Legislature(2019 - 2020)ADAMS 519

03/16/2020 01:30 PM FINANCE

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03:38:53 PM HB235
05:07:23 PM Adjourn
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                  HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      March 16, 2020                                                                                            
                         3:37 p.m.                                                                                              
3:37:50 PM                                                                                                                    
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
Co-Chair  Johnston   called  the  House   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 3:37 p.m.                                                                                                   
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
Representative Neal Foster, Co-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Jennifer Johnston, Co-Chair                                                                                      
Representative Dan Ortiz, Vice-Chair                                                                                            
Representative Ben Carpenter                                                                                                    
Representative Andy Josephson                                                                                                   
Representative Gary Knopp                                                                                                       
Representative Bart LeBon                                                                                                       
Representative Kelly Merrick                                                                                                    
Representative Colleen Sullivan-Leonard                                                                                         
Representative Cathy Tilton                                                                                                     
Representative Adam Wool                                                                                                        
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
Representative  Adam Wool,  Sponsor; Ashley  Carrick, Staff,                                                                    
Representative Adam Wool.                                                                                                       
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
Teri  Cothren,  Associate   Vice  President,  University  of                                                                    
Alaska,   Anchorage;    Julie   Queen,    Vice   Chancellor,                                                                    
Administrative  Services,  University of  Alaska  Fairbanks,                                                                    
Fairbanks;   Anupma   Prakash,   Provost,   Executive   Vice                                                                    
Chancellor,  University  of   Alaska  Fairbanks,  Fairbanks;                                                                    
Hannah Lager,  Administrative Services  Director, Department                                                                    
of  Labor and  Workforce Development,  Office of  Management                                                                    
and   Budget,  Office   of   the   Governor;  Miles   Baker,                                                                    
Legislative  Liaison, University  of Alaska;  Lacey Sanders,                                                                    
Administrative  Services Director,  Department of  Education                                                                    
and  Early Development,  Office  of  Management and  Budget,                                                                    
Office  of the  Governor;  Nicole  Kimball, Pacific  Seafood                                                                    
Processors Association, Anchorage;  David Rees, Facilitator,                                                                    
Alaska  Business  Education  Compact, Eagle  River;  Shannon                                                                    
Carroll,   Trident   Seafoods,   Girdwood;   Doug   Walrath,                                                                    
Northwestern  Alaska  Career  and  Technical  Center,  Nome;                                                                    
Paula  Cullenberg,   Executive  Director,   Alaska  Research                                                                    
Consortium,  Anchorage; Anishia  Elbie, Executive  Director,                                                                    
Southwest  Alaska Vocational  and  Educational Center,  King                                                                    
HB 235    AK WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD:ALLOCATIONS                                                                             
          HB 235 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
Co-Chair Johnston reviewed the meeting agenda.                                                                                  
HOUSE BILL NO. 235                                                                                                            
     "An  Act relating  to allocations  of  funding for  the                                                                    
     Alaska  Workforce Investment  Board; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
Co-Chair Johnston invited the bill sponsor to the table.                                                                        
3:38:53 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE ADAM WOOL, SPONSOR,  was before the committee                                                                    
to discuss the re-authorization  of the Technical Vocational                                                                    
Education  Program (TVEP).  He reviewed  the bill.  He noted                                                                    
there were testifiers online to answer questions.                                                                               
Representative Wool read the Sponsor Statement:                                                                                 
     In  2000,   the  Alaska  Legislature   established  the                                                                    
     Technical  Vocational  Education Program  (TVEP).  This                                                                    
     program  is   administered  by  the   Alaska  Workforce                                                                    
     Investment   Board   and    utilizes   a   portion   of                                                                    
     Unemployment  Insurance receipts  to provide  grants to                                                                    
     career  and technical  education  providers across  the                                                                    
     State. The  TVEP program impacts thousands  of students                                                                    
     by  offering  industry-specific training  opportunities                                                                    
     that help Alaskans get to work.                                                                                            
     HB  235  would re-authorize  the  TVEP  program for  an                                                                    
     additional  three years  until  fiscal  year 2023.  The                                                                    
     program currently has ten  recipients which include the                                                                    
     University of  Alaska, the Alaska  Vocational Technical                                                                    
     Education Center, the Alaska  Technical Center, as well                                                                    
     as  other  technical  education  providers  across  the                                                                    
     State.  These  programs  train Alaskans  for  industry-                                                                    
     specific   jobs    in   sectors   such    as   fishing,                                                                    
     transportation, health, mining, and construction.                                                                          
     Please  join me  in supporting  House Bill  235 to  re-                                                                    
     authorize  the  TVEP  program  and  keep  thousands  of                                                                    
     Alaskans ready  for the  high-demand careers  our State                                                                    
     has to offer.                                                                                                              
Representative  Wool noted  that  the  University of  Alaska                                                                    
(UA) was  the largest  recipient of  the bill.  He indicated                                                                    
