                    
only centers  in the state  that allowed women  and children                                                                    
to  attend.   She  relayed  a   personal  story   about  her                                                                    
experiences with mental and substance  abuse and expressed a                                                                    
desire to see  treatment programs continue. She  read from a                                                                    
prepared statement  by Shawston Runk. The  statement relayed                                                                    
concerns  that cuts  in  the budget  would  have a  negative                                                                    
effect on  mental health and  substance abuse  facilities at                                                                    
the women's and children's center.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:30:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL BEALS, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
against the  cuts to behavioral  health services.  He shared                                                                    
his  role on  the Community  Action Planning  Committee, the                                                                    
Suicide    Prevention   Taskforce,    Fairbanks   Prevention                                                                    
Coalition, as well as Fairbanks  Counseling and Adoption. He                                                                    
related that Fairbanks Counseling  and Adoption had lost its                                                                    
psychiatrist and  was unable to  replace the position;  as a                                                                    
result,  they  had  lost their  ability  to  serve  Medicaid                                                                    
patients  and  he had  lost  his  job.  He stated  that  his                                                                    
experience  in the  industry was  in suicide  prevention and                                                                    
expressed fears that the $8.3  million in funding cuts would                                                                    
result in  lost lives. He  pointed to Alaska's high  rate of                                                                    
suicide  and offered  that the  system  was "overtaxed."  He                                                                    
concluded   that   Fairbanks'  behavioral   health   service                                                                    
organization was going through  a much needed reorganization                                                                    
and that the  cut would have a very negative  effect on that                                                                    
agency.  He  concluded  that  it  was  difficult  to  retain                                                                    
qualified providers  and practitioners  and urged  that this                                                                    
was not the time to cut funding.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:33:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GUNNAR  EBBESON, OWNER,  TURNING POINT  COUNSELING SERVICES,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),  spoke  against the  budget                                                                    
cut  for behavioral  health services.  He discussed  the DUI                                                                    
Court and  the potential of  lost funding for  that program.                                                                    
He  offered  that  the  DUI   Court  was  one  of  the  most                                                                    
researched and effective programs in  the nation and that it                                                                    
was very  cost effective  in comparison to  jailing someone.                                                                    
He  stated that  the  recovery programs  of  the court  were                                                                    
intensely monitored.  He related a personal  story about how                                                                    
treatment  had  helped  him and  urged  the  restoration  of                                                                    
funding  for behavioral  health services.  He discussed  how                                                                    
Los   Angeles  County   was  experiencing   high  rates   of                                                                    
individuals  in jails  with mental  illnesses,  which was  a                                                                    
direct result of the lack of funding for medication.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:36:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE    LITTLE     WOLF,    SELF,     FAIRBANKS    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  expressed support  of  funding for  Native                                                                    
students  and families  and for  maintaining control  of the                                                                    
Title 7  Indian Education  Funding. She stated  that putting                                                                    
the money in the same pool  of funds would violate the trust                                                                    
responsibility  that  the  federal  government  had  in  the                                                                    
education  of Alaska  Native,  American  Indian, and  Native                                                                    
Hawaiian  students. She  stated that  there were  over 2,000                                                                    
Alaskan   Native   or   American  Indian   students,   which                                                                    
represented hundreds  of tribes, in her  school district and                                                                    
that she  was advocating for  each one of those  students to                                                                    
have a voice  in their own education. She  stated that local                                                                    
education agencies  currently housed  the money for  Title 7                                                                    
and  urged  the  congressional  delegation  to  take  active                                                                    
measures  to insure  that all  tribes  were represented  and                                                                    
students'  academic   and  cultural  needs  were   met.  She                                                                    
acknowledged the achievement gap  in "our" students and that                                                                    
it was  time for all  the stakeholders to  become proactive.                                                                    
She  pointed   out  that  strong  development   in  cultural                                                                    
responsive education  would help deliver an  appropriate and                                                                    
successful education.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:38:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOMO  STEWART, ENERGY  PROJECT  MANAGER, FAIRBANKS  ECONOMIC                                                                    
DEVELOPMENT  CORPORATION,  FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in   support  of  the  governor's   amendment  to                                                                    
transfer  $125  million  from  the  Alaska  Housing  Capital                                                                    
Corporation  Fund  to  the Sustainable  Energy  Transmission                                                                    
Supply  and Development  Fund. He  related that  the funding                                                                    
was  critical  to  provide the  capital  necessary  for  the                                                                    
support  of the  transition to  lower-cost, cleaner  burning                                                                    
North Slope  natural gas.  He added  that the  fund transfer                                                                    
also  insured  that   the  Sustainable  Energy  Transmission                                                                    
Supply and  Development Fund had adequate  capitalization in                                                                    
order  to  make funds  available  in  the future  for  other                                                                    
energy  projects in  other  communities.  He concluded  that                                                                    
Fairbanks realized  it was not  the only community  that had                                                                    
energy cost and air quality issues.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:39:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALAN BATTEN, SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support   of  restoring   funding  to   the  education   and                                                                    
behavioral health services budgets.  He pointed out that the                                                                    
future  of Alaska  was  dependent on  the  education of  its                                                                    
children and that  it was an area that  deserved funding. He                                                                    
stated that the pre-K  pilot program was receiving favorable                                                                    
reviews  and should  be instituted  more broadly  instead of                                                                    
being  cut.  He offered  that  support  for community  based                                                                    
behavioral services was very  important, effective, and cost                                                                    
effective.  He   related  the   high  rate   of  alcoholism,                                                                    
substance abuse,  and suicide in  Alaska. He  concluded that                                                                    
state  needed to  support these  communities based  services                                                                    
with stable funding.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:41:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DON SMITH, SELF, ANCHORAGE spoke  against the $25 million in                                                                    
cuts to  the Anchorage School District's  budget. He pointed                                                                    
out  that   there  was  a  constitutional   requirement  for                                                                    
education in  Alaska. He  discussed the  expected reductions                                                                    
every  year to  the school  district's budget  and suggested                                                                    
that the state  law be changed so that the  school board had                                                                    
the ability  to raise funds.  He shared that  currently, the                                                                    
school district  had no  authority or  ability to  raise any                                                                    
kind of  money. He opined  that it  if the school  board was                                                                    
given taxing authority, it could  have the city assembly add                                                                    
the needed funding  to the taxes of  Anchorage. He expressed                                                                    
the  need  for  giving  more local  control  to  the  school                                                                    
districts. He  offered that the  board could vote  on issues                                                                    
with funding as they arose,  but stated that "carte blanche"                                                                    
authority  should  not be  given.  He  concluded that  there                                                                    
should  be some  way for  the  district to  raise a  limited                                                                    
amount of money that clearly needed to be raised.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:44:30 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:06:10 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SITKA,  PETERSBURG,  BARROW,   DILLINGHAM,  UNALASKA,  DELTA                                                                  
JUNCTION                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:06:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SANDY   SOLENBERGER,   VOLUNTEER   CHAIRMAN,   NORTH   SLOPE                                                                    
IMAGINATION LIBRARY, BARROW  (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support of  reinstating  funds for  Best Beginnings  and                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers. She stressed that  the programs served                                                                    
children ages zero  to 4, and pointed out  that children had                                                                    
flourished  in  these  programs.   She  explained  that  the                                                                    
success of  the programs was  directly tied to  the training                                                                    
of  the administrators  of the  programs. She  remarked that                                                                    
she was  able to  clearly see  which children  had completed                                                                    
these  early   education  programs,  based  on   their  high                                                                    
achievements later in life.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:09:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATUK  GLENN, MUSEUM  CURATOR, NORTH  SLOPE BOROUGH  INUPIAT                                                                    
HERITAGE CENTER,  BARROW (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
support for the  grants and aide program for  museums in the                                                                    
Department  of   Education  and  Early   Development  (DEED)                                                                    
budget.  She stated  that the  North  Slope Borough  Inupiat                                                                    
Heritage   Center  was   an  educational   institution  that                                                                    
promoted  and perpetuated  Inupiat  heritage through  museum                                                                    
operations. She expressed that  museums and cultural centers                                                                    
contributed   to   the   economy  and   well-being   through                                                                    
employment and  cultural tourism. Museums  educated children                                                                    
and adults; and enriched communities.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:11:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUDI  RUDER,  CLINICIAN,  BEHAVIORAL HEALTH,  UNALASKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified   against  the   $8.3   million                                                                    
behavioral  health  budget   reduction.  She  stressed  that                                                                    
