Legislature(2013 - 2014)HOUSE FINANCE 519

03/05/2014 01:30 PM FINANCE


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01:32:01 PM Start
01:32:13 PM HB266 || HB267
01:32:55 PM Public Testimony: Barrow, Dillingham, Fairbanks
03:19:30 PM Public Testimony: Sitka, Petersburg, Delta Junction, Unalaska, Glenallen, Tok
04:34:26 PM Public Testimony: Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Mat-su, Seward
06:38:06 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 - 2:30 p.m. Barrow, Dillingham, Fairbanks
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Sitka, Petersburg, Delta
Junction, Unalaska, Glennallen, Tok
4:30 - 5:45 p.m. Homer, Kenai, Ketchikan, Kodiak,
Mat-Su, Seward
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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       March 5, 2014                                                                                            
                         1:32 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:32:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze called the  House Finance Committee meeting                                                                    
to order at 1:32 p.m.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Alan Austerman, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                 
Representative Lindsey Holmes                                                                                                   
Representative Cathy Munoz                                                                                                      
Representative Tammie Wilson                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Mia Costello                                                                                                     
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Pearl  Brower, President,  Ilisaguik College,  Barrow; Kathy                                                                    
Leary, Training Manager,  Ilisaguik College, Barrow; Deantha                                                                    
Crockett,   Alaska  Miners   Association,  Anchorage;   Luke                                                                    
Hopkins, Mayor, Fairbanks Northstar Borough, Fairbanks.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Sean Domagalski, Samuel  Simmonds Memorial Hospital, Barrow;                                                                    
Jeff  Prater,  Samuel  Simmonds Memorial  Hospital,  Barrow;                                                                    
Marie Carroll,  President, Arctic Slope  Native Association,                                                                    
Barrow; Dillon  Ray Bennett, Community Health  Aide Program,                                                                    
Dillingham;  Berna   Rae  Andrews,  Community   Health  Aide                                                                    
Program,  Dillingham; Jack  Davis, Bristol  Bay Area  Health                                                                    
Corporation, Dillingham;  Elaine Phillips,  Community Health                                                                    
Aide  Program, Dillingham;  Glen Johnson,  Self, Dillingham;                                                                    
John Yates,  Fairbanks Native Association,  Fairbanks; Tammi                                                                    
Ganguli, Self,  Fairbanks; Caralyn Holmes,  Chair, Fairbanks                                                                    
North  Star Borough,  Fairbanks; Christopher  Taylor, Access                                                                    
Alaska, Fairbanks;  Ann Lefavor, Coordinator,  Access Alaska                                                                    
Youth Transition Program,  Fairbanks; Shawston Runk, Women's                                                                    
and  Children's Center  for  Inner  Healing, Fairbanks;  Sue                                                                    
Hull, Fairbanks School  District, Fairbanks; Jeanett Klecka,                                                                    
University   of   Alaska  Fairbanks,   Fairbanks;   Samantha                                                                    
Wallingford,  University  of  Alaska  Fairbanks,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Heather  Lambert, Fairbanks  PTA, Fairbanks;  Julia Madeline                                                                    
Taylor, University  of Alaska Fairbanks  Student, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Shawna   Nutt,   Residential  Substance   Abuse   Counselor,                                                                    
Fairbanks  Native Association,  Fairbanks; Hillary  Addison,                                                                    
Substance  Abuse  Counselor, Fairbanks  Native  Association,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Judith  Nolan,  Self,  Fairbanks;  Ron  Johnson,                                                                    
Self,  Fairbanks;  Amee  McHatten,  Women's  and  Children's                                                                    
Center for  Inner Healing,  Fairbanks; Jamie  Bavilla, Self,                                                                    
Fairbanks; Jessica Hedge, Women  and Children Inner Healing,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Jim  Williams,  City  of  Fairbanks,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Cheryl  Kilgore,  Executive   Director,  Interior  Community                                                                    
Health  Center,  Fairbanks;  Elizabeth Adams,  Ralph  Perdue                                                                    
Center,  Fairbanks; Liz  Bottasso, Self,  Fairbanks; Corrine                                                                    
Biederman,  Self, Fairbanks;  Al  Stevens, Self,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Michelle  Hajdukovich,  Self, Fairbanks;  Crystal  Stordahl,                                                                    
Community Health Aide,  Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Pete  Lewis,  Superintendent,   Fairbanks  School  District,                                                                    
Fairbanks; Annette Becker, Youth  Advocates of Sitka, Sitka;                                                                    
Ann  Wilkinson,  Sitka  Community Hospital,  Sitka;  Colleen                                                                    
Ingman, City  and Borough of  Sitka, Sitka;  Charlie Wilber,                                                                    
Self,  Sitka; Becky  Martello,  AMSEA,  Sitka; David  Felts,                                                                    
Self, Sitka; Joe D'Arienzo, Self,  Sitka; James Swift, Self,                                                                    
Sitka;  Amy  Zanuzoski,   Sitka  Counseling,  Sitka;  Marita                                                                    
Bailey,  Sitka  Counseling,  Sitka; Kerry  Tomlinson,  Sitka                                                                    
Counseling,  Sitka; Vena  Talea Stough,  Self, Sitka;  Linda                                                                    
Behnken,  Alaska  Longline Fishermen's  Association,  Sitka;                                                                    
Terry  Perensovich,  Self,  Sitka; Brian  Lynch,  Petersburg                                                                    
Vessel  Owners  Association, Petersburg;  Karin  McCullough,                                                                    
Self, Petersburg;  Mike Stainbrook, Self,  Petersburg; Sunny                                                                    
Rice, Alaska Sea Grant  Marine Advisory Program, Petersburg;                                                                    
Frank Kelty,  Unalaska-Dutch Harbor  Fish and  Game Advisory                                                                    
Committee, Unalaska;  Shirley Marquardt, Mayor  of Unalaska,                                                                    
Unalaska;  Dirk  White,  Chair, Board  of  Pharmacy,  Sitka;                                                                    
Bryan  Zak,   Self,  Homer;   Hal  Smith,   South  Peninsula                                                                    
Hospital,  Homer;  Jim  Stearns, Kachemak  Bay  Conservation                                                                    
Society,  Homer;  Lolita  Brache,  Best  Beginnings,  Homer;                                                                    
Margo  Reveil, Jakolof  Bay  Oyster  Company, Homer;  George                                                                    
Matz,  Kachemak  Bay  Research  Reserve  Community  Council,                                                                    
Fritz  Creek; Terri  Mach, Self,  Homer; Graff  Coble, Self,                                                                    
Homer;  Angie Doroff,  Self,  Homer;  Stacy Buckelew,  Self,                                                                    
Homer; Shara  Suthertin, Self,  Homer; Jillian  Lush, Sprout                                                                    
Family  Services,  Homer;  Katie  Koester,  City  of  Homer,                                                                    
Homer;  Zachary  Brown,  South Peninsula  Behavioral  Health                                                                    
Services, Homer;  Megan Murphy, Self, Homer;  Carol Harding,                                                                    
Self, Homer; Chris Lopez, Self,  Homer; Maria Calhoun, Self,                                                                    
Homer;  Nolan  Bunting,  Self, Homer;  Jim  Hornaday,  Self,                                                                    
Homer;  Kris Holderied,  Self,  Homer;  Phil Crordon,  Self,                                                                    
Homer;  Will  Schlein,  Self,   Homer;  Joseph  Lunn,  Kenai                                                                    
Peninsula   College,   Soldotna;  Michael   Skinner,   Kenai                                                                    
Peninsula  College, Kenai;  Scott  Sellers, Kenai  Peninsula                                                                    
College, Soldotna;  Cheryl Tuttle, Kenai  Peninsula College,                                                                    
Soldotna; Shawn Rodgers,  Kenai Peninsula College, Soldotna;                                                                    
Kathleen  Fitzgerald,   Self,  Soldotna;   Shawna  Thornton,                                                                    
University  of Alaska,  Kenai;  Carlen  Williams, S.E.  Area                                                                    
Health  Education  Center,  Ketchikan; Christa  Bruce,  S.E.                                                                    
Area  Health Education  Center,  Ketchikan; Gretchen  Klein,                                                                    
Prince  of Wales  Health  Network,  Ketchikan; Pat  Chapman,                                                                    
Self, Ketchikan; Dee Wright,  The Manor, Ketchikan; Tellisha                                                                    
Frankhouser, S.E.  Area Health Education  Center, Ketchikan;                                                                    
Job Govaars,  Alaska Brain Injury Network,  Ketchikan; Shana                                                                    
Criscola,  Peace Health,  Ketchikan;  Sharon Monrean,  Self,                                                                    
Ketchikan;  Dr.  Patrick   Ballard,  Self,  Craig;  Patricia                                                                    
Ballard,  Self,  Craig;   Beverly  Crum,  Ketchikan  Medical                                                                    
Center, Ketchikan; Marita  Kaplan, Alaska Geriatric Exchange                                                                    
Network,  Kodiak; Julie  Matweyou, Marine  Advisory Program,                                                                    
Kodiak;   Jeff    Stephan,   United    Fisherman   Marketing                                                                    
Association,  Kodiak; Kathy  Watkins, Kodiak  Island Borough                                                                    
School  District Learning  Cafe, Kodiak;  Ronald VonScheele,                                                                    
Kodiak  Island   Borough  School  District   Learning  Cafe,                                                                    
Kodiak;  Art  Schultz,  Self, Kodiak;  Margaret  Draskovich,                                                                    
Providence  Kodiak Island  Medical  Center, Kodiak;  Charles                                                                    
Davidson,  City  of  Kodiak,  Kodiak;  John  Cannon,  Mat-Su                                                                    
Services for  Children and Adults, Mat-Su;  Ginger Ray, Mat-                                                                    
Su  Services   for  Children  and  Adults,   Mat-Su;  Jordan                                                                    
Bassett, Mat-Su  Services for  Children and  Adults, Mat-Su;                                                                    
Karen Nugen-Logan, Nugen's Ranch,  Mat-Su; Dr. Barbara Doty,                                                                    
Practicing  Physician,  Mat-Su;   Rachel  Greenberg,  Mat-Su                                                                    
Senior Services, Mat-Su; Gail  Floyd, Nugen's Ranch, Mat-Su;                                                                    
Fran  Sedovic, Self,  Mat-Su; Ted  Brasseur, Nugen's  Ranch,                                                                    
Mat-Su; John  Lee, Mat-Su  Regional Medical  Center, Mat-Su;                                                                    
Emily  Stevens,  Mat-Su  Regional  Medical  Center,  Mat-Su;                                                                    
Kevin  Munson,  Mat-Su   Health  Services,  Mat-Su;  Bridget                                                                    
Bolin, Akeela House, Mat-Su.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
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:                                                                                                               
          BARROW, DILLINGHAM, FAIRBANKS                                                                                         
          SITKA, PETERSBURG, DELTA JUNCTION, UNALASKA,                                                                          
          GLENALLEN, TOK                                                                                                        
          HOMER, KENAI, KETCHIKAN, KODIAK, MAT-SU, SEWARD                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
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 coNTSitutional 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."                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:32:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: BARROW, DILLINGHAM, FAIRBANKS                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:32:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PEARL   BROWER,   PRESIDENT,  ILISAGUIK   COLLEGE,   BARROW,                                                                    
testified in favor of continued  support for the college and                                                                    
its workforce development program.  She asked for funding of                                                                    
the  original   $600,000  request  to  be   reinstated.  The                                                                    
college's funding  had been  cut to $400,000  in FY  14. The                                                                    
college  could not  withstand another  cut of  $100,000. She                                                                    
shared  that  the college  had  expanded  services to  other                                                                    
communities.  She discussed  that  enrollment  was close  to                                                                    
1,900 around  the state.  She discussed  graduation numbers.                                                                    
She  encouraged support  for the  Alaska  Youth First  grant                                                                    
program. She  asked for support of  the Technical Vocational                                                                    
Education Program.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:36:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY  LEARY, TRAINING  MANAGER, ILISAGUIK  COLLEGE, BARROW,                                                                    
