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04/14/2014 05:30 PM FINANCE


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05:36:06 PM Start
05:36:32 PM SB119
05:36:53 PM Public Testimony
10:16:16 PM Adjourn
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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      April 14, 2014                                                                                            
                         5:36 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:36:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Neuman   called  the  House   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 5:36 p.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Alan Austerman, Co-Chair                                                                                         
Representative Bill Stoltze, Co-Chair                                                                                           
Representative Mark Neuman, Vice-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Mia Costello                                                                                                     
Representative Bryce Edgmon                                                                                                     
Representative Les Gara                                                                                                         
Representative David Guttenberg                                                                                                 
Representative Lindsey Holmes                                                                                                   
Representative Cathy Munoz                                                                                                      
Representative Steve Thompson                                                                                                   
Representative Tammie Wilson                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Representative   Dan   Saddler;   Representative   Gabrielle                                                                    
LeDoux;  Anthony  DeMare,   Denali  Deaf  Community  Center,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Morgan  Evans,  Denali  Deaf  Community  Center,                                                                    
Anchorage; Tracy Pifer, Denali  Deaf Center, Anchorage; Jeff                                                                    
Weltzin,  Tanana  Chiefs  Conference, Tanana;  Jack  Hebert,                                                                    
President, CEO, Cold Climate  Housing Research Center; James                                                                    
Marcus,   District  Manager,   Southeast   Soil  and   Water                                                                    
Conservation  Council;  James   Sullivan,  Southeast  Alaska                                                                    
Conservation Council,  Juneau; Merrill Sanford,  Mayor, City                                                                    
and  Borough  of  Juneau;   Bill  Leighty,  Business  Owner,                                                                    
Juneau; Jan  Dawe, BAKLAP, Juneau; Nancy  Seamount, Teacher,                                                                    
Juneau; Doug  Blanc, Site  Coordinator, CIS,  Juneau Douglas                                                                    
High  School, Juneau;  Ben  Cornell,  Self, Juneau;  Richard                                                                    
Dawenhauwer,  Member, Parish  Council, St.  Nicholas Russian                                                                    
Orthodox Church,  Juneau; Sally Wilson, Self,  Juneau; Janet                                                                    
Kussart,  Self,  Juneau;  Rob  Jordan,  Executive  Director,                                                                    
Alaska  Craftsman Home  Program, Juneau;  Jim Kacsh,  Mayor,                                                                    
City of Cordova; Albert Judson,  Self, Juneau; Martha Moore,                                                                    
Volunteer Board Member, Alaska  Brain Injury Network (ABIN),                                                                    
Juneau; Paul Fuhs, Self, Fairview.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Pam Mueller-Guy,  Denali Deaf Community Center,  Juneau; Joe                                                                    
Dinnocenzo,  Kodiak  Soil  and Water  Conservation,  Kodiak;                                                                    
Nick  Szabo, Treasurer,  Alaska Search  and Rescue,  Kodiak;                                                                    
Amy Russel-Jamgochin, Kawerak Inc.,  Nome; Clay Koplin, CEO,                                                                    
Cordova  Electric   Cooperative,  Cordova;   Bret  Bradford,                                                                    
Member,  Cordova City  Council,  Cordova; Jennifer  Gibbins,                                                                    
President,  Cordova  Chamber  of  Commerce,  Cordova;  Heidi                                                                    
Chay, District  Manager, Kenai  Soil and  Water Conservation                                                                    
District,  Kenai;  Ken  Ray,   Self,  Wasilla;  Dick  Zobel,                                                                    
Wasilla  Soil  Water  Conservation District,  Wasilla;  Jeff                                                                    
Clark, Alaska  Trauma Care  Fund, Bethel;  Edward Alexander,                                                                    
Second  Chief Fort  Yukon, Fort  Yukon; PJ  Simon, Allakaket                                                                    
Tribe, Allakaket; Lisa  Charles, Newtok Traditional Council,                                                                    
Newtok;  Clay  Walker,  Denali Borough  Mayor,  Healy;  Jeff                                                                    
Smeenk,  Self,  Palmer;  Bernice  John,  Newtok  Traditional                                                                    
Council,  Newtok; Rex  Wrigley,  Self,  Delta Junction;  Ken                                                                    
Marsh, Upper  Susitna Soil  and Water  Conservation, Trapper                                                                    
Creek; Todd Pettit, Palmer  Soil Water Conservation, Palmer;                                                                    
Robin  Ward, Self,  Anchorage;  Cynthia Franklin,  Anchorage                                                                    
Municipal   Prosecutor,   Anchorage;  James   Trump,   Self,                                                                    
Talkeetna; Carrie  Longoria, Anchorage Municipal  Health and                                                                    
Human Services Department,  Anchorage; Cat Bullington, Self,                                                                    
Wasilla; Peggy McLaughlin, Port  Director, City of Unalaska;                                                                    
Lorraine  King,  Elected  Official, Ekwok  Village  Council,                                                                    
Ekwok; Ronald K. Inouye,  Self, Fairbanks; Ronda Schlumbohm,                                                                    
Boreal Alaska  - Learning, Adaptation,  Production (BAKLAP),                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Lou   Brown,  Self,   Fairbanks;  Christina-Alex                                                                    
Liakos, Self,  Fairbanks; Kaitlin  Vadla, Self,  Kenai; Zach                                                                    
Meyers, Self,  Fairbanks; Andrew Allaby,  BAKLAP, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Birch Pavelsky,  Volunteer, BAKLAP One Tree,  Fairbanks; Jim                                                                    
Sackett,  CEO,  Toghotthele  Corporation,  Fairbanks;  Glenn                                                                    
Juday, Director,  BAKLAP, Fairbanks; Lauren  Lynch, Graduate                                                                    
Student,  UAF,  Fairbanks;  John Ringstad,  Fairbanks  North                                                                    
Star  Borough  School  District,  Fairbanks;  Luke  Hopkins,                                                                    
Mayor, Fairbanks  North Star Borough;  David Selunis-Messir,                                                                    
Rural   Energy   Coordinator,  Tanana   Chiefs   Conference,                                                                    
Fairbanks;  Sarah  Obed,   Doyon  Limited,  Fairbanks;  Mike                                                                    
Musick,  Self, Fairbanks;  Tammi  Ganguli, Self,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Laura  Comer,  Self,  Anchorage;  Diane  Hutchison,  Finance                                                                    
Chair,  Assembly,  Fairbanks  North Star  Borough  Assembly,                                                                    
Fairbanks; Patrice  Lee, Citizens for Clean  Air, Fairbanks;                                                                    
Don  Gray, Self,  Fairbanks; John  Eberhart, Mayor,  City of                                                                    
Fairbanks; Adam  Krynicki, Employee, Office  of Intellectual                                                                    
Property   and  Commercialization,   UAF,  Fairbanks;   June                                                                    
Thomasson, Self,  Fairbanks; Ron  Yarnell, Owner,  All About                                                                    
Adventure, Fairbanks;  David Venenburg,  Executive Director,                                                                    
Downtown   Association  of   Fairbanks,  Fairbanks;   Robert                                                                    
Silvertsen, Member, City  Council, Ketchikan; Dan Bockhorst,                                                                    
Manager,  Ketchikan  Gateway  Borough;  Trey  Acteson,  CEO,                                                                    
Southeast Alaska Power Agency  (SEAPA), Ketchikan; Dee Pond,                                                                    
Alaska  Association  of  Conservation Districts,  Big  Lake;                                                                    
Melissa   Coady,   Member,  Talkeetna   Community   Council,                                                                    
Talkeetna;  Jason  Mayrand,  Mayor,  City  of  Nenana;  Lynn                                                                    
Bateman, Director,  Coffman Cove Community  Library, Coffman                                                                    
Cove;   Carolyn   Bateman,   Self,  Coffman   Cove;   Howard                                                                    
Mermelstein,  Executive  Director, Tetlin  Village  Council,                                                                    
Tetlin; Molly Wood, Member,  Chase Community Council, Chase;                                                                    
Earnest  Arnold, Self,  Tanacross;  Ryan Stencel,  Anchorage                                                                    
Soil  and  Water  Conservation District,  Anchorage;  Rhonda                                                                    
Pitka,  First Chief,  Beaver Village  Council, Beaver;  Ruth                                                                    
Wood,   Self,  Talkeetna;   Kelly  Swihart,   Chief,  Police                                                                    
Department,   Petersburg;  Stephan   Giesbrecht,  Petersburg                                                                    
Borough,  Petersburg;  Shawn   Eisele,  Self,  Juneau;  Axel                                                                    
Burgheim,   Self,   Anchorage;   Suzi   Pearson,   Executive                                                                    
Director, Abused  Women's Aid in Crisis  (AWAIC), Anchorage;                                                                    
Virginia  McCaslin,   Programs  Manager,   Disability  Abuse                                                                    
Response  Team, AWAIC,  Anchorage; Anna  Brenninger, Member,                                                                    
Friends  of  the  Library, Anchorage;  Cathleen  McLaughlin,                                                                    
Director, Partners for  Progress Re-Entry Center, Anchorage;                                                                    
Regina Manteufel, Creator, Back  to Work Network, Anchorage;                                                                    
Kylee   Singh,  Self,   Anchorage;   Carolyn  Sayre,   Self,                                                                    
Talkeetna; Melissa  Martin, Self, Anchorage;  Willi Prittie,                                                                    
Self,  Sunshine;  Leonard  Menka, Self,  Copper  River;  Jan                                                                    
Wrentmore,  Self, Skagway;  Shelby  Surdick, Self,  Skagway;                                                                    
Rachel Ford, Taiya Inlet  Watershed Council, Skagway; Dustin                                                                    
Craney,  Self, Skagway;  C.E.  Furbish,  Self, Skagway;  Deb                                                                    
Potter, Business  Owner, Skagway; Jen Thuss,  Self, Skagway;                                                                    
Cory Thole, Self, Skagway; Israel  Mahay, Mahay's River Boat                                                                    
Service,  Talkeetna;  Ellen   Wolf,  Self,  Talkeetna;  Jeff                                                                    
Trotter, Head  Football Coach, East High  School, Anchorage;                                                                    
Mary Rasmussen,  Self, Anchorage; Katherine  Erickson, Self,                                                                    
Wasilla;  Rich  Koch,  City Manager,  Kenai;  Deborah  Mole,                                                                    
Self,  Anchorage; Kerry  Maclane,  Chairman, Southeast  Soil                                                                    
and Water  Conservation District,  Sitka; Dan  Fauske, Board                                                                    
Member, Board  of Directors,  Cold Climate  Housing Research                                                                    
Center,  Anchorage; Tara  Bicknell, Soboloff-McRae  Veterans                                                                    
Village and Wellness Center, Haines.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSSB 119(FIN)                                                                                                                   
          BUDGET: CAPITAL                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
          CSSB 119(FIN) was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                     
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 119(FIN) am                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act  making and amending  appropriations, including                                                                    
     capital  appropriations,  supplemental  appropriations,                                                                    
     reappropriations,  and   other  appropriations;  making                                                                    
     appropriations to  capitalize funds; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Neuman stated  that  testimony  from the  Denali                                                                    
Deaf Community  Center would be  heard initially due  to the                                                                    
testifiers' early flight plans out of Juneau.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:36:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY  DEMARE, DENALI  DEAF  COMMUNITY CENTER,  ANCHORAGE,                                                                    
informed the committee that he  worked with deaf children at                                                                    
the Alaska  State School  for Deaf and  Hard of  Hearing. He                                                                    
shared a  story about  the loss  of his  hearing as  a young                                                                    
boy. He  stated that  his parents enrolled  him in  a school                                                                    
for  the  deaf, where  he  learned  American Sign  Language,                                                                    
which  allowed him  to communicate  and succeed.  He pointed                                                                    
out  that  20  thousand deaf  and  hard-of-hearing  Alaskans                                                                    
required  services.  He  explained   that  the  Denali  Deaf                                                                    
Community  Center   hoped  to  provide   services  including                                                                    
interpreter referral, employment,  independent living skills                                                                    
and  social   services  for  deaf  people   in  one  central                                                                    
location.  The centralized  location  would  allow for  cost                                                                    
savings.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:40:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MORGAN  EVANS,  DENALI  DEAF  COMMUNITY  CENTER,  ANCHORAGE,                                                                    
discussed  the  necessity  of   the  Denali  Deaf  Community                                                                    
Center. He believed that the  center was full of possibility                                                                    
in its  ability to  help deaf people  overcome communication                                                                    
barriers. He explained  that he could speak  with his voice,                                                                    
but  some  people had  difficulty  understanding  him so  he                                                                    
preferred to  use American Sign Language  to communicate. He                                                                    
believed  that the  center would  enable  support for  other                                                                    
hard-of-hearing Alaskans requiring  help. He appreciated the                                                                    
committee members' time and support.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Neuman  asked  about  a location  for  the  deaf                                                                    
center and the amount of funding requested.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Evans replied that a  location had been secured on Fifth                                                                    
Avenue  in Anchorage.  The center  needed  $700,000 for  the                                                                    
facility. The entity was hoping  to receive an additional $1                                                                    
million for  building renovations.  The entity had  plans in                                                                    
place. She discussed other funds  from the Alaska Foundation                                                                    
and  potentially from  the Rasmuson  Foundation. The  entity                                                                    
planned  to  meet  with the  Municipality  of  Anchorage  to                                                                    
discuss other fund options as well.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
TRACY PIFER,  DENALI DEAF CENTER, ANCHORAGE,  replied that a                                                                    
location  and price  had been  determined. The  location had                                                                    
been  secured  on  Fifth Avenue  in  Anchorage  Alaska.  She                                                                    
stated  that  the  center required  $700  thousand  for  the                                                                    
facility and  an additional $1 million  for renovations. The                                                                    
renovation  plans  were in  place,  but  the next  step  was                                                                    
securing the building.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:43:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAM MUELLER-GUY,  DENALI DEAF COMMUNITY CENTER,  JUNEAU (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  favor of  the  Denali  Deaf                                                                    
Community Center. She  stated that 30 babies  were born deaf                                                                    
in  the state  every  year. The  parents  of these  children                                                                    
required additional  information about  available resources.                                                                    
She stated that  people can fly into Juneau,  which made the                                                                    
process  difficult.   She  mentioned  early   screening  for                                                                    
infants and all of the tools  that would be available in one                                                                    
centralized  location. She  wished  that deaf  people had  a                                                                    
place to go to access the necessary services.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:47:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Pifer  introduced herself again  as the  interpreter for                                                                    
the testifiers. She stated her  experience working with deaf                                                                    
and hard-of-hearing  Alaskans. She stated that  the building                                                                    
was in  its third phase  with the legislature  having funded                                                                    
phases  one  and  two.  She stated  that  the  building  was                                                                    