funding  for  behavioral   health  supported  programs  like                                                                    
mental  health treatment;  substance abuse  treatment; detox                                                                    
services;   services  for   youth   with  severe   emotional                                                                    
disturbances;  peer  support services;  suicide  prevention;                                                                    
tribal behavioral health services;  services for seniors and                                                                    
elders; and  domestic violence prevention  and intervention.                                                                    
She  furthered that  behavioral  health services  encouraged                                                                    
mental health patients to remain  in their home communities.                                                                    
She stressed  that without behavioral health  support in the                                                                    
small communities,  those behavioral health patients  may be                                                                    
subjected  to  incarceration  or hospitalization.  She  felt                                                                    
that  all  Alaskans  could lead  meaningful  and  productive                                                                    
lives.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:14:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DANITA  KOEHLER,  SELF,   DRY  CREEK  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against  the  budget reduction  for  trauma  care                                                                    
funding. She  explained that in  2010, Governor  Parnell had                                                                    
signed the regional trauma care  law. She stressed that some                                                                    
emergency  care service  centers were  shutting down  in the                                                                    
small villages, due to lack  of funding. Many small villages                                                                    
and  communities did  not have  easy access  to trauma  care                                                                    
facilities,  so   the  broad   range  of   availability  was                                                                    
necessary  for   the  safety  of  the   residents  of  small                                                                    
communities.  She  felt that  the  trauma  care funding  and                                                                    
access to trauma care treatment would benefit all Alaskans.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:17:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYCE    WRIGLEY,   ALASKA    FARM   BUREAU,    DELTA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of $181,000  for the                                                                    
Farm to School program. He  stressed that the Farm to School                                                                    
program was necessary for children  to eat healthy and local                                                                    
food  in  schools;  while receiving  invaluable  agriculture                                                                    
education. He  explained that the  program was  entering its                                                                    
third  year,  so  the  funding was  necessary  to  keep  the                                                                    
program  alive. He  stressed  that his  request  was not  an                                                                    
increase, but  perhaps left out  of a  recent bill due  to a                                                                    
clerical error.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:19:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID FLYNN, SELF, DELTA  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support of  funding for the Complex  Behavior Collaborative.                                                                    
He  explained that  the cost  of psychiatric  facilities was                                                                    
much  higher than  local  preventative  costs. He  explained                                                                    
that  there were  many applicants  for the  Complex Behavior                                                                    
Collaborative,  with  very  good success  of  families  that                                                                    
included people  with behavioral health issues.  He shared a                                                                    
story of an autistic child's  family who had benefitted from                                                                    
the  behavioral  health  counseling  and  funding  from  the                                                                    
Complex Behavior Collaborative.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:24:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL  DUFENDAUCH,  DELTA  IMAGINATION LIBRARY,  DELTA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  funding  for  early                                                                    
childhood  education. She  spoke specifically  for the  Best                                                                    
Beginnings. She  remarked that it  was important to  read to                                                                    
children,  beginning  at  a  very young  age,  in  order  to                                                                    
encourage proper literacy and learning skills.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:25:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN MILLER,  CO-CHAIR, DELTA IMAGINATION  LIBRARY, DELTA                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for                                                                    
Best Beginnings. She asked that  the Best Beginnings program                                                                    
return  its  funding  to the  governor's  original  proposed                                                                    
budget.  She stressed  that the  program  was essential  for                                                                    
young children's  development. She explained that  the Delta                                                                    
Imagination Library could not  function without funding from                                                                    
the Best Beginnings grant program.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:25:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JASMINE  WELL, CO-CHAIR,  DELTA  IMAGINATION LIBRARY,  DELTA                                                                    
(via  teleconference), testified  in support  of reinstating                                                                    
funding for  the Best Beginnings program.  She stressed that                                                                    
the  Imagination Library  depended  on funds  from the  Best                                                                    
Beginnings   grant   program.   She  explained   that   Best                                                                    
Beginnings was  approximately 60 percent of  the Imagination                                                                    
Library's  budget.   She  shared  that  200   children  were                                                                    
enrolled in the  Delta Imagination Library, and  in order to                                                                    
serve  those children,  adequate  funding  was necessary  to                                                                    
continue the program.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:28:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROSE LOERA,  CITY MANAGER, DILLINGHAM  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of  the $2  million for  community and                                                                    
regional jails, and continued  funding for community revenue                                                                    
sharing.  She stated  that Dillingham  was a  transportation                                                                    
hub,  so the  jail  felt  the burden  of  many  out of  town                                                                    
perpetrators. The Dillingham jail  had an eight bed capacity                                                                    
and   often  operated   over  capacity.   She  stated   that                                                                    
Dillingham  could  not  operate   programs  that  cannot  be                                                                    
financially supported. She stressed  that the community jail                                                                    
funding  would  allow  for the  Dillingham's  budget  to  be                                                                    
balanced.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN   PASQUARIELLO,  CHIEF   OF   POLICE,  DILLINGHAM   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support  of the  $2 million  for                                                                    
community  and regional  jails,  and  continued funding  for                                                                    
community revenue sharing. He  explained that the Dillingham                                                                    
jail  was  often over  capacity,  because  Dillingham was  a                                                                    
transportation  hub.  He  stated that  the  Dillingham  jail                                                                    
often   held  inmates   from  neighboring   communities.  He                                                                    
announced that  Dillingham was a  criminal justice  hub, and                                                                    
stressed that  Dillingham would appreciate  compensation for                                                                    
the actual cost of housing inmates.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN   CHANEY,  SELF,   DILLINGHAM  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in   support  of  restoring  $137,000   for  Best                                                                    
Beginnings. She stated that there  were over 200 children in                                                                    
Dillingham who  were enrolled in the  Dillingham Imagination                                                                    
Library  program, and  received  a book  each  month in  the                                                                    
mail. She stated  that many villages do not  have any access                                                                    
to  books for  children. She  stressed that  the Imagination                                                                    
Library was  the only source  for early  childhood education                                                                    
in many Alaskan communities.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:36:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEAN ELLIS,  PRESIDENT, PETERSBURG BOROUGH  SCHOOL DISTRICT,                                                                    
PETERSBURG (via teleconference),  spoke against the $250,000                                                                    
reduction  in  the DEED  budget,  and  further supported  an                                                                    
increase the  governor's proposed DEED budget.  She stressed                                                                    
that  education costs  were growing,  but  education was  an                                                                    
essential  part  of the  budget-as  it  is mandated  in  the                                                                    
constitution. She  stressed that many communities  could not                                                                    
function  properly  without  proper education  funding.  She                                                                    
felt  that   education  expectations  were   growing,  while                                                                    
education funding was decreasing.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:38:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLENE   CUSHING,   WOMEN  AGAINST   VIOLENCE   EVERYWHERE,                                                                    
PETERSBURG  (via   teleconference),  spoke  in   support  of                                                                    
funding for  domestic violence prevention  and intervention.                                                                    
She explained that Women  Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE)                                                                    
had a broad  base of support, including  law enforcement and                                                                    
mental  health  providers.  She stressed  that  funding  was                                                                    
necessary for  volunteers to provide services  that included                                                                    
advocating  and  safe  haven   for  clients.  She  felt  the                                                                    
domestic violence prevention  and intervention funding would                                                                    
help  in continuing  to help  domestic violence  victims and                                                                    
families of victims.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:40:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUNNY  RICE, COORDINATOR,  ALASKA YOUNG  FISHERMEN'S SUMMIT,                                                                    
SITKA (via teleconference), testified  in support of funding                                                                    
for  the  Young  Fishermen's  Summit in  the  University  of                                                                    
Alaska   (UA)  budget.   She   explained   that  the   Young                                                                    
Fishermen's  Summit  was  a   cooperative  effort  with  the                                                                    
fishing  industry.  Commercial   fishing  groups  and  other                                                                    
industry members  worked with  the Young  Fishermen's Summit                                                                    
to help  provide basic funding,  and help  participants with                                                                    
travel  costs.  She  encouraged  the  networking  among  new                                                                    
entrants  and industry  leaders that  were provided  through                                                                    
the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:41:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JERRY   STUBER,  SELF,   PETERSBURG  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
opposed  budget  cuts for  mental  health  care funding.  He                                                                    
stressed that  the costs for  mental health  treatment would                                                                    
be  shifted to  more costly  programs like  health care  and                                                                    
public safety.  He felt that all  Alaskan communities needed                                                                    