provided   examples  where   the  college's   students  were                                                                    
transitioning into  employment. She  shared that  the school                                                                    
had  leveraged  funds  from  employers,  workforce  training                                                                    
funds,  and  other NIT  funds.  She  discussed requests  for                                                                    
direct  job  training.  A  loss  of  funding  would  curtail                                                                    
training  efforts. She  mentioned maritime  training efforts                                                                    
for  oil   spill  response.  She  urged   the  committee  to                                                                    
reinstate  full  funding  for the  college.  She  asked  for                                                                    
support of  the teacher  industry externship  program funded                                                                    
partly by the Alaska Youth First Grant.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:40:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stoltze  remarked   that  Representative  Benjamin                                                                    
Nageak was currently advocating  for Arctic and state issues                                                                    
in Washington, D.C.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SEAN DOMAGALSKI,  SAMUEL SIMMONDS MEMORIAL  HOSPITAL, BARROW                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  spoke  in   support  of  the  Alaska                                                                    
Statewide Trauma System.  He shared that the  state had been                                                                    
supporting designated trauma  care facilities throughout the                                                                    
state.  He relayed  that  the trauma  center  in Barrow  was                                                                    
currently  striving to  receive  the level  4 trauma  center                                                                    
designation. The  designation would provide the  center with                                                                    
continued improvements  and would ensure it  was equipped to                                                                    
provide  trauma  care.  He stressed  that  stabilization  of                                                                    
trauma  patients was  imperative. He  appreciated the  funds                                                                    
that would help to save lives.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:43:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF PRATER, SAMUEL SIMMONDS  MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, BARROW (via                                                                    
teleconference), asked  for support of the  reinstatement of                                                                    
Alaska Statewide  Trauma System  funds. The center  was part                                                                    
of  a   critical  access   hospital  and   provided  24-hour                                                                    
emergency room coverage. He communicated  that 38 percent of                                                                    
the  nation's  critical  access hospitals  were  located  in                                                                    
health professional  storage areas; 52 percent  were located                                                                    
in medically underserved  areas. He shared that  many of the                                                                    
critical access  centers served  outlying areas;  the center                                                                    
in  Barrow served  five outlying  communities. He  discussed                                                                    
the long  distance between  Barrow and  the nearest  level 3                                                                    
trauma center  in Anchorage. Funds  would go to the  level 4                                                                    
trauma center  and to  other medical  services in  the North                                                                    
Slope area.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:45:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIE CARROLL,  PRESIDENT, ARCTIC SLOPE  NATIVE ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
BARROW (via  teleconference), spoke  strongly in  support of                                                                    
prior testimony by Pearl Brower  from the Ilisaguik College.                                                                    
She  relayed that  the funds  helped  train staff  providing                                                                    
healthcare in  the hospital.  She shared  that Barrow  had a                                                                    
new  critical access  regional hospital  that had  opened in                                                                    
the  fall of  2013.  She  asked for  support  of the  Alaska                                                                    
Statewide Trauma  System Fund. She detailed  that the center                                                                    
was   continuing  to   improve  services   and  needed   any                                                                    
additional  funding possible  to support  staff. She  stated                                                                    
that the funds would be used  by the facility and would help                                                                    
support  the responders  from the  North Slope  Borough. She                                                                    
discussed the  difficulty to  access care  due to  the rural                                                                    
location.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:50:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEANTHA  CROCKETT,  ALASKA  MINERS  ASSOCIATION,  ANCHORAGE,                                                                    
asked for  the reinstatement of  funds for the  404 wetlands                                                                    
permitting program  for primacy evaluation. She  stated that                                                                    
wetlands  were the  largest issue  facing  mines in  Alaska;                                                                    
wetlands were the number one  issue that had been brought to                                                                    
her   from  small   mining  businesses.   She  shared   that                                                                    
requirements almost  always did not reflect  the environment                                                                    
the miners were  operating in. She stated  that fees imposed                                                                    
for  impacts  to  the  environment  were  likely  to  become                                                                    
project killers. She referred  to written testimony provided                                                                    
to members. She assured the  committee that the small miners                                                                    
were struggling with the  wetland requirement. She discussed                                                                    
potential solutions to the mining environment problems.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:54:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DILLON   RAY  BENNETT,   COMMUNITY   HEALTH  AIDE   PROGRAM,                                                                    
DILLINGHAM  (via  teleconference),  spoke in  opposition  to                                                                    
cuts to  grants impacting the Community  Health Aide Program                                                                    
(CHAP). He  shared that two-thirds  of patients seen  in the                                                                    
Bristol Bay  region were  first seen  by a  community health                                                                    
aide. He noted that the  idea that telemedicine and distance                                                                    
learning   would  compensate   for  hands-on   training  was                                                                    
unrealistic.  He communicated  that distance  learning would                                                                    
only save $2,000  for all students attending  in the current                                                                    
session out  of the  total $15,000. Distance  learning added                                                                    
new costs including broadband  internet, more computers, and                                                                    
increased staff  hours. He  stressed that  distance learning                                                                    
would cost just as much  as training costs. He stressed that                                                                    
diminished  funding for  the  community  health aid  program                                                                    
would be  detrimental to the communities  and the healthcare                                                                    
system.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:56:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERNA   RAE   ANDREWS,   COMMUNITY  HEALTH   AIDE   PROGRAM,                                                                    
DILLINGHAM (via  teleconference), spoke  in support  of CHAP                                                                    
grant  funding.  She  discussed local  Native  hire  at  the                                                                    
village clinic. Rural health aides  had seen 19,000 patients                                                                    
the  prior year.  She  shared  that the  CHAP  was the  most                                                                    
advanced in the state; if  funding was cut training would be                                                                    
cut.   She  communicated   that  distance   education  would                                                                    
increase equipment  cost. She  stated that  community health                                                                    
aides  were the  first line  of healthcare;  the aides  were                                                                    
taught  correct techniques  with  the appropriate  training.                                                                    
Training  enabled  the aides  to  refer  to the  clinic  for                                                                    
corrective action.  She discussed  emergency care  and other                                                                    
essential   healthcare   services.  Without   the   adequate                                                                    
training funds the emergency response would be inadequate.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:00:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACK DAVIS, BRISTOL BAY  AREA HEALTH CORPORATION, DILLINGHAM                                                                    
(via teleconference), asked the  committee to reinstate full                                                                    
funding  for  the  SHARP  loan   repayment  program  in  the                                                                    
Department  of   Health  and  Social  Services   budget.  He                                                                    
discussed   that   attracting   and   retaining   healthcare                                                                    
professionals was  essential. He stated that  the cuts would                                                                    
be  a  disservice  to  providers.   To  pull  the  rug  from                                                                    
underneath the  providers called  into question  the state's                                                                    
commitment to solving rural healthcare issues.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:02:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELAINE PHILLIPS,  COMMUNITY HEALTH AIDE  PROGRAM, DILLINGHAM                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke against the 50  percent cuts to                                                                    
CHAP. The  area had many  community health aides.  She spoke                                                                    
to the  importance of adequate  training for the  aides. She                                                                    
detailed  that commercial  fishermen  and  tourists came  to                                                                    
visit the Bristol  Bay region during the  summer months. She                                                                    
asked  what would  happen if  a  tourist became  ill or  was                                                                    
injured in the  region. Without the healthcare  aides in the                                                                    
region  the appropriate  treatment would  not be  available.                                                                    
She   provided  different   scenarios  about   accidents  or                                                                    
illness. She stressed that the grant was needed.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:05:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GLEN JOHNSON,  SELF, DILLINGHAM (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of behavioral health  program funding. He  was a                                                                    
recipient  of behavioral  health services.  He relayed  that                                                                    
behavioral health  issues facing  many local  residents were                                                                    
ongoing.   He   stressed    that   continued   funding   for                                                                    
professional  support  in  the   region  was  important.  He                                                                    
opposed  cuts to  CHAP; the  aides were  a critical  step in                                                                    
providing for a person's  longevity. He asked for maintained                                                                    
funding  for  training  related   to  rural  and  wastewater                                                                    
utilities.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:07:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  YATES, FAIRBANKS  NATIVE  ASSOCIATION, FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  requested  a   restoration  of  funds  for                                                                    
residential  substance abuse  treatment programs.  He stated                                                                    
that addiction had cost the  Alaska $1.2 billion in 2010. He                                                                    
stated  that  people  were  literally   dying  to  get  into                                                                    
residential treatment  programs. He shared a  personal story                                                                    
about his former battle with substance abuse.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:10:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMMI   GANGULI,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of  increased public education funding.                                                                    
She noted  that the  state was constitutionally  mandated to                                                                    
provide public education funding.  The funding was necessary                                                                    
to the state's future.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:11:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARALYN  HOLMES,   CHAIR,  FAIRBANKS  NORTH   STAR  BOROUGH,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), testified  in support of the                                                                    