secured with a lease-to-own  agreement and once the building                                                                    
was  purchased, social  enterprise  businesses would  occupy                                                                    
the  space.  She  described  the  center's  many  uses.  The                                                                    
project was only $1 million  short of its goal. She stressed                                                                    
that the completion of the  goal would complete any requests                                                                    
to  the legislature  for future  funding, as  the enterprise                                                                    
businesses would  cover the ongoing  costs. She  spoke about                                                                    
the needs  of the  parents of deaf  children. She  worked at                                                                    
the  Alaska  State  School  for the  Hard  of  Hearing.  She                                                                    
pointed out  that deaf and  hard-of-hearing people  had huge                                                                    
gaps  in their  knowledge  without the  ability to  overhear                                                                    
certain facts.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:51:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE DINNOCENZO,  KODIAK SOIL AND WATER  CONSERVATION, KODIAK                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke about two CAPSIS  requests, one                                                                    
to  fund the  Alaska Association  of Conservation  Districts                                                                    
for $1.2 million, which  provided administration and payroll                                                                    
for  the Kodiak  Soil and  Water Conservation.  He mentioned                                                                    
another  request of  $213 thousand  for  the replacement  of                                                                    
culverts  that  were  blocking salmon  moving  upstream.  He                                                                    
noted  that the  upgrade  would allow  for  a more  reliable                                                                    
transportation   system   and    promote   Kodiak's   salmon                                                                    
resources.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:53:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Neuman noted  that  testimony  sign-up would  be                                                                    
open until 8.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:54:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICK  SZABO, TREASURER,  ALASKA  SEARCH  AND RESCUE,  KODIAK                                                                    
(via  teleconference), stated  that  the  Alaska Search  and                                                                    
Rescue Association  (ASARA) was a non-profit  affiliation of                                                                    
48 volunteer  organizations statewide.  He pointed  out that                                                                    
the  volunteers  answered  calls   for  help  that  commonly                                                                    
interrupted  day   jobs  and   family  life.   He  expressed                                                                    
gratitude for the training funds  received five years prior.                                                                    
None of  the organizations had paid  employees; every dollar                                                                    
was spent on training,  equipment and supplies. He discussed                                                                    
the need to  train new people and  provide advanced training                                                                    
for  those  already in  the  program.  He worked  under  the                                                                    
supervision  of the  Alaska State  Troopers. He  stated that                                                                    
the request would be greater without volunteers.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:57:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY    RUSSEL-JAMGOCHIN,    KAWERAK    INC.,    NOME    (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor  of funding  the Alaska                                                                    
Native  Cultural  Center  in  a  capital  request  for  $1.9                                                                    
million.  The request  was  initially  for library  matching                                                                    
funds. She spoke  about the importance of the  center to the                                                                    
community. She  stated that the recession  hit the community                                                                    
hard,  and   the  funding  for  the   building  allowed  the                                                                    
community  to  achieve  partnership and  collaboration  that                                                                    
added to the  viability of Nome. She stated  that the timing                                                                    
was  out  of  the  city's  control.  She  saw  much  funding                                                                    
allocated  to   other  items,  while  the   cultural  center                                                                    
provided  an important  solution. She  spoke about  honoring                                                                    
Richard Foster.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:01:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman  stated that he and  Co-Chair Stoltze had                                                                    
duties  that required  his intermittent  absence during  the                                                                    
hearing.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:01:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLAY  KOPLIN,  CEO,  CORDOVA ELECTRIC  COOPERATIVE,  CORDOVA                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in support of  $6.5 million                                                                    
for the Cordova  Center, which was reduced to  $1 million in                                                                    
the CS.  He stated that  the center was  part of a  chain of                                                                    
economic investments in Prince  William Sound beginning with                                                                    
the Whittier  Tunnel. The Cordova  Center was vetted  by the                                                                    
community for 20 years and  met a variety of needs including                                                                    
arts and  convention space, emergency response  and disaster                                                                    
preparation.  He  stated  that the  building  would  replace                                                                    
several  old   buildings.  The   Cordova  Center   was  near                                                                    
completion. He  spoke about  the need  for larger  space for                                                                    
community gatherings.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:04:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRET BRADFORD,  MEMBER, CORDOVA  CITY COUNCIL,  CORDOVA (via                                                                    
teleconference), requested reinstatement  of $6.5 million in                                                                    
matching  funds to  complete the  Cordova  Center. He  spoke                                                                    
about the  many community benefits the  center would provide                                                                    
including a  new City Hall,  library and  museum facilities.                                                                    
The  center would  fulfill the  need for  economic diversity                                                                    
and create economic stimulus, which  would affect the entire                                                                    
community.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:06:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  GIBBINS, PRESIDENT,  CORDOVA CHAMBER  OF COMMERCE,                                                                    
CORDOVA  (via teleconference),  requested the  reinstatement                                                                    
of $6.5  million in matching  funds to complete  the Cordova                                                                    
Center. She stated that the  small businesses would continue                                                                    
to  succeed and  fishermen  would continue  to  fish in  the                                                                    
area.  The   chamber  of  commerce  deemed   the  center  an                                                                    
important asset.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:07:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI  CHAY,   DISTRICT  MANAGER,   KENAI  SOIL   AND  WATER                                                                    
CONSERVATION    DISTRICT,   KENAI    (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in favor of the  $1.2 million request for the soil                                                                    
and  water   conservation  district.  She  noted   that  the                                                                    
districts   were   locally-governed   and   state-authorized                                                                    
entities with  responsibilities delegated by  the Department                                                                    
of  Natural Resources  under Alaska  statute. She  described                                                                    
the  district's  responsibilities  for conserving  soil  and                                                                    
clean  water. She  mentioned the  preservation  of soil  and                                                                    
plants  in the  elementary schools  in the  Kenai Peninsula.                                                                    
She stated  that the organization  was an essential  part of                                                                    
agricultural progress in the state.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:10:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEN  RAY, SELF,  WASILLA (via  teleconference) testified  in                                                                    
support of  the Wasilla  bypass. He  stated that  the bypass                                                                    
would serve  the entire valley  with safety needs.  The item                                                                    
would  provide  early acquisitions  with  right  of way.  He                                                                    
opined that the  bypass would be a wise use  of state funds.                                                                    
He advocated for moving the project along.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:12:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DICK  ZOBEL,  WASILLA   SOIL  WATER  CONSERVATION  DISTRICT,                                                                    
WASILLA  (via  teleconference),   testified  in  support  of                                                                    
funding for soil and water  conservation. He found achieving                                                                    
funding  a   struggle  despite  multiple  requests   to  the                                                                    
Department of  Natural Resources.  He stated that  he worked                                                                    
as a farmer  and was a long-time member of  the Wasilla Soil                                                                    
and Water  Conservation District. The  conservation district                                                                    
work  in Wasilla  was  accomplished  with volunteer  efforts                                                                    
with minimal  funding through various grants.  Basic funding                                                                    
would allow  the payment of administrative  costs. He stated                                                                    
that the  organization's volunteers provided  ample support.                                                                    
He requested reinstatement of the $1.2 million request.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:15:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF   CLARK,  ALASKA   TRAUMA   CARE   FUND,  BETHEL   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  favor of  funding  for  the                                                                    
Alaska  Trauma Care  Fund. He  stated  that maintaining  the                                                                    
level 4  trauma certification  was one  use of  the funding.                                                                    
Another use  was in  training the  nurses and  providers and                                                                    
upkeep  of equipment.  He noted  that he  trained nurses  in                                                                    
trauma nurse  core curriculum to  provide an  advanced level                                                                    
of care  for trauma  patients. He  mentioned that  10 trauma                                                                    
nurses were trained  in the last week to  aid those visiting                                                                    
the emergency  room. Equipment was  also purchased  with the                                                                    
funding.  The  funding  helped to  purchase  equipment  that                                                                    
helped save lives in remote  locations. He spoke about blood                                                                    
warmers and ultrasound devices that  were purchased with the                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:19:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EDWARD ALEXANDER,  SECOND CHIEF FORT YUKON,  FORT YUKON (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  favor of  a funding  request                                                                    
for $100  thousand, which would  allow the leverage  of $287                                                                    
thousand  in  additional   funding  from  the  Environmental                                                                    
Protection Agency.  He anticipated the creation  of 3-6 jobs                                                                    
in  the  community  resulting  from   the  presence  of  the                                                                    
greenhouse. He  stated that lease agreements  were completed                                                                    
for the project, which was 80 percent complete.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:21:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PJ SIMON,  ALLAKAKET TRIBE, ALLAKAKET  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of a  $500 thousand request for the new                                                                    
Allakaket medical  clinic. He stated  that the  center would                                                                    
replace a  dilapidated building. The funding  would leverage                                                                    
funding   from   the   Rasmuson   Foundation   and   another                                                                    
[undecipherable]  foundation's funding.  He stated  that the                                                                    
modern clinic  would aid in  decline of influenza  and would                                                                    
include running  water and sewer.  The clinic  would bolster                                                                    
the  health and  welfare  of all  Allakaket  residents.   He                                                                    
mentioned  that  there  were   300  tribal  members  in  the                                                                    
Allakaket tribe.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:23:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  CHARLES,  NEWTOK   TRADITIONAL  COUNCIL,  NEWTOK  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of the critical needs                                                                    
for  her community.  The three  sections  of needs  included                                                                    
relocation  for $2.8  million,  public  facilities for  $945                                                                    
thousand and public safety for $125 thousand.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:24:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLAY    WALKER,   DENALI    BOROUGH   MAYOR,    HEALY   (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  emergency medical                                                                    
service  funding for  his borough  that hosted  400 thousand                                                                    
visitors annually.  The volunteer fire  department regularly                                                                    
transported patients  in their  ambulance over 220  miles to                                                                    
Fairbanks.  The   borough  requested   funding  for   a  new                                                                    
ambulance,  which  was  widely supported  as  the  borough's                                                                    
number one  priority totaling $118 thousand.  He mentioned a                                                                    
second request  for $170 thousand  for an  energy efficiency                                                                    
project that  would pay for  itself in less than  two years.                                                                    
The  project would  plumb  the cold  boiler  heat from  Tri-                                                                    
Valley School to the elementary  wing heated by fuel oil. An                                                                    
energy audit  estimated annual savings of  approximately $90                                                                    
thousand  resulting  from the  project.  He  added that  the                                                                    
Denali Borough  was absent  from the  capital budget,  so he                                                                    
urged the committee to consider  the lasting benefits of the                                                                    
requests.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:27:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF SMEENK, SELF, PALMER  (via teleconference) testified in                                                                    
support of the  $1.2 million request for  the statewide soil                                                                    
and water  conservation program.  He shared  the use  of the                                                                    
$60  thousand allocated  to  Palmer,  for programs  totaling                                                                    
$300 thousand. He  noted that he worked  with invasive weeds                                                                    
that threatened  salmon habitats in 2013  along with working                                                                    
with the Department of  Environmental Conservation to reduce                                                                    
the hydrocarbons  in the  water resulting  from recreational                                                                    
boating. He  spoke about 2014  and his work with  the United                                                                    
States Department of Agriculture  to decrease soil loss from                                                                    
wind erosion.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:29:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERNICE  JOHN,  NEWTOK   TRADITIONAL  COUNCIL,  NEWTOK  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in favor of requests  for public                                                                    
safety   needs  $125   thousand  and   $945  thousand,   and                                                                    
relocation items  $2.8 million. All needs  were critical for                                                                    
the  community.  She stated  that  a  new water  source  was                                                                    
needed for the next 2-5 years.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:30:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REX  WRIGLEY,  SELF,  DELTA JUNCTION  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  favor  of  funding  for the  12  soil  and  water                                                                    
conservation districts  of $1.2  million. He noted  that the                                                                    
district provided support  for Alaskan agriculture including                                                                    
nutrient  and pest  recommendations for  farmers. Additional                                                                    
responsibilities included  the control  of noxious  weeds in                                                                    
Alaska   and  compilation   of  agricultural   research  and                                                                    
addressing  erosion  and  flooding  concerns.  The  district                                                                    
provided the state the opportunity to grow its own food.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:32:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEN  MARSH,  UPPER  SUSITNA  SOIL  AND  WATER  CONSERVATION,                                                                    