mental health care funding.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:42:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIM KILKENNY, CLINICIAN,  PETERSBURG MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES,                                                                    
PETERSBURG (via teleconference), spoke  in opposition to the                                                                    
$8.3 million behavioral health  budget reduction. She stated                                                                    
that  Petersburg  had  experienced  a lock  down  for  three                                                                    
separate  gun and  other  violent  threats against  numerous                                                                    
residents, including  children. She  announced that  she had                                                                    
assisted  the police  in a  stand-off  with an  intoxicated,                                                                    
suicidal, homicidal  individual. She pointed out  the heroin                                                                    
epidemic  in Petersburg.  She  felt  that behavioral  health                                                                    
funding  could  assist  in intervention  and  prevention  of                                                                    
these community problems.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:43:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MAX   WORHATCH,    PRESIDENT,   UNITED    SOUTHEAST   ALASKA                                                                    
GILLNETTERS,  PETERSBURG   (via  teleconference),  testified                                                                    
against the  $550,000 budget  cut for  stock identification.                                                                    
He  stressed  that port  sampling  would  allow managers  to                                                                    
adjust fishing time, and adjust  to maximum possible yields.                                                                    
He stated that code wire  tag codes, identified through port                                                                    
sampling,  allowed  managers  to  assess  wild  Coho  salmon                                                                    
numbers,  enabling the  managers to  adjust fishing  time to                                                                    
allow for  adequate escapement and maximum  sustained yield.                                                                    
He  stated that,  because of  port sampling,  a mixed  stock                                                                    
fishery  in Chatham  Strait had  managers who  were able  to                                                                    
identify Coho and  Sockeye salmon stock bound  for the Upper                                                                    
Lynn  Canal  and  Taku. He  stressed  that  identifying  the                                                                    
Sockeye stocks  allowed managers to prosecute  a Pink salmon                                                                    
fishery, while closely monitoring Sockeye salmon returns.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:45:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN LYNCH,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PETERSBURG  VESSEL OWNERS,                                                                    
PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),   testified  against  the                                                                    
$550,000  budget   cut  for  the  Southeast   Port  Sampling                                                                    
Program. He  felt the  funds were  critical to  the region's                                                                    
management of all salmon species  and fisheries in Southeast                                                                    
Alaska.  The  loss  of  funding  would  greatly  reduce  the                                                                    
Department of  Fish and Game's (DFG)  ability to sustainably                                                                    
manage  Alaska's  commercial  fisheries,  and  would  likely                                                                    
result in  reduced fishing opportunities. This  budget could                                                                    
also  result  in  significant economic  harm  to  fisherman,                                                                    
Southeast Alaska communities,  and Alaska's overall economic                                                                    
health.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:47:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  ROBERT  THOMASON,  SUPERINTENDENT,  PETERSBURG  BOROUGH                                                                    
SCHOOL DISTRICT, PETERSBURG  (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of increasing  the base student allocation (BSA).                                                                    
He  remarked that  it was  currently the  fourth consecutive                                                                    
year that the  BSA had remained flat. Each  of the preceding                                                                    
years, one-time funds  had been provided outside  the BSA to                                                                    
assist  in funding  district operations.  He felt  that one-                                                                    
time funding made  is difficult for districts  to budget and                                                                    
plan for the  future, which placed undue  stress on district                                                                    
personnel.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:49:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  OHMER, DIRECTOR,  PETERSBURG MENTAL  HEALTH SERVICES,                                                                    
PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),  spoke against  the  $8.3                                                                    
million behavioral  health budget reduction.  She understood                                                                    
that  funds needed  to  be utilized  wisely,  and felt  that                                                                    
behavioral health funding was  necessary. She explained that                                                                    
the  proposed budget  cut would  cut  the Petersburg  Mental                                                                    
Health  Services budget  by one-third.  She stated  that the                                                                    
one-third  cut  would result  in  a  loss of  three  service                                                                    
providers.  She  stressed  that Petersburg  faced  a  mental                                                                    
health and  substance abuse crisis.  She explained  that the                                                                    
death  rate in  Petersburg was  over eight  times the  state                                                                    
average. She  pointed out that  Petersburg was a  small town                                                                    
that  experienced  homicide  and  suicide  rates  that  were                                                                    
unusual  for such  a small  town. She  felt that  treatment,                                                                    
support,  and   violence  intervention  were   necessary  to                                                                    
Petersburg. She  stressed that cutting the  budget would not                                                                    
keep Alaskans safe. She reiterated  that reducing the budget                                                                    
for behavioral  health care would result  in diverting costs                                                                    
to   other  departments.   She  stated   that  since   2005,                                                                    
Petersburg had  recorded 32 recorded suicide  attempts; four                                                                    
drug-related  deaths; and  multiple community  lockdowns due                                                                    
to death and mass-murder threats.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:52:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JERRY  DZUGAN, SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support of  funding the  Alaska Marine  Safety Education                                                                    
Association. He  explained that the  safety of  the families                                                                    
of  fisherman was  important for  all fishermen.  He pointed                                                                    
out that the  skills that were taught in  the class directly                                                                    
affected  the  safety  of many  fishermen.  He  also  voiced                                                                    
support  of funding  the Young  Fisherman's Summit.  He felt                                                                    
that the  summit gave  young people an  edge in  the fishing                                                                    
industry,  by  providing useful  skills  to  succeed in  the                                                                    
fishing community  and industry.  He also voiced  support of                                                                    
the Fish to School program.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:55:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARJORIE  HENNESSEY,   SELF,  SITKA   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of  the  Fish  and  Farm  to  School                                                                    
program.  She  stressed  that the  Fish  to  School  program                                                                    
allowed children  to eat  and connect  with local  food, and                                                                    
encouraged local economic growth.  She remarked that fishing                                                                    
was  the   agriculture  of   Sitka;  and   held  significant                                                                    
economic, social,  and cultural importance to  the people of                                                                    
Sitka. The Fish to School  program created awareness of food                                                                    
security issues; improved health  by providing fresh seafood                                                                    
to  local students;  supported the  local fishermen;  helped                                                                    
students understand the value  and importance of local food;                                                                    
instilled a new way thinking  about food; and encouraged the                                                                    
community to question where their food originates.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:56:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TRACY  GAGNON,  COORDINATOR,  FISH  TO  SCHOOL,  SITKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support  of the  Fish to  School                                                                    
program. She stated that, because  of a partnership with the                                                                    
Farm to School  program, the Fish to School  program was now                                                                    
able  to  serve  over  1500  students  with  locally  caught                                                                    
seafood  in  the school  lunch  program.  She remarked  that                                                                    
there  was  tremendous success  with  the  program, and  the                                                                    
fourth  year  of  funding  was  critical  to  the  program's                                                                    
success.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:57:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLARICE   JOHNSON,   SELF,   SITKA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
vocalized  support for  the Alaska  Marine Safety  Education                                                                    
Association  and the  Fish to  Schools  program. She  stated                                                                    
that students  were taught  how to  catch and  process fish.                                                                    
She  felt the  program  would help  children understand  the                                                                    
importance  of the  local commercial  fishing industry.  She                                                                    
stressed  that her  family had  directly benefited  from the                                                                    
Alaska  Marine Safety  Education Association.  She furthered                                                                    
that marine safety education kept children alive.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:59:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELLEN  FRANKENSTEIN,   SELF,  SITKA   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of the  Fish to  School program.  She                                                                    
stated  that  she was  a  documentary  film maker,  and  had                                                                    
observed the recent benefits of  local foods in communities.                                                                    
She also  urged level funding  for the Alaska  Marine Safety                                                                    
Education Association.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:00:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAYLE  YOUNG,   SELF,  SITKA  (via   teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against   the   $8.3   million  behavioral   health   budget                                                                    
reduction. She remarked that  many behavioral health clients                                                                    
were young  children who may  be dealing with  Fetal Alcohol                                                                    
Spectrum Disorder  (FASD). She  remarked that FASD  had many                                                                    
behavioral  symptoms,   and  could  directly   benefit  from                                                                    
behavioral  health funding.  She asserted  that the  funding                                                                    
could  help  families of  children  with  FASD; because  the                                                                    
funds  would provide  support and  tools in  assisting those                                                                    
individuals with FASD.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:02:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA BUSCH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  SITKA SOUND SCIENCE CENTER,                                                                    
SITKA  (via teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the                                                                    
Fish Tech Program  within the Maritime Initiative  of the UA                                                                    
budget. She stressed that many  Alaskans love salmon and the                                                                    