human  services   community  matching  grant;   over  38,000                                                                    
individuals received  services provided  by the grant  in FY                                                                    
13.  She relayed  that the  services were  important to  the                                                                    
community. She  encouraged the committee to  reinstate funds                                                                    
for  the  grant  in  the Department  of  Health  and  Social                                                                    
Services budget. She referred  to written testimony provided                                                                    
to the committee.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:13:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTOPHER   TAYLOR,   ACCESS    ALASKA,   FAIRBANKS   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support  of the Alaska Youth First                                                                    
Grant  Program. The  program had  helped  him personally  to                                                                    
find and  keep a job.  He shared information about  his past                                                                    
employment and  his independent life.  He stressed  that the                                                                    
funds were incredibly important  to individuals. He believed                                                                    
a cut in funding would hinder the program.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:16:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANN  LEFAVOR, COORDINATOR,  ACCESS  ALASKA YOUTH  TRANSITION                                                                    
PROGRAM,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),   testified  in                                                                    
support  of  funding  for  the   Alaska  Youth  First  Grant                                                                    
Program. She shared  that the Youth First award  in 2013 was                                                                    
$20,000. The  program served students with  disabilities and                                                                    
was solely funded  by the Department of  Labor and Workforce                                                                    
Development.  She  spoke  to high  rates  of  Fetal  Alcohol                                                                    
Spectrum  Disorder.  She  elaborated  that  the  individuals                                                                    
needed  more support  than traditionally  was provided.  The                                                                    
program had access to training and good resources.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:18:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWSTON  RUNK,  WOMEN'S  AND CHILDREN'S  CENTER  FOR  INNER                                                                    
HEALING,   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),   asked   the                                                                    
committee  to  reinstate  the  $2  million  for  residential                                                                    
treatment. She  stressed that cuts  would be  detrimental to                                                                    
addicts needing  treatment. She shared  personal information                                                                    
about  her experience  with substance  abuse and  successful                                                                    
residential treatment.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:19:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUE   HULL,  FAIRBANKS   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,   FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support  for foundation  formula                                                                    
dollars  for education.  The schools  were facing  cuts that                                                                    
would be  harmful. She stated  that the district  was facing                                                                    
steep  cuts; operating  dollars were  the life-blood  of the                                                                    
classroom. She stated that one-time  funds and capital funds                                                                    
were not  available. She  discussed inflation  proofing that                                                                    
impacted  all budgets.  She urged  adequate and  predictable                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:23:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEANETT  KLECKA, UNIVERSITY  OF ALASKA  FAIRBANKS, FAIRBANKS                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke in  support of funding  for the                                                                    
UAF graduate  veterinary program that would  be initiated in                                                                    
the  fall  of  2015.  She  encouraged  an  increase  in  the                                                                    
funding. She  spoke about her  personal experience  with the                                                                    
veterinary  field. She  spoke to  the competitive  nature of                                                                    
being admitted  into veterinary  school programs.  She spoke                                                                    
about  a  club  that  she was  involved  with  that  yielded                                                                    
multiple opportunities.  She expressed excitement  about the                                                                    
new program at UAF.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:26:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAMANTHA  WALLINGFORD,   UNIVERSITY  OF   ALASKA  FAIRBANKS,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),   testified  in  favor  of                                                                    
funding  for the  UAF professional  veterinary program.  She                                                                    
talked about  the challenges  she had  faced getting  into a                                                                    
veterinary  program. She  was excited  about the  program at                                                                    
UAF  and  hoped  to  see more  veterinarians  practicing  in                                                                    
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:27:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER    LAMBERT,    FAIRBANKS   PTA,    FAIRBANKS    (via                                                                    
teleconference), asked  for increased operating  funding for                                                                    
education. She spoke  to continued cuts over  the years. She                                                                    
was  concerned  that schools  wanted  to  be innovative  and                                                                    
improve; however,  decreased funding meant  cutting teachers                                                                    
and  other  school programs.  She  spoke  to high  classroom                                                                    
numbers. She stressed that an  increase in operating dollars                                                                    
was important.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:30:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LUKE   HOPKINS,   MAYOR,    FAIRBANKS   NORTHSTAR   BOROUGH,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS, spoke  in support of  the governor's  proposed $3                                                                    
billion  infusion  into  the  Public  Employees'  Retirement                                                                    
System (PERS)/Teachers'  Retirement System (TRS).  He stated                                                                    
that the compound interest earnings  would help offset costs                                                                    
going  forward.  He  asked  for  an  increase  in  community                                                                    
revenue sharing  to $60 million;  funds would be  applied to                                                                    
paying  down  the  property  tax  rate.  He  encouraged  the                                                                    
reinstatement of  404 feasibility funds related  to building                                                                    
a bridge  across a local  Fairbanks river. He  discussed air                                                                    
quality  permitting  that  was  under  state  authority.  He                                                                    
stated   that  an   outpatient  aspect   of  the   Fairbanks                                                                    
behavioral and mental health office  funding was expected to                                                                    
run  out in  May 2014.  The mental  health funding  served a                                                                    
vital  purpose. He  discussed the  community matching  grant                                                                    
that the  borough would  provide 30  percent to.  His office                                                                    
housed  a   Vista  volunteer  program.  He   discussed  Base                                                                    
Realignment  and  Closure  (BRAC) under  the  Department  of                                                                    
Military and Veterans  Affairs and how to lower  the cost of                                                                    
energy at the state's  military bases. He encouraged funding                                                                    
for education and classrooms.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:38:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIA  MADELINE  TAYLOR,   UNIVERSITY  OF  ALASKA  FAIRBANKS                                                                    
STUDENT,  FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference),  shared that  she                                                                    
had  faced physical  disabilities  that  had made  attending                                                                    
school  a challenge.  She was  committed  to completing  her                                                                    
degree and working as a  journalist and mentor. She strongly                                                                    
supported an increase in  funding for education specifically                                                                    
for students with  disabilities. She was not  able to access                                                                    
some facilities on  the UAF campus. She  hoped the committee                                                                    
would understand  that quality facilities were  important to                                                                    
students.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:41:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWNA   NUTT,   RESIDENTIAL  SUBSTANCE   ABUSE   COUNSELOR,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS     NATIVE     ASSOCIATION,     FAIRBANKS     (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified   against  proposed   cuts   to                                                                    
residential   treatment  centerfunding.   She  stated   that                                                                    
residential  treatment  offered  whole healing;  there  were                                                                    
people who  could not access  recovery with  other services.                                                                    
She  stated that  the treatment  saved lives  and saved  the                                                                    
state money. She urged the committee to not cut funding.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:43:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HILLARY  ADDISON,   SUBSTANCE  ABUSE   COUNSELOR,  FAIRBANKS                                                                    
NATIVE  ASSOCIATION, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  cuts to  the  residential treatment  centerfunding.                                                                    
She communicated  that addiction  was a  brain-based disease                                                                    
and  not a  choice.  She stated  that residential  treatment                                                                    
added a level of treatment  needed for individuals to access                                                                    
recovery.  She stressed  that Alaska  had  the highest  rape                                                                    
rate; many of the incidents  involved drugs and alcohol. She                                                                    
stated that the traumas were  passed down from generation to                                                                    
generation. She implored the committee to restore funds.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:45:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUDITH   NOLAN,   SELF,  FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in   support  of  residential   treatment  center                                                                    
funding.  She shared  her personal  experience fighting  the                                                                    
battle with alcohol. The Ralph  Purdue center had helped her                                                                    
in her  daily life.  She was reminded  that the  only person                                                                    
she could  change was  herself. She  had shown  her children                                                                    
that it  was okay to  ask for  help. She discussed  that the                                                                    
program provided support for  individuals. She stressed that                                                                    
more than one life was saved with the treatment programs.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:47:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON   JOHNSON,   SELF,   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding  for  the  Public  Employees'  Retirement                                                                    
System   (PERS)  and   Teachers'  Retirement   System  (TRS)                                                                    
unfunded liability.  He hoped  the committee  had a  plan to                                                                    
address  the $12  billion liability.  He  understood the  $3                                                                    
billion in the governor's  proposed budget had been removed.                                                                    
He observed that  the state was facing  a long-term problem.                                                                    
He asked to be informed of the game plan.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze  noted that there were  ongoing discussions                                                                    
about solving the issue.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:49:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMEE  MCHATTEN,  WOMEN'S  AND CHILDREN'S  CENTER  FOR  INNER                                                                    
HEALING,   FAIRBANKS   (via    teleconference),   spoke   in                                                                    
opposition to  cuts to  residential treatment  center funds.                                                                    
She  shared her  personal experience  with substance  abuse.                                                                    
The treatment  program allowed her  to focus on  herself and                                                                    
she   had  regained   her  self-worth.   She  stressed   the                                                                    