TRAPPER CREEK  (via teleconference),  spoke in favor  of the                                                                    
$1.2   million   request   for  Alaskan   soil   and   water                                                                    
conservation  districts. He  thanked the  committee for  the                                                                    
prior two  years' support. He  noted that the  funding would                                                                    
allow  each  of the  12  districts  to continue  aiding  the                                                                    
conservation  needs  of  the   state.  He  stated  that  the                                                                    
district  saved time  and money  by providing  efficient and                                                                    
vital  work. He  provided an  example of  an effort  working                                                                    
with teenagers clearing streams and trails.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:35:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TODD  PETTIT, PALMER  SOIL WATER  CONSERVATION, PALMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in favor of $1.2  million in funding                                                                    
for the 12 state soil  and water conservation districts.. He                                                                    
stated that the funding  would be distributed throughout the                                                                    
state.  The grassroots  community  funded  all districts  to                                                                    
prevent  soil erosion  and improve  water quality.  He spoke                                                                    
about issues with funding regarding weed overgrowth.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:40:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN WARD,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
in  favor  of  restoration  of non-profit  funding  for  the                                                                    
Alaska craftsman  home program and the  cold climate housing                                                                    
research center.  She wished to  utilize best  practices and                                                                    
appropriate  technology for  the unique  climate in  Alaska.                                                                    
She  stated  that  research, reports  and  information  were                                                                    
provided by  the center. The  Alaska craftsman  home program                                                                    
allowed for  distribution of  the center's  information. The                                                                    
distribution  relied  on  the two  entities  that  were  not                                                                    
included  in this  year's capital  budget. She  requested an                                                                    
additional  $750  thousand  for the  cold  climate  research                                                                    
center  and  $250 thousand  for  the  Alaska craftsman  home                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CYNTHIA FRANKLIN, ANCHORAGE  MUNICIPAL PROSECUTOR, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via  teleconference),  supported  funding  for  the  Alaska                                                                    
Domestic  Violence and  Sexual Assault  Intervention project                                                                    
for   $850   thousand.   She  spoke   about   the   project,                                                                    
headquartered  in  Anchorage  and  utilizing  the  Anchorage                                                                    
police department,  serving victims  statewide. The  goal of                                                                    
the  project was  increasing  victim's  safety and  offender                                                                    
accountability.  She  stated  that she  had  excellent  data                                                                    
supporting  the goal  accomplishment. The  program relocated                                                                    
victims. The project  had statewide impact and  was shown to                                                                    
be effective.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:44:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES TRUMP, SELF,  TALKEETNA (via teleconference) testified                                                                    
in  opposition  to the  $32.7  million  in funding  for  the                                                                    
Susitna Dam project.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:45:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARRIE  LONGORIA,  ANCHORAGE   MUNICIPAL  HEALTH  AND  HUMAN                                                                    
SERVICES   DEPARTMENT,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in favor  of  $850 thousand  in  funding for  the                                                                    
Alaska  Domestic Violence  And  Sexual Assault  Intervention                                                                    
program  funding.  She  noted  that  the  statewide  program                                                                    
served over  7,100 victims from  38 communities.  She stated                                                                    
that  the  program's  federal  funding  had  been  cut.  She                                                                    
mentioned   the  partnership   for   victim's  support   and                                                                    
relocation for  utilities, food,  clothing, etc.  She stated                                                                    
that  the funding  would provide  much  needed services  for                                                                    
victims in Alaska.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:47:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAT  BULLINGTON, SELF,  WASILLA (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in favor  of $1.2 million in  funding for the 12  state soil                                                                    
and water  conservation districts.  She spoke in  support of                                                                    
the  work to  dispense  funds and  carry  out projects.  She                                                                    
spoke  about  the  payroll   and  delivery  of  conservation                                                                    
education. She  stated that  financial support  was provided                                                                    
for the 12 state districts  with one full-time and one part-                                                                    
time  employee. She  explained that  Alaska  was unique  and                                                                    
brought  knowledge  to  the  stewards   of  the  planet  and                                                                    
guardians of natural resources.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:49:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY  MCLAUGHLIN,  PORT  DIRECTOR, CITY  OF  UNALASKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in   support  of  two  separate                                                                    
requests.  The  city  requested the  purchase  of  a  fourth                                                                    
engine  for  the  powerhouse.  The   city  purchased  a  new                                                                    
generator  for the  community. The  request of  $4.5 million                                                                    
would  allow for  installation  of the  engine  to meet  the                                                                    
growing  demand of  the  city. The  second  request for  the                                                                    
Unalaska  Marine Center  position 3  and 4  replacement. The                                                                    
city  requested $27  million  of a  $40  million project  to                                                                    
upgrade  the  Unalaska  Marine  Center.  She  mentioned  the                                                                    
future  for  offshore drilling  utilizing  the  center as  a                                                                    
staging area.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:51:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF  WELTZIN, TANANA  CHIEFS CONFERENCE,  TANANA, requested                                                                    
funding for  10 capital  improvement projects.  He explained                                                                    
his practice  of leveraging federal and  foundation dollars.                                                                    
He noted  that eight clinics  had been built  throughout the                                                                    
interior by  leveraging $2.6 million  in state  funding with                                                                    
$15  million of  federal  and foundation  funding. He  added                                                                    
that  of  six  multipurpose   community  centers  were  also                                                                    
constructed  throughout Interior  Alaska. He  listed the  10                                                                    
requested   projects  that   also   leveraged  federal   and                                                                    
foundation dollars.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Munoz  requested  a copy  of  Mr.  Weltzin's                                                                    
letter.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:54:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACK HEBERT,  PRESIDENT, CEO, COLD CLIMATE  HOUSING RESEARCH                                                                    
CENTER, testified  about his statewide  organization founded                                                                    
by the  Alaska State Homebuilding Association  14 years ago.                                                                    
He  stated that  the  center affected  lives throughout  the                                                                    
state.  State funding  was important  and  he mentioned  his                                                                    
CAPSIS request  number, 62130. He mentioned  some members of                                                                    
the  center's Board  of Directors.  He mentioned  an energy-                                                                    
efficient  building built  at the  University of  Alaska. He                                                                    
explained that  the center leased  land from  the university                                                                    
as a private corporation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:57:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  MARCUS, DISTRICT  MANAGER, SOUTHEAST  SOIL AND  WATER                                                                    
CONSERVATION  COUNCIL, spoke  in  favor of  $1.2 million  in                                                                    
funding  for  the  12  state  soil  and  water  conservation                                                                    
districts.   He  pointed   out  that   the  districts   were                                                                    
classified as public-private  partnerships under the purview                                                                    
of  the Department  of Natural  Resources. He  mentioned the                                                                    
district's goals  including seafood processing  and storage.                                                                    
Three goals of the  council included regional food security,                                                                    
shellfish  farming  and   invasive  species  management.  He                                                                    
mentioned the  goal of eradicating  noxious plants  in rural                                                                    
communities throughout Alaska.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
7:01:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  SULLIVAN,  SOUTHEAST   ALASKA  CONSERVATION  COUNCIL,                                                                    
JUNEAU, testified  against the  $35 million funding  for the                                                                    
Juneau Access  Road. He  felt that the  road would  be among                                                                    
one of  the most  dangerous in the  country. He  pointed out                                                                    
that  the  environmental  impact  statement  (EIS)  was  not                                                                    
scheduled  for   release  until  June.  He   felt  that  the                                                                    
legislature should  wait until the project  was presented as                                                                    
a final product,  before designating funds for  the road. He                                                                    
stressed that  the road was  designed to end at  an unmanned                                                                    
ferry  terminal,  and  restated the  danger  regarding  that                                                                    
issue.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Representative Thompson  asked for a copy  of Mr. Sullivan's                                                                    
statement. Mr. Sullivan agreed to provide that information.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:05:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORRAINE  KING,  ELECTED  OFFICIAL, EKWOK  VILLAGE  COUNCIL,                                                                    
EKWOK  (via teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the                                                                    
$204,000 for  the Ekwok Landfill  Access Road.  She remarked                                                                    
that  over  ten  years  of planning  occurred  in  order  to                                                                    
formulate the proposal. She stated  that the 115 foot bridge                                                                    
would cross  Clutha Creek,  and was  critical to  access the                                                                    
landfill site. She remarked that  the proposal was for $2.68                                                                    
million,  and  was  separated into  several  components  for                                                                    
material,  freight, and  installation. She  stated that  the                                                                    
existing  landfill was  scheduled to  close, because  it did                                                                    
not meet federal requirements and  was too close to housing.                                                                    
The  existing  landfill  was over  capacity,  suffered  from                                                                    
windblown  litter, and  open burning.  The dumpsite  did not                                                                    
have  an Alaskan  Department  of Environmental  Conservation                                                                    
(DEC) Class  III permit, and  was an existing hazard  to the                                                                    
community. The site was included  in the high-threat site on                                                                    
the Indian Health Service Report  to Congress on Tribal Open                                                                    
Dump Sanitation Deficiency  List. She felt that  Ekwok had a                                                                    
good  plan to  manage  solid waste  to  protect the  natural                                                                    
environment and human health.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:09:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RONALD  K.  INOUYE,  SELF,  FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference)                                                                    
testified in support of funding  for SLAM, and other library                                                                    
upgrade  projects. He  stated that  the walls  for the  SLAM                                                                    
building were  fabricated in  Fairbanks, and  then installed                                                                    
into the  museum in Juneau.  He stated that  the fabrication                                                                    
of the walls established a  new industry in Fairbanks, which                                                                    
employed  about 30  people. He  encouraged the  committee to                                                                    
fully-fund the completion of the new SLAM building.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:10:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RONDA  SCHLUMBOHM,  BOREAL  ALASKA -  LEARNING,  ADAPTATION,                                                                    
PRODUCTION   (BAKLAP),   FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support of  $700,000  for  BAKLAP's One  Tree                                                                    
program. She taught a 2-3  class just south of Fairbanks, in                                                                    
the heart  of the  Boreal Forest. She  stated that  the area                                                                    
was  a beautiful  place  to teach  and  raise children.  The                                                                    
community was 50 miles from  Fairbanks, so the students were                                                                    
not  given  the  same  opportunities   as  those  living  in                                                                    
Fairbanks.  She   stated  that  field  trips   to  Fairbanks                                                                    
required hours  of travel, which  left for limited  time for                                                                    
educational  opportunities.  She announced  that  scientists                                                                    
visited  her  classroom  once a  week,  which  was  possible                                                                    
through  BAKLAP, which  changed the  dynamic of  the science                                                                    
program in  her school. She  stated that Zack Myers,  one of                                                                    
the  visiting  scientists,  spent  an hour  a  week  in  her                                                                    
classroom, teaching the children about birch trees.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:13:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LOU BROWN,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
elimination  of funding  for the  Road to  Ambler. She  felt                                                                    
that the  $8.5 million designated  for the project  could be                                                                    
used for other worthy projects.  She testified in support of                                                                    
reinstating $2 million for  the Woodstove Change-out Program                                                                    
for the  Fairbanks North Star  Borough, in order  to improve                                                                    
the  borough's   air  quality.  The  poor   air  quality  in                                                                    
Fairbanks  has negatively  impacted the  health of  children                                                                    
and  adults. She  noted that  there  was a  large amount  of                                                                    
funds in  the capital budget designated  for the replacement                                                                    
of  the  heat  and  power  facility  at  the  University  of                                                                    
Fairbanks  (UAF).   She  felt  that  the   power  plant  was                                                                    
necessary, but felt  that a new facility should  be built to                                                                    
convert  from  a coal  burning  facility  to a  natural  gas                                                                    
burning  facility. She  felt that  there should  be a  focus                                                                    
away from burning coal, in  order to continue to improve the                                                                    
air quality in Fairbanks.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
7:15:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINA-ALEX LIAKOS, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference)                                                                    
testified against funding for the  new coal power plants and                                                                    
coal mining.  She shared  that she  had developed  asthma in                                                                    
Fairbanks,  and her  doctor stated  that it  was common  for                                                                    
people to develop  asthma in Fairbanks, because  of the poor                                                                    
air quality. She  moved away from Fairbanks,  and her asthma                                                                    
improved.  She felt  that the  legislature  should focus  on                                                                    