tradition of the commercial fishing  industry. She felt that                                                                    
the expansion  in the budget  was critical  in strengthening                                                                    
the  Fish  Tech Program,  which  was  already enhancing  the                                                                    
commercial fishing industry. She  furthered that the program                                                                    
offered  classes  based  on the  needs  of  the  aquaculture                                                                    
industry, and the expansion would  benefit students who were                                                                    
living  in small  communities. The  program would  train and                                                                    
support  individuals in  places  like Dillingham,  Wrangell,                                                                    
and  Sitka. She  also  urged support  of  the Alaska  Marine                                                                    
Safety Education Association.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:04:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEE BENNET,  DIRECTOR, SITKA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL,  SITKA (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  continued funding                                                                    
for  trauma  care. He  explained  that  the Sitka  Community                                                                    
Hospital   provided    care   of   all    patients   without                                                                    
discrimination. He  explained that the funding  would update                                                                    
and  maintain equipment;  and provide  new positions  at the                                                                    
Sitka  Community   Hospital.  He   stated  that   the  Sitka                                                                    
Community  Hospital provided  24/7 emergency  room coverage;                                                                    
and anticipated  approximately 200 emergency room  visits in                                                                    
2013.  He  added that  it  was  anticipated that  the  Sitka                                                                    
Community  Hospital  would  provide about  $1.5  million  of                                                                    
uncompensated  care  for  patients that  were  presented  as                                                                    
uninsured  or underinsured.  He  stressed  that the  funding                                                                    
would provide the  ability to keep the charges  as they are,                                                                    
with no increase.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:06:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRED  FAYETTE, SELF,  SITKA (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support of  the Fish  to School.  He felt  that children                                                                    
should  be  educated about  the  health  benefits of  eating                                                                    
fish. He  stated that he  had personally contributed  to the                                                                    
Fish to Schools  program. He remarked that  his donation was                                                                    
taken from  his cold storage  that was intended to  be sold.                                                                    
He  felt  that  his  donation  was  a  valuable  investment,                                                                    
because the education  that the Fish to  Schools program was                                                                    
invaluable.  He shared  that he  had observed  some students                                                                    
while they  ate the  fish, and felt  that the  children were                                                                    
enthusiastic in  understanding how the fish  were caught and                                                                    
processed.  He also  urged support  for  funding the  Alaska                                                                    
Marine Safety Education Association.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:08:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT  WAGNER, REPRESENTATIVE,  NORTHERN SOUTHEAST  REGIONAL                                                                    
AQUACULTURE   ASSOCIATION,   SITKA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of  the Fish  Tech Program  within the                                                                    
Maritime Initiative of the UA  budget. He stressed that many                                                                    
Alaskans  love salmon  and the  tradition of  the commercial                                                                    
fishing industry. He  felt that the expansion  in the budget                                                                    
was critical  in strengthening the Fish  Tech Program, which                                                                    
was  already helping  the  commercial  fishing industry.  He                                                                    
furthered  that the  program offered  classed  based on  the                                                                    
needs of  the aquaculture industry, and  the expansion would                                                                    
benefit students  who were living in  small communities. The                                                                    
program would  train and support individuals  in places like                                                                    
Dillingham, Wrangell,  and Sitka.  He also urged  support of                                                                    
the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:09:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DORRIE   FERRELL,   MEMBER,   EASTER   GROUP,   SITKA   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
behavioral  health.  She  explained that  the  Easter  group                                                                    
worked  directly with  the homeless,  and those  individuals                                                                    
who were at  risk of homelessness. She  felt that behavioral                                                                    
health funding  benefitted Sitkans Against  Family Violence,                                                                    
the Youth  Advocates of Sitka,  the Sitka police,  the Sitka                                                                    
Library, and the  trauma care at the  hospital. She stressed                                                                    
that  the  Youth  Advocates  of  Sitka  were  successful  at                                                                    
serving youth who  had left their homes, and  were trying to                                                                    
complete  school without  maturity or  skills to  succeed in                                                                    
the  adult world.  She felt  that  prevention and  mediation                                                                    
that  the   youth  advocates  offered  were   vital  to  the                                                                    
community.  She  urged  the  committee  to  fully  fund  the                                                                    
behavior health budget.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:11:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUE HILL,  PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION  OF ALASKA  SCHOOL BOARDS,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
DEED   funding.  She   remarked   that   she  expected   the                                                                    
legislature  to  produce   a  responsible  and  conservative                                                                    
budget.  She  shared  that  her  family  had  experienced  a                                                                    
financial  crisis,  but  her family  was  strategic  in  how                                                                    
prioritize their  spending. She  shared the  four principles                                                                    
that her  family used  in their  budget strategy:  cover the                                                                    
rising costs of essentials;  maintain preventive health care                                                                    
like  dental care  and immunizations;  targeted professional                                                                    
development   in  equipment   that   would  translate   into                                                                    
additional  dollars;  and cut  or  mothball  parts of  their                                                                    
business and family  that were nice, but  not necessary. She                                                                    
urged  the committee  to follow  those same  guidelines with                                                                    
the budget. She stressed  that education costs were growing,                                                                    
but education was an essential part  of the budget, as it is                                                                    
mandated in  the constitution. She  remarked that  even with                                                                    
an addition of $100 per  student, Fairbanks would still feel                                                                    
the  pressure  to  increase  class  sizes.  She  also  urged                                                                    
support of Best Beginnings and Parents as Teachers.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:14:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVE BRADSHAW,  TEACHER, SITKA (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support of  funding for  DEED. He  felt that  there were                                                                    
many  new   state  standards   that  required   funding.  He                                                                    
suggested  that poverty  issues directly  related to  mental                                                                    
health  issues.  He  urged  support  of  funding  behavioral                                                                    
health  programs.  He  remarked  that, in  light  of  recent                                                                    
events in  Newtown, Connecticut,  it was  the wrong  time to                                                                    
reduce the  state's mental health  care budget.  He stressed                                                                    
that every  school in  the state had  some level  of concern                                                                    
regarding  an  individual  who   may  not  be  taking  their                                                                    
medication, which  would result  in possible  fatalities. He                                                                    
remarked  that  oil  companies   were  given  tax  cuts;  so                                                                    
educational  and  health  needs  should  be  given  adequate                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:16:52 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:25:18 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HOMER,  KENAI, KETCHIKAN,  KODIAK, MAT-SU,  GLENNALLEN, TOK,                                                                  
AND SEWARD                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  DORAN,  SELF, SEWARD,  asked  the  committee to  remove                                                                    
intent language that would take  annual standby ferry passes                                                                    
away from Alaska Marine Highway  employees. He stressed that                                                                    
the passes did not cost the state money.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN SMALLEY,  SELF, KENAI (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  of tobacco cessation funding.  She stressed that                                                                    
Alaska was  a leader in  its efforts to reduce  tobacco use.                                                                    
She spoke  about the tobacco  companies and  their marketing                                                                    
techniques.  She   strongly  encouraged  the   committee  to                                                                    
provide funding for tobacco prevention.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:28:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE   WALES,  PENINSULA   COMMUNITY  HEALTH,   KENAI  (via                                                                    
teleconference), advocated  for continued  behavioral health                                                                    
services  funding.  She  and   others  ran  a  psycho-social                                                                    
recovery center  that provided services to  individuals with                                                                    
mental illness  and substance abuse issues.  She spoke about                                                                    
the benefits  of the center.  She believed that  without the                                                                    
center, clients  would be at risk  for institutionalization,                                                                    
going   to  jail,   using  emergency   room  services   more                                                                    
frequently, and other.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:30:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TWYLA BENTLEY,  SELF, KENAI (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in favor  of an  increase in  funding for  behavioral health                                                                    
services.  She shared  a personal  story  and her  successes                                                                    
resulting from  the program  at Peninsula  Community Health.                                                                    
She stated that she was  president of a group that advocated                                                                    
for community events. She spoke  about her many skills built                                                                    
with  the help  of  her care  coordinator. She  transitioned                                                                    
throughout the system successfully.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:33:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET  PARROT,   SELF,  SOLDOTNA   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified   in  support   of   behavioral  health   services                                                                    
including the Cottonwood Behavioral  Health services and the                                                                    
Birchwood  Center.  She  noted that  the  community  support                                                                    
helped her meet  her goal of reentering the  work force. She                                                                    
worried that  without the programs  she would  backslide and                                                                    
that her suicide desires may  overcome her. She implored the                                                                    