importance of the funding that  would help the lives of many                                                                    
people. The treatment was imperative  to her life and to the                                                                    
lives of many others.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:52:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMIE   BAVILLA,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  opposition to  cuts for  residential treatment                                                                    
center  funding. She  shared her  personal story  related to                                                                    
substance  abuse. Outpatient  treatment had  not worked  for                                                                    
her. She  had admitted herself to  residential treatment and                                                                    
did  not  believe  she  would be  alive  today  without  the                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:54:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA HEDGE,  WOMEN AND CHILDREN INNER  HEALING, FAIRBANKS                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  spoke  against cuts  to  residential                                                                    
treatment  center  funding.  She stressed  that  residential                                                                    
treatment took away all of  the outside triggers and enabled                                                                    
individuals to  face problems heads-on. She  emphasized that                                                                    
families and  individuals needed the treatment  centers. She                                                                    
stressed that  a home  was not  built without  a foundation;                                                                    
many  times residential  treatment  was  the foundation  for                                                                    
individuals.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:57:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM   WILLIAMS,   CITY    OF   FAIRBANKS,   FAIRBANKS   (via                                                                    
teleconference),   spoke   against   the  removal   of   the                                                                    
governor's proposal  to put $3 billion  towards the PERS/TRS                                                                    
unfunded  liability  and a  deletion  of  funds for  revenue                                                                    
sharing.  He asked  the committee  to reconsider  adding the                                                                    
governor's proposed  funding for municipal  revenue sharing.                                                                    
Fairbanks could not  raise new revenues with  a property tax                                                                    
increase.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:59:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL  KILGORE,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,  INTERIOR  COMMUNITY                                                                    
HEALTH CENTER, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support  for  quality  care for  patients.  Eligibility  was                                                                    
based on income. The center  helped people gain and maintain                                                                    
access  to  primary healthcare.  The  center  relied on  the                                                                    
state  for  support.  She  stated that  70  percent  of  its                                                                    
revenue came  from services  fees. She  spoke in  support of                                                                    
the Senior Access  grant, the SHARP program,  and the health                                                                    
and human services matching block grant.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:02:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH  ADAMS,   RALPH  PERDUE  CENTER,   FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   shared  her   personal  experience   with                                                                    
alcohol abuse. She  felt ashamed about her  alcohol use. She                                                                    
had  been sober  for  55  days and  urged  the committee  to                                                                    
restore funding for treatment programs.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:04:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIZ BOTTASSO,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), voiced                                                                    
support for  senior services programs throughout  the state.                                                                    
She  spoke  in  favor   of  the  Alaska  Geriatric  Exchange                                                                    
Network. Alaska  had the nation's fastest  growing number of                                                                    
seniors. She  asked for financial  support for  the national                                                                    
family caregiver  support grant program; the  grant provided                                                                    
support to  unpaid family  members providing  the foundation                                                                    
of long-term care  services at home. The  services saved the                                                                    
state  and  federal  government  millions  of  dollars.  She                                                                    
stressed  that  the  services allowed  seniors  to  maintain                                                                    
independent  living   in  their  own  homes.   The  $325,000                                                                    
increment  would  allow family  members  to  care for  their                                                                    
loved ones  at home. She  voiced support for  the Nutrition,                                                                    
Transportation,  and Support  Services  grant for  homebound                                                                    
seniors.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:07:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORRINE  BIEDERMAN,  SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in   support  of  residential   treatment  center                                                                    
funding. She  shared her personal experience  with substance                                                                    
abuse.   She  had   seen  the   impacts  of   treatment  for                                                                    
individuals.  She was  a trauma  survivor and  stressed that                                                                    
treatment  fostered hope  where there  was none.  She stated                                                                    
that the change had a  ripple effect that restored the lives                                                                    
of families  and communities. She  stressed that  the change                                                                    
treatment provided would be felt across generations.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:09:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AL STEVENS,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of  residential treatment center funding.  He shared                                                                    
his personal  story as  a recovering  alcoholic; he  had not                                                                    
had  a drink  since 1974.  He stated  that success  had been                                                                    
achieved by much difficult work.  He noted that everyone had                                                                    
to  do their  own  work  in recovery.  He  was grateful  for                                                                    
sobriety. He  asked the committee to  consider continuing to                                                                    
support inpatient treatment programs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:12:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE HAJDUKOVICH, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of funds  for  public education.  She                                                                    
asked for  adequate and  predictable funding  for education.                                                                    
She discussed the number of  advanced placement courses at a                                                                    
public  high school  in Fairbanks.  She  had registered  her                                                                    
daughter to attend the school,  but had been disappointed to                                                                    
discover  that coveted  teachers had  been pink-slipped  and                                                                    
classes had been  cut because teachers had to  leave or were                                                                    
moved to teach courses that  were not their strong suit. She                                                                    
stated that the brain drain of teachers was disappointing.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:15:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRYSTAL  STORDAHL,  COMMUNITY  HEALTH  AIDE,  TANANA  CHIEFS                                                                    
CONFERENCE,  FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), spoke  against                                                                    
cuts  to CHAP.  The $1.9  million for  CHAP was  utilized by                                                                    
tribal health organizations for  training and supervision of                                                                    
community health  aides. Aides  were a  vital role  in rural                                                                    
access to care  in Alaska. She stated  that telemedicine and                                                                    
distance  learning  could  not replace  CHAP  services.  She                                                                    
stated that  the model mandated a  one-on-one instructor for                                                                    
health aide  training; there were no  online substitutes for                                                                    
the clinical training portion.  The statewide training needs                                                                    
far  exceeded the  capacity. She  stated that  the disparity                                                                    
would  continue to  widen. She  stressed telemedicine  would                                                                    
not reduce  the workload or  the necessity of  employing and                                                                    
training health aides.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:17:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETE  LEWIS,  SUPERINTENDENT,   FAIRBANKS  SCHOOL  DISTRICT,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), spoke in support  of a $250                                                                    
increase to  the Base Student  Allocation (BSA).  He thanked                                                                    
the committee for  increases in funding in  recent years. He                                                                    
communicated that  the increase  would prevent  the district                                                                    
from laying off close to  40 staff members; the district had                                                                    
lain  off  37  teachers  the   past  year.  He  stated  that                                                                    
increased class  size and decreased  programs were  not good                                                                    
for  students, teachers,  the community,  or  the state.  He                                                                    
asked for the increase to maintain quality education.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC  TESTIMONY:   SITKA,  PETERSBURG,   DELTA  JUNCTION,                                                                  
UNALASKA, GLENALLEN, TOK                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:19:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNETTE  BECKER,  YOUTH  ADVOCATES   OF  SITKA,  SITKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor  of funding  for mental                                                                    
and behavioral health services for  youths and families. The                                                                    
organization  provided a  variety of  care from  residential                                                                    
treatment,   therapeutic   foster   care,   and   outpatient                                                                    
services.  The  organization   believed  in  community-based                                                                    
services  that were  close to  home.  She communicated  that                                                                    
residential treatment  and behavioral health  prevented many                                                                    
children and  youths from using more  costly and restrictive                                                                    
services such as hospitals  and correctional facilities. She                                                                    
asked the committee to reconsider  budget cuts to behavioral                                                                    
health services.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:22:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANN   WILKINSON,  SITKA   COMMUNITY  HOSPITAL,   SITKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of restoring  funds                                                                    
for  the Alaska  Trauma Care  Fund. She  explained that  all                                                                    
members  of  the  trauma  team  would  provide  standardized                                                                    
services;  the  cooperative  effort would  save  lives.  She                                                                    
pointed  to  a 35  percent  increase  in survival  rates  of                                                                    
seriously   injured  patients   that  were   treated  at   a                                                                    
designated  trauma center.  Alaska  had  the second  highest                                                                    
trauma  mortality  rate in  the  nation.  She spoke  to  the                                                                    
benefits of the statewide trauma care services.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:25:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
COLLEEN  INGMAN,  CITY  AND BOROUGH  OF  SITKA,  SITKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of the transfer of $3                                                                    
billion from  CBR towards  the PERS/TRS  unfunded liability.                                                                    
She believed the  cash infusion was good  for the retirement                                                                    
system and  the state.  She supported the  reinstatement $10                                                                    
million for revenue sharing. She  stressed that Sitka relied                                                                    
heavily on the revenue sharing.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:26:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLIE WILBER, SELF,  SITKA (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  of restoration  of full  funding for  the Alaska                                                                    
Marine  Safety Association  (AMSEA). He  discussed the  good                                                                    
safety record on his commercial  fishing boat and attributed                                                                    