alternatives and  solutions to the air  quality problem. She                                                                    
testified in support  of reinstating the $2  million for the                                                                    
Fairbanks Woodstove Exchange Program.  She spoke against the                                                                    
proposed  heat  and  power  plant  at  UAF,  and  felt  that                                                                    
students'  tuition should  not  increase to  fund a  project                                                                    
that  proposed  a  great  health risk.  She  felt  that  the                                                                    
funding could be used for health and education projects.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:17:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAITLIN VADLA,  SELF, KENAI (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
against the Susitna  Dam and the Ambler Road,  and felt that                                                                    
the money  could be used  for items with a  greater purpose.                                                                    
She also  spoke against  the $245 million  for the  new coal                                                                    
power plant  at UAF. She felt  that it would provide  a poor                                                                    
return on  investment, especially for a  university that had                                                                    
a  cutting edge  international  arctic  research center  and                                                                    
cold  climate housing  research  center. She  felt that  the                                                                    
university  would be  investing in  eighteenth century  fuel                                                                    
sources. She felt that the  money should be used to retrofit                                                                    
the  old  plant,  and  invest the  $100  million  on  energy                                                                    
efficiency improvements to the buildings on campus.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:18:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ZACH MEYERS, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference) testified                                                                    
in  support of  $700,000  for BAKLAP  funding. He  announced                                                                    
that  BAKLAP was  granted  funding  in 2011,  and  he was  a                                                                    
participant in  the program  since its  inception. He  was a                                                                    
construction  designer, and  he  was assigned  to work  with                                                                    
teachers  throughout the  district to  develop projects  and                                                                    
lessons that were engaging to  both mind and body. He stated                                                                    
that  BAKLAP had  worked with  over twelve  schools and  800                                                                    
students  throughout the  district. He  announced that  many                                                                    
students  approached  him  to  thank him  for  the  work  of                                                                    
BAKLAP. He felt that the  work was innovative, exciting, and                                                                    
memorable.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:21:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW  ALLABY,  BAKLAP,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support  of funding for BAKLAP.  He understood that                                                                    
the  budget  climate  was challenging,  but  felt  that  the                                                                    
program should  be funded until its  completion. He stressed                                                                    
that wood  biomass energy was increasingly  vital to Alaskan                                                                    
communities   and   economies,   and   Alaskans   needed   a                                                                    
sustainable  foundation  to   raise  the  next  generation's                                                                    
biomass fuel. He quoted the  Alaska Constitution, and shared                                                                    
that there was  a mandate for the management  of the natural                                                                    
resources for  sustained yield.  He felt  that BAKLAP  had a                                                                    
demonstrated  capacity   to  bring  young   Alaskans,  state                                                                    
agencies,  and the  University of  Alaska  (UA) together  to                                                                    
ensure  that the  state met  the responsibility  outlined in                                                                    
the  constitution.  He stated  that  he  was a  current  UAF                                                                    
student,  studying forestry,  so he  understood the  growing                                                                    
importance of Alaska's forest resource.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:23:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BIRCH PAVELSKY,  VOLUNTEER, BAKLAP ONE TREE,  FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference) testified in support  of funding for BAKLAP.                                                                    
He  stated  that  he  volunteered  to  help  middle  schools                                                                    
understand  birch logs  through  crafting knitting  needles,                                                                    
with the intent  to understand tree structure.  He felt that                                                                    
the  analytical  thinking required  for  the  project was  a                                                                    
metaphor  that could  be  applied  to science,  engineering,                                                                    
career  choice,  and  elsewhere.  He  stressed  that  BAKLAP                                                                    
encouraged that kind of analytical thinking.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:24:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM  SACKETT, CEO,  TOGHOTTHELE CORPORATION,  FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support  of  funding the  bridge                                                                    
over  the Nenana  River. He  explained that  the bridge  was                                                                    
currently under construction, and  would connect the road to                                                                    
the  Parks Highway.  The project  was partially  funded with                                                                    
$6.5  million through  a  voter approved  bond,  and it  was                                                                    
estimated  that  there was  an  additional  $1.5 million  to                                                                    
complete  the bridge  to provide  access to  the Nenana  gas                                                                    
basin. He  remarked that the  bridge would access  UAF land,                                                                    
Mental Health  Trust land,  Department of  Natural Resources                                                                    
(DNR) land, and Tanana Valley State Forest land.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
7:25:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GLENN    JUDAY,    DIRECTOR,    BAKLAP,    FAIRBANKS    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
BAKLAP. He  stated that  the program  was developed  to meet                                                                    
the  demand for  wood biomass  energy research.  He remarked                                                                    
that BAKLAP provided  education through hands-on experience,                                                                    
and assists  the state  forest to meet  the demand  for wood                                                                    
biomass  energy.  He  announced  that  BAKLAP  was  launched                                                                    
through  a  recent  appropriation, and  explained  that  the                                                                    
project was  on-time and on-budget. The  program had already                                                                    
produced  some  important  new  discoveries,  including  the                                                                    
first  systematic assessment  of  forest  regrowth on  state                                                                    
harvest units  in the Alaska  Boreal Forest. He  stated that                                                                    
the current funding request would  support the completion of                                                                    
the analysis  and publication  of the  results of  the first                                                                    
finding. He  announced that  BAKLAP had  uncovered important                                                                    
information  regarding forest  insects  on  growth, and  the                                                                    
funding would  initiate development of predictive  tools for                                                                    
future forest  yields. He stated that  BAKLAP had identified                                                                    
which  state  forest  management  practices  were  producing                                                                    
acceptable  tree-growth,  and  the requested  funding  would                                                                    
compare  costs and  identify  which  state forest  practices                                                                    
produce an  acceptable return on investment.  He shared that                                                                    
BAKLAP was  a partnership  with DNR,  UA, and  the Fairbanks                                                                    
North Star Borough School District.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:29:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAUREN   LYNCH,  GRADUATE   STUDENT,  UAF,   FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support of  funding for  BAKLAP.                                                                    
She stated  that BAKLAP provided  an opportunity for  her to                                                                    
work with  people of all  different ages, and share  some of                                                                    
her education.  She stated that  she had worked  and learned                                                                    
from incredible  teachers through the program.  She observed                                                                    
that many  elementary, middle, and high  school students had                                                                    
benefitted  from  the  BAKLAP  program.  She  remarked  that                                                                    
students had used  many of their skills in  other aspects of                                                                    
their lives, and shared some personal stories.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
7:31:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN   RINGSTAD,  FAIRBANKS   NORTH   STAR  BOROUGH   SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT,  FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support  of  funding  for the  completion  of  the  Barnette                                                                    
Magnet School renovation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
7:32:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LUKE  HOPKINS,  MAYOR,  FAIRBANKS NORTH  STAR  BOROUGH  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in   support  of  various  economic                                                                    
development  projects.   He  specifically  spoke   to  $11.2                                                                    
million  for phase  4  for the  Barnette  Magnet School.  He                                                                    
encouraged  support  for  the $2  million  for  air  quality                                                                    
mitigation.  He  urged  support  for  the  UAF  power  plant                                                                    
replacement  funding.  He  also   testified  in  support  of                                                                    
funding the  UAF engineering building completion.  He stated                                                                    
that 40  percent of  the economy in  Fairbanks was  based on                                                                    
the  military, and  he  encouraged as  much  as $250,000  to                                                                    
match the  local contribution to military  stabilization. He                                                                    
urged  support  of  funding   for  BAKLAP,  and  educational                                                                    
opportunities  through  the  STEM   program.  He  urged  the                                                                    
addition of $400,000 for DCCED  for economic development. He                                                                    
encouraged   support  of   funding  the   statewide  library                                                                    
construction grants.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:36:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MERRILL  SANFORD,   MAYOR,  CITY  AND  BOROUGH   OF  JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified in  support of the  Juneau water  project funding.                                                                    
He  also spoke  in support  of SLAM  funding. He  also urged                                                                    
support of  funding for the  Juneau Access Project.  He felt                                                                    
that  speaking  against the  road  would  result in  a  poor                                                                    
economic decision.  He stressed that roads  were an economic                                                                    
driver for  the state,  just like the  Trans-Alaska Pipeline                                                                    
System (TAPS).                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
7:38:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  SELUNIS-MESSIR,  RURAL   ENERGY  COORDINATOR,  TANANA                                                                    
CHIEFS    CONFERENCE,   FAIRBANKS    (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of  the  Fort  Yukon  Passive  Solar                                                                    
Greenhouse. He stated that the  project was the first of its                                                                    
kind  north  of  the  Arctic Circle,  and  would  allow  the                                                                    
community  to heat  a greenhouse  for local  food production                                                                    
for six  months of the  year with  the use of  an innovative                                                                    
passive  solar heating  system. The  system used  no oil  or                                                                    
wood,  but  just the  sun's  rays,  insulation, and  thermal                                                                    
storage.  He  stated that  the  project  had leveraged  over                                                                    
$300,000 worth of EPA and  Department of Energy funding, was                                                                    
over 80  percent complete, and  was slotted to  complete the                                                                    
upcoming summer with the proposed  funding. The local school                                                                    
district already had plans to  purchase produce from private                                                                    
growers in  Fort Yukon to  serve in school lunches  in 2015,                                                                    
and  the  Elders  and  Nutrition  Program  was  planning  to                                                                    
purchase fresh  produce for  elder community  members across                                                                    
the Yukon Flats.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
7:40:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH OBED,  DOYON LIMITED, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of the  $100,000 for  the Fort  Yukon                                                                    
Greenhouse, and $1.5  million for the City  of Nenana bridge                                                                    
across the Nenana River. She  remarked that the bridge would                                                                    
access  UAF land,  Mental Health  Trust land,  Department of                                                                    
Natural  Resources  (DNR)  land,  and  Tanana  Valley  State                                                                    
Forest land.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:41:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE MUSICK,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), thanked                                                                    
the committee  for including funding  for a new  power plant                                                                    
at UAF,  but felt  that it  was a  "black hole"  for funding                                                                    
other  worthy  projects. He  stressed  that  there were  air                                                                    
quality  issues  in Fairbanks  caused  by  wood burning.  He                                                                    
encouraged  the committee  to reinstate  funds to  deal with                                                                    
the  air quality  issue.  He  remarked that  he  was at  UAF                                                                    
before  the current  power plant  was installed,  and shared                                                                    
that  the   power  plant  was  a   technological  leap  from                                                                    
extremely  dirty  coal  power  to  cleaner  coal  power.  He                                                                    
remarked that  there were even better  technologies to allow                                                                    
for burning  of the most ecologically  friendly fuel source.                                                                    
He also  urged support  of funding  for the  Barnette Magnet                                                                    
School renovation.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:44:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMMI GANGULI,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of funding phase  4 of the Barnette Magnet School                                                                    
renovation. She shared that she  and other community members                                                                    
had submitted  written testimony. She felt  that the project                                                                    
was important  for enhancing  children's health  and safety.                                                                    
She  felt that  funding  the last  phase  of the  renovation                                                                    
would save money  for Fairbanks and the  state. She remarked                                                                    
that there were efficiencies in  the project that would also                                                                    
save the state money.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Representative  Wilson  announced  that  she  had  read  the                                                                    
submitted letters.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
7:45:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA COMER, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference) testified                                                                    
in support  of funding  to support  clean air  in Fairbanks.                                                                    
She  announced   that,  according   to  the   American  Lung                                                                    
Association, Fairbanks was the  ninth most polluted city for                                                                    
short-term particle  pollution; and was tied  fourteenth for                                                                    
the  most year-round  pollution. She  stressed that  funding                                                                    
for air quality mitigation programs,  such as the Wood Stove                                                                    
Replacement Program,  helped to  curb energy  costs, reduced                                                                    
fuel  cost for  owners,  and improved  the  air quality  for                                                                    
residents.  She  expressed  concern   over  the  removal  of                                                                    
funding for the replacement  program, while adding money for                                                                    
a new coal power plant at  UAF. She remarked that coal power                                                                    
