Legislature(2013 - 2014)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/04/2014 01:30 PM FINANCE


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01:33:44 PM Start
01:33:53 PM HB266 || HB267
01:39:00 PM Public Testimony: Juneau
03:16:04 PM Public Testimony: Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome, Valdez, Wrangell, Offnet
04:18:48 PM Public Testimony: Anchorage
06:26:16 PM Adjourn
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+= HB 266 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
+= HB 267 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony --
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Juneau
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Bethel, Cordova, Kotzebue, Nome,
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4:15 - 5:45 p.m. Anchorage
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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       March 4, 2014                                                                                            
                         1:33 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:33:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Austerman  called   the  House  Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 1:33 p.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Alan Austerman, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Mia Costello                                                                                                     
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                 
Representative Lindsey Holmes                                                                                                   
Representative Cathy Munoz                                                                                                      
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Tammie Wilson                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative Sam  Kito; Marianne Mills,  President, Alaska                                                                    
Geriatric Exchange Network,  Juneau; Jerry Dzugan, Director,                                                                    
Alaska Marine Safety  Education Association (AMSEA), Juneau;                                                                    
Kristi  Smith, Career  Guide,  Alaska  Youth First,  Juneau;                                                                    
Sariah Wilson,  Student, Alaska Youth First,  Juneau; Dalton                                                                    
Wells, Student,  Alaska Youth First, Juneau;  Chris Brennen,                                                                    
Self,  Juneau; Carin  Smolin,  Juneau  Schools, Juneau;  Dov                                                                    
Gartanberg, National Alliance for  the Mentally Ill, Juneau;                                                                    
Pamela  Watts,  Executive   Director,  Juneau  Alliance  for                                                                    
Mental  Health  Inc.,  Juneau;  Lilly  Killbear,  Rainforest                                                                    
Recovery  Center, Juneau;  Leona Haakanson-Crow,  Rainforest                                                                    
Recovery  Center, Juneau;  Tony See,  Self, Juneau;  Jessica                                                                    
Dominy,  University of  Alaska  Southeast, Juneau;  Victoria                                                                    
Daniels,  University  of  Alaska Southeast,  Juneau;  Callie                                                                    
Conerton,  University of  Alaska Southeast,  Juneau; Lillian                                                                    
Worl,  Self, Juneau;  Douglas Pegues,  Jr.  JobX and  Alaska                                                                    
Youth First,  Juneau; Gary Miller, Retired  Public Employees                                                                    
of  Alaska,  Juneau;  Emily   Coate,  Parents  as  Teachers,                                                                    
Juneau;  Kate Prussing,  Alaska Youth  First, Juneau;  Scott                                                                    
Funk, Alaska  Youth First, Juneau;  Ron Little,  REACH Inc.,                                                                    
Juneau;   Kelly   Tousley,   REACH,   Inc.,   Juneau;   John                                                                    
Pappenheim, National Alliance for  the Mentally Ill, Juneau;                                                                    
Alyson  Currey,  Public  Affairs  Field  Organizer,  Planned                                                                    
Parenthood  Votes Northwest,  Juneau;  Tom Chard,  Executive                                                                    
Director  Alaska  Behavioral   Health  Association,  Juneau;                                                                    
Walter Majoros,  Executive Director, Juneau  Youth Services,                                                                    
Juneau; Andi  Story, Juneau School Board,  Juneau; Joy Lyon,                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers and Imagination Library,  Juneau; Gayle                                                                    
Trivette, Self,  Juneau; Denise Daniello,  Alaska Commission                                                                    
on  Aging, Juneau;  Millie Ryan,  Executive Director,  REACH                                                                    
Inc., Juneau; Heather  Schimanski, Juneau Reentry Coalition,                                                                    
Juneau; Penn Lamb, JobX, Juneau;  Mary Graham, Self, Juneau;                                                                    
Jennifer  Brown,   Director,  Rainforest   Recovery  Center,                                                                    
Juneau;  Kara  Nelson,  Co-director,  Haven  House,  Juneau;                                                                    
Jeanette  Lacey Dunn,   Social  Work Case  Manager, Bartlett                                                                    
Regional  Hospital,  Juneau;  Brian Holst,  Juneau  Economic                                                                    
Development  Council,   Juneau;  Jennifer   Lindley,  Juneau                                                                    
School District  Budget Committee, Juneau;  Bob Bartholomew,                                                                    
City  and Borough  of Juneau,  Juneau;  Xavior Love,  Begich                                                                    
Middle School, Anchorage; Representative Andy Josephson.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Dennis   Raines,  Self,   Bethel;  Bonnie   Woldstad,  Self,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Ray  Watson,  Self, Bethel;  Martha  Senungetuk,                                                                    
Self,  Bethel; Jeremy  Osbourne, Yuut  Elitnaurviat, Bethel;                                                                    
Ellen  Hodges, Yukon-Kuskokwim  Health Corporation,  Bethel;                                                                    
Barbara   Jacobson,   Yukon-Kuskokwim  Health   Corporation,                                                                    
Bethel;  Jeff  Clark,  Yukon-Kuskokwim  Health  Corporation,                                                                    
Bethel; Mark Springer, Self,  Bethel; Alexis Cooper, Cordova                                                                    
District Fishermen  United, Cordova; Paul  Swartzbart, Self,                                                                    
Cordova;   Jeanne  Gerhardt-Cyrus,   Self,  Kiana;   Anthony                                                                    
Cravalho, Self, Kotzebue; Todd  Langley, Norton Sound Health                                                                    
Corporation,   Nome;  Hollyn   Ashe,  Norton   Sound  Health                                                                    
Corporation,  Nome;  Gail  Sheffield, University  of  Alaska                                                                    
Fairbanks,  Marine Advisory  Program, Nome;  Pauline Doucet,                                                                    
Assistant Administrator,  Providence Valdez  Medical Center,                                                                    
Valdez; Ruthie  Knight, Self, Valdez; Kristie  Cranor, Self,                                                                    
Valdez; Cynthia Klemmens, Self,  Valdez; Marilyn Mork, Self,                                                                    
Wrangell; Laura  Salard, Self, Wrangell;  Patrick Cleveland,                                                                    
City  of Quinhagak,  Quinhagak; Ralph  Mackie, Self,  Craig;                                                                    
James Berlin,  Mayor of Nunatitchuck; Cathy  Bishop, Nugen's                                                                    
Ranch, Wasilla;  Doug Edgar,  JobX, Juneau;  Hilary Strayer,                                                                    
Alaska  Native  Tribal   Health,  Anchorage;  Cathy  Bishop,                                                                    
Nugen's  Ranch,   Wasilla;  Sophia  Jones,   Nugen's  Ranch,                                                                    
Wasilla;  Wayne  Barras,  Nugen's  Ranch,  Wasilla;  Bridget                                                                    
Ackerley,  Nugen's  Ranch,  Wasilla; Lucinda  Mahoney,  CFO,                                                                    
City  of   Anchorage,  Anchorage;  Ric   Nelson,  Governor's                                                                    
Council  on  Disabilities,  Anchorage; Julie  Rabeau,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage; Ambrosia  Romig, Self, Anchorage;  Barbara Brown,                                                                    
Best   Beginnings,   Anchorage;    Deena   Mitchell,   Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Alison Arians,  Self, Anchorage;  Laureen Young,                                                                    
South   Central   Foundation,  Anchorage;   Theresa   Owens,                                                                    
Anchorage   School   District,  Anchorage;   Karin   Halpin,                                                                    
Anchorage  School District,  Anchorage; Kathleen  Mclelland,                                                                    
Akeela,  Anchorage;   Ashley  Scott,  Stepping   Stones  and                                                                    
Akeela,  Anchorage;   Stacy  Chuitt,  Stepping   Stones  and                                                                    
Akeela,  Anchorage;  Julia  Ivey, Akeela,  Anchorage;  Kevin                                                                    
Crosby, Akeela, Anchorage;  Zach Johnson, Akeela, Anchorage;                                                                    
Lou  Pandolfino,  King   Career  Center,  Anchorage;  Morgan                                                                    
Christiansen,  King  Career Center,  Anchorage;  Christopher                                                                    
Bare, King Career Center,  Anchorage; Jenny DiGrappa, Alaska                                                                    
Brain Injury  Network, Anchorage; Julie Vincek,  King Career                                                                    
Center, Anchorage;  Roger Hamacher, Nine Star  Alaska, Eagle                                                                    
River;  Brenda   Bogowith,  Alaska  Brain   Injury  Network,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Melissa Bassham,  Nine  Star Alaska,  Anchorage;                                                                    
David Alexander,  Nine Star  Alaska, Anchorage;  Adan Acuna,                                                                    
Youth Job  Center and Youth First,  Anchorage; Javier Acuna,                                                                    
Youth  Job  Center and  Youth  First,  Anchorage; Steve  and                                                                    
BreeAnn  Davis,  Selves,  Anchorage;  Rosalie  Nadeau,  CEO,                                                                    
Akeela,   Anchorage;  Julian   Walker,  Akeela,   Anchorage;                                                                    
Chelsea Boardman, Head Start  and Anchorage School District,                                                                    
Anchorage;   Elaine   Dahlgren,   Volunteers   of   America,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Francine  Harbour,  National  Alliance  for  the                                                                    
Mentally  Ill, Anchorage;  Heather  Anderson, Volunteers  of                                                                    
America  Alaska,   Anchorage;  Kurt  Parkan,   Donlin  Gold,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Jim  Vorderstrasse,   Self,  Anchorage;  Michael                                                                    
Owens,   Norton  Sound   Health   Corporation,  Nome;   Nila                                                                    
FankHauser,  The Salvation  Army, Anchorage;  Amanda Merick,                                                                    
Facing Foster  Care in  Alaska, Anchorage;  Kathleen Bugbee,                                                                    
AATCA,  Anchorage;   Tomara  Childs,  The   Salvation  Army,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Bryan Goerisu,  Self, Anchorage;  Julia Jackson,                                                                    
Volunteers of  America Adolescent Residential  Center, Eagle                                                                    
River;   Mary  Nanuwak,   Self,   Chevak;  Younger   Oliver,                                                                    
University of Alaska,  Anchorage; Stacey Lucason, University                                                                    
of Alaska,  Anchorage; Andrew  Smith, University  of Alaska,                                                                    
Anchorage; Beth  Snyder, Alaska School  District, Anchorage;                                                                    
Polly Smith, Success by Six,  Anchorage; Camai Cassey, Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Janel Walton,  Self, Anchorage;  Bryce Linguist,                                                                    
Alaska Community Mental  Health Services, Anchorage; Melanie                                                                    
Bartoff,  Mental  Health  Trust, Girdwood;  Jennifer  Kotyk,                                                                    
Self,  Anchorage;  Randi   Sweet,  Sharp  Advisory  Council,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Marge  Stoneking,   American  Lung  Association,                                                                    
Anchorage;   Aleesha  Towns   Bain,  Anchorage   Imagination                                                                    
Library,   Anchorage;  Chris   Turletes,  Self,   Anchorage;                                                                    
Demetrius  Williams,  Youth  First, Anchorage;  Ken  Miller,                                                                    
Self,   Anchorage;   Kelly   Wylie,  The   Salvation   Army,                                                                    
Anchorage.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HB 266    APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          HB 266 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HB 267    APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          HB 267 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PUBLIC TESTIMONY:                                                                                                               
          JUNEAU                                                                                                                
          BETHEL,    CORDOVA,   KOTZEBUE,    NOME,   VALDEZ,                                                                    
          WRANGELL, OFFNET                                                                                                      
          ANCHORAGE                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 266                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain  programs,   capitalizing  funds,   and  making                                                                    
     reappropriations; making appropriations  under art. IX,                                                                    
     sec. 17(c),  Constitution of the State  of Alaska, from                                                                    
     the constitutional budget reserve fund."                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 267                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health program."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:33:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman discussed the agenda for the afternoon.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: JUNEAU                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MARIANNE   MILLS,  PRESIDENT,   ALASKA  GERIATRIC   EXCHANGE                                                                    