committee to maintain proposed funding for the services.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:34:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LUCY GRAHAM, SELF, KENAI  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support  of   mental  health  services  funded   with  state                                                                    
dollars. She  shared information  about her  personal battle                                                                    
with  mental illness.  She revealed  that  she learned  much                                                                    
from  her  classes at  the  facility.  She stated  that  the                                                                    
facility  encouraged sobriety  and helped  her to  feel good                                                                    
about herself.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:37:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TINA  DRAPER,  SELF,  KENAI  (via  teleconference),  opposed                                                                    
funding cuts to behavioral  health services. She stated that                                                                    
she  benefitted  greatly  from  the  services;  without  the                                                                    
services she would  be homeless or in jail.  The services at                                                                    
Peninsula  Community Health  made her  feel safe.  She noted                                                                    
that  decreased funding  had a  negative effect  on multiple                                                                    
citizens. She mentioned the variety of services provided.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:39:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAMMY  CRAWFORD,  BOARD   MEMBER,  KENAI  PENINSULA  BOROUGH                                                                    
SCHOOL BOARD, KENAI  (via teleconference), expressed concern                                                                    
about   cuts  to   education  funding.   She  stressed   the                                                                    
importance of  support for the  state's districts  given new                                                                    
state standards  and teacher evaluations. She  believed that                                                                    
the  Department of  Education and  Early Development  (DEED)                                                                    
budget should be increased rather  than decreased. The board                                                                    
was  also  concerned  about  bond  debt  reimbursement.  She                                                                    
opined  that  it  was  important   for  the  legislature  to                                                                    
continue  providing reimbursement  support. She  spoke about                                                                    
the   capital   budget   increments   for   major   deferred                                                                    
maintenance.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:41:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY TOUTONGHI, SELF,  KENAI (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in   favor  of   increased  funding   for  early   childhood                                                                    
education.  She  pointed  to successes  of  the  Head  Start                                                                    
program. She stated that her  children received an excellent                                                                    
education in  her district. She  spoke about  her children's                                                                    
accomplishments. She  stated that a reduction  in funding or                                                                    
increase in teacher/pupil ratio  would negatively impact the                                                                    
children and their education.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:43:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE CANNAVA, DIRECTOR,  PENINSULA COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES,                                                                    
KENAI (via teleconference), testified  in support of funding                                                                    
for  behavioral  health  services.   He  stressed  that  the                                                                    
funding sources were essential to  retaining services in the                                                                    
area. He stated  that the agency used  a proactive approach,                                                                    
which  reduced  the need  for  emergency  room services.  He                                                                    
added that the cost to the  state was reduced as a result of                                                                    
the agency's  services. He urged  the committee  to maintain                                                                    
$8.3 million in the budget for behavioral health services.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:46:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA  BAKER,  STUDENT,  KENAI  PENINSULA  COLLEGE  (KPC),                                                                    
KENAI   (via  teleconference),   testified  in   support  of                                                                    
education funding.  She believed that the  cuts would impact                                                                    
the  ability for  students to  be well  educated. She  spoke                                                                    
about  the  negative  impact   on  children  when  education                                                                    
funding was cut.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:47:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAUNA  THORTON, UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA  ANCHORAGE, COALITION                                                                    
STUDENT  LEADERS, KENAI  (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
favor of funding for the  university and for DEED. She spoke                                                                    
to  the   power  of  the   stories  offered  in   the  prior                                                                    
testimonies.   She  believed   that   education  cuts   were                                                                    
detrimental to the state's future workforce.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:49:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETE SPRAGUE, KPC, KENAI  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
favor of funding for the  University of Alaska, KPC, and for                                                                    
the  annual  operation and  maintenance  of  the Career  and                                                                    
Technical  Center.  The  new  facility  was  geared  towards                                                                    
workforce    development    programs    including    process                                                                    
technology, computer electronics, and  other. He stated that                                                                    
the Board  of Regents had  budgeted $296,000 to  operate the                                                                    
facility, but  the legislative subcommittee  process deleted                                                                    
the  increment from  the budget.  He respectively  requested                                                                    
restoration of funds for the Career and Technical Center.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:50:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOT WHEAT,  SELF, HOMER (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
favor of  the Independent  Living Center's  Total Recreation                                                                    
and  Independent   Living  Services  (TRAILS)   funding.  He                                                                    
believed  more  money  would  be  saved  through  prevention                                                                    
services  than with  belated treatment.  He relayed  that he                                                                    
had received  federal and  state benefits;  he hoped  to pay                                                                    
back  the  state.  He reiterated  his  support  for  funding                                                                    
prevention services.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:52:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIM   BURROWS,  INDEPENDENT   LIVING   CENTER,  HOMER   (via                                                                    
teleconference), read  a letter on behalf  of an independent                                                                    
living  consumer. She  testified in  support of  funding for                                                                    
independent centers  in Alaska.  She stated that  the center                                                                    
was essential  for her  husband who  suffered a  spinal cord                                                                    
injury. She  pointed to  the professionalism  and compassion                                                                    
of   the  workers.   She  noted   that  many   workers  were                                                                    
volunteers.  She   spoke  about  poor   attitudes  regarding                                                                    
disabled people.  Funding cuts would take  away independence                                                                    
for many impacted individuals.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:55:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELANNA SENA,  PARENT, HOMER (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in favor of  the Parents as Teachers programs.  She shared a                                                                    
personal story  about parenting a child  with special needs.                                                                    
She  spoke about  the home  visits and  the benefits  of the                                                                    
advocacy services.  She stated that the  support allowed her                                                                    
to  remain in  Homer.  She added  that  many communities  in                                                                    
Alaska  lacked  the services.  She  noted  that the  program                                                                    
allowed her son  a bright future as opposed  to another more                                                                    
dire option. She saw the program as a life line.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:00:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK  MALLEY, INDEPENDENT  LIVING CENTER  (ILC), HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the  governor's                                                                    
proposed $100,000 increase to  the independent living center                                                                    
budget. He  stressed that  every bit  of funding  helped. He                                                                    
stated that  the center provided  recreational opportunities                                                                    
to seniors  and people  with disabilities.  The organization                                                                    
provided counseling  and advocacy for individuals.  He asked                                                                    
the  committee  to  maintain  the  governor's  proposed  ILC                                                                    
increment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:02:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL  ROMBERG, HAVEN  HOUSE,  HOMER (via  teleconference),                                                                    
requested  restoration of  funding for  Best Beginnings  and                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers to the governor's  proposed amount. She                                                                    
spoke about  the benefits  of the  programs and  the support                                                                    
offered by  the options. The programs  offered families with                                                                    
chances  for health,  happiness, and  success that  they may                                                                    
not  otherwise  have. She  worked  for  a domestic  violence                                                                    
agency  and  she saw  the  difference  that early  childhood                                                                    
programs made for women and children in the shelter.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:04:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ DOWNING,  KPC, HOMER (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
support  of funding  for education.  She discussed  that the                                                                    
university  budget required  additional funding.  She stated                                                                    
that KPC  had needed  a student advisor  for years,  but had                                                                    
never received  the funding. She spoke  to school enrollment                                                                    
increases.  She stressed  that  the  advisor position  would                                                                    
help students succeed.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:07:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT   LETSON,  SOUTH   PENINSULA  HOSPITAL,   HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of funding  the state                                                                    
trauma fund and for Level  4 trauma facilities. He mentioned                                                                    
the various  costs required  to open  the trauma  center. He                                                                    
shared  that the  hospital's trauma  preparation had  come a                                                                    
long way  in the past  two years as  a result of  the trauma                                                                    
care fund. He believed  cutting funds would be short-sighted                                                                    
when hospitals had come so far the past few years.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:09:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN DRATHMAN, SOUTH  PENINSULA BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES,                                                                    
HOMER (via  teleconference), testified  in favor  of funding                                                                    
of  mental  health  services.   She  spoke  about  community                                                                    
members needing  to leave the community  to receive services                                                                    
in  other areas;  the situation  was difficult  on families.                                                                    
She spoke about the costliness  and the negative outcomes of                                                                    
institutional care. She spoke about  the Bring the Kids Home                                                                    