it  in   part  to  the   training  provided  by   AMSEA.  He                                                                    
communicated that  the commercial  fishing industry  was the                                                                    
state's largest employer. He stressed  that the training had                                                                    
saved lives; there had been  a 75 percent fatality reduction                                                                    
since 1991. He  asked the committee to  restore the $196,900                                                                    
for the AMSEA program and  to provide an increase of $48,000                                                                    
to offset a loss of federal funds.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:27:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BECKY   MARTELLO,   AMSEA,   SITKA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of the restoration  $196,900 for AMSEA                                                                    
and  an increase  of  $48,000. She  asked  that the  funding                                                                    
remain in the operating rather  than the capital budget. She                                                                    
stressed  that the  state's proposal  to cut  funding by  25                                                                    
percent  in FY  15 followed  by 25  percent each  year would                                                                    
have  a  dire  impact  on the  program's  continuation.  The                                                                    
program had  already suffered a  42 percent loss  in funding                                                                    
due to federal sequestration.  She spoke about the program's                                                                    
many benefits to commercial fishermen.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:30:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID FELTS, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
support  of funding  for  the University  of  Alaska at  the                                                                    
Board  of  Regent's  requested  level.  He  pointed  to  the                                                                    
importance  of  e-learning   and  the  fisheries  technology                                                                    
program. He advocated for student  services support, such as                                                                    
disabled  student support  and  advisors  for the  mandatory                                                                    
advising program.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:31:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE D'ARIENZO,  SELF, SITKA (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  of AMSEA.  He stressed the  program's importance                                                                    
to  coastal   communities;  it  provided  the   only  safety                                                                    
training.  He pointed  out that  AMSEA trained  over 100,000                                                                    
children  in over  50  percent of  the  state's schools.  He                                                                    
spoke  in  favor of  full  funding  for the  very  important                                                                    
educational  program. He  emphasized that  the training  was                                                                    
vital to anyone spending time on the ocean.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:33:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES SWIFT, SELF, SITKA  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
favor of  full funding  for AMSEA. He  shared a  story about                                                                    
vessel safety  and the  proper use  of safety  equipment. He                                                                    
noted that  AMSEA taught  him a great  deal about  safety in                                                                    
boating.  The  training provided  by  the  program had  been                                                                    
provided to children and adults.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:35:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY    ZANUZOSKI,     SITKA    COUNSELING,     SITKA    (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   favor   of  funding   for                                                                    
residential treatment  center funding.  She stated  that the                                                                    
local program allowed skill  training for addicted Alaskans.                                                                    
The program  supported individuals reentering  the community                                                                    
with developed  skills to remain clean  and sober. Treatment                                                                    
was  designed   to  treat   addiction  and   the  underlying                                                                    
conditions contributing to addiction.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:36:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARITA    BAILEY,     SITKA    COUNSELING,     SITKA    (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified  in   support  of   residential                                                                    
treatment  center  funding.  She  pointed  to  the  dramatic                                                                    
impact  residential treatment  had  on  clients' lives.  She                                                                    
stated  that the  treatment  staff  offered counseling  that                                                                    
held  tremendous   value  to  Alaskans.   Treatment  allowed                                                                    
clients  to see  themselves as  worthy individuals  who were                                                                    
deserving of a high quality of life.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:37:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KERRY    TOMLINSON,    SITKA    COUNSELING,    SITKA    (via                                                                    
teleconference),   testified   in   favor   of   residential                                                                    
treatment center funding.  She communicated that residential                                                                    
services had  a different  impact than  outpatient services.                                                                    
She stated  that the services  provided a vital part  of the                                                                    
care required for  a healthy society. She  stressed that the                                                                    
proposed cuts would severely limit access to care.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:38:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VENA  TALEA   STOUGH,  SELF,  SITKA   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of the Technical  Vocational Education                                                                    
Program and  mandatory student advising with  the University                                                                    
of  Alaska   Southeast.  She   stated  that   the  education                                                                    
opportunities were available to  her because of the advisory                                                                    
services  she received  at  the  university. She  attributed                                                                    
part  of  her  success  as  a student  to  the  guidance  of                                                                    
university advisors.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:40:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDA  BEHNKEN,  ALASKA  LONGLINE  FISHERMEN'S  ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
SITKA (via teleconference), testified  in support of funding                                                                    
for  AMSEA.  She stated  that  AMSEA  saved lives  with  its                                                                    
educational training opportunities.  The program saved lives                                                                    
with its  training of  fishermen, recreational  boaters, and                                                                    
children.  She  stated  that  AMSEA  was  an  award  winning                                                                    
program.   She  noted   that  AMSEA   was  funded   by  boat                                                                    
registration fees.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:42:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRY PERENSOVICH,  SELF, SITKA (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in favor  of restored  funding for  AMSEA. He  discussed the                                                                    
many benefits provided by the  program. The program provided                                                                    
training  to boat  captains and  crew members.  He requested                                                                    
that the  $196,900 be restored  and asked for  an additional                                                                    
increase of $48,000.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:44:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN   LYNCH,   PETERSBURG   VESSEL   OWNERS   ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
PETERSBURG  (via teleconference),  testified  in support  of                                                                    
AMSEA as a revenue neutral  program. He stressed that the 25                                                                    
percent  cut  in  FY  15  and  additional  25  percent  cuts                                                                    
annually thereafter was  a bad idea. The  elimination of the                                                                    
program would  be careless  and could  cost lives.  He spoke                                                                    
about the many benefits of  the training that is required in                                                                    
Alaska   for   commercial   fishermen.  He   discussed   the                                                                    
contributions of  commercial fishing to the  state's general                                                                    
fund.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:46:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARIN  MCCULLOUGH,  SELF, PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of AMSEA  funding. She  understood the                                                                    
importance of  the safety education training.  She discussed                                                                    
the  benefits  to teenage  children  in  her community.  She                                                                    
asked that AMSEA remain in the operating budget.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:48:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  STAINBROOK,  SELF,  PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of funding  restoration for  AMSEA. He                                                                    
believed  that  all  Alaskans should  have  the  educational                                                                    
benefits  offered by  AMSEA.  The  hands-on safety  training                                                                    
increased safety  of individuals, boats, and  the future. He                                                                    
believed the funding for the program should be increased.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:49:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUNNY  RICE,  ALASKA  SEA  GRANT  MARINE  ADVISORY  PROGRAM,                                                                    
PETERSBURG  (via  teleconference),  testified  in  favor  of                                                                    
AMSEA funding.  She spoke about a  local aquaculture teacher                                                                    
who  spread  the  word about  the  important  marine  safety                                                                    
training program.  She stated that  the training  around the                                                                    
country was less than comparable.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:51:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK KELTY,  UNALASKA-DUTCH HARBOR  FISH AND  GAME ADVISORY                                                                    
COMMITTEE,  UNALASKA  (via   teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
opposition  to relocating  the  patrol  vessel Stimson  away                                                                    
from Unalaska.  The advisory  committee believed  the change                                                                    
would have  serious impacts to  the Bering Sea  and Aleutian                                                                    
Islands  related to  resource  protection, enforcement,  and                                                                    
safety. He relayed that U.S.  Coast Guard cutters were being                                                                    
retired  in  the  area.  He  stated  that  the  Stimson  was                                                                    
purchased  by the  United  States  in 2000  as  part of  the                                                                    
Bering Sea crab  fleet with a mission  to enforce commercial                                                                    
fisheries in the  region. He spoke about cod  fishery in the                                                                    
area. He noted that the  largest fisheries took place in the                                                                    
Bering Sea.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:54:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHIRLEY   MARQUARDT,  MAYOR   OF  UNALASKA,   UNALASKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  echoed the  sentiments of  Mr. Kelty.  She                                                                    
spoke  in  favor of  fully  funded  revenue sharing  in  the                                                                    
amount  of  $60 million.  She  stated  that the  funds  were                                                                    
important to  communities in the  state that did not  have a                                                                    
revenue base.  She expressed support  of the infusion  of $3                                                                    
million to the PERS and TRS unfunded liability.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:57:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIRK   WHITE,  CHAIR,   BOARD   OF   PHARMACY,  SITKA   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor  funding for  the SHARP                                                                    
II loan repayment program in  the amount of $1.2 million. He                                                                    
requested funding in the amount  of $100,000 to $150,000 for                                                                    
the Alaska  prescription drug database. The  program allowed                                                                    
a  physician to  determine  if a  person  was selling  drugs                                                                    
illegally.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:59:56 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:31:19 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: HOMER,  KENAI, KETCHIKAN, KODIAK, MAT-SU,                                                                  
SEWARD                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
BRYAN  ZAK,  SELF,  HOMER  (via  teleconference),  spoke  in                                                                    
support  of  the  Kachemak  Bay  Research  Reserve.  He  was                                                                    