NETWORK, JUNEAU testified on behalf  of vulnerable and aging                                                                    
adults. She joined the Alaska  Commission on Aging in asking                                                                    
the  committee to  invest in  the  family caregiver  support                                                                    
program and  the nutrition transportation and  support (NTS)                                                                    
grants,  which  prevented  or delayed  costly  institutional                                                                    
care  for older  Alaskans.  She shared  that family  members                                                                    
most frequently provided long-term  care for older Alaskans;                                                                    
the goal  was to  provide support  to those  family members.                                                                    
She  noted  the  neglect  of  caregiver's  own  health.  The                                                                    
caregiver  support  program  offered training  on  caregiver                                                                    
skills,  respite care,  and  minor  home modifications.  She                                                                    
explained $325  thousand for  the program  would go  to non-                                                                    
profit agencies  around the state.  She noted  $545 thousand                                                                    
was requested  for the  NTS program.  The NTS  grant program                                                                    
served an  increasing amount of seniors.  She cited research                                                                    
showing  that states  that invested  in home  delivered meal                                                                    
programs saw greater reductions  in nursing home placements.                                                                    
She explained  the benefits of the  grants program including                                                                    
the financial savings to the state.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:39:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JERRY  DZUGAN,  DIRECTOR,  ALASKA  MARINE  SAFETY  EDUCATION                                                                    
ASSOCIATION  (AMSEA),   JUNEAU,  testified  in   support  of                                                                    
funding base  funding totaling $196,900 and  for the $48,000                                                                    
increase  in the  FY 15  budget  to help  meet required  and                                                                    
desired training demands for  commercial fishermen. He asked                                                                    
that the funding  remain in the operating  budget. He stated                                                                    
a  proposal of  25 percent  reduction in  a prior  committee                                                                    
with the  goal of eliminating  the program. He spoke  to the                                                                    
benefits of  the program including  and decrease  of fishing                                                                    
fatalities. He  noted that some communities  depended on the                                                                    
training. A loss of funds  would mean Alaskans would need to                                                                    
travel  out of  state to  take the  one or  two-day training                                                                    
course.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:42:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTI  SMITH, CAREER  GUIDE,  ALASKA  YOUTH FIRST,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
stated that she served  approximately 150 students per year.                                                                    
She noted that the funding  allowed for dual enrollment with                                                                    
the  University of  Alaska Southeast.  She  stated that  the                                                                    
funding for the grant allowed career opportunities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:44:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARIAH   WILSON,  STUDENT,   ALASKA  YOUTH   FIRST,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
benefited  from the  Alaska Youth  First  Grant. She  stated                                                                    
that the  grant allowed her to  learn how to write  a resume                                                                    
and cover letter.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:44:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALTON   WELLS,  STUDENT,   ALASKA   YOUTH  FIRST,   JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified in  support of  the Alaska  Youth First  Grant. He                                                                    
stated that he benefitted directly from the program.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:46:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  BRENNEN,  SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  that  he  was  an                                                                    
advocate  for people  with disabilities.  He stated  that he                                                                    
benefitted from  the funding. He  believed that  funding for                                                                    
behavioral health was important.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:47:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARIN SMOLIN,  JUNEAU SCHOOLS,  JUNEAU, testified  on behalf                                                                    
of  the Alaska  Youth  First Grant  program.  She noted  the                                                                    
elimination of councilors in the  high schools, which left a                                                                    
part-time  career specialist  to serve  over 1600  students.                                                                    
She  felt  that the  Youth  First  program was  critical  to                                                                    
providing  the career  guidance and  planning for  high-risk                                                                    
high schools.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:49:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOV  GARTANBERG, NATIONAL  ALLIANCE  FOR  THE MENTALLY  ILL,                                                                    
JUNEAU, testified with concern  regarding the $2 million cut                                                                    
to the  residential substance  abuse treatment  programs. He                                                                    
stated  that  people  with   mental  illness  tended  toward                                                                    
problems with  substance abuse. He  stated that  the overall                                                                    
treatment was  undermined by the  cut. He hoped  to maintain                                                                    
the  support  services.  He discussed  the  substance  abuse                                                                    
treatment center in Juneau.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:51:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAMELA  WATTS,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,  JUNEAU  ALLIANCE  FOR                                                                    
MENTAL HEALTH  INC., JUNEAU, testified on  behalf of funding                                                                    
for  the SHARP  II  loan repayment  program and  residential                                                                    
substance use  disorder treatment. As the  director of JAMI,                                                                    
she  was  responsible  for   providing  services  with  flat                                                                    
funding. The SHARP II loan  repayment program was helpful in                                                                    
recruiting staff.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:54:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILLY   KILLBEAR,   RAINFOREST  RECOVERY   CENTER,   JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  on behalf  of reinstating  funds for  residential                                                                    
substance  abuse treatment  programs.  She  spoke about  her                                                                    
personal benefit from such services.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:56:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEONA  HAAKANSON-CROW, RAINFOREST  RECOVERY CENTER,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  that   she  benefitted  from  her   time  at  the                                                                    
Rainforest Recover  center. She  stated that she  waited two                                                                    
months for residential substance  abuse treatment. She urged                                                                    
an increase in funding for such treatment centers.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:58:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TONY SEE,  SELF, JUNEAU,  testified that  he resided  at the                                                                    
Rainforest  Recovery Center  and  benefitted immensely  from                                                                    
the  service. He  urged the  committee to  reinstate funding                                                                    
for residential substance abuse treatment programs.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:59:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA  DOMINY,  UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA  SOUTHEAST,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  on   behalf  of  her  academic   advisor  at  the                                                                    
University of Alaska Southeast. She  spoke to the benefit of                                                                    
the   advisor  services.   The  academic   advisor  programs                                                                    
directly  affected  her  and   other  students'  ability  to                                                                    
continue their higher education.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:02:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICTORIA  DANIELS, UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA  SOUTHEAST, JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  on  behalf  of  the  university's  advisors.  She                                                                    
stated  that  could provide  a  comparison  as she  attended                                                                    
school in the  Lower 48 prior to her time  at the University                                                                    
of  Alaska.  She  appreciated the  work  of  the  university                                                                    
subcommittee.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:03:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALLIE  CONERTON, UNIVERSITY  OF  ALASKA SOUTHEAST,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  in  support of  the  university  and the  advisor                                                                    
program.  She  stated  that  she was  a  member  of  student                                                                    
government. She urged committee  members to view students as                                                                    
Alaska's  future.  She   recommended  consideration  of  the                                                                    
subcommittee recommendations.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:05:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILLIAN  WORL,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support  of  base                                                                    
funding for the school district.  She stressed that the cuts                                                                    
to  the  state's  operating budget  affected  students.  She                                                                    
spoke  to  the  benefits  of  the  Homebridge  program.  She                                                                    
discussed  the variety  of education  options in  the state.                                                                    
She discussed the successes of the district.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:09:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUGLAS  PEGUES, JR.  JOBX AND  ALASKA YOUTH  FIRST, JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified in support  of the JobX program,  which helped him                                                                    
learn to  compose a resume  and apply  for a job.  He stated                                                                    
that the funding allowed him to find a job that he enjoys.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:11:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARY  MILLER, RETIRED  PUBLIC EMPLOYEES  OF ALASKA,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified on  behalf of Retired Public  Employees of Alaska.                                                                    
He noted  that he had worked  for the state for  many years.                                                                    
He expressed concern about the state's unfunded liability.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:13:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY  COATE,  PARENTS  AS TEACHERS,  JUNEAU,  testified  on                                                                    
behalf of Parents as Teachers.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:14:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATE  PRUSSING, ALASKA  YOUTH  FIRST,  JUNEAU, testified  on                                                                    
behalf  of  the JobX  grant.  She  stated that  the  program                                                                    
provided individualized services.  The program allowed youth                                                                    
to  achieve   the  employable   skills  necessary   to  gain                                                                    
employment.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT FUNK, ALASKA YOUTH FIRST,  JUNEAU, testified on behalf                                                                    
of Alaska  Youth First program.  He stated that  the program                                                                    
was beneficial  to him  in the process  of achieving  both a                                                                    
job and a  career. He agreed that Alaska  youth was Alaska's                                                                    
future. He  stated that he achieved  a job with the  help of                                                                    
the program. He implored reconsideration of the cuts.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:18:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON  LITTLE,  REACH INC.,  JUNEAU,  testified  on behalf  of                                                                    
autism funding.  He read a  letter about a  family suffering                                                                    
from autism and benefitting from  the employees at REACH. He                                                                    
spoke  in   favor  of  funding  for   the  complex  behavior                                                                    
collaborative program.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
KELLY TOUSLEY,  REACH, INC., JUNEAU, testified  on behalf of                                                                    
funding  for the  complex behavioral  collaborative program.                                                                    
She  noted the  improvements with  an autistic  client as  a                                                                    
result of the  program. She urged the  committee to continue                                                                    
funding the program.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:24:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  PAPPENHEIM, NATIONAL  ALLIANCE FOR  THE MENTALLY  ILL,                                                                    
JUNEAU, testified in support  of residential substance abuse                                                                    