and  old wood  stoves were  linked to  asthma attacks,  lung                                                                    
damage,  increased   risk  of  respiratory   infection,  and                                                                    
premature death.  She urged the legislature  to fully return                                                                    
$2 million  for the Fairbanks North  Star Woodstove Exchange                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:47:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIANE  HUTCHISON, FINANCE  CHAIR, ASSEMBLY,  FAIRBANKS NORTH                                                                    
STAR  BOROUGH  ASSEMBLY,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
appreciated the inclusion  of a new heat and  power plant at                                                                    
UAF, but emphasized  that it should be  a statewide project.                                                                    
She remarked that UA helped  everyone in the state, not just                                                                    
Fairbanks.  She urged  the legislature  to  fully return  $2                                                                    
million  for the  Fairbanks  North  Star Woodstove  Exchange                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:48:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICE  LEE,   CITIZENS  FOR  CLEAN  AIR,   FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the reinstatement  of funding for the                                                                    
Woodstove Change Out program.  She testified against funding                                                                    
for  the  new  coal-powered  plant  at  UAF.  She  expressed                                                                    
concern  over the  removal of  funding  for the  replacement                                                                    
program, while  adding money for  a new coal power  plant at                                                                    
UAF. She remarked  that coal power and old  wood stoves were                                                                    
linked  to asthma  attacks, lung  damage, increased  risk of                                                                    
respiratory infection,  and premature  death. She  urged the                                                                    
legislature  to fully  return $2  million for  the Fairbanks                                                                    
North Star Woodstove Exchange program.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:51:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DON GRAY, SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference) testified in                                                                    
support of  funding the  UAF power  plant. He  stressed that                                                                    
the project  was essential. He  announced that the  focus on                                                                    
power  should  be on  more  cost  effective strategies  with                                                                    
research   and  design   vetted   solutions   as  they   are                                                                    
discovered.  He  felt  that attempting  current  ineffective                                                                    
energy solutions would be costly  to the state. He felt that                                                                    
a  coal power  plant, which  was as  clean as  science could                                                                    
produce,  at  an  affordable price  should  be  the  current                                                                    
solution.  He  remarked  that there  would  continue  to  be                                                                    
discoveries of practical ways to  obtain energy sources like                                                                    
wind,  tidal, earth-heat  differential  produced power,  and                                                                    
solar at affordable prices.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:55:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN    EBERHART,   MAYOR,    CITY    OF   FAIRBANKS    (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support  of $250,000 for community                                                                    
service patrol.  He explained that there  was recent funding                                                                    
of an  extra $75,000  from the City  of Fairbanks  to expand                                                                    
the service  to 18 hours a  day, 7 days a  week. He stressed                                                                    
that it  was a  public safety  issue for  the city.  He also                                                                    
spoke  in  support  of  funding  for  a  replacement  of  an                                                                    
ambulance.  The  2003  ambulance needed  replacement,  along                                                                    
with  two  chest  compression  systems,  and  three  cardiac                                                                    
monitors. Through  mutual aid and automatic  aid agreements,                                                                    
the replacement  would affect the entire  Fairbanks area. He                                                                    
announced  that the  current ambulance  was  over ten  years                                                                    
old, and had over 66,000 miles.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:57:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADAM  KRYNICKI, EMPLOYEE,  OFFICE  OF INTELLECTUAL  PROPERTY                                                                    
AND COMMERCIALIZATION, UAF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of funding  for high  tech development                                                                    
in  the  state.  He  announced   that,  through  the  Alaska                                                                    
Technology Transfer  Partnership, there  was an  increase in                                                                    
invention disclosures at UAF. He  announced that UAF had the                                                                    
amount of invention and activity  that was suited for a $100                                                                    
million  a year  research university.  He remarked  that the                                                                    
reason  for the  success  was UAF's  ability  to engage  its                                                                    
capacity  for   collaboration,  small   business  innovation                                                                    
research  agreements,  and  were licensing  more  technology                                                                    
than  it ever  had. He  announced that,  prior to  2011, UAF                                                                    
only  licensed one  technology. Currently,  UAF licensed  37                                                                    
technologies. Of  those 37, ten  went to  Alaskan businesses                                                                    
with four start-up businesses.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
7:59:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUNE   THOMASSON,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified in support of reinstatement  of the $2 million for                                                                    
the Wood Stove  change out program. She  felt that Fairbanks                                                                    
was  losing  valuable  residents  because of  the  poor  air                                                                    
quality in Fairbanks. She stated  that she was a physician's                                                                    
assistant,  and had  patients who  were  unable to  exercise                                                                    
because of air  quality. She also spoke  against funding for                                                                    
the road to  Ambler, because she felt the  residents did not                                                                    
support the  road to  Ambler. She also  spoke in  support of                                                                    
the  proposed  power  plant  at   UAF,  and  encouraged  the                                                                    
inclusion  of funding  the power  plant's capability  to use                                                                    
natural gas.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:01:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON  YARNELL, OWNER,  ALL  ABOUT  ADVENTURE, FAIRBANKS  (via                                                                    
teleconference)  testified  against   the  funding  for  the                                                                    
Ambler Road. He  felt that the money could be  used for more                                                                    
worthy  projects in  Fairbanks such  as the  Fairbanks Clean                                                                    
Air  Initiative or  the UAF  engineering  building. He  felt                                                                    
that the proposed  road, a many other roads,  were often not                                                                    
locally supported  and only benefitted  a limited  number of                                                                    
companies and  corporations at the  expense of  Alaskans. He                                                                    
stated that Nova  Copper was a subsidiary of  Nova Gold, and                                                                    
the  companies supporting  the Ambler  Road, had  a terrible                                                                    
track record of failed mines throughout the state.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:02:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  VENENBURG, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, DOWNTOWN  ASSOCIATION                                                                    
OF  FAIRBANKS, FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference), echoed  the                                                                    
remarks of  Mayor Eberhart.  He restated  that effectiveness                                                                    
of  the  community service  patrol  (CSP)  in Fairbanks.  He                                                                    
stated  that  the  funding  for   the  patrol  was  the  top                                                                    
legislative priority for the City  of Fairbanks. The CSP had                                                                    
taken  approximately  1300 publicly  inebriated  individuals                                                                    
into protective custody to obtain  medical care. He remarked                                                                    
that public  drunkenness in  Fairbanks was  non-criminal, so                                                                    
therefore  the CSP  allowed for  police and  fire patrol  to                                                                    
monitor criminal activity.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:04:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  SILVERTSEN,  MEMBER,  CITY COUNCIL,  KETCHIKAN  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of funding for  the Swan                                                                    
Lake  Reservoir Expansion  Project.  The  Swan Lake  Project                                                                    
recently underwent  a vigorous public vetting  process, when                                                                    
was  selected  by  Ketchikan  and  was  considered  the  top                                                                    
community  priority. The  City  of Ketchikan  also passed  a                                                                    
separate   formal   resolution   strongly   supporting   the                                                                    
development of  the project. He stated  that the hydro-power                                                                    
enhancement  project was  critical  infrastructure that  was                                                                    
vital  to the  city,  economic growth,  and prosperity.  The                                                                    
City   of  Ketchikan   currently  supplemented   hydro-power                                                                    
production  with diesel  generation,  in order  to meet  its                                                                    
annual energy  requirements. The  cost of  diesel generation                                                                    
was approximately 24  cents per kilowatt hour,  but the Swan                                                                    
Lake  project would  directly address  that  cost burden  by                                                                    
alleviating  Ketchikan's  diesel dependency  with  providing                                                                    
important rate stability.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:06:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN  BOCKHORST,  MANAGER,  KETCHIKAN  GATEWAY  BOROUGH  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of $12.3  million for                                                                    
the Swan  Lake Reservoir Expansion Project  and related that                                                                    
it was the Ketchikan Borough's  number 1 priority. He stated                                                                    
that the  project was essential  to the  continuing recovery                                                                    
of Ketchikan's  economy, which  had taken  a huge  blow from                                                                    
the loss of  timber related jobs in the  1990s. He discussed                                                                    
the lingering impacts  of the closure of  the Ketchikan pulp                                                                    
mill and pointed  out that the current  school enrollment in                                                                    
Ketchikan was 25 percent below  the peak of when the borough                                                                    
suffered  the  loss of  the  mill.  He  stated that  it  was                                                                    
important  to  Ketchikan  that it  helped  support  its  own                                                                    
projects  and observed  that the  Ketchikan Gateway  Borough                                                                    
and  the City  of Ketchikan  had levied  and collected  more                                                                    
than $35 million on local  taxes annually; additionally they                                                                    
had  incurred more  than $190  million in  debt. He  offered                                                                    
that Ketchikan  residents were  willing to  make significant                                                                    
investments  in public  facilities  for schools,  hospitals,                                                                    
utilities,  airports,  fire  stations,  libraries,  harbors,                                                                    
recreation  facilities,  and  hydroelectric  facilities.  He                                                                    
pointed out  that SEAPA had  also incurred  significant debt                                                                    
for its public facilities and  urged the addition of funding                                                                    
for the project.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:09:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TREY ACTESON,  CEO, SOUTHEAST  ALASKA POWER  AGENCY (SEAPA),                                                                    
KETCHIKAN  (via teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  the                                                                    
funding  request  for  $12.3   million  for  the  Swan  Lake                                                                    
Reservoir  Expansion Project.  He stated  that the  existing                                                                    
reservoir  had  volatile inflows  and  that  it had  spilled                                                                    
water almost every year since  its construction in the early                                                                    
80s; additionally, spill water over  the dam was energy that                                                                    
was  lost forever.  He  stated that  raising  the dam  would                                                                    
allow SEAPA  to capture the  clean renewable energy  and use                                                                    
it  to displace  expensive  diesel  generation. He  observed                                                                    
that one  of the  key findings  in the  Southeast Integrated                                                                    
Resource Plan was the lack  of energy storage and noted that                                                                    
the Swan Lake  project would address that  need by providing                                                                    
an  additional   25  percent  in   active  storage   to  the                                                                    
reservoir;  the  storage  increase   would  be  achieved  by                                                                    
raising the  crest of the  dam by  6 feet. He  reported that                                                                    
the project  would effectively  raise the  overall reservoir                                                                    
height by  15 feet and  that it was  an easy choice  for his                                                                    
region  because the  power  house,  transmission lines,  and                                                                    
other expensive infrastructure were already in place.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:12:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL LEIGHTY, BUSINESS OWNER,  JUNEAU, spoke against funding                                                                    
for the  Juneau Access Project,  and he felt that  the money                                                                    
could  be  used  for  projects  with  greater  cost  benefit                                                                    
ratios. He stated that he had  been a resident of Juneau for                                                                    
40  years,  and  there  were three  prevailing  issues  that                                                                    
Juneau had faced  in that time: 1) capital  move anxiety; 2)                                                                    
the myth  that a road  would make Juneau more  anchored; and                                                                    
3)  the distraction  that the  lack of  road caused  lack of                                                                    
economic  investment. He  felt that  the road  would enhance                                                                    
capital move anxiety, because of accessibility.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:16:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAN  DAWE,  BAKLAP,  JUNEAU, testified  in  support  of  the                                                                    
BAKLAP  program  funding. She  echoed  the  comments of  Mr.                                                                    
Juday and Mr.  Lewis. She stated that there  were six people                                                                    
in the  Fairbanks Legislative  Information Office  (LIO) who                                                                    
were in support of the  program. Those individuals would not                                                                    
be  testifying   in  the  current  meeting,   but  they  had                                                                    
submitted letters of support (copies  on file). She remarked                                                                    
that the educational component of  BAKLAP was called "K-20",                                                                    
because the  power of the  university was used to  work with                                                                    
K-12  schools. She  stated  that over  the  last 18  months,                                                                    
BAKLAP  had worked  with over  30 teachers  in 12  Fairbanks                                                                    
North  Star  schools,  and over  850  students.  During  the                                                                    
summer,  BAKLAP offered  K-12 teachers  continuing education                                                                    
courses.  She stated  that the  BAKLAP methodology  included                                                                    
integrated curriculum,  which included  science, technology,                                                                    
engineering,  and  math  (STEM)  and  art  instruction.  She                                                                    
stressed  that the  arts provided  a  gateway to  integrated                                                                    
curriculum.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:20:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NANCY  SEAMOUNT, TEACHER,  JUNEAU, testified  in support  of                                                                    
$225,000  for the  Community in  Schools (CIS)  program. She                                                                    