concerned that $750,000 had been  cut from the Department of                                                                    
Fish and  Game; matching grants  would not be  available due                                                                    
to the  cuts. He believed  the cut would eliminate  10 full-                                                                    
time jobs. He opined that  doing away with the reserve would                                                                    
not be prudent due to factors facing the oceans.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:34:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HAL   SMITH,   SOUTH    PENINSULA   HOSPITAL,   HOMER   (via                                                                    
teleconference) asked  for the  reinstatement of  the Alaska                                                                    
Statewide Trauma  System. He relayed  that initial  care and                                                                    
stabilization of  trauma victims was critical.  He discussed                                                                    
that  funds had  been  essential in  securing equipment  and                                                                    
training  in  the hospital.  He  relayed  that there  was  a                                                                    
quarterly meeting  of doctors, nurses, and  other healthcare                                                                    
professionals that he would attend  later in the day; trauma                                                                    
care funds made the gathering possible.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:36:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM STEARNS,  KACHEMAK BAY CONSERVATION SOCIETY,  HOMER (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke against  cuts  to  the Kachemak  Bay                                                                    
Research Reserve.  He believed the cuts  would eliminate the                                                                    
program. He shared that the  funds made collaboration easier                                                                    
and  brought  research to  the  Homer  area. The  funds  and                                                                    
positions helped  to support the  local economy. He  urged a                                                                    
continuation of the funding.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:38:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LOLITA BRACHE, BEST  BEGINNINGS, HOMER (via teleconference),                                                                    
thanked the  committee for its  support of  early education,                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers, and Best Beginnings.  She stressed the                                                                    
importance  of   early  education  children.   The  programs                                                                    
supported  parents with  young children  and helped  them to                                                                    
teach basic  skills. She  spoke against  cuts to  the Alaska                                                                    
Youth  First   Grant  Program.   She  stated   that  without                                                                    
education  children  would  not  grow up  to  be  very  good                                                                    
citizens. She urged full education funding.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:40:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGO  REVEIL,  JAKOLOF  BAY   OYSTER  COMPANY,  HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  discussed   the  importance   of  improved                                                                    
monitoring  of shell  fish.  She  discussed harvesting.  She                                                                    
discussed  coordinated   response  to   Paralytic  Shellfish                                                                    
Poisoning (PSP) threats. She  stated that improved education                                                                    
and research related to the issue would be beneficial.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:43:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE  MATZ,   KACHEMAK  BAY  RESEARCH   RESERVE  COMMUNITY                                                                    
COUNCIL, FRITZ CREEK  (via teleconference) testified against                                                                    
the  removal of  the $175,000  from the  governor's proposed                                                                    
budget. He  stated that if National  Oceanic and Atmospheric                                                                    
Administration  (NOAA) funding  decreased then  other grants                                                                    
based on  the operations  would dry up.  He stated  that the                                                                    
cuts  would  result  in  the closure  of  the  Kachemak  Bay                                                                    
Research Reserve.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:45:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRI  MACH,  SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference)  encouraged                                                                    
support   for  early   education  programs   including  Best                                                                    
Beginnings, Parents as Teachers,  and others. She shared her                                                                    
personal  experience  as a  parent  of  a young  child.  She                                                                    
stated that  early education helped families.  She asked the                                                                    
committee  to   continue  existing  steps  to   provide  all                                                                    
families with the opportunity for early education.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:47:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRAFF  COBLE,   SELF,  HOMER  (via   teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  the  cancelation  of   the  Kachemak  Bay  Research                                                                    
Reserve.  He  stated  that   research  reserves  made  sound                                                                    
financial   sense.   He   opined  that   there   were   many                                                                    
possibilities to house  the program in areas  outside of the                                                                    
Sport Fish  Division. The program addressed  important items                                                                    
for fisheries.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:50:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANGIE DOROFF, SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference) testified in                                                                    
opposition  to cuts  related to  the  Kachemak Bay  Research                                                                    
Reserve. She stated  that the reserve met  the Department of                                                                    
Fish  and  Game  guidelines.  She stated  that  the  coastal                                                                    
training  program  had  reached over  400  individuals.  The                                                                    
program was designed to provide  training related to coastal                                                                    
zones,  salmon, ocean  acidification, harmful  algal blooms,                                                                    
and other.  She asked  that the legislature  provide funding                                                                    
to access one-year matching grants.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:52:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACY BUCKELEW,  SELF, HOMER (via  teleconference), believed                                                                    
the proposed cut to the  Kachemak Bay Research Reserve was a                                                                    
poor choice. She informed the  committee that the budget cut                                                                    
would  eliminate the  reserve.  She  stated federal  funding                                                                    
allowed  for  research  related  to  the  operation  of  the                                                                    
Islands  and  Ocean Visitor  Center,  which  served over  75                                                                    
thousand visitors  annually. The transfer of  partnership of                                                                    
the reserve  would prevent further  significant debt  to the                                                                    
state.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:54:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHARA  SUTHERTIN, SELF,  HOMER  (via teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  cuts to  the Alaska  Statewide  Trauma System.  She                                                                    
shared that the facility  performed over 1,000 surgeries per                                                                    
year. She  discussed certified  nurses and  other healthcare                                                                    
professionals.  She  stressed  that  the  center  could  not                                                                    
operate without the funds.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:57:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILLIAN   LUSH,   SPROUT   FAMILY   SERVICES,   HOMER   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke   in  support  of   early  education                                                                    
funding.  She   testified  in  support  of   the  governor's                                                                    
proposed   budget  for   Parents   as   Teachers  and   Best                                                                    
Beginnings.  The   funds  would  strengthen   families.  She                                                                    
stressed  that  parents  were  a   child's  first  and  most                                                                    
important teacher. She discussed  the healthy development of                                                                    
a child.  She stated  that the  funds had  a high  return on                                                                    
investment. She asked the committee to support the funds.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:59:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE KOESTER,  CITY OF  HOMER, HOMER  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of municipal revenue  sharing. She was                                                                    
in  support of  an infusion  to the  retirement system.  She                                                                    
asked  for  a  restoration  of funds  to  the  Kachemak  Bay                                                                    
Research  Reserve. She  shared that  the $175,000  leveraged                                                                    
close  to $600,000  in federal  funds. She  stated that  the                                                                    
reserve could not obtain grants  without the necessary staff                                                                    
to do so.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:01:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ZACHARY BROWN,  SOUTH PENINSULA BEHAVIORAL  HEALTH SERVICES,                                                                    
HOMER (via teleconference), testified  in support of Complex                                                                    
Behavior  Collaborative  funding.  He  stated  that  cutting                                                                    
funding  would increase  time spent  on  locating access  to                                                                    
mental  health care.  He communicated  that a  financial cut                                                                    
would cost the state more overall.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:02:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEGAN  MURPHY, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference) asked  for                                                                    
support for  early childhood  programs including  Head Start                                                                    
and Parents as  Teachers. She testified against  the cuts to                                                                    
the Kachemak  Bay Research Reserve.  She supported  funds to                                                                    
help the  reserve locate another partner.  She found cutting                                                                    
the program off at the knees ridiculous.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:04:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL  HARDING, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
against the cuts  to the Kachemak Bay  Research Reserve. She                                                                    
stated   that  the   Sport  Fish   Division  made   a  hasty                                                                    
recommendation to  cut funds  from the  reserve and  had not                                                                    
communicated   well   with   NOAA   related   to   financial                                                                    
obligations. She  quoted a letter  from NOAA related  to the                                                                    
failure to fund the reserve.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:06:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  LOPEZ,  SELF,   HOMER  (via  teleconference),  voiced                                                                    
support  for the  AMSEA  program. He  shared  that no  other                                                                    
program provided  the training  in Alaska.  He asked  for an                                                                    
increase  in funding  in FY  15 to  meet necessary  training                                                                    
demands   related   to   commercial  fishery   demands.   He                                                                    
encouraged the committee to support  early education and the                                                                    
Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:08:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIA CALHOUN,  SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of  early education  funding. She  supported Parents                                                                    
as Teachers. She pointed to  research related to the state's                                                                    
return  on their  education  investment.  She discussed  the                                                                    
ability  to   provide  nurturing  to  children,   which  had                                                                    
increased  18   percent.  She   relayed  that   the  program                                                                    
contributed to  a decrease in  child abuse and  neglect. The                                                                    
program enrollment  had increased and  had a wait  list. She                                                                    
believed the  potential for lifelong success  increased when                                                                    
starting early in life. She  asked the committee to maintain                                                                    
funds for Best Beginnings.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:10:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NOLAN BUNTING,  SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference)  asked for                                                                    
continued funding  of the Kachemak Bay  Research Reserve. He                                                                    