treatment. He  noted that the  funding was an  investment in                                                                    
Alaska.  He  stressed  that  money saved  on  cuts  for  the                                                                    
substance abuse treatment would be spent otherwise.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:26:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSON  CURREY,  PUBLIC  AFFAIRS  FIELD  ORGANIZER,  PLANNED                                                                    
PARENTHOOD VOTES  NORTHWEST, JUNEAU, thanked  the Department                                                                    
of  Health and  Social Services  subcommittee for  extending                                                                    
the council on domestic violence  and sexual assault and for                                                                    
increased  funding   for  expanding  shelter   programs  for                                                                    
children exposed  to violence.  She testified  in opposition                                                                    
to the  removal of  funding for  abortion services  from the                                                                    
Department of  Health and Social Services  budget. She noted                                                                    
that  the Alaska  Supreme Court  ordered the  department and                                                                    
the state to  pay for the services. She spoke  in support of                                                                    
a Medicaid women's health program.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:28:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  CHARD,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  ALASKA  BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH                                                                    
ASSOCIATION, JUNEAU,  testified in opposition  to reductions                                                                    
for behavioral  health. He urged the  committee to reinstate                                                                    
funding for residential substance abuse treatment programs.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:32:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WALTER MAJOROS,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JUNEAU  YOUTH SERVICES,                                                                    
JUNEAU, spoke  in support of funds  for residential services                                                                    
and outpatient services for youths.  He spoke to the Raven's                                                                    
Way program  in Sitka  and programs  in other  locations. He                                                                    
communicated that residential  and substance abuse treatment                                                                    
helped to  prevent suicide.  He stated  that the  cuts might                                                                    
eliminate some  of the  strides made by  the Bring  the Kids                                                                    
Home Program. He urged restoration of the funding.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:35:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDI  STORY,  JUNEAU  SCHOOL  BOARD,  JUNEAU,  testified  in                                                                    
support   of  funding   for  education.   She  stated   that                                                                    
graduation rates had risen for  multiple years in a row. She                                                                    
added  that the  Alaska Youth  First Grant  was valuable  to                                                                    
youth in the state.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:38:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOY  LYON,  PARENTS  AS TEACHERS  AND  IMAGINATION  LIBRARY,                                                                    
JUNEAU, thanked  the committee for  the investment  in early                                                                    
learning. She  spoke in favor  of increased funding  for the                                                                    
Imagination  Library. She  noted  that  the reading  allowed                                                                    
young children to come into kindergarten with great skills.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:40:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAYLE  TRIVETTE,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  testified  in  support  of                                                                    
increasing  the Base  Student Allocation  (BSA). She  valued                                                                    
the public education that she benefitted from.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:41:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE  DANIELLO,   ALASKA  COMMISSION  ON   AGING,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for the  senior community                                                                    
based grant services. She believed  that the funding allowed                                                                    
for the  reduction of Medicaid  growth. She stated  that the                                                                    
services  helped a  caregiver to  provide quality  care. She                                                                    
spoke  in  support  of  funding for  the  NTS  program.  The                                                                    
services benefitted senior citizens.  She mentioned that the                                                                    
services were important to seniors.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:44:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MILLIE  RYAN,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  REACH   INC.,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
Testified in support of  the Complex Behavior Collaborative.                                                                    
She shared a  story where the behavior of  an autistic child                                                                    
prevented the child from flourishing.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:46:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  SCHIMANSKI,   JUNEAU  REENTRY   COALITION,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  on behalf  of funding  for residential  substance                                                                    
abuse  treatment programs.  She stated  that she  benefitted                                                                    
greatly from the program. She  believed that the service was                                                                    
essential.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:47:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PENN  LAMB,  JOBX, JUNEAU,  testified  on  behalf of  Alaska                                                                    
Youth  First  Grant. She  stated  that  she found  means  of                                                                    
employment with the help of  the program. She explained that                                                                    
she was able to live on her own  and owned a car as a result                                                                    
of  her  employment.  She stressed  the  importance  of  the                                                                    
grant.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:49:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  GRAHAM,  SELF,  JUNEAU, expressed  distress  that  the                                                                    
governor's  request for  $3 billion  infusion into  the PERS                                                                    
and TRS funds was removed from the operating budget.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Austerman stated  that the  issue regarding  PERS,                                                                    
TRS and the unfunded liability was part of a separate bill.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Graham stated that the  needs of retirees were important                                                                    
for the state.  She stated that the payments  for the states                                                                    
and municipalities were taken care of.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:51:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  BROWN,   DIRECTOR,  RAINFOREST   RECOVERY  CENTER,                                                                    
JUNEAU testified  on behalf of the  substance use treatment.                                                                    
She  testified in  support of  the reinstatement  of funding                                                                    
for  residential  substance  abuse treatment  programs.  She                                                                    
stated that  individuals seeking help were  evaluated by the                                                                    
addiction  guidelines.  She  stated that  FY  13  Rainforest                                                                    
Recovery served  many with inpatient services.  She spoke to                                                                    
the shortage of available treatment beds.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:54:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARA NELSON, CO-DIRECTOR, HAVEN  HOUSE, JUNEAU, testified on                                                                    
behalf  of a  full  restoration of  funding for  residential                                                                    
substance   abuse  treatment   programs.  She   stated  that                                                                    
addiction  was a  disease in  the same  way that  cancer and                                                                    
diabetes were. She stated that  her life was normal prior to                                                                    
drug addiction.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:56:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEANETTE  LACEY DUNN,  SOCIAL  WORK  CASE MANAGER,  BARTLETT                                                                    
REGIONAL HOSPITAL,  JUNEAU, testified  on behalf  of funding                                                                    
for the residential substance  abuse treatment programs. She                                                                    
stated   that  Bartlett   Regional  Hospital   developed  an                                                                    
outpatient  case management  program to  serve patients  who                                                                    
were  frequently  in  the emergency  room.  She  noted  that                                                                    
patients must  have visited  the emergency  room 10  or more                                                                    
times in the last year to be considered for the program.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:59:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN  HOLST, JUNEAU  ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT  COUNCIL, JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified on behalf of early  childhood education. He stated                                                                    
that  education  was an  investment  that  provided for  the                                                                    
future. He stated that the  educated workforce allowed for a                                                                    
healthy  economy. He  stated that  schools  help to  attract                                                                    
talent to the  state. He stated that budget  cuts could lead                                                                    
to a loss of 32 positions.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman  stated that the Base  Student Allocation                                                                    
(BSA) was not included.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:03:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER LINDLEY,  JUNEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT  BUDGET COMMITTEE,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  testified  in  support of  education  funding.  She                                                                    
informed  the committee  that she  was the  mother of  three                                                                    
teenage children  in the Juneau  School District.  She spoke                                                                    
in  support of  the Common  Core. She  urged an  increase in                                                                    
education  funding. She  stated that  the district  required                                                                    
new  curriculum  and  teacher retention,  neither  of  which                                                                    
could be provided with budget cuts.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:05:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB  BARTHOLOMEW,   CITY  AND  BOROUGH  OF   JUNEAU,  JUNEAU                                                                    
testified  in   favor  of  funding  for   community  revenue                                                                    
sharing. He  understood the need  to reduce budgets,  but he                                                                    
encouraged a look at priorities.  He noted that the loss for                                                                    
Juneau  affected deferred  road  maintenance.  He added  his                                                                    
concerns  with the  unfunded liability  program. He  pointed                                                                    
out that an infusion to  the PERS and TRS unfunded liability                                                                    
would help to  reduce the liability and  control the future.                                                                    
He pointed  out that the  liability affected both  the state                                                                    
and the municipalities.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman noted that  a bill regarding the unfunded                                                                    
liability would be heard in the near future.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:09:54 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:12:51 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: BETHEL,  CORDOVA, KOTZEBUE, NOME, VALDEZ,                                                                  
WRANGELL, OFFNET                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS  RAINES,  SELF,  BETHEL (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against budget  cuts for residential treatment  programs. He                                                                    
worked  in  a  substance  abuse treatment  center  where  he                                                                    
witness  lives that  were transformed  due to  treatment. He                                                                    
spoke  to the  successes  of the  program  and the  benefits                                                                    
offered to  individuals and families.  He stressed  that the                                                                    
cuts would  impact lives. He  pointed to  federal government                                                                    
statistics  related to  alcohol and  drug abuse  and violent                                                                    
crimes. He read that 34  percent of all crimes involved drug                                                                    
and/or  alcohol abuse.  He  shared that  12  percent of  all                                                                    
Alaskans  reported  drug use;  the  national  average was  8                                                                    
percent.  He stated  that Alaska  was ranked  number one  in                                                                    
suicide.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:16:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BONNIE  WOLDSTAD,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
requested  additional funds  for  the  Department of  Public                                                                    
Safety  budget  related  to the  retrofit  of  the  Woldstad                                                                    
patrol  vessel.  She believed  it  was  imperative that  the                                                                    
state fund the  additional $1.3 million to  $1.6 million for                                                                    
the  vessel. She  spoke to  additional pressures  on coastal                                                                    