stated  that she  had two  other  people with  her who  also                                                                    
would be  testifying on the  same topic. She  announced that                                                                    
the  staff  of  Juneau Douglas  High  School  overwhelmingly                                                                    
supported  the  program.  She remarked  that  the  CIS  site                                                                    
coordinator  used his  flexibility  to  intervene in  school                                                                    
failure. She  stated that the  coordinator tracked  down the                                                                    
failing students,  and pushed those  students to  pass their                                                                    
classes resulting in on-time  graduation. She announced that                                                                    
there was  data outlining  success rates, but  remarked that                                                                    
there was not  time to share that data. She  stated that CIS                                                                    
was the largest and  most effective community-based drop-out                                                                    
prevention  program in  the country,  and used  an evidence-                                                                    
based  model. She  shared that  99 percent  of CIS  targeted                                                                    
students stayed in school.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:22:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  BLANC,  SITE  COORDINATOR, CIS,  JUNEAU  DOUGLAS  HIGH                                                                    
SCHOOL, JUNEAU testified  in support of funding  for CIS. He                                                                    
stated that CIS  was important to Juneau  schools and Juneau                                                                    
students. The program had a  successful partnership with the                                                                    
Juneau School  District for five  years. He stated  that CIS                                                                    
was  a  drop-out  prevention  program  that  operated  on  a                                                                    
national model. When  the program was fully  staffed at each                                                                    
Juneau high  school, each school  experienced at least  a 10                                                                    
percent  increase in  their graduation  rate. The  CIS staff                                                                    
had worked  in local  high schools  and middle  schools, and                                                                    
provided academic  and non-academic services to  hundreds of                                                                    
students. The CIS program  worked with partner organizations                                                                    
to   provide  students   to   tutoring,  mentoring,   credit                                                                    
recovery,  mental health  services,  after school  programs,                                                                    
and in-school programs.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
8:24:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BEN CORNELL, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support of $220,000 for                                                                    
CIS. He  stated that  the funding  would help  alleviate the                                                                    
stress  of  dealing  with  high   school  drop-outs  in  the                                                                    
judicial system.  He remarked that  he and his  daughter had                                                                    
observed  the individuals  in downtown  Juneau, who  clearly                                                                    
had a drug problem. He  remarked that many young people were                                                                    
living homeless  in downtown  Juneau, and  felt that  a high                                                                    
school  diploma  or  attention  while  they  were  attending                                                                    
school may have  helped these people to stay  away from that                                                                    
lifestyle.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:26:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD  DAWENHAUWER, MEMBER,  PARISH COUNCIL,  ST. NICHOLAS                                                                    
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH, JUNEAU,  urged the reinstatement of                                                                    
funding  for  preservation  work for  St.  Nicholas  Russian                                                                    
Orthodox  Church.  He  stated  that  the  funding  had  been                                                                    
removed in  the Senate Finance Committee.  He understood the                                                                    
current  financial situation  in the  state, and  hoped that                                                                    
the state would  consider adding the project  to the budget.                                                                    
He  felt that  the funding  would demonstrate  state support                                                                    
for preservation  of an important  historic site  in Juneau.                                                                    
He  felt that  even a  small amount  of legislative  support                                                                    
would help  the parish  raise additional matching  funds. He                                                                    
announced   that   he   had   some   additional   background                                                                    
information on the project.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:28:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLY WILSON,  SELF, JUNEAU, testified in  opposition to the                                                                    
Juneau Access Project. She felt  that the road out of Juneau                                                                    
would not  enhance Juneau's economic climate,  and would not                                                                    
increase  the population  or visitors  to  Juneau. She  felt                                                                    
that the consideration of the  geological and physical risks                                                                    
should preclude  any consideration of the  project. She felt                                                                    
that the  cost benefit ratio  was outrageous. She  felt that                                                                    
the funding  could be  used for  more worthy  and beneficial                                                                    
projects to the state.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:30:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEE POND, ALASKA ASSOCIATION  OF CONSERVATION DISTRICTS, BIG                                                                    
LAKE  (via  teleconference),  testified in  support  of  the                                                                    
addition   of  the   Alaska   Association  of   Conservation                                                                    
Districts'  request of  $1.2 million  into  the budget.  She                                                                    
stated that the money would  be distributed among the twelve                                                                    
state  soil  and  water  districts  across  the  state.  She                                                                    
announced  that  some  of  the   districts  would  cease  to                                                                    
function without the funding.  The districts provide work on                                                                    
stream-bank restoration,  wildlife habitat,  salmon habitat,                                                                    
culvert  replacement, trails,  control  of invasive  plants,                                                                    
forest  regeneration, and  provided technical  assistance to                                                                    
land users in both rural and urban environments.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:32:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA   COADY,   MEMBER,  TALKEETNA   COMMUNITY   COUNCIL,                                                                    
TALKEETNA (via  teleconference), testified in  opposition to                                                                    
the Susitna Watana Dam. She felt  that $5 billion was a poor                                                                    
investment in  Alaska's energy future,  and felt  that items                                                                    
that  were not  included  in the  Alaska Energy  Authority's                                                                    
request  could  increase the  cost  of  the dam  by  several                                                                    
billion dollars.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:33:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JASON MAYRAND,  MAYOR, CITY OF NENANA  (via teleconference),                                                                    
He   explained  that   the   bridge   was  currently   under                                                                    
construction,  and  would  connect  the road  to  the  Parks                                                                    
Highway. The project was partially  funded with $6.5 million                                                                    
through a  voter approved  bond, and  it was  estimated that                                                                    
there was an additional $1.5  million to complete the bridge                                                                    
to provide access to the  Nenana gas basin. He remarked that                                                                    
the bridge would access UAF  land, Mental Health Trust land,                                                                    
Department  of  Natural  Resources (DNR)  land,  and  Tanana                                                                    
Valley State Forest land.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:35:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LYNN  BATEMAN,  DIRECTOR,  COFFMAN COVE  COMMUNITY  LIBRARY,                                                                    
COFFMAN COVE  (via teleconference), testified in  support of                                                                    
funding for  the library  construction project  request. She                                                                    
stated that  the Coffman Cove  Community Library  was listed                                                                    
number two  on the  request list  along with  Wasilla, Nome,                                                                    
and  Thorn Bay.  The total  request was  $12.7 million,  and                                                                    
each  of  the  communities requesting  library  funding  had                                                                    
their  matching funds  in order.  All of  the libraries  had                                                                    
worked with  the Foraker Group,  and were  shovel-ready. The                                                                    
Coffman  Cove Community  Library plan  added the  library to                                                                    
the existing  post office and  existing clinic,  which would                                                                    
utilize  the  heat  pump well  source  system  that  already                                                                    
existed.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
8:37:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN  BATEMAN, SELF,  COFFMAN COVE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
echoed the comments of Ms.  Lynn Bateman. She announced that                                                                    
Coffman  Cove's timber  industry was  lost in  2002, so  her                                                                    
community depended  greatly on state and  federal funds. She                                                                    
testified   in   support   of  funding   for   the   library                                                                    
construction project  request. She  stated that  the Coffman                                                                    
Cove Community Library was listed  number two on the request                                                                    
list  along with  Wasilla, Nome,  and Thorn  Bay. The  total                                                                    
request  was  $12.7 million,  and  each  of the  communities                                                                    
requesting  library  funding  had their  matching  funds  in                                                                    
order.  All of  the libraries  had worked  with the  Foraker                                                                    
Group, and were shovel-ready.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:39:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOWARD  MERMELSTEIN,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,  TETLIN  VILLAGE                                                                    
COUNCIL, TETLIN  (via teleconference), testified  in support                                                                    
of the Tetlin  Road Project. He stated that  the project was                                                                    
in its  final phase, and  improvements would be made  to the                                                                    
road  that  improves  drainage,   and  increase  safety  and                                                                    
health.   The  improvements   would   greatly  benefit   the                                                                    
community and  travelers. The  Tetlin Road  serves residents                                                                    
and is an  economic driver as it provided a  direct link for                                                                    
the  village's  economic  development  through  the  mineral                                                                    
industry. The road was the  only access for the community to                                                                    
receive  basic   services  like   mail,  health   care,  and                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:42:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MOLLY  WOOD, MEMBER,  CHASE  COMMUNITY  COUNCIL, CHASE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  against all funding for  the Susitna                                                                    
Dam. She  announced that the  entire community of  Chase was                                                                    
opposed  to the  dam.  She  felt that  the  project did  not                                                                    
address Alaska's most urgent needs,  and put local economies                                                                    
and salmon  fisheries at  risk. She urged  the use  of funds                                                                    
for other projects  that would better meet  the energy needs                                                                    
of Alaska  like the  Natural Gas  Pipeline; funding  for the                                                                    
return of  a salmon  fishery to the  Susitna and  upper Cook                                                                    
Inlet;  and energy  efficiency projects  including those  in                                                                    
rural villages.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:44:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EARNEST ARNOLD, SELF,  TANACROSS (via teleconference), urged                                                                    
support of  the $400,000 for the  new multi-purpose facility                                                                    
that would provide  space for a health  clinic and community                                                                    
center. He stated  that the funds would be  used to leverage                                                                    
funds for a matching grant from the Rasmussen Foundation.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:46:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RYAN   STENCEL,  ANCHORAGE   SOIL  AND   WATER  CONSERVATION                                                                    
DISTRICT,  ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support  of funding  of  the Sand  Lake  Elodea project  and                                                                    
continuing  services   of  the  Anchorage  Soil   and  Water                                                                    
Conservation  District. The  district would  not be  able to                                                                    
address the  elodea and vegetation  overgrowth in  Sand Lake                                                                    
without the  requested funding. She stated  that the project                                                                    
already cost  the district significant funds  to barely deal                                                                    
with the  issue, which inhibited  the district's  ability to                                                                    
provided services.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
8:47:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RHONDA PITKA,  FIRST CHIEF,  BEAVER VILLAGE  COUNCIL, BEAVER                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for                                                                    
the renovations  of the  first HUD  home. She  stressed that                                                                    
there  was  a desperate  need  for  housing in  Beaver.  She                                                                    
stated  that the  last HUD  home was  built in  2008 by  the                                                                    
Interior  Regional Housing  Authority.  The requested  funds                                                                    
would provide enough money to  build three houses in Beaver.                                                                    
She remarked that  the Beaver School had  low enrollment, so                                                                    
Beaver  was  making  efforts  to  attract  families  to  the                                                                    
village.  The  current state  of  Beaver's  housing made  it                                                                    
difficult  for  families  to  decide to  move  back  to  the                                                                    
village. She  announced that the  request was listed  as the                                                                    
number one priority for the community of Beaver.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:49:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RUTH  WOOD, SELF,  TALKEETNA (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
against the Susitna  Dam. She stated that  the project would                                                                    
cost more than  $5 billion, and would  not supply affordable                                                                    
electricity. She  felt that there were  other more important                                                                    
projects  that could  be funded  with the  designated money.                                                                    
She felt that the money that  was used to fund projects that                                                                    
did not seem to make sense was irresponsible.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
8:50:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELLY  SWIHART, CHIEF,  POLICE  DEPARTMENT, PETERSBURG  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support   of  funding  for  the                                                                    
renovation of  Petersburg's municipal building. He  spoke to                                                                    
the  deficiencies of  the current  municipal building  as an                                                                    
adequate  police and  jail facility.  He  reported that  the                                                                    
existing   building  was   constructed  in   1958  and   had                                                                    
originally housed  the public  works maintenance  garage; it                                                                    
had  later been  renovated into  a police  station, but  the                                                                    
process had not been  completed adequately. He reported that                                                                    
during the renovation, the foundation  had not been properly                                                                    
tied in  to the existing  structure and that a  second story                                                                    
was added to  the poorly conceived foundation;  as a result,                                                                    
the foundation was sinking in  the middle from the weight of                                                                    
the  second   floor.  He  stated   that  the   current  jail                                                                    
facilities did not have adequate  visiting room and required                                                                    
inmates  to be  moved  out of  secure  areas for  showering,                                                                    