program that  existed to bring  home children who  have been                                                                    
in  out  of state  institutions.  She  spoke in  support  of                                                                    
Complex Behavior Collaborative.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:12:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHELLE  MCALEXANDER,  KACHEMAK  BAY  COLLEGE,  HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of funding  a student                                                                    
success advisor at the college.  She was a cancer patient as                                                                    
a result  of serving in  multiple wars. She stated  that she                                                                    
was  inspired  by  an  article she  read  in  AARP  magazine                                                                    
related to seniors returning to  school. She shared that the                                                                    
student  advisor had  helped her  determine  the right  path                                                                    
related to  classes and financial assistance.  She requested                                                                    
funding to keep advisors in place.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:14:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BONNIE BETLEY, BEST  BEGINNINGS, HOMER (via teleconference),                                                                    
requested  restoration of  funding for  the Best  Beginnings                                                                    
and Parents as Teachers  programs to the governor's proposed                                                                    
level.  Parents as  Teachers  was one  of  the few  programs                                                                    
offering  home  visits. She  shared  that  one of  the  most                                                                    
successful ways  to decrease domestic violence  and negative                                                                    
childhood experiences  was home visiting. She  stressed that                                                                    
reduced  funds would  have adverse  effects. She  encouraged                                                                    
the  committee  to  fund the  increment  at  the  governor's                                                                    
proposed level.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:17:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIA CALHOUN, SPROUT, HOMER  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
favor of restoring funds for  Best Beginnings. She discussed                                                                    
providing services in homes for  areas that were underserved                                                                    
and  remote. She  shared  that the  group  partnered with  a                                                                    
local  domestic  violence  agency. She  shared  that  Sprout                                                                    
would  serve   90  families  in  March.   She  believed  the                                                                    
potential  for  life-long  success was  greater  when  early                                                                    
education was provided. She urged  the committee to continue                                                                    
funding for children.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:20:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  HORTON,  BEHAVIORAL   HEALTH,  COPPER  CENTER  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke against  the  proposed $8.3  million                                                                    
cut  to  behavioral health  services.  He  referred to  high                                                                    
alcoholism and  suicide rates in  the state. He  shared that                                                                    
suicide rates  had been reduced due  to prevention programs.                                                                    
The state continued to be  number one for completed suicides                                                                    
and had  high rates of  domestic violence and  Fetal Alcohol                                                                    
Spectrum Disorder. He urged the  committee to reconsider the                                                                    
cuts to behavioral health grants.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:24:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICTORIA    KILDAL,   COUNSELOR,    COPPER   RIVER    NATIVE                                                                    
ASSOCIATION, COPPER  CENTER (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  opposition to  cuts to  behavioral health  services. She                                                                    
pointed  to brain  research showing  that  care and  support                                                                    
provided by  services caused brain  growth in  patients. She                                                                    
accentuated  that  without  the   services  the  growth  was                                                                    
unlikely  to occur.  She  discussed  mental health  problems                                                                    
impacting individuals.  She strongly urged the  committee to                                                                    
maintain funding for behavioral health services.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:26:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHARRON ABLES, ONLINE WITH  LIBRARIES (OWL), GLENNALLEN (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  favor  of OWL  program and  live                                                                    
homework  help funding.  She relayed  that children  who did                                                                    
poorly  were  not   exposed  to  as  many   words  prior  to                                                                    
kindergarten  as successful  children. She  shared that  the                                                                    
programs  were   making  great  strides  in   rural  Alaskan                                                                    
villages.  She  stressed  the   importance  of  skilled  and                                                                    
educated  people  in  the  state.  She  strongly  urged  the                                                                    
restoration of the governor's proposed funding.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:28:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHERRI  COX,  CROSSROAD   MEDICAL  CENTER,  GLENNALLEN  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of the trauma  care fund                                                                    
and level  5 trauma  center funding. Emergency  services had                                                                    
been reduced due  to a lack in funds. She  stated that as of                                                                    
March 31,  3013 federal funding had  stopped. She encouraged                                                                    
the committee  to keep  the funding  in place  for emergency                                                                    
care.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:30:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE    THOMAS,    BEST   BEGINNINGS,    KETCHIKAN    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support  of  funding  for  Best                                                                    
Beginnings and  Parents as Teachers.  She stressed  that the                                                                    
funds  were important  to support  safe placement  for young                                                                    
children in  foster care. The community  was working towards                                                                    
a court  program due  to Best  Beginnings. She  relayed that                                                                    
the  program  did  not   require  financial  qualifiers  and                                                                    
reduced  stigma associated  with other  programs. She  asked                                                                    
the  committee   to  consider  funding  at   the  governor's                                                                    
proposed level.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:33:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LANETTA LUNDBERG,  KETCHIKAN MEDICAL CENTER,  KETCHIKAN (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke against  decreased  funding for  the                                                                    
Alaska  Area  Health  Education   Center  increment  in  the                                                                    
University  of  Alaska  budget.  She  pointed  to  decreased                                                                    
federal funding.  She emphasized the importance  of a strong                                                                    
and healthy  healthcare workforce in the  state. She relayed                                                                    
that residents  would continue to need  healthcare services.                                                                    
She asked the committee  to maintain the governor's proposed                                                                    
increment in the budget.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:35:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL   AUGER,    COMMERCIAL   FISHERMAN,    KETCHIKAN   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  was  opposed  to cuts  to  the  commercial                                                                    
fishing  industry. He  stated  that  federal pacific  salmon                                                                    
treaty funds had been supplementing  state general funds. He                                                                    
pointed  to important  tax revenue  provided by  the fishing                                                                    
industry.  He emphasized  that fisheries  should be  managed                                                                    
for the maximum return to the state.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:37:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY   CHAPEL,   SAIL,  KETCHIKAN   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
vocalized opposition to cuts  to independent living centers.                                                                    
She shared  services provided by  the organization  that met                                                                    
the needs  of disabled individuals. The  organization worked                                                                    
to meet  the growing needs  of disabled individuals  and the                                                                    
senior population. She asked the  legislature to restore the                                                                    
$100,000 increment to the program.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:38:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN  GADSEY, SAIL,  KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in favor  of funding for  SAIL. He explained that  there had                                                                    
been   construction   projects   built  in   Ketchikan   and                                                                    
disability  access  had  not initially  been  included;  the                                                                    
items had  been fixed due to  a request by SAIL.  He pointed                                                                    
to  the difficulty  individuals with  disabilities had  with                                                                    
the   court  system;   the  organization   had  helped   the                                                                    
individuals solve the issue.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:40:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA  CHAPMAN,  SELF,  KETCHIKAN  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke against  cuts for behavioral health  and for traumatic                                                                    
brain injury funding.  She was in favor  of Complex Behavior                                                                    
Collaborative  funding.  The  services  provided  tools  for                                                                    
families  and  helped  individuals.  She  relayed  that  the                                                                    
increment  would help  stop abuse.  She explained  that many                                                                    
individuals had tried to commit  suicide as a result of past                                                                    
behavior that was embarrassing.  She stated that the funding                                                                    
would support four  to five times more people  in their home                                                                    
communities. She asked the committee  to keep the funding in                                                                    
the  budget  for  the  health  and  traumatic  brain  injury                                                                    
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:43:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSI CHAPMAN,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  favor of  traumatic brain  injury funding.  She used  an                                                                    
augmented  voice  device  to  testify   as  a  result  of  a                                                                    
traumatic brain injury. She  shared her personal frustration                                                                    
with  her inability  to respond  quickly  to questions.  She                                                                    
stated  that  if  funding  was  cut  there  would  be  fewer                                                                    
resources available to help  individuals with brain injuries                                                                    
to overcome frustration and anger  caused by their injuries.                                                                    
She  urged   the  committee  to  restore   the  funding  for                                                                    
traumatic  brain injury  program  and  the Complex  Behavior                                                                    
Collaborative program.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:44:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES  HABERBUSH,  SELF, KETCHIKAN  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support  of funding for the  traumatic brain injury                                                                    
program. He shared his personal  experience with a traumatic                                                                    
brain injury.  He stated  that it was  difficult to  rely on                                                                    
others for  help. He  detailed that because  of SAIL  he had                                                                    
spent   many   months   learning  about   the   brain;   the                                                                    
organization had connected him  with the Alaska Brain Injury                                                                    
Network.  He  was  working  to  reach  others  in  need.  He                                                                    