villages and  natural resources and stressed  the importance                                                                    
of  maintaining   the  state's  two   high-endurance  patrol                                                                    
vessels. The state's fisheries would  continue to evolve and                                                                    
enforcement  had changed,  but it  was important  to prepare                                                                    
for  any  enforcement  needs. She  urged  enforcement  needs                                                                    
related to  Arctic fisheries.  She discussed  the patrolling                                                                    
of  waters in  the  region.  She asked  for  funding of  the                                                                    
position for the Woldstad captain.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
RAY WATSON, SELF, BETHEL  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support of  funds for alcohol treatment  programs. He shared                                                                    
a personal  story related  to his  former alcohol  abuse; he                                                                    
had been sober for a lengthy  time period. He would not have                                                                    
survived an  outpatient program due to  alcohol cravings. He                                                                    
advocated for  the health and  wellbeing of  other Alaskans.                                                                    
He stressed that the cuts  would present a step backwards in                                                                    
successes related to alcohol treatment.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:21:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA  SENUNGETUK,   SELF,  BETHEL   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
voiced  opposition to  $2 million  in  cuts for  residential                                                                    
treatment  programs. She  discussed negative  impacts facing                                                                    
Alaskan  villages due  to loss  of land  and resources.  She                                                                    
observed direct results that  pathologies mentioned by prior                                                                    
testifier  Dennis   Raines  [drugs   and  alcohol]   had  on                                                                    
individuals. She believed money needed  to be funded to keep                                                                    
the  programs   going.  She   stressed  the   importance  of                                                                    
listening to Alaskan residents.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:24:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEREMY    OSBOURNE,   YUUT    ELITNAURVIAT,   BETHEL    (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified against cuts  to the Alaska Youth                                                                    
First  program.  He  shared that  the  school  employed  two                                                                    
career guides  through the program; the  guides had traveled                                                                    
to 17 different villages in  the current fiscal year to work                                                                    
with  youths.  The  guides  raised  career  and  opportunity                                                                    
awareness,  provided  driver  training,  and  proctored  the                                                                    
Division  of Motor  Vehicles written  test.  The guides  had                                                                    
served 347 individuals in FY  14. He discussed the successes                                                                    
of the  program and impacts  on village residents.  He urged                                                                    
the committee to reconsider the cuts.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:25:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELLEN  HODGES,  YUKON-KUSKOKWIM HEALTH  CORPORATION,  BETHEL                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke in support of  the $1.2 million                                                                    
for the SHARP loan  repayment program. She communicated that                                                                    
the  program assisted  in the  recruitment and  retention of                                                                    
rural  healthcare  professionals;   the  location  of  rural                                                                    
Alaskan  villages made  recruitment challenging.  Bethel was                                                                    
currently experiencing  a severe shortage of  physicians and                                                                    
other healthcare  providers. She spoke to  the importance of                                                                    
attracting qualified medical professionals.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:26:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA   JACOBSON,   YUKON-KUSKOKWIM  HEALTH   CORPORATION,                                                                    
BETHEL  (via  teleconference),  spoke against  cuts  to  the                                                                    
trauma center funding and SHARP  loan repayment program. She                                                                    
spoke to  a shortage  of nurses and  relayed that  the SHARP                                                                    
program could be  used as an incentive  to attract qualified                                                                    
nurses.  She  shared  information about  the  facility.  The                                                                    
trauma funds allowed the facility  to increase education and                                                                    
allowed  for the  purchase of  equipment. Funds  had enabled                                                                    
the center to comply with the trauma registry.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:28:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF CLARK, YUKON-KUSKOKWIM  HEALTH CORPORATION, BETHEL (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of the  trauma registry.                                                                    
The  funds  would  enable providers  to  get  into  advanced                                                                    
trauma life-support  to improve  the quality of  care. Funds                                                                    
also helped nurses access  educational programs locally. The                                                                    
funds  would help  with quality  assurance in  the emergency                                                                    
room  and  would enable  for  the  implementation of  injury                                                                    
prevention plans. The  plans and actions were  needed in the                                                                    
community.  He  stated that  the  Department  of Health  and                                                                    
Social  Services used  the trauma  registry data  to improve                                                                    
quality throughout the state.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:30:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK SPRINGER, SELF,  BETHEL (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support  of community  revenue  sharing  and for  Public                                                                    
Employees' Retirement System (PERS) funds.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman informed the  testifier that the PERS and                                                                    
Teachers'  Retirement  System  (TRS)   funding  was  not  on                                                                    
schedule  for the  day. Mr.  Springer understood  that there                                                                    
may have been a $10 million reduction to revenue sharing.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman  affirmed that the revenue  sharing would                                                                    
be paid  in full for  FY 15, but  would be decreased  by $10                                                                    
million  per year  following FY  15. Mr.  Springer expressed                                                                    
concerns about  the decreases in the  future budgets related                                                                    
to  revenue sharing.  He pointed  out that  the funding  was                                                                    
extremely important to small areas in the state.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:33:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALEXIS  COOPER, CORDOVA  DISTRICT FISHERMEN  UNITED, CORDOVA                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  testified  against  proposed  budget                                                                    
cuts  to  the  Alaska Marine  Safety  Education  Association                                                                    
(AMSEA) program. She relayed that  the commercial fleet used                                                                    
Cordova as  a home port  to access various  fishing grounds.                                                                    
The fleet  depended on access  to local training  for safety                                                                    
courses  provided  by  AMSEA.  She  spoke  to  her  personal                                                                    
training experience provided by the program.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:35:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL   SWARTZBART,  SELF,   CORDOVA  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
encouraged funding  for the  Alaska Marine  Safety Education                                                                    
Association program  at the requested level.  He shared that                                                                    
when  he had  begun  commercial fishing  in  the 1970s  that                                                                    
fatalities   had   been   commonplace.   The   program   had                                                                    
significantly reduced fatality number.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:36:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEANNE  GERHARDT-CYRUS,  SELF, KIANA  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  support  of $500,025  for  the  Complex  Behavior                                                                    
Collaborative.  She  shared  a  personal  story  related  to                                                                    
challenges  her  daughter had  experienced  at  home and  in                                                                    
school. She  wanted her daughter  to be at home.  She shared                                                                    
that her family  had been involved in the  CBC program since                                                                    
the  prior April.  Her daughter  was  currently enrolled  in                                                                    
high school  and was experiencing success.  She stressed the                                                                    
importance of  access to the  program in  rural communities.                                                                    
She discussed  costs with comparative services  that did not                                                                    
meet her daughter's needs.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:39:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY  CRAVALHO,  SELF,   KOTZEBUE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of  the Complex Behavior Collaborative.                                                                    
He stressed  that the program  brought training  to villages                                                                    
and provided  children and adults  with needed  services. He                                                                    
asked for support for  residential substance abuse treatment                                                                    
programs. He stressed that  people needing treatment already                                                                    
struggled to  get into programs  in the region; cuts  to the                                                                    
programs would make access to treatment more challenging.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:41:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TODD  LANGLEY, NORTON  SOUND HEALTH  CORPORATION, NOME  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support of the  trauma care fund.                                                                    
The funds  had been  instrumental in preventing  deaths from                                                                    
trauma; without the  funding lives would be  lost. He shared                                                                    
that patients  had a 25  percent reduced risk of  death when                                                                    
treated  at a  designated  trauma facility.  He stated  that                                                                    
without the  funding facilities currently in  pursuit of the                                                                    
trauma   designation   would   not  continue   towards   the                                                                    
designation.  He  pointed  to hazmat  training  provided  to                                                                    
employees. He urged the committee  to reconsider funding the                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:44:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOLLYN  ASHE, NORTON  SOUND  HEALTH  CORPORATION, NOME  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the trauma  care                                                                    
fund.  Due  to the  funds  the  corporation had  brought  in                                                                    
health aides  from all  15 nearby  villages for  training in                                                                    
trauma care. She stated that  additional trauma care centers                                                                    
were   needed.  The   corporation   had   trained  its   own                                                                    
instructors  for hospital  support in  order to  better care                                                                    
for  trauma patients.  There was  a  great deal  more to  be                                                                    
taught and much more equipment  needed to care for patients.                                                                    
She stressed that people deserved access to care.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:46:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAIL  SHEFFIELD,  UNIVERSITY  OF  ALASKA  FAIRBANKS,  MARINE                                                                    
ADVISORY  PROGRAM,  NOME   (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  the Alaska  Marine Safety  Education Association                                                                    
program  in  the  Department   of  Commerce,  Community  and                                                                    
Economic  Development operating  budget.  She spoke  against                                                                    
moving funding  to the capital  budget. She stated  that the                                                                    
program  was  revenue  neutral;   a  percentage  of  boating                                                                    
registration fees  and crew  member licenses  contributed to                                                                    
the  state's  general  fund. She  stressed  that  access  to                                                                    
safety training  was essential. The  program had  a positive                                                                    
track record and was a good use of state funds.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:48:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAULINE DOUCET,  ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR,  PROVIDENCE VALDEZ                                                                    
MEDICAL  CENTER,  VALDEZ   (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  trauma care  funds. The  funding for  the trauma                                                                    