and  his brother  were middle  and high  school students  in                                                                    
Homer.  He  discussed  benefits of  the  Islands  and  Ocean                                                                    
Visitor  Center.  He  was  interested  in  a  science  major                                                                    
because of his exposure to  the center. He stressed that the                                                                    
more  interest that  could be  garnered  would increase  the                                                                    
number of professionals in research  jobs in the future. The                                                                    
center  provided  a  learning environment  for  students  to                                                                    
observe trained  scientists. He asked for  continued funding                                                                    
for the reserve.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:13:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM  HORNADAY, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
support  of the  Kachemak  Bay Research  Reserve. He  stated                                                                    
that  the  bay reserve  was  composing  leading research  on                                                                    
climate change  in the northern  region. The reserve  was an                                                                    
important  economic  engine  for   the  local  economy.  The                                                                    
preservation of the  beauty of the climate  was essential to                                                                    
the  tourism industry.  He pointed  to a  resolution by  the                                                                    
City  of  Homer asking  for  the  continued support  of  the                                                                    
reserve.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:15:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRIS HOLDERIED,  SELF, HOMER (via  teleconference), stressed                                                                    
strong  support for  continued funding  of the  Kachemak Bay                                                                    
Research  Reserve. She  stated that  the reserve  provided a                                                                    
unique   combination   of  coastal   monitoring,   research,                                                                    
education  and professional  training  services. She  stated                                                                    
that losing  the reserve would devastate  local research and                                                                    
would negatively  impact the local  economy. She  pointed to                                                                    
research  on  algal  blooms  and  the  impact  on  shellfish                                                                    
farming. She discussed the research  on developing test kits                                                                    
and other tools.  The reserve provided a  crucial service on                                                                    
social research.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PHIL  CRORDON, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
support  of funding  for Kachemak  Bay Research  Reserve. He                                                                    
relayed that the reserve was  paid to research fish and game                                                                    
issues;  the  level  of  data   was  needed.  He  asked  the                                                                    
committee to fund the $175,000 match for the reserve.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:19:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILL  SCHLEIN, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
against funding cuts to the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:20:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSEPH   LUNN,  KENAI   PENINSULA  COLLEGE,   SOLDOTNA  (via                                                                    
teleconference)  testified in  support  of  funding for  the                                                                    
Kenai Peninsula  College (KPC). He  shared that  KPC allowed                                                                    
him to  learn and feel  at home. He  spoke to in  support of                                                                    
the non-profit organizations within KPC.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:21:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  SKINNER,   KENAI  PENINSULA  COLLEGE,   KENAI  (via                                                                    
teleconference), shared his personal  story as a veteran. He                                                                    
stated that enrolling at KPC was  one of the best choices he                                                                    
ever   made.  The   variety  of   courses  had   opened  new                                                                    
opportunities and allowed him to meet other people.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:23:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT  SELLERS,  KENAI   PENINSULA  COLLEGE,  SOLDOTNA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support of  funding for  KPC. He                                                                    
resided at the  school and worked as  a residential advisor.                                                                    
He  thanked the  committee for  past support  and asked  for                                                                    
increased funding.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:24:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL  TUTTLE,  KENAI   PENINSULA  COLLEGE,  SOLDOTNA  (via                                                                    
teleconference), thanked the  legislature for past, current,                                                                    
and future support of KPC.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:25:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN  RODGERS,  KENAI   PENINSULA  COLLEGE,  SOLDOTNA  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of KPC  funding. The                                                                    
program  had changed  his  life. He  was  no longer  worried                                                                    
about  where he  would live  and now  had direction  for his                                                                    
future. He  urged the committee  to bolster funding  for the                                                                    
college.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:27:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHLEEN  FITZGERALD,  SELF, SOLDOTNA  (via  teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in   favor  of  Complex   Behavior  Collaborative                                                                    
funding. She  was a member  of the Key Coalition.  She spoke                                                                    
as  a parent  of an  autistic  child. She  referred to  data                                                                    
supporting individuals  and savings to the  state of funding                                                                    
the   CBC.  She   noted  that   funding  the   collaborative                                                                    
demonstrated  Alaska's compliance  with the  American's with                                                                    
Disabilities  Act.  She  asked   for  full  funding  of  the                                                                    
$450,000.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:29:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWNA   THORNTON,   UNIVERSITY   OF  ALASKA,   KENAI   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  thanked the  legislature  for funding  the                                                                    
university. She spoke in favor of education funding.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:31:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARLEN   WILLIAMS,  S.E.   AREA  HEALTH   EDUCATION  CENTER,                                                                    
KETCHIKAN  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of                                                                    
health  career  funding  for  post-secondary  students.  She                                                                    
stated that  the Alaska Area Health  Education Center Alaska                                                                    
(AHEC)  program  was  her  top   priority.  She  wished  for                                                                    
reinstatement of the item in the university budget.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:33:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTA BRUCE, S.E. AREA  HEALTH EDUCATION CENTER, KETCHIKAN                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  testified  in support  of  the  AHEC                                                                    
program. She  pointed out that AHEC  helped jumpstart health                                                                    
careers.  She  stated  that  she  was  heavily  involved  in                                                                    
workforce development.  She informed the committee  that the                                                                    
program  supported 40  student caregivers.  She pointed  out                                                                    
that  AHEC's  scope  helped  to   provide  key  support  for                                                                    
healthcare in  Alaska. The university was  important for the                                                                    
program's   support   by   helping  students   with   clinic                                                                    
rotations.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:35:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRETCHEN KLEIN,  PRINCE OF  WALES HEALTH  NETWORK, KETCHIKAN                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  testified  on behalf  of  the  SHARP                                                                    
program  for   loan  repayment  and  direct   incentive  for                                                                    
physicians  and  behavioral  health  clinicians.  She  noted                                                                    
difficulty recruiting  and retaining providers  and behavior                                                                    
health  clinicians  on  the  island.  She  stated  that  the                                                                    
residents  working  within  the health  network  provided  a                                                                    
stable  workforce.   She  spoke  in  favor   of  residential                                                                    
treatment center funding  and Complex Behavior Collaborative                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:38:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAT  CHAPMAN, SELF,  KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee to reinstate funding  for the Alaska Statewide                                                                    
Trauma  System.  She  spoke  in  favor  of  reinstating  the                                                                    
Complex Behavior Collaborative funding.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:40:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEE  WRIGHT,  THE  MANOR,  KETCHIKAN  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
stated  that   she  owned  an  assisted   living  home.  She                                                                    
testified  in  favor of  reinstatement  of  funding for  the                                                                    
Complex Behavior Collaborative funding.  She stated that the                                                                    
resource  was crucial  to the  care  of the  members of  her                                                                    
assisted living home.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:42:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TELLISHA  FRANKHOUSER, S.E.  AREA  HEALTH EDUCATION  CENTER,                                                                    
KETCHIKAN (via  teleconference), spoke  in favor  of funding                                                                    
for AHEC. She stated that  the support and advice offered by                                                                    
AHEC helped her to stay focused on school.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:43:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOB  GOVAARS, ALASKA  BRAIN INJURY  NETWORK, KETCHIKAN  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  favor of  Alaska  Statewide                                                                    
Trauma System  funding. He stated  that the  trauma registry                                                                    
was essential to his community.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:44:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHANA    CRISCOLA,    PEACE     HEALTH,    KETCHIKAN    (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor  of the  SHARP program.                                                                    
She informed the committee that  the program assisted Alaska                                                                    
in  obtaining multiple  providers  in her  area. She  stated                                                                    
that upcoming solicitations were on the docket.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:46:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHARON   MONREAN,  SELF,   KETCHIKAN  (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in  favor  of   training  available  through  the                                                                    
Complex Behavior Collaborative funding.  She stated that her                                                                    
family benefitted  immensely from  the training  provided by                                                                    
the  collaborative.  She  explained  that  her  husband  was                                                                    
diagnosed with  Alzheimer's disease, but was  able to remain                                                                    
in his  community with  the help of  the skills  provided to                                                                    
her family.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:48:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  PATRICK  BALLARD,   SELF,  CRAIG  (via  teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in favor  of funding  for the  SHARP program.  He                                                                    
stated  that Alaska  was deficient  in  primary health  care                                                                    
providers for remote  areas. He stated that  the program was                                                                    
unique  to  Alaska and  allowed  primary  care providers  to                                                                    
enter  the necessary  fields. He  stated that  student loans                                                                    
were the largest hurdle given to students.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:50:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA   BALLARD,   SELF   CRAIG   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support  of the SHARP program.  She stated that                                                                    
the SHARP program  encouraged her to move her  family to the                                                                    
rural  area.  The funds  were  paramount  to attracting  and                                                                    
retaining healthcare professionals.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:53:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BEVERLY  CRUM,  KETCHIKAN  MEDICAL  CENTER,  KETCHIKAN  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  favor of  Alaska  Statewide                                                                    