visiting, and  to receive medical  and other  treatment; the                                                                    
lack of security  routinely put the public  and employees in                                                                    
less than safe conditions.  He discussed structural problems                                                                    
with  the current  municipal building  and  noted that  when                                                                    
inmates showered,  backed up water  from the drain  ran down                                                                    
the hallway towards  the front door; as  a result, employees                                                                    
and visitors  had to walk  past the contaminated  water that                                                                    
was traversing a  sloped floor to access other  parts of the                                                                    
building.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:52:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHAN  GIESBRECHT,  PETERSBURG  BOROUGH,  PETERSBURG  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support  of  $9.7  million,                                                                    
needed  to  complete  the Police  Department  Building.  The                                                                    
facility was dated  and unsafe. The state  jail facility was                                                                    
supported by  the Alaska State  Troopers. He noted  the need                                                                    
for additional funding to complete the project.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
8:54:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANET  KUSSART,  SELF, JUNEAU,  testified  in  favor of  the                                                                    
Alaska  Marine Highway  System. spoke  in opposition  to the                                                                    
Juneau  Access  Project.  She  moved   to  Juneau  with  the                                                                    
understanding that  there was no road  connecting Juneau the                                                                    
national highway system. She felt  that the ferry system was                                                                    
service to the public  as Southeast Alaska's only "highway."                                                                    
She  felt that  the  ferry  was the  safest  way to  travel,                                                                    
because there were many avalanche  shoots along the proposed                                                                    
road. She  remarked that  the road would  be built  to serve                                                                    
Kensington Mine, which was a  private entity, and took issue                                                                    
with using public  funds to serve a business.  She urged the                                                                    
committee  to be  used for  current  road repairs,  complete                                                                    
SLAM,  be put  toward  education, and  maintain the  current                                                                    
ferry system. She felt that  the road was too dangerous, and                                                                    
was 90 miles of road to nowhere.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:56:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROB  JORDAN,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,  ALASKA  CRAFTSMAN  HOME                                                                    
PROGRAM, JUNEAU, requested $1  million for a hands-on energy                                                                    
efficiency  training project  through  the Alaska  Craftsman                                                                    
Home  Program. He  stated  that  the organization  partnered                                                                    
with  representatives   from  building   industry,  mortgage                                                                    
lenders, and  housing authorities to provide  more than 4000                                                                    
hours of training  per year in 30 communities  to helping to                                                                    
increase  energy efficiency  and  reduce  energy costs.  The                                                                    
training  provided a  value added  benefit to  programs like                                                                    
the  Home  Energy  Rebate  Program  and  the  Weatherization                                                                    
Programs. He  stressed that energy efficiency  was very cost                                                                    
effective and  was a worthy  investment for  reducing energy                                                                    
demand and waste.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:00:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN  EISELE, SELF,  JUNEAU (via  teleconference) testified                                                                    
against the Juneau  Access Project. He felt  that Juneau was                                                                    
already  accessible. He  remarked  that  the road  literally                                                                    
went nowhere,  and disagreed with Mayor  Sanford's comments.                                                                    
He  felt that  Berners Bay  was the  epitome of  local, wild                                                                    
recreations areas.  He stated that  the forests in  the area                                                                    
were the  most wild and  productive forests in the  City and                                                                    
Borough  of Juneau,  and were  test forests  for the  United                                                                    
States Forest Service to monitor  what truly wild areas were                                                                    
like. He felt that the  road would destroy the recreation in                                                                    
that area.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:02:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AXEL BURGHEIM,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in   against   funding  the   Susitna-Watana   Hydroelectric                                                                    
Project.  He  relayed that  the  coalition  was not  against                                                                    
hydro power and  was aware of its benefits to  the state. He                                                                    
opined that  the scale  of the  Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric                                                                    
Project   was   not   acceptable  and   that   hydroelectric                                                                    
facilities were not  recognized as renewable at  the size of                                                                    
the Susitna-Watana project. The  coalition believed that the                                                                    
Susitna  dam would  not solve  Alaska's energy  problems and                                                                    
that the  state could better  spend its money  elsewhere. He                                                                    
stated that the dam would be  built in the location where he                                                                    
harvested  his caribou  and moose.  He pointed  out that  he                                                                    
fished the river  year round and set-netted at  its mouth in                                                                    
the  summers;  he thought  that  it  seemed crazy  to  spend                                                                    
billions to  kill fish  when you  were spending  millions to                                                                    
try  and save  them. He  concluded  that he  and his  family                                                                    
relied on the  Susitna River for their way of  life and that                                                                    
it  was a  healthy  river that  was  abundant with  Chinook,                                                                    
Sockeye, and Coho salmon.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:06:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUZI  PEARSON, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  ABUSED  WOMEN'S AID  IN                                                                    
CRISIS  (AWAIC), ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  addressed                                                                    
the  $2  million request  sponsored  by  Senator McGuire  to                                                                    
expand the existing facility to  meet demands. She explained                                                                    
that the shelter provided victims  of domestic violence with                                                                    
support since  1977. The agency  occupied the  same building                                                                    
for approximately  35 years. She  stated that  the emergency                                                                    
shelter was the  only one of its kind in  a community of 290                                                                    
thousand  people.  She  stated   that  the  52  bed  shelter                                                                    
operated at  or over-capacity  50 percent  of the  time last                                                                    
year. She stated  that services were limited due  to lack of                                                                    
space  to  accommodate  additional staff.  She  mentioned  a                                                                    
separate  request  by  the governor  that  was  specific  to                                                                    
repair and renovation.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:08:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIRGINIA  MCCASLIN,   PROGRAMS  MANAGER,   DISABILITY  ABUSE                                                                    
RESPONSE TEAM, AWAIC,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of an additional  $1 million to expand AWAIC. She                                                                    
announced that  working in domestic violence  prevention was                                                                    
very difficult. She shared that  she had recently observed a                                                                    
situation regarding an  abused woman who was  unable to find                                                                    
a safe shelter, because of lack of space at AWAIC.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:10:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNA BRENNINGER,  MEMBER, FRIENDS OF THE  LIBRARY, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via  teleconference)   testified  for  the   requested  $10                                                                    
million  in  funding for  the  Loussac  Public Library.  She                                                                    
stated   that   the   Friends   of   the   Library   donated                                                                    
approximately $90,000 per  year to put books  on the shelves                                                                    
of the  library and  sponsor critical library  projects like                                                                    
the Summer  Reading Program  and the  Innovation Laboratory.                                                                    
She  stated that  the  Anchorage  Library Foundation  raised                                                                    
capital money for large projects.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:13:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHLEEN  MCLAUGHLIN, DIRECTOR,  PARTNERS  FOR PROGRESS  RE-                                                                    
ENTRY  CENTER,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference)  testified                                                                    
about  the  re-entry program.  She  stated  that the  center                                                                    
served 580  individuals leaving  incarceration in  the seven                                                                    
months since  opening. The center  enabled one to  two hires                                                                    
each day leading to collaborations  with landlords that were                                                                    
willing to rent to and  employ participants. She stated that                                                                    
community-based  re-entry programs  were effective  in other                                                                    
states  and Alaska's  experiment was  successful. She  noted                                                                    
that  most  prisoners  were released  in  Anchorage  so  the                                                                    
program served people statewide.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:14:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REGINA MANTEUFEL,  CREATOR, BACK TO WORK  NETWORK, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in support  of the  $5 million                                                                    
for  Partners  for  Progress. She  announced  that  she  had                                                                    
worked  with  poor  people  and  addicts  become  productive                                                                    
members of society.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Neuman handed the gavel to Co-Chair Austerman.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:19:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KYLEE SINGH, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference) testified                                                                    
against  funding for  the proposed  Susitna Dam.  She stated                                                                    
that the project would cost  more than $5 billion, and would                                                                    
not supply affordable electricity.  She felt that there were                                                                    
other more important projects that  could be funded with the                                                                    
designated money. She  felt that the money that  was used to                                                                    
fund  projects  that   did  not  seem  to   make  sense  was                                                                    
irresponsible.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:20:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM KACSH, MAYOR, CITY OF  CORDOVA, spoke in support of $6.5                                                                    
million in funding for the  Cordova Center. He discussed the                                                                    
slow recovery  of Cordova after  the Exxon Valdez  oil spill                                                                    
and pointed out that the  loss of herring and crab fisheries                                                                    
in the area  had left families and  businesses struggling in                                                                    
the winter  months. She stated  that the Cordova  Center was                                                                    
at the  core of an  economic development plan to  include to                                                                    
winter  tourism,  conventions,  and  meetings  to  Cordova's                                                                    
economy. He stated that the  Cordova Center could bring over                                                                    
$500,000 in  new money  every winter  to Cordova.  He stated                                                                    
that  the  Exxon  Valdez  Oil   Spill  Trustee  Council  had                                                                    
committed $8.3 million  to the project and  that Cordova was                                                                    
asking  $6.5 million  in matching  funds. He  concluded that                                                                    
the  project would  help keep  Cordova's residents  employed                                                                    
and businesses open during the long winter months.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:22:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALBERT JUDSON,  SELF, JUNEAU,  testified against  the Juneau                                                                    
Access Project.  He referred to  a prepared  testimony (copy                                                                    
on file). He  felt that the people of  all three communities                                                                    
had  expressed great  opposition  to the  project, and  felt                                                                    
that they  had been purposefully excluded  from meetings. He                                                                    
felt  that the  money should  be  used to  only improve  the                                                                    
ferry system. He felt that  the committee did not understand                                                                    
the environmental impacts of the project.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:25:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA MOORE,  VOLUNTEER BOARD  MEMBER, ALASKA  BRAIN INJURY                                                                    
NETWORK (ABIN), JUNEAU, testified  in support of funding for                                                                    
ABIN.  She   stated  that  ABIN   was  a   small  non-profit                                                                    
organization  dedicated to  helping  brain injured  Alaskans                                                                    
find treatment  and services that would  improve their lives                                                                    
and help them  return to productivity. She  stated that ABIN                                                                    
was the  only organizations  of its kind  in the  state. She                                                                    
explained  that ABIN  had helped  hundreds  of brain  injury                                                                    
survivors.  Alaska had  one of  the highest  rates of  brain                                                                    
injuries in  the country, and  as awareness  increases, more                                                                    
people  are  screening  and identified  as  having  a  brain                                                                    
injury.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:27:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL  FUHS,   SELF,  FAIRVIEW,   testified  in   support  of                                                                    
requested  $5   million  for  a   three  year   program  for                                                                    
controlling   the  chronic   inebriates  in   Anchorage.  He                                                                    
remarked that many of the  chronic inebriates began drinking                                                                    
in  the  morning,  by  the   afternoon  they  were  vomiting                                                                    
anywhere they could find,  exposing themselves, passing out,                                                                    
and  continuing with  the  same behavior  the  next day.  He                                                                    
stated that the Fairview  Business Association hired some of                                                                    
the best  social service providers in  Anchorage, who agreed                                                                    
to  divert people  from  prison. He  stated  that there  was                                                                    
current development of a  case-managed coordinated system to                                                                    
enhance  accountability. He  stressed that  the alcohol  tax                                                                    
should be used to fund substance abuse treatment.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:31:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN   SAYRE,   SELF,  TALKEETNA   (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified  in  opposition  to  Susitna-Watana  hydroelectric                                                                    
project  funding.   She  stated   that  $30.9   million  was                                                                    
previously allocated  for the necessary work.  The licensing                                                                    
study efforts were  on hold due to inability  to fulfill the                                                                    
study schedule.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:32:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELISSA MARTIN, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of  funding the East High School  Track and Field                                                                    
Stadium. She  stated that the  current stadium was  in great                                                                    
disrepair.  The  outdoor field  was  used  by all  types  of                                                                    
community groups  for various types of  activities. She felt                                                                    