level 4  program had allowed  the center to fund  its trauma                                                                    
coordinator position;  the position  had enabled  the center                                                                    
to  enhance its  level  of care,  improve  protocol, and  to                                                                    
acquire the  best practice equipment.  The funding  had also                                                                    
helped significantly with education  training for staff. The                                                                    
training  enabled  the  staff  to  provide  care  to  trauma                                                                    
patients.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:50:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RUTHIE KNIGHT, SELF,  VALDEZ (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  for $3 billion for  Public Employees' Retirement                                                                    
System (PERS) and Teachers' Retirement System (TRS).                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:51:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIE CRANOR, SELF, VALDEZ  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support  for $3  billion  for  Public Employees'  Retirement                                                                    
System (PERS) and Teachers' Retirement System (TRS).                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:51:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CYNTHIA  KLEMMENS, SELF,  PROVIDENCE VALDEZ  MEDICAL CENTER,                                                                    
VALDEZ (via  teleconference), encouraged support  for trauma                                                                    
care funds.  She shared  that Alaska  had the  third highest                                                                    
injury rate  in the nation.  She spoke to the  importance of                                                                    
an increased level of patient  care. Increasing the level of                                                                    
care  meant there  was  a need  for  increased training  and                                                                    
equipment.   Without  the   funding  the   goals  would   be                                                                    
unattainable and resources would be lacking.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:54:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN MORK, SELF, WRANGELL  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
favor  of restored  funding for  the trauma  care fund.  She                                                                    
pointed  to  Wrangell's  remote  location.  The  funds  were                                                                    
needed to  enable the local  medical center to  work towards                                                                    
the level 4 trauma designation.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:55:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA  SALARD, SELF,  WRANGELL  (via teleconference),  asked                                                                    
for the reinstatement  of the trauma care funding.  She is a                                                                    
registered  nurse  and  trauma coordinator.  The  fund  went                                                                    
towards education  and equipment  needed to care  for trauma                                                                    
patients.  She  stressed  that  providing  patients  with  a                                                                    
higher level  of care required  medevac services.  The funds                                                                    
were needed  to maintain staff education  and equipment. She                                                                    
wanted to keep hospitals and staff in state.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:58:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK  CLEVELAND,   CITY  OF  QUINHAGAK,   QUINHAGAK  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  community revenue                                                                    
sharing. He  stated that the  elimination of funds  would be                                                                    
detrimental  to  the  city's ability  to  provide  essential                                                                    
services to  residents; the funds  accounted for  39 percent                                                                    
of the  city's operating budget. The  elimination of funding                                                                    
would mean job  cuts in the city. He  shared that commercial                                                                    
fishery opportunities  had been reduced in  recent years and                                                                    
would decrease local income.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:00:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RALPH  MACKIE,  SELF,   CRAIG  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against cuts  to the behavioral  health budget. He  spoke to                                                                    
devastating results  of the  pervasive nature  of behavioral                                                                    
health issues. He stated that  behavioral health issues were                                                                    
chronically unattended and underfunded.  He wondered why. He                                                                    
stated that the largest priority  in life was the well-being                                                                    
of  a  person's loved  ones.  He  stressed that  energy  and                                                                    
resources  should  be  poured  into  the  behavioral  health                                                                    
epidemic.  He  urged  a  restoration   of  full  funding  to                                                                    
behavioral health programs.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:02:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  BERLIN, MAYOR  OF NUNATITCHUCK  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  support of community  revenue sharing  and thanked                                                                    
the legislature  for its past  support. He relayed  that the                                                                    
services were very important to  the city's budget. The city                                                                    
depended on the funds for life and daily jobs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:04:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHY BISHOP,  NUGEN'S RANCH, WASILLA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  against  cuts  to  funds  for  residential  treatment                                                                    
programs.  [Testimony  was cut  off  and  heard in  full  at                                                                    
4:17:09 p.m.]                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:05:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  EDGAR,   JOBX,  JUNEAU  (via   teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against cutting  funds for Alaska  Youth First  programs. He                                                                    
shared his  personal experience with  JobX; the  program had                                                                    
helped him find  a job and subsequently he had  been able to                                                                    
remain  in  Juneau. He  stressed  that  cutting the  funding                                                                    
would force  youths to move out  of state to look  for jobs.                                                                    
He emphasized the importance of  keeping youths in Juneau to                                                                    
live and work in Alaska.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:07:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HILARY  STRAYER,  ALASKA  NATIVE TRIBAL  HEALTH  CONSORTIUM,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke  in support of funding                                                                    
for  trauma care.  She stated  that injury  was the  leading                                                                    
cause  of death  for  Natives. She  stated  that the  Alaska                                                                    
Trauma Registry  was the only  statewide injury  data source                                                                    
in  the   state;  the  registry   provided  vital   data  to                                                                    
individuals   working   in   risk   reduction   and   injury                                                                    
prevention. The  data allowed the determination  of baseline                                                                    
rates  for injury  comparisons, identified  disparities, and                                                                    
helped determine if  prevention efforts were cost-effective.                                                                    
She shared  that 23 of the  24 hospitals in Alaska  would be                                                                    
designated  as  trauma  centers   in  the  future;  however,                                                                    
without  the  funds the  designation  would  not occur.  She                                                                    
stated  that  without  the funds  Alaska's  rural  hospitals                                                                    
would lack  the support to  provide the data needed.  A loss                                                                    
of  funds would  limit services  for rural  populations with                                                                    
higher risk of injury.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:10:31 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:17:09 PM                                                                                                                    
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CATHY BISHOP,  NUGEN'S RANCH, WASILLA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  on  behalf  of   Nugen's  Ranch  and  residential                                                                    
treatment programs. The  program provided treatment services                                                                    
for   individuals   statewide.  She   believed   residential                                                                    
programs  in  Alaska   were  already  severely  underfunded;                                                                    
removing  additional   funds  would  increase   hardship  on                                                                    
Alaskan  residents.   She  regularly  received   calls  from                                                                    
families seeking residential beds and treatment.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:18:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SOPHIA JONES,  NUGEN'S RANCH, WASILLA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  for  residential treatment  programs.                                                                    
She  herself benefitted  from the  program. She  stated that                                                                    
the efforts  allowed for  a reduced  chance of  relapse. She                                                                    
stated  that she  was  learning to  be  accountable for  her                                                                    
behavior.  She  noted  that addiction  affected  the  entire                                                                    
family.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:20:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WAYNE BARRAS,  NUGEN'S RANCH, WASILLA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified   in  support   for   the  residential   treatment                                                                    
programs. He was  a beneficiary of Nugen's  Ranch. He stated                                                                    
that budget cuts to treatment  programs would mean increased                                                                    
recidivism  rates.  He  stated that  he  required  long-term                                                                    
treatment  for   alcoholism;  long-term   treatment  allowed                                                                    
residents to  move through withdrawal symptoms  and to learn                                                                    
necessary  tools   to  live  productively  in   society.  He                                                                    
requested additional funding for the programs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:21:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIDGET    ACKERLEY,    NUGEN'S    RANCH,    WASILLA    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support for  the residential                                                                    
treatment programs.  She herself  was living in  a treatment                                                                    
facility.  The   program  had   provided  her   with  skills                                                                    
necessary to succeed in a  life of recovery. She stated that                                                                    
she  had frequently  been a  part of  the legal  system; the                                                                    
program had  taken her out  of that cycle. The  facility had                                                                    
eight beds for women. She  wished others could have the same                                                                    
opportunity.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:22:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
XAVIOR LOVE, BEGICH MIDDLE  SCHOOL, ANCHORAGE, testified for                                                                    
support  in education  funding. He  had gathered  a petition                                                                    
that  was presented  to the  committee. He  stated that  the                                                                    
program Destination  2020 helped students make  various sets                                                                    
of  goals  for his  generation.  He  stated the  proficiency                                                                    
guidelines that were compromised by  the lack of funding. He                                                                    
stated  that students  cared about  the  public funding.  He                                                                    
expressed passion for his cause.  He stated that the current                                                                    
students deserved  the best education possible  and were the                                                                    
future of the country.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:26:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LUCINDA  MAHONEY, CFO,  CITY  OF  ANCHORAGE, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), supported the  $3 billion contribution from                                                                    
the Constitutional Budget  Reserve to the PERS  and TRS. She                                                                    
pointed  to  the importance  of  dealing  with the  unfunded                                                                    
liability.  She stated  that  the  increased schedule  would                                                                    
address  the   significant  liability.  She   mentioned  the                                                                    
contribution levels  for Anchorage,  which had  been reduced                                                                    
significantly.  She appreciated  funding  above 22  percent.                                                                    
She  noted  the  efficiencies   found  in  the  recent  past                                                                    
regarding revenue sharing.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:30:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Austerman  stated  that without  revenue,  it  was                                                                    
difficult  to  share.   He  recognized  Representative  Andy                                                                    
Josephson.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:30:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RIC  NELSON, GOVERNOR'S  COUNCIL ON  DISABILITIES, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified on behalf of  the council's                                                                    