emphasized  the  important  support  provided  by  SAIL.  He                                                                    
continued to  share experiences related to  brain injury. He                                                                    
asked  the committee  to restore  funding  for brain  injury                                                                    
resources.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:48:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOS GOVAARS, SELF, KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support  of  SAIL and  traumatic  brain  injury funding.  He                                                                    
emphasized  the  significant  level  of  support  that  SAIL                                                                    
provided to the community.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:49:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOBBIE  MCCREARY,   SELF,  KETCHIKAN,   requested  continued                                                                    
funding for  the Complex Behavior Collaborative  that served                                                                    
people  with traumatic  brain injury.  She  spoke about  her                                                                    
personal  experience  as  a  friend   of  a  person  with  a                                                                    
traumatic  brain injury.  She shared  that support  training                                                                    
was  critical  to  helping individuals  with  injuries.  She                                                                    
communicated that  funding had allowed individuals  to avoid                                                                    
institutional care.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:51:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIKKI JO  KENNEDY, SELF, KODIAK (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in   opposition  to   funding  for   the  Alaska   Aerospace                                                                    
Corporation.  She admonished  the legislature  for its  time                                                                    
spent on  HB 69;  she stated  the bill  would pit  local law                                                                    
enforcement  against federal  agents  regarding federal  gun                                                                    
laws. She  believed the Alaska  Aerospace Corporation  was a                                                                    
money  pit.   She  recommended  providing  the   funding  to                                                                    
behavioral health  instead. She provided a  quote. She spoke                                                                    
in support of education.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:54:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VALARIE KINGSLAND,  ALASKA ASSOCIATION OF  SCHOOL LIBRARIES,                                                                    
SEWARD  (via teleconference),  spoke in  support of  library                                                                    
funding. She  requested full financial  support for  the OWL                                                                    
project and  live homework help.  She was in support  of the                                                                    
online education program. She  spoke in support of broadband                                                                    
services to rural communities in the state.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:56:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELINDA  MATIS, SELF,  SEWARD (via  teleconference), read  a                                                                    
letter on  behalf of  Carla Norman who  was unable  to speak                                                                    
due to  a traumatic  brain injury.  She shared  Ms. Norman's                                                                    
story  related to  her brain  injury. She  had been  able to                                                                    
move  out of  a  nursing  home, which  had  saved the  state                                                                    
money. She  stressed that her  ability to leave  the nursing                                                                    
home had saved  the state over $100,000 per  year. She spoke                                                                    
in  support  of the  $100,000  increment  for the  traumatic                                                                    
brain injury.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:57:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN   MUNSON,  MAT-SU   HEALTH   SERVICES,  WASILLA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), vocalized  opposition to  behavioral health                                                                    
services  cuts.   He  stressed  that  cuts   would  increase                                                                    
emergency  room  visits,  incarceration,  and  placement  of                                                                    
individuals  in out  of state  institutions. He  shared that                                                                    
early childhood trauma had significant  impacts on the lives                                                                    
of individuals; reduced  funding would decrease individuals'                                                                    
lifespans. He urged the committee to reconsider cuts.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:00:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELLY   MCBRIDE,  MAT-SU   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,   WASILLA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  encouraged restoration  of funds  for Best                                                                    
Beginnings, Parents  as Teachers, and other  early education                                                                    
programs.  She  pointed to  Head  Start  waiting lists.  She                                                                    
stressed the  importance of public and  private partnerships                                                                    
with state and  local support. She was surprised  to see how                                                                    
much the  budget included for the  Department of Corrections                                                                    
compared to  funds included for the  Department of Education                                                                    
and  Early Development.  She pointed  to long-term  planning                                                                    
for the education of the state's children.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:01:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM BECK,  ACCESS ALASKA,  PALMER (via  teleconference), was                                                                    
opposed  to  cuts  to  the  independent  living  program  in                                                                    
Alaska.  He shared  that the  program was  20 percent  state                                                                    
funded.  He  strongly urged  the  committee  to restore  the                                                                    
$100,000  increment for  independent living  and to  restore                                                                    
behavioral health  cuts. He asked  the committee  to support                                                                    
funds for the  traumatic brain injury program  and other. He                                                                    
urged funding for the Complex Behavior Collaborative.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:04:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ESTRELLA LEE,  PAT COORDINATOR, HOMER  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in favor of pre-k  funding and the Parents as Teachers                                                                    
program.   She  explained   that   the  programs   increased                                                                    
graduation  rates and  helped people  to  be better  parents                                                                    
when they  grew up. She  discussed the importance  of parent                                                                    
education  related to  prenatal care  and other.  She stated                                                                    
that  early childhood  programs helped  reduce costs  to the                                                                    
child  welfare  system.  She   encouraged  support  for  the                                                                    
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:07:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RUTH   ALLISON  REYNOLDS,   BEST   BEGINNINGS,  HOMER   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of Best  Beginnings                                                                    
and Parents as Teachers.  She shared her personal experience                                                                    
parenting a  child with  developmental delays.  She stressed                                                                    
that the Parents as Teachers  program had helped her provide                                                                    
her daughter with the services she needed.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:08:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE  BRANDING,  CHIEF  EXECUTIVE OFFICER,  SOUTH  PENINSULA                                                                    
BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH  SERVICES,  HOMER  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of  funding  for  behavioral  health                                                                    
services and against the proposed  $8.3 million reduction to                                                                    
the  services. He  detailed that  the grant  funds primarily                                                                    
went  to emergency  services in  Homer. He  spoke about  the                                                                    
needs  of  people  without  health  insurance,  who  had  no                                                                    
alternative funding sources. He  spoke about the funding for                                                                    
the  department  For  Behavioral Health.  He  was  concerned                                                                    
about  the  reduction  of funds  for  the  Complex  Behavior                                                                    
Collaborative.  He  accentuated that  services  dramatically                                                                    
improved the  quality of life  for impacted  individuals and                                                                    
their families.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:11:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILL  LUSH, DIRECTOR,  SPROUT  FAMILY  SERVICES, HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
the Best  Beginnings and Parents  as Teachers  programs. She                                                                    
stated that raising children in  Alaska was challenging; she                                                                    
pointed  to  parents that  worked  long  hours and  families                                                                    
living  in  remote  areas.  She  spoke  about  the  concerns                                                                    
addressed  by Parents  as Teachers.  She  relayed that  home                                                                    
visitors  provided   developmental  support   for  children,                                                                    
encouraged  social  connections  and  other.  She  requested                                                                    
reinstatement of funding proposed in the governor's budget.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:13:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SONJA   MARK,   LIBRARIAN,    DILLINGHAM   PUBLIC   LIBRARY,                                                                    
DILLINGHAM  (via teleconference),  testified  in support  of                                                                    
broadband and  the Alaska OWL  project. She shared  that the                                                                    
internet  access connected  the  remote  community with  the                                                                    
rest of  the world.  She urged full  funding for  the Alaska                                                                    
OWL  project along  with the  live homework  help for  rural                                                                    
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:14:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAY  ANDREWS, SOUTHWEST  REGION SCHOOL  DISTRICT, DILLINGHAM                                                                    
(via  teleconference), asked  the committee  to restore  the                                                                    
$5.7 million  cut to the  Department of Education  and Early                                                                    
Development  budget.  She  emphasized   that  every  bit  of                                                                    
funding helped children for programs  such as pre-k, digital                                                                    
learning, or  Jobs for Alaska's  Graduates. She  stated that                                                                    
the  Southwest Region  School District  is  an Alaska  Rural                                                                    
Education  Attendance Area  and served  seven school  sites,                                                                    
but the district was only  able to provide pre-k programs at                                                                    
three  of  the schools.  She  spoke  about the  increase  in                                                                    
graduation rates.  She spoke to  the critical nature  of the                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:17:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  JO JOINER,  DIRECTOR, KENAI  COMMUNITY LIBRARY,  KENAI                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in favor  of full  funding for                                                                    
education including  broadband, the Alaska OWL  project, and                                                                    
for live  homework help. She  pointed to the broad  range of                                                                    
educational  opportunities  supported  by the  OWL  project;                                                                    
improved bandwidth  allowed access  to state and  federal e-                                                                    
government  services.  The  funds leveraged  $2  million  of                                                                    
federal   funding  for   bandwidth.  She   added  that   the                                                                    
restoration  of  the  funding would  allow  online  tutoring                                                                    
service for  students. She  stated that  homework assistance                                                                    
for multiple subjects was also an advantage.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:20:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE FROST,  KPC, KENAI  (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