that the  spectator stands were  in major disrepair,  and in                                                                    
worse  shape than  most  of the  local  middle schools.  She                                                                    
stated that the property had potential for great revenue.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:34:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLI   PRITTIE,   SELF,   SUNSHINE   (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified in  opposition to  funding for  the Susitna-Watana                                                                    
hydroelectric project.  He strongly supported  investment in                                                                    
future technologies  as opposed to past  problems. He wished                                                                    
to  avoid mistakes  seen  in  the Lower  48  related to  dam                                                                    
projects.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LEONARD  MENKA,  SELF,  COPPER RIVER  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
discussed historical  experience in Alaska related  to TAPS,                                                                    
but lost connection.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:38:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAN WRENTMORE, SELF,  SKAGWAY (via teleconference) testified                                                                    
against funding  the Juneau Access  Road. She  believed that                                                                    
the  state   spending  was   premature  without   good  data                                                                    
regarding final  costs. She  mentioned the  increased fiscal                                                                    
note from $260 million to  $507 million. She understood that                                                                    
$180  million  had been  appropriated  to  the project.  She                                                                    
expressed  confusion about  the  additional  $35 million  in                                                                    
proposed  funding. She  added that  the  Juneau Access  Road                                                                    
project was not construction ready.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:40:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHELBY  SURDICK, SELF,  SKAGWAY (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against  the  Juneau  Access Project.  She  understood  that                                                                    
there  were many  financial and  transportation issues  that                                                                    
the  residents  of  Skagway  are faced  with,  but  did  not                                                                    
approve of  the project.  She stated that  she was  a fourth                                                                    
generation   Skagwegian,  and   understood  first-hand   the                                                                    
transportation issues that Skagway  faced. She did not think                                                                    
that  the  proposed  road  would  solve  any  transportation                                                                    
issues.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:41:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL  FORD, TAIYA  INLET WATERSHED  COUNCIL, SKAGWAY  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke against  the Juneau  Access Project.                                                                    
She felt  that the  proposal was dangerous  and inefficient.                                                                    
She encouraged  the committee to reallocate  the $35 million                                                                    
to less  destructive projects. She felt  that the ferry/road                                                                    
concept  for travel  along the  Lynn Canal  would be  hardly                                                                    
useable  due  to avalanches  and  would  scar the  currently                                                                    
undeveloped landscape.  She wanted the  funds to be  used to                                                                    
improve the ferry system.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:42:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DUSTIN  CRANEY, SELF,  SKAGWAY  (via teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the  Juneau Access Project.  He felt that  the money                                                                    
could be used for more  important projects that were shovel-                                                                    
ready.  He stressed  that  the project  did  not have  local                                                                    
support,  because  Juneau voted  "no"  on  the project,  and                                                                    
Haines  and   Skagway  strongly  opposed  the   project.  He                                                                    
remarked that the Army Corps  of Engineers, DOT, and the EPA                                                                    
did  not agree  on  the best  route for  the  road. He  also                                                                    
pointed out that  the EIS was not complete and  there was no                                                                    
consensus on the cost of the project.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:43:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
C.E.  FURBISH,  SELF,  SKAGWAY (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the Juneau  Access Project. She felt  that the money                                                                    
should  be  used  for  other  worthy,  uncontroversial,  and                                                                    
community-supported  projects. She  remarked  that the  Army                                                                    
Corps of  Engineers, DOT, and the  EPA did not agree  on the                                                                    
best route for  the road. She also pointed out  that the EIS                                                                    
was not complete  and there was no consensus on  the cost of                                                                    
the project.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEB  POTTER, BUSINESS  OWNER,  SKAGWAY (via  teleconference)                                                                    
testified  against funding  the Juneau  Access Project.  She                                                                    
felt that  the project was  controversial and a poor  use of                                                                    
money. She  encouraged the committee  to reallocate  the $35                                                                    
million  to less  destructive projects.  She  felt that  the                                                                    
ferry/road concept for travel along  the Lynn Canal would be                                                                    
hardly  useable  due  to  avalanches   and  would  scar  the                                                                    
currently undeveloped landscape. She  wanted the funds to be                                                                    
used to  improve the  ferry system. She  also felt  that the                                                                    
money could be used for education.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:47:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEN  THUSS,  SELF,  SKAGWAY (via  teleconference)  testified                                                                    
against funding  the Juneau Access  Road. She  believed that                                                                    
the  state   spending  was   premature  without   good  data                                                                    
regarding final  costs. She  mentioned the  increased fiscal                                                                    
note from $260 million to  $507 million. She understood that                                                                    
$180  million  had been  appropriated  to  the project.  She                                                                    
expressed  confusion about  the  additional  $35 million  in                                                                    
proposed  funding. She  added that  the  Juneau Access  Road                                                                    
project was not construction ready.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:48:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORY THOLE, SELF, SKAGWAY  (via teleconference) testified in                                                                    
opposition  to the  $35 million  contribution to  the Juneau                                                                    
Access Road. He  stated that the cost of  the road including                                                                    
maintenance was  excessive. He stated  that if the  road was                                                                    
extended, the  community would be  responsible for  the cost                                                                    
of  the emergency  response  in the  event  of landslide  or                                                                    
avalanche.  He suggested  contributing the  proposed funding                                                                    
to  education.  He  urged the  committee  to  disregard  the                                                                    
comments of  Mayor Sanford regarding comparing  the proposed                                                                    
road to TAPS.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:50:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ISRAEL  MAHAY, MAHAY'S  RIVER BOAT  SERVICE, TALKEETNA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  against  funding  the  Susitna-                                                                    
Watana Hydroelectric Project. He  relayed that the coalition                                                                    
was not  against hydro power  and was aware of  its benefits                                                                    
to  the state.  He opined  that  the scale  of the  Susitna-                                                                    
Watana  Hydroelectric Project  was not  acceptable and  that                                                                    
hydroelectric  facilities were  not recognized  as renewable                                                                    
at  the size  of the  Susitna-Watana project.  The coalition                                                                    
believed  that  the Susitna  dam  would  not solve  Alaska's                                                                    
energy problems  and that the  state could better  spend its                                                                    
money elsewhere.  He stated that  the dam would be  built in                                                                    
the location  where he harvested  his caribou and  moose. He                                                                    
pointed out  that he  fished the river  year round  and set-                                                                    
netted  at its  mouth in  the  summers; he  thought that  it                                                                    
seemed crazy  to spend billions  to kill fish when  you were                                                                    
spending millions  to try and  save them. He  concluded that                                                                    
he and his family relied on  the Susitna River for their way                                                                    
of life  and that it was  a healthy river that  was abundant                                                                    
with Chinook, Sockeye, and Coho salmon.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:51:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELLEN WOLF, SELF, TALKEETNA  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to avoid  allocation  of funds  for the  proposed                                                                    
Susitna-Watana hydroelectric  project. She stated  that over                                                                    
6000  Alaskans opposed  the dam  and  provided concerns  and                                                                    
frustrations   regarding  the   projects   that  were   left                                                                    
unfunded.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:53:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF  TROTTER,  HEAD  FOOTBALL   COACH,  EAST  HIGH  SCHOOL,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  urged  the  inclusion  of                                                                    
funding for  the East High  School field project.  He stated                                                                    
that  the  current  stadium  was  in  great  disrepair.  The                                                                    
outdoor field was used by  all types of community groups for                                                                    
various  types of  activities. He  felt  that the  spectator                                                                    
stands  were in  major disrepair,  and in  worse shape  than                                                                    
most  of  the  local  middle schools.  He  stated  that  the                                                                    
property had potential for great revenue.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:55:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Menka  added to his  previous testimony. He  stated that                                                                    
he had  a degree  in History, and  remarked that  there were                                                                    
many projects that were worthy of state funding.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:57:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY   RASMUSSEN,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified for the  requested $10 million in  funding for the                                                                    
Loussac Public Library.  She stated that the  Friends of the                                                                    
Library donated approximately $90,000  per year to put books                                                                    
on the shelves  of the library and  sponsor critical library                                                                    
projects like the Summer Reading  Program and the Innovation                                                                    
Laboratory.   She   stated   that  the   Anchorage   Library                                                                    
Foundation raised capital money for large projects.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:59:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stoltze  queried the status  of the  bond election.                                                                    
Ms. Rasmussen replied that the bond vote lost by 14 votes.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:59:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE  ERICKSON,  SELF,   WASILLA  (via  teleconference)                                                                    
testified  against  the Susitna  Dam.  She  stated that  the                                                                    
project  would cost  more  than $5  billion,  and would  not                                                                    
supply  affordable electricity.  She  felt  that there  were                                                                    
other more important projects that  could be funded with the                                                                    
designated money. She  felt that the money that  was used to                                                                    
fund  projects  that   did  not  seem  to   make  sense  was                                                                    
irresponsible.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:00:38 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
RICH KOCH,  CITY MANAGER, KENAI (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
inclusion of $2.1 million for  the construction of an access                                                                    
road to  the south shore  of the  mouth of the  Kenai River,                                                                    
that  would  provide  access to  over  10,000  personal  use                                                                    
fishery participants  each year. He stated  that the project                                                                    
was submitted late,  so it was not considered  by the Senate                                                                    
Finance Committee.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:03:37 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH   MOLE,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference)                                                                    
testified for the  requested $10 million in  funding for the                                                                    
Loussac Public Library.  She stated that the  Friends of the                                                                    
Library donated approximately $90,000  per year to put books                                                                    
on the shelves  of the library and  sponsor critical library                                                                    
projects like the Summer Reading  Program and the Innovation                                                                    
Laboratory.   She   stated   that  the   Anchorage   Library                                                                    
Foundation raised capital money for large projects.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:06:13 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
KERRY   MACLANE,   CHAIRMAN,   SOUTHEAST  SOIL   AND   WATER                                                                    
CONSERVATION  DISTRICT,  SITKA (via  teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the inclusion  of $1.2  million for  the Statewide  Soil and                                                                    
Water   Conservation   Program,  specifically   the   Alaska                                                                    
Association  of  Conservation  Districts (AACD).  He  stated                                                                    
that the funds would be  used for twelve districts. The AACD                                                                    
handled  payroll and  served as  a fiscal  agent to  provide                                                                    
funding  for additional  grants. He  stated that  there were                                                                    
several  partnerships,  and  there would  be  a  mariculture                                                                    
training  workshop  in  Kake in  the  upcoming  spring.  The                                                                    
workshop  would  feature   experienced  oyster  farmers  and                                                                    
scientists  who   would  provide  scientific   business  and                                                                    
marketing classes.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
10:09:03 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAN FAUSKE,  BOARD MEMBER, BOARD OF  DIRECTORS, COLD CLIMATE                                                                    
HOUSING  RESEARCH  CENTER, ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of  funding  for  the  Cold  Climate                                                                    
Housing  Research Center.  He stated  that the  organization                                                                    
had made  immense contributions to develop  energy research.                                                                    
He remarked  that one  of the  biggest impediments  for home                                                                    
ownership  in  rural  Alaska  was the  cost  of  energy.  He                                                                    
stressed that the center provided an industry to Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:11:19 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TARA BICKNELL, SOBOLOFF-MCRAE  VETERANS VILLAGE AND WELLNESS                                                                    
CENTER,  HAINES (via  teleconference), testified  in support                                                                    
of  $500,000 for  the  Soboloff-McRae  Veterans Village  and                                                                    
Wellness  Center. She  explained that  the funding  would be                                                                    
used to  build over 10,000  square feet for  Alaska veterans                                                                    
and over 10,000 square feet  of service space for the health                                                                    
care groups  that serve the  region. She announced  that the                                                                    
funding  would  almost  complete the  project.  The  project                                                                    
would help to close the  housing gap for veterans across the                                                                    
state. It  would also  improve health  care and  create jobs                                                                    
for the region.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Austerman CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CSSB 119(FIN)  was HEARD and  HELD in committee  for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:16:16 PM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:16 p.m.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                

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SB 119 HFIN Public Testimony PKT #1.pdf HFIN 4/14/2014 5:30:00 PM
SB 119