complex   behavioral    collaborative.   The   collaborative                                                                    
provided intensive support for  disabled individuals at risk                                                                    
of being institutionalized. He stated  that the CBC services                                                                    
included   assistance  with   behavior  and   its  function,                                                                    
training   for  family   and   providers,  development   and                                                                    
implementation  of  the  behavior  intervention  plan,  data                                                                    
collection,   ongoing    consultation,   and   results-based                                                                    
evaluation. He  stated that he  had data that 76  percent of                                                                    
participants  avoid institutional  care and  many remain  in                                                                    
their  own  communities.  He stated  that  the  state  saves                                                                    
substantially every day that individuals are not in API.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:34:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE   RABEAU,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of reinstatement  of the  trauma care                                                                    
fund. She  shared that  trauma was the  number one  cause of                                                                    
death and disability in Alaska for  ages 1 to 44. She stated                                                                    
that the number  of trauma centers had tripled  in the state                                                                    
since  the inception  of the  fund.  She discussed  disaster                                                                    
preparedness.  She predicted  that  several thousand  people                                                                    
could  be  treated  in  higher  level  trauma  centers.  She                                                                    
mentioned the  Division of Public Health  strategic plan and                                                                    
the  dependence  on  services  in  the  all  trauma  centers                                                                    
throughout  the state.  She requested  the reinstatement  to                                                                    
the fund in the operation budget.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:38:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMBROSIA  ROMIG,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of reinstatement  of the  trauma care                                                                    
fund.  She  relayed  that   the  fund  supported  personnel,                                                                    
education, equipment,  and the  Alaska Trauma  Registry. The                                                                    
fund  supported  evaluation  and prevention  of  injury  and                                                                    
allowed for  quality improvement  statewide. She  noted that                                                                    
unintentional injury was  the highest cause of  death in the                                                                    
state. Currently only 55 percent  of the state was within 60                                                                    
minutes of a  level 2 trauma center. She  noted that serious                                                                    
injury prevention programs required continued funding.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:39:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA    BROWN,    BEST   BEGINNINGS,    ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of the  Imagination                                                                    
Library.  She  highlighted  the advantages  of  reading  and                                                                    
noted the  number of children  receiving their books  in the                                                                    
mail. She stated that the  program got the community excited                                                                    
about  providing  books to  the  children.  She shared  that                                                                    
research showed children receiving  books were more prepared                                                                    
for  Kindergarten. Currently  the  program was  not able  to                                                                    
admit  all interested  children/families. She  encouraged an                                                                    
increase in funding.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:41:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA  MITCHELL,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  on   behalf  of   funding  for   early  childhood                                                                    
education  and  Best  Beginnings.   She  believed  that  the                                                                    
earlier  children  were  started  on the  path  to  academic                                                                    
success  the  better off  the  state  would be.  She  stated                                                                    
strongly  that  children  were  the  state's  most  valuable                                                                    
natural  resource. Continued  cuts to  counselors, teachers,                                                                    
libraries, and  support staff  would decrease  recent gains.                                                                    
She  stressed  that  education should  be  the  state's  top                                                                    
priority.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:43:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALISON   ARIANS,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified on behalf of increased  funding for education. She                                                                    
shared  information  about  her  daughter's  classroom.  She                                                                    
estimated  that  5th  grade   classrooms  would  contain  35                                                                    
children. She provided data  regarding education funding and                                                                    
increased graduation  rates. She  implored the  committee to                                                                    
increase funds for education.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:45:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAUREEN  YOUNG,  SOUTHCENTRAL   FOUNDATION,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   support  of   residential                                                                    
treatment programs  including Dena  A Coy. She  relayed that                                                                    
Dena A  Coy had been established  in 1992 and was  the first                                                                    
residential program in  the U.S. to allow  pregnant women to                                                                    
receive treatment before and after  giving birth. She stated                                                                    
that  the  facilities  required state  funds  for  continued                                                                    
survival. She stated that children  were born with a reduced                                                                    
risk of living a life  compromised by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome                                                                    
Disorder (FASD)  because they spent  time in  treatment. She                                                                    
shared statistics related to FASD.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:48:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
THERESA  OWENS, ANCHORAGE  SCHOOL  DISTRICT, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged continued funding  for Kids Core Head                                                                    
Start and  Anchorage School district partnership.  She noted                                                                    
an increase  in readiness if  a student participated  in the                                                                    
collaborative  preschool.  Families  without  the  necessary                                                                    
foundation  to  build   healthy  relationships  with  public                                                                    
schools were provided the opportunity  to develop the skills                                                                    
within  the preschool  setting.  She  noted that  additional                                                                    
skills  require funding.  She noted  that  the Base  Student                                                                    
Allocation (BSA) required an increase.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:50:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARIN  HALPIN,  ANCHORAGE  SCHOOL DISTRICT,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of Pre-K  education                                                                    
funding.  She   stressed  that  children  and   parents  had                                                                    
benefitted greatly  by the state  funded Pre-K  program. She                                                                    
noted  that the  programs provided  many advantages  for the                                                                    
young children involved. She urged continued funding.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:51:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAITLYN MCLELLAND,  AKEELA, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  against  budget  cuts for  residential  treatment                                                                    
facilities. She  stressed that  clients using  the treatment                                                                    
facilities  were  often  homeless, had  Office  of  Children                                                                    
Services  involvement, came  from broken  homes, experienced                                                                    
untreated  mental health  disorders, and  were dealing  with                                                                    
significant  amounts of  trauma. She  noted that  a person's                                                                    
independence was  promoted by  the programs  and facilities.                                                                    
She stated  that budget  cuts would  cost some  Alaskans the                                                                    
opportunity to live a healthy life with their family.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:53:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ASHLEY  SCOTT, STEPPING  STONES AND  AKEELA, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified as a  resident of Stepping Stones                                                                    
treatment center.  She stated that  the program  offered her                                                                    
an option to  be a successful mother in  recovery. She hoped                                                                    
that the opportunity would be  available to other women. She                                                                    
stressed that without the program  she would either be using                                                                    
or in jail.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:54:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACY  CHUITT, STEPPING  STONES AND  AKEELA, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified   in   favor   of   residential                                                                    
treatment center funding.  She noted that the  courage to be                                                                    
independent  was  available to  her  with  the help  of  the                                                                    
treatment facility.  She stated that parenting  classes were                                                                    
available  in  the  program. She  stated  that  without  the                                                                    
opportunity she and her daughter would not have a future.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:56:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIA   LOUIE,  AKEELA,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified that  the Akeela  residential recovery  center had                                                                    
made  a   very  large  difference  in   her  situation.  She                                                                    
discussed prior failed attempts  at outpatient recovery. She                                                                    
stated that she was able to  build a commitment to a life in                                                                    
recovery after six  months in the treatment  center. She was                                                                    
taught  to  make  amends  to  people  she  affected  in  her                                                                    
addiction process.  She relayed  that choosing to  enroll in                                                                    
the Akeela center was the best decision she had ever made.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:59:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN  CROSBY,   AKEELA,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  on   behalf  of  reinstatement  of   funding  for                                                                    
residential  recovery centers.  He shared  a personal  story                                                                    
about his struggle  with substance abuse. He  stated that he                                                                    
benefitted  from  the  center  and  was  in  a  transitional                                                                    
housing  option.  He  stressed that  people  were  literally                                                                    
dying  while   waiting  to  get  into   the  facilities.  He                                                                    
mentioned  the  delays faced  by  beneficiaries  in need  of                                                                    
treatment.  He emphasized  that budget  cuts would  make the                                                                    
situation worse.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:02:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ZACH  JOHNSON,   AKEELA,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for residential  recovery                                                                    
centers.  He  believed  the general  public's  view  was  to                                                                    
incarcerate  rather  than   rehabilitate.  He  stressed  the                                                                    
importance of teaching  individuals how to live,  not how to                                                                    
be better  criminals. He stated  that his use of  hard drugs                                                                    
for over  25 years had  ended with his treatment.  He stated                                                                    
that cutting  funds to  treatment centers  could be  a death                                                                    
sentence to many people.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:04:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LOU   PANDOLFINO,  KING   CAREER   CENTER,  ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of funding  the Youth                                                                    
First  grant and  for  Youth Job  Center  career guides.  He                                                                    
relayed  that   if  the  program  was   decimated  it  would                                                                    
negatively  impact youths  and industry  leaders in  Alaska.                                                                    
Career  guides served  over 1,000  high  school seniors  per                                                                    
year at  the King  Career Center;  guides served  over 4,000                                                                    