Trauma System funding. She stated  that the program achieved                                                                    
a  trauma  designation  level 4  at  the  Ketchikan  Medical                                                                    
Center. She spoke about the  crucial and expensive equipment                                                                    
purchased with the  help of the program.  She explained that                                                                    
she  served  many  people each  year  with  critical  trauma                                                                    
needs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:55:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARITA  KAPLAN, ALASKA  GERIATRIC  EXCHANGE NETWORK,  KODIAK                                                                    
(via   teleconference),  testified   in   favor  of   ALASKA                                                                    
GERIATRIC EXCHANGE NETWORK. She  informed the committee that                                                                    
Alaska  Geriatric  Exchange  Network had  over  40  agencies                                                                    
across  the  state.  She   explained  the  various  services                                                                    
provided including the management  of senior centers, senior                                                                    
transportation systems,  adult day center, in-home  care and                                                                    
family caregiver support services.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:57:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE  MATWEYOU,   MARINE  ADVISORY  PROGRAM,   KODIAK  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of AMSEA.  She stated                                                                    
that the commercial fishermen in  Alaska had come to rely on                                                                    
the  in-state education  opportunity. She  pointed out  that                                                                    
she taught the curriculum for AMSEA in Kodiak.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:59:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF  STEPHAN,   UNITED  FISHERMAN   MARKETING  ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
KODIAK  (via teleconference),  testified in  support of  the                                                                    
reinstatement of  funding for  the Alaska  Seafood Marketing                                                                    
Institute.   He   stated   that  the   investments   created                                                                    
significant employment and improvements in his community.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:02:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY  WATKINS,   KODIAK  ISLAND  BOROUGH   SCHOOL  DISTRICT                                                                    
LEARNING  CAFE, KODIAK  (via  teleconference), testified  in                                                                    
favor  of  the  Alaska  Youth  First  grant,  which  allowed                                                                    
internships  for young  adults in  rural areas.  The program                                                                    
allowed for  job training within  the community  that segued                                                                    
into larger opportunities for the recipients.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:03:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RONALD  VONSCHEELE, KODIAK  ISLAND  BOROUGH SCHOOL  DISTRICT                                                                    
LEARNING  CAFE, KODIAK  (via  teleconference), testified  in                                                                    
support of  the Alaska Youth  First program. He  stated that                                                                    
he joined  the program  to finish  his diploma.  He credited                                                                    
the program with his success  finding gainful employment. He                                                                    
requested continued funding for the important grant option.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:04:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ART  SCHULTZ, SELF,  KODIAK  (via teleconference)  testified                                                                    
for the reinstatement  of full funding for  AMSEA. He stated                                                                    
that a reduction in fishing  fatalities was seen as a result                                                                    
of the training offered by AMSEA.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:05:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET  DRASKOVICH,   PROVIDENCE  KODIAK   ISLAND  MEDICAL                                                                    
CENTER, KODIAK  (via teleconference), testified in  favor of                                                                    
reinstated funding  for the Alaska Statewide  Trauma System.                                                                    
She  noted that  the system  allowed the  best chance  for a                                                                    
patient's  outcome. She  stated that  the system  encouraged                                                                    
continued improvement in provider response to trauma.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:08:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES    DAVIDSON,   CITY    OF   KODIAK,    KODIAK   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  restoring funding                                                                    
for community  revenue sharing. He noted  that reduced youth                                                                    
programs,  library hours  and delayed  street repairs  would                                                                    
result from  the decreased funding  for municipalities.   He                                                                    
expressed  concerns  with  the   relocation  of  the  vessel                                                                    
Stimson and  the decommissioning of the  vessel Woldstad. He                                                                    
believed  that  the  two   patrol  vessels  were  critically                                                                    
important to the state.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:10:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN CANNON,  MAT-SU SERVICES FOR CHILDREN  AND ADULTS, MAT-                                                                    
SU  (via teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding                                                                    
for the  Complex Behavior Collaborative.  He shared  a story                                                                    
of an  employee injured as  a result  of poor training  in a                                                                    
facility serving Alaskan's with disabilities.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:13:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GINGER RAY, MAT-SU SERVICES FOR  CHILDREN AND ADULTS, MAT-SU                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  testified   in  support  of  Complex                                                                    
Behavior   Collaborative  funding.   She  spoke   about  the                                                                    
following testifier, Jordan Bassett  who benefitted from the                                                                    
collaborative.  The goal  of the  program  was to  encourage                                                                    
independence.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:15:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JORDAN  BASSETT, MAT-SU  SERVICES FOR  CHILDREN AND  ADULTS,                                                                    
MAT-SU  (via teleconference),  read  a  statement about  her                                                                    
benefits from the Complex Behavior Collaborative funding.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:16:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN    NUGEN-LOGAN,    NUGEN'S    RANCH,    MAT-SU    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
residential  treatment center  funding.  She  stated that  a                                                                    
reduction in  funding would reduce  the number  of treatment                                                                    
beds available in Alaska.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:18:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.   BARBARA  DOTY,   PRACTICING  PHYSICIAN,   MAT-SU  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  favor   of  AHEC   in  the                                                                    
university budget.  She supported the efforts  of healthcare                                                                    
students.  She supported  funding for  the SHARP  program to                                                                    
encourage a  stable workforce in Alaska.  She encouraged the                                                                    
reinstatement  of  full  funding for  the  Alaska  Statewide                                                                    
Trauma System.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:21:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL  GREENBERG,  MAT-SU   SENIOR  SERVICES,  MAT-SU  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
Alaska   Geriatric  Exchange   Network.   She  spoke   about                                                                    
sustainable   funding   for   senior  centers   in   various                                                                    
communities.  She noted  that many  areas  were lacking  the                                                                    
important  services that  allow seniors  to remain  in their                                                                    
own communities. She  spoke in favor of funding  for the NTS                                                                    
grant and  the Family Caregiver Support  grant which prevent                                                                    
or delay costly institutional care.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:23:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAIL  FLOYD,  NUGEN'S  RANCH, MAT-SU  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in favor  of  funding  for Residential  Treatment                                                                    
Centers  in Alaska.  She stated  that she  was a  recovering                                                                    
alcoholic and served  on the Board of  Directors for Nugen's                                                                    
Ranch. She stressed that the  cost of alcohol and drug abuse                                                                    
to the state was enormous.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:25:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRAN  SEDOVIC, SELF,  MAT-SU (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
in  favor of  the reinstatement  of funding  for Residential                                                                    
Treatment   Centers.  She   informed   the  committee   that                                                                    
addiction was a  large problem in the valley,  the state and                                                                    
in the country. She  believed that the residential treatment                                                                    
method  worked  for  people who  failed  in  outpatient  and                                                                    
short-term treatment.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:25:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TED  BRASSEUR, NUGEN'S  RANCH, MAT-SU  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in favor of  residential treatment center funding.                                                                    
He  stated that  the treatment  was beneficial  to him  as a                                                                    
beneficiary  of  the  services  at  Nugen's  Ranch.  He  was                                                                    
successful   with    residential   treatment    after   many                                                                    
discouraging  experiences   with  short-term   programs.  He                                                                    
pointed out  that he  was an employee  at Nugen's  ranch. He                                                                    
felt that the experience  in residential treatment saved his                                                                    
life.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:27:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  LEE,  MAT-SU  REGIONAL  MEDICAL  CENTER,  MAT-SU  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  Alaska Statewide                                                                    
Trauma  System funding.  He  spoke to  the  benefits of  the                                                                    
standardized system  provided with the funding.  He informed                                                                    
the  committee that  unintentional  injury  was the  leading                                                                    
cause  of death  in  Alaska  for people  ages  1  to 44.  He                                                                    
believed that trauma  care was as important to  the state as                                                                    
roads and bridges.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:29:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY STEVENS,  MAT-SU REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER,  MAT-SU (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  the reinstatement                                                                    
of Alaska  Statewide Trauma System funding.  She stated that                                                                    
the  system would  fail without  the  funding. The  evidence                                                                    
based system was crucial to residents of Alaska.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:30:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN   MUNSON,   MAT-SU   HEALTH  SERVICES,   MAT-SU   (via                                                                    
teleconference), expressed support  of residential treatment                                                                    
center funding  and Complex Behavior  Collaborative funding.                                                                    
He stated  that access to  the services would  be diminished                                                                    
by the decreased funding. He  requested the reinstatement of                                                                    
funding for the SHARP program.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:32:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIDGET  BOLIN, AKEELA  HOUSE, MAT-SU  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in favor of  residential treatment center funding.                                                                    
She herself  graduated from the  Akeela program  and resided                                                                    
in  the  Akeela transitional  housing.  She  shared a  story                                                                    
about  her  struggles  with alcohol  abuse.  She  benefitted                                                                    
greatly from the program.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:36:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze stated that Mr. Craig Williamson would be                                                                      
on the record with an email to the co-chairs.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HB 266 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB 267 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:38:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 6:38 p.m.                                                                                          

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