support   for  university   funding  as   proposed  by   the                                                                    
University of Alaska Board of  Regents. He spoke about three                                                                    
aspects of the university  operations that would be affected                                                                    
by the cuts.  He communicated that the  cuts would eliminate                                                                    
KPC's  student  advisor  who kept  students  on  track  with                                                                    
classes  and career  paths. Other  items that  would be  cut                                                                    
were the  safety and security  position and  operating funds                                                                    
for the Career and Technical Center.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:21:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE  JONES,  ASSISTANT  SUPERINTENDENT, KPBSD,  KENAI  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   favor   of  funding   for                                                                    
education and 21 additional  Alaska State Trooper positions.                                                                    
He  requested the  restoration  of funding  for  all of  the                                                                    
proposed positions.  School safety  in Kenai and  across the                                                                    
state would benefit from the restoration of the funding.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:22:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PHILLIP  MILLER, KPC,  COOPER LANDING  (via teleconference),                                                                    
voiced support  for university  funding. He  appreciated the                                                                    
support  provided to  the University  of Alaska  in previous                                                                    
years.   He  communicated   that  KPC   had  used   deferred                                                                    
maintenance funding  to repair  leaky roofs,  replace single                                                                    
pane  windows, replacement  of old  boilers, and  other. The                                                                    
state  finances were  complicated,  but  the university  was                                                                    
worthy  of  financial support.  He  asked  the committee  to                                                                    
fully fund the Board of Regents budget request for FY 14.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:24:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB   MARTIN,   COMMERCIAL    FISHERMAN,   PETERSBURG   (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   favor  of   salmon  stock                                                                    
identification  funding. He  stressed that  the funding  was                                                                    
vital  to  getting  the  most  out  of  the  state's  salmon                                                                    
resource.  He  stated   that  without  stock  identification                                                                    
fisheries  managers would  be required  to restrict  fishing                                                                    
opportunities.  He emphasized  that  the fisheries  managers                                                                    
required crucial tools  to get the most out  of the resource                                                                    
without threatening weak stocks.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:25:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN   BRINGHURST,  PETERSBURG   BOROUGH  SCHOOL   DISTRICT,                                                                    
PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),  testified  in  favor  of                                                                    
increased  funding  for  education. He  supported  the  high                                                                    
priority that  President Obama  and Governor  Parnell placed                                                                    
on the education of young  people. He felt that the priority                                                                    
of the  State of Alaska  appeared to be elsewhere.  He noted                                                                    
that reduction  of $250,000 in  the education budget  was of                                                                    
great  concern to  Petersburg residents.  He stated  that if                                                                    
the budget continued to shrink,  the insidious effects would                                                                    
eventually  become evident.  He urged  action and  financial                                                                    
support for education.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:28:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER   RAY,    SELF   AND   PARENT,    PETERSBURG   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of full  funding for                                                                    
mental  health  funding.  She  shared   a  story  about  her                                                                    
daughter   who  suffered   from  mental   illness.  Services                                                                    
provided by  Petersburg Mental Health  wee integral  for her                                                                    
daughter's  growth  and   stability.  The  facility  offered                                                                    
counseling  to help  parents understand  how  to help  their                                                                    
children. She was working to  bring the National Alliance on                                                                    
Mental Illness  Family to Family program  to Petersburg. She                                                                    
urged full funding for behavioral health services.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:29:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH  BELL,  DIRECTOR,  KETTLESON MEMORIAL  LIBRARY,  SITKA                                                                    
(via teleconference), vocalized support  for full funding of                                                                    
the  annual  $761,000 increment  for  the  OWL program.  The                                                                    
program provided  broadband access to most  libraries across                                                                    
the  state. She  shared  an example  of the  use  of OWL  to                                                                    
schedule a conference with the  governor in Sitka. She noted                                                                    
examples of  how the system  was used throughout  the state.                                                                    
She  accentuated  that  during economic  struggles,  library                                                                    
access  became  more  critical  for  many  individuals.  She                                                                    
informed the  committee that the funds  leveraged $2 million                                                                    
in  federal e-rate  funding. She  mentioned online  homework                                                                    
help for students.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:32:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS   LONGSTRETH,   COMMERCIAL  FISHERMAN,   SITKA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in opposition to  the Department                                                                    
of Fish and Game budget  cuts. The cuts included $550,000 to                                                                    
the port  sampling budget and  the much  needed biometrician                                                                    
position. He emphasized that port  sampling was critical for                                                                    
salmon  stock  assessment  and   in  Pacific  Salmon  Treaty                                                                    
functions; it  would not be  possible to  harvest reasonable                                                                    
numbers of  fish without identifying which  stocks they came                                                                    
from. He  stated that the  majority of salmon  management in                                                                    
Southeast  was paid  with federal  salmon  treaty funds.  He                                                                    
noted  that  the  state  had become  too  dependent  on  the                                                                    
federal  funds, which  were beginning  to  diminish. He  was                                                                    
concerned  about  the  decision   to  cut  the  biometrician                                                                    
position.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:35:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  BAIRD, GENERAL  MANAGER, SITKA  SOUND SEAFOODS,  SITKA                                                                    
(via   teleconference),   echoed   the  testimony   of   Mr.                                                                    
Longstreth. He  emphasized that the  Department of  Fish and                                                                    
Game increments  were critical for  aerial surveys  and port                                                                    
sampling for  fisheries. He urged  the committee  to restore                                                                    
the  $550,000  increment.  He  appreciated  the  committee's                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:36:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRETCHEN GEIST,  THRIVE MAT-SU PREVENTION  COALITION, MAT-SU                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in opposition  funding cuts                                                                    
to  the  statewide  underage drinking  media  campaign.  She                                                                    
shared statistics  related to youth reports  of drinking and                                                                    
access to  alcohol. She stressed the  importance of outreach                                                                    
to convey  the impact  alcohol had  on youths.  The campaign                                                                    
would also use funds from other sources.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:38:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CELIA  HARRISON, SELF,  KENAI  (via teleconference),  voiced                                                                    
support  for mental  health funding.  She stressed  that the                                                                    
proposed  $8.3   million  cuts  to  the   behavioral  health                                                                    
services  budget was  disturbing  and  shameful. She  stated                                                                    
that individuals  impacted by mental health  issues were not                                                                    
responsible  for  their   illnesses.  She  accentuated  that                                                                    
society should  provide a helping  hand. She  questioned why                                                                    
individuals  with  mental  health problems  should  have  to                                                                    
prison  due to  a lack  of support.  She spoke  to the  high                                                                    
costs  of prison  in comparison  to treatment  services. She                                                                    
spoke about  other negative  impacts surrounding  prison and                                                                    
lack of mental health services.  She stated that the reality                                                                    
was well  documented and she  wondered about the  motives of                                                                    
state  decision makers.  She appreciated  hearing the  prior                                                                    
testimony related to mental health.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:41:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH   RIPLEY,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   MAT-SU   HEALTH                                                                    
FOUNDATION,  MAT-SU   (via  teleconference),   testified  in                                                                    
support of  funding for prevention  of substance  abuse. The                                                                    
Alaska Wellness Coalition  aimed to change the  way that the                                                                    
issues were discussed  in the state. She  mentioned the goal                                                                    
to  reduce  underage drinking  in  Alaska.  She spoke  about                                                                    
conserving resources  and expanding  the reach.  She pointed                                                                    
to the costly impact of alcohol  and drug abuse in 2010. The                                                                    
legislature had  made a special $9  million appropriation in                                                                    
FY  13  to address  substance  abuse.  The organization  had                                                                    
invested funds to the issue  with the understanding that the                                                                    
state  was  also  a  critical funder.  She  spoke  about  an                                                                    
intelligent  investment   in  the   state.  She   urged  the                                                                    
committee to  closely examine cuts to  ensure that increased                                                                    
costs were not created and more lives were not harmed.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman  CLOSED public  testimony. He  noted that                                                                    
budget amendments  would be  addressed the  following Monday                                                                    
afternoon.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB  65  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  66  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:43:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 6:44 p.m.                                                                                          

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HB 65 HB 66 2013 Testimony PKT 1 HFIN 3.6.13 HB 65.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66
HB 65 - 66 Public Testimony PKT 2 HB 66.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66
HB 65 - 66 Public Testimony PKT 3.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66
HB 65 & 66 Testimony Packet 4 HFIN 3.12.13.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66
HB 65 - HB 66 Public Testimony Packet 5.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66
HB 65 & HB 66 Public testimony pkt 6.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66
HB 65 - HB 66 Public Testimony Packet 7.pdf HFIN 3/6/2013 1:30:00 PM
HB 65
HB 66