students  statewide.  Guides  assisted with  resumes,  cover                                                                    
letters, interviewing skills, and  other. He mentioned other                                                                    
program  benefits including  assistance with  post-secondary                                                                    
education  training. The  guides  helped  students focus  on                                                                    
life after  high school. He noted  the budgetary constraints                                                                    
and   the   shrinking   public  education   workforce.   The                                                                    
partnership  with  the  Department of  Labor  and  Workforce                                                                    
Development career guides was essential.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:05:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MORGAN  CHRISTIANSEN,  KING  CAREER CENTER,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
Youth  Job  Center.  He  stressed   the  usefulness  of  the                                                                    
program; it  gave students hope and  encouragement for their                                                                    
future.  He stated  that  he  opted for  a  career that  was                                                                    
encouraged by the center.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:06:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTOPHER  BARE,   KING  CAREER  CENTER,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the  Youth  Job                                                                    
Center.  He shared  that the  center helped  students access                                                                    
certifications to get into the  workforce. He noted that the                                                                    
centers helped  students compose  resumes and  cover letters                                                                    
in an  effort to  help them  gain employment.  He emphasized                                                                    
that he would be lost without  the help he had received from                                                                    
the center. He hoped the  program would be available to help                                                                    
students going forward. He urged continued funding.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:08:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNY DIGRAPPA, ALASKA BRAIN  INJURY NETWORK, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of the  Brain Injury                                                                    
Network  and  the Alaska  Trauma  Registry.  She pointed  to                                                                    
3,353 hospitalizations due to  brain injury between 2007 and                                                                    
2011; 66  percent had  been discharged  due to  the network.                                                                    
She relayed that without the  trauma registry the statistics                                                                    
would  be  unavailable.  Funding  the  trauma  registry  was                                                                    
necessary  in  order  to maintain  the  current  information                                                                    
database. She  urged the committee  to reinstate  the Trauma                                                                    
Care Fund.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:09:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE   VINCEK,   KING   CAREER   CENTER,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
Department  of Labor  and  Workforce  Development Youth  Job                                                                    
Center career  guides funded by  the Youth First  grant. She                                                                    
stated that a  double message was sent with  the increase of                                                                    
students. She noted that  1000 students received instruction                                                                    
from the  career guide.  She noted that  the job  market was                                                                    
accessed more easily because of the program.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:12:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROGER  HAMACHER,   NINE  STAR   ALASKA,  EAGLE   RIVER  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
Alaska Youth First program. He  mentioned the internship and                                                                    
work component of the program.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:13:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRENDA  BOGOWITH,  ALASKA  BRAIN INJURY  NETWORK,  ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via teleconference)  testified for  funding for  the Alaska                                                                    
trauma registry. The funding  would support ongoing training                                                                    
and  staffing  in  facilities  serving  the  most  seriously                                                                    
injured patients  in Alaska. The existing  services required                                                                    
the funding to survive.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:16:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA   BASSHAM,   NINE   STAR  ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of funding for Alaska                                                                    
Youth  First program.  She noted  that  the program  allowed                                                                    
services  for youth  who have  graduated  from high  school.                                                                    
Small   businesses  benefitted   from  the   program's  free                                                                    
internship component.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:17:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   ALEXANDER,   NINE   STAR  ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of the  Alaska Youth                                                                    
First program. He stated that  the program helped to support                                                                    
small business in Anchorage and Wasilla.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:18:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADAN  ACUNA, YOUTH  JOB CENTER  AND  YOUTH FIRST,  ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for                                                                    
the Youth  First program. He  stated that the  employment he                                                                    
sought  would help  him  to collect  money  for college.  He                                                                    
communicated that  the youth career  center allowed  him the                                                                    
opportunity to obtain employment.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:19:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAVIER ACUNA,  YOUTH JOB CENTER  AND YOUTH  FIRST, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for                                                                    
the Alaska Youth First program.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:20:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEVE   AND   BREEANN    DAVIS,   SELVES,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support  of the Complex Behavioral                                                                    
Center funding.  He shared a  personal story about  his son.                                                                    
He  discussed the  challenges  they had  with  their son  at                                                                    
school and at  home. They had been faced  with placing their                                                                    
son in a facility; however,  the CBC program saved their son                                                                    
and  family. The  program  transformed  their child's  life.                                                                    
They urged the committee to fund the program.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:24:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROSALIE    NADEAU,     CEO,    AKEELA,     ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),   encouraged    funding   for   residential                                                                    
programs. She emphasized that the  programs saved costs. She                                                                    
discussed how  programs helped mothers  to recover  and care                                                                    
for  their  children.  She  shared  that  AKEELA  had  three                                                                    
residential treatment  facilities. The  organization treated                                                                    
many former  inmates. She stressed that  keeping individuals                                                                    
out  of  prison  saved  the   state  money.  She  asked  the                                                                    
committee to not target behavioral health funds.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:27:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIAN  WALKER,  AKEELA,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in favor  of residential  treatment center  funds. He                                                                    
stated that  he had  been in  and out of  jail prior  to his                                                                    
time at AKEELA  house. He spoke highly of  his experience in                                                                    
the residential treatment center. He  believed that a cut to                                                                    
the program  would compromise the  safety of the  streets in                                                                    
Anchorage.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:29:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHELSEA BOARDMAN, HEAD START  AND ANCHORAGE SCHOOL DISTRICT,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
early  childhood education.  She stated  that both  children                                                                    
and their  parents benefitted  greatly from  early childhood                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:30:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELAINE  DAHLGREN,  VOLUNTEERS  OF  AMERICA,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   support  of   residential                                                                    
treatment  center  funds.  She stated  that  evidence  based                                                                    
treatment showed that  individuals benefitted immensely from                                                                    
the service. She  mentioned the Bring the  Kids Home program                                                                    
that helped people remain stable in the community.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:33:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANCINE HARBOUR,  NATIONAL ALLIANCE  FOR THE  MENTALLY ILL,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),   testified  in  favor  of                                                                    
restoring  funding  for   the  residential  substance  abuse                                                                    
treatment programs.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:34:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  ANDERSON, VOLUNTEERS  OF AMERICA  ALASKA, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via  teleconference), testified  on  behalf of  residential                                                                    
treatment center funds.  She stated that Eagle  River had 24                                                                    
beds  in their  treatment  center.  The environment  allowed                                                                    
people to effectively return to their communities.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:36:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KURT  PARKAN, DONLIN  GOLD, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  favor  of retaining  the  governor's  funding                                                                    
level  for  Alaska  Youth  First  program  and  the  Teacher                                                                    
Industry  Externship   program.  He  stated  that   the  two                                                                    
programs helped prepare Alaska youth for employment.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:37:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM  VORDERSTRASSE,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in  favor of  funding  for  the Complex  Behavior                                                                    
Health  Collaborative.   He  expressed  gratitude   for  the                                                                    
services  that  allowed  people   to  recover  while  living                                                                    
independently. He noted that adult  onset mental illness was                                                                    
seen as shameful.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:40:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL OWENS,  NORTON SOUND  HEALTH CORPORATION,  NOME (via                                                                    
teleconference) testified  for funding  for trauma  care. He                                                                    
stated that the  system would save both lives  and funds. He                                                                    
stated that  a loss of funds  would end in a  degradation of                                                                    
the services.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:41:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NILA   FANKHAUSER,  THE   SALVATION  ARMY,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference)   testified   for   the   reinstatement   of                                                                    
residential  treatment center  funds.  She  stated that  the                                                                    
current funding levels  were not adequate to  meet the needs                                                                    
of the people.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:43:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA MERICK, FACING FOSTER CARE  IN ALASKA, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference) testified for funding  for support staff for                                                                    
foster care in the Office  of Children's Services. She noted                                                                    
that the  state commissioned  a recent  study and  she urged                                                                    
legislators to view it.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:45:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHLEEN  BUGBEE,  AATCA,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support of the  Alaska Youth First Grant. She noted                                                                    
interest in  an annual event called  the Palmer Construction                                                                    
Career Days  that was historically successful  in the Mat-Su                                                                    
valley.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:46:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOMARA   CHILDS,   THE   SALVATION  ARMY,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   support  of   residential                                                                    
treatment center funds. She stated  that cuts to the program                                                                    
would affect people in compromised positions.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:47:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELLY   WYLIE,   THE    SALVATION   ARMY,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   support  of   residential                                                                    
treatment center funds. She stated  that she was now able to                                                                    
manage her life in a sober way as  a result of her time in a                                                                    
residential treatment  center. She stated that  her life was                                                                    
hopeless   until  an   opportunity   became  available   for                                                                    
treatment in the local residential center.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:50:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYAN   GOERISU,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in  support  of the  restoration  of  residential                                                                    
treatment  center   funds.  He   stated  that  he   chose  a                                                                    
residential treatment  center during  a very  difficult time                                                                    
in his life.  He highlighted that the funding  allowed a new                                                                    
start for him after treatment.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:52:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIA JACKSON, VOLUNTEERS  OF AMERICA ADOLESCENT RESIDENTIAL                                                                    
CENTER,  EAGLE  RIVER  (via  teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support of residential treatment  center funding. She stated                                                                    
that the  reality of the  need for treatment  centers should                                                                    
not be ignored. She  believed that residential treatment was                                                                    
essential  to families  and the  economy. She  believed that                                                                    
the  residential method  was  the  most effective  treatment                                                                    
option available.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:54:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY NANUWAK,  SELF, CHEVAK (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
that she  sued the state  for Mental Health Trust  land. She                                                                    
spoke about  the injustices to  minority groups.  She wished                                                                    
for people with alcohol addiction  to be included with other                                                                    
mental  health patients.  She  spoke to  the  needs of  many                                                                    
different people.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:57:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
YOUNGER  OLIVER,   UNIVERSITY  OF  ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified on  behalf  of  funding for  the                                                                    
University  of  Alaska. She  spoke  to  the benefit  of  the                                                                    
university's  advisors and  advocated for  the reinstatement                                                                    
of state funding.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:59:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACEY  LUCASON,   UNIVERSITY  OF  ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   support  of   high-demand                                                                    
programs in  the university budget. She  advocated for those                                                                    
programs related to health care.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:00:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW   SMITH,  UNIVERSITY   OF   ALASKA,  ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of the university. He                                                                    
spoke  to  the  benefit  of a  university  budget  including                                                                    
mandatory  advising. He  stated that  the university  system                                                                    
was committed  to building Alaska's future.  The high-demand                                                                    
programs  benefitted the  university  system  and Alaska  at                                                                    
every level.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:01:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BETH   SNYDER,  ALASKA   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of early  education                                                                    
funding.  She stated  that  pre-K  benefitted many  children                                                                    
with their  educations. She stated that  pre-school students                                                                    
transitioned to kindergarten easily  when they had access to                                                                    
programs with pre-K funding.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:02:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
POLLY    SMITH,    SUCCESS    BY   SIX,    ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  appreciated  the  lack   of  cuts  to  the                                                                    
funding  for early  childhood education.  She discussed  the                                                                    
benefits of the Imagination Library.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:03:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAMAI   CASSEY,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in favor  of the  Alaska Youth  First Grant.  She                                                                    
stated  that the  youth job  center benefitted  her daughter                                                                    
immensely.  She  noted  that  the  program's  career  guides                                                                    
helped  students to  understand  the  costs associated  with                                                                    
life.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:05:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANEL   WALTON,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified on in  support of education and behalf  of at risk                                                                    
youths. She spoke  to a program for at risk  youths at Benny                                                                    
Benson  Secondary School.  She told  a story  related to  at                                                                    
risk  youths.  She testified  that  there  were no  programs                                                                    
available for the specific youth.  She spoke to the trickle-                                                                    
down effect of  a lack of education funding.  At risk youths                                                                    
would end up  on the street. She stressed  the importance of                                                                    
providing funding for the school budget.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:07:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE  LINGUIST, ALASKA  COMMUNITY  MENTAL HEALTH  SERVICES,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke in support  of mental                                                                    
health and  substance abuse treatment programs.  He rejected                                                                    
the notion that  higher levels of treatment were  a waste of                                                                    
time and  money. He discussed that  addiction often involved                                                                    
cycles of relapse and remission.  He emphasized that without                                                                    
treatment people could  die prematurely; providing treatment                                                                    
services could curtail the problem.  He opined that it would                                                                    
be  unethical to  deny  treatment  to individuals  requiring                                                                    
more than outpatient services.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:10:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELANIE   BARTOFF,  MENTAL   HEALTH  TRUST,   GIRDWOOD  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in favor  of traumatic  brain injury                                                                    
funding.  She   told  a  personal   story  related   to  her                                                                    
experience with  a traumatic brain injury.  The Brain Injury                                                                    
Network had helped her get back  on track with her life. She                                                                    
was  a  productive  member  of   society  and  ran  her  own                                                                    
business. Without  the support of the  programs the recovery                                                                    
of people with brain injuries would be hindered.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:12:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  KOTYK,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
voiced  support  for  traumatic brain  injury  funding.  She                                                                    
shared a story about a  friend. She spoke about her personal                                                                    
faith.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:14:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RANDI   SWEET,  SHARP   ADVISORY  COUNCIL,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  against a  budget decrement  of $1.2                                                                    
million for the  SHARP program. She stressed  the cuts could                                                                    
cause   vulnerable  Alaskans   to   lose  their   healthcare                                                                    
providers. She  stated that  39 recently  selected providers                                                                    
would not  receive service  agreements; other  providers may                                                                    
lose  some  of  their  support. The  decrement  would  cause                                                                    
contracts  to be  41 percent  underfunded.  The program  had                                                                    
provided healthcare  to 156,000  Alaskans. She  stressed the                                                                    
importance  of  continuing  care for  the  individuals.  She                                                                    
communicated that  organizations had success  in stabilizing                                                                    
turnover and creating sustainability.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:16:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGE STONEKING,  AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified against  a $1.6 million decrement                                                                    
to the Tobacco Prevention  and Control Program. She believed                                                                    
the decrement had been proposed  in the governor's budget in                                                                    
error.  She shared  that there  had been  a lack  of clarity                                                                    
about the level of funding  in the Tobacco-Use Education and                                                                    
Cessation Fund;  the issue had been  clarified. The payments                                                                    
from the tobacco master  settlement agreement would continue                                                                    
in perpetuity  to the  state. She  discussed that  given the                                                                    
current numbers there  would not be a cash  flow issue until                                                                    
FY  19 if  funding was  maintained. The  program was  highly                                                                    
effective; there  were 35,000  Alaskans alive  today because                                                                    
of the program.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:18:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALEESHA   TOWNS   BAIN,   ANCHORAGE   IMAGINATION   LIBRARY,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  thanked the  committee for                                                                    
Best Beginnings  and statewide Imagination  Library funding.                                                                    
There  were  8,600  children enrolled  in  Anchorage;  every                                                                    
child  received  one book  per  month  along with  ideas  to                                                                    
engage in increased literacy. She  stressed that exposure to                                                                    
books  equated   to  Kindergarten  readiness;  this   was  a                                                                    
predictor of on-time high  school graduation. She encouraged                                                                    
increased  funding  for  Best  Beginnings  to  increase  the                                                                    
number of those helped by the program.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:19:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  TURLETES,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of the  university operating  budget.                                                                    
She  relayed that  the new  university  sports facility  was                                                                    
scheduled  to open  in August;  the  annual maintenance  and                                                                    
operating costs  would be  approximately $2.72  million. She                                                                    
stated  that the  governor's budget  reduced  the amount  to                                                                    
$1.6   million;   the   reduction   meant   that   necessary                                                                    
maintenance would  not be made.  The facility would  be used                                                                    
by  the  campus and  the  community.  She discussed  various                                                                    
amenities  in the  facility. She  stated that  the size  and                                                                    
complexity  of  the  facility  made   it  important  to  not                                                                    
underfund. She thanked the committee for its support.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:21:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEMETRIUS    WILLIAMS,   YOUTH    FIRST,   ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the Youth  First                                                                    
program.  He is  currently a  student at  the University  of                                                                    
Alaska  Anchorage. The  youth job  center  in Anchorage  had                                                                    
helped him to find employment.  He shared his personal story                                                                    
about  employment.  He  was grateful  to  the  program  that                                                                    
helped him find what he wanted to do.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:22:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEN MILLER,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
favor of funding for substance  abuse treatment programs. He                                                                    
spoke about  victims of substance  abuse. He shared  that he                                                                    
had  been clean  and sober  for  10 years.  He relayed  that                                                                    
inpatient  substance abuse  treatment  had  turned his  life                                                                    
around.  He  asked  for  the  continuation  of  funding  for                                                                    
substance abuse treatment.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HB  266  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  267  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:24:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman thanked the public for its testimony. He                                                                     
discussed the agenda for the following day.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:26:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 6:26 p.m.                                                                                          

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