that  some changes  had been  made  in the  House Labor  and                                                                    
Commerce Committee he did not  wish to keep. He preferred to                                                                    
return   to   the   original   version.   The   unemployment                                                                    
contribution  rate  was  changed  because  the  unemployment                                                                    
insurance fund  was considered overfunded. He  felt that the                                                                    
problems  brought on  by the  coronavirus could  necessitate                                                                    
using  all the  funding  and  he did  not  favor making  any                                                                    
changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.                                                                            
3:41:36 PM                                                                                                                    
ASHLEY CARRICK,  STAFF, REPRESENTATIVE ADAM  WOOL, presented                                                                    
the  PowerPoint  presentation   titled   HB  235:  Technical                                                                    
Vocational Education Program  (TVEP) Re-Authorization  dated                                                                    
March 13, 2020.                                                                                                                 
Ms.  Carrick   turned  to  slide  1   titled   TVEP  Program                                                                    
          Established under AS 23.15.830                                                                                        
          Created in 2000 to  provide non- competitive grant                                                                    
     assistance  to   education  entities  in   Alaska  that                                                                    
    delivered specific vocational/ technical training.                                                                          
          In 2014,  the Legislature increased the  amount of                                                                    
     funds  diverted  to  TVEP from  0.15%  of  unemployment                                                                    
     insurance to 0.16%.                                                                                                        
Ms. Carrick continued  to slide 2 titled   Types of Training                                                                    
TVEP Recipients Offer:                                                                                                          
          Renewable Energy                                                                                                      
          Information Technology                                                                                                
          Health Care                                                                                                           
          Other Vocational Training                                                                                             
Ms. Carrick drew attention to slide 3 titled How TVEP                                                                           
Funding Gets Distributed. She pointed to the box on the                                                                         
right side of the flow chart and noted that it contained                                                                        
the employee portion of funding for the TVEP program.                                                                           
3:43:26 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Carrick turned to slide 4 titled TVEP Recipients Over                                                                       
     In 2000:                                                                                                                   
     University of Alaska: 52% Kotzebue Training Center:                                                                        
     Alaska Vocational Technical Center: 32%                                                                                    
     In 2001:                                                                                                                   
     University of Alaska: 63% Kotzebue Training Center:                                                                        
     Alaska Vocational Technical Center: 22%                                                                                    
     Galena Project Education Training Center: 4%                                                                               
     In 2004:                                                                                                                   
     University of Alaska: 55% Kotzebue Training Center:                                                                        
     Alaska Vocational Technical Center: 22% Galena Project                                                                     
     Education Training Center: 4%                                                                                              
     Southwest Alaska Vocational Education Center: 4% Yuut                                                                      
     Elitnaurviat, Inc., People's Learning Center: 4%                                                                           
Ms. Carrick continued to additional recipients over time on                                                                     
slide 5:                                                                                                                        
     In 2008:                                                                                                                   
     University of Alaska: 45%                                                                                                  
    Kotzebue Training Center- Alaska Technical Center:                                                                          
     Alaska Vocational Technical Center: 17%                                                                                    
     Galena Project Education  Training Center: 4% Southwest                                                                    
     Alaska   Vocational    Education   Center:    3%   Yuut                                                                    
     Elitnaurviat, Inc., People's Learning Center: 9%                                                                           
     Delta Career Advancement  Center, Partners for Progress                                                                    
     Delta, Inc.: 3%                                                                                                            
     Amundsen Educational Center: 2%                                                                                            
     Northwestern  Alaska Career  and  Technical Center:  3%                                                                    
     University of Alaska Southeast: 5%                                                                                         
Ms.  Carrick   moved  to  slide   6  titled    Current  TVEP                                                                    
     In 2014 and again in 2017:                                                                                                 
     Statewide: University of Alaska: 45%                                                                                       
     Kotzebue: Alaska Technical Center: 9%                                                                                      
     Seward: Alaska Vocational Technical Center: 17%                                                                            
     Galena:  Galena Project  Education Training  Center: 4%                                                                    
     Dillingham:   Southwest  Alaska   Vocational  Education                                                                    
     Center:  3% Bethel:  Yuut Elitnaurviat,  Inc., People's                                                                    
     Learning  Center:  9%   Delta:  Partners  for  Progress                                                                    
     Delta, Inc.: 3%                                                                                                            
     Kenai: Amundsen Educational Center: 2%                                                                                     
     Nome: Northwestern Alaska  Career and Technical Center:                                                                    
     Utqiagvik: Illisagvik College: 5% (Added in 2014)                                                                          
3:45:16 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Carrick  advanced to the  chart on slide 7  titled  TVEP                                                                    
Distributions  Original Bill.   She relayed  that the  chart                                                                    
showed  the  TVEP distributions  from  FY  2018 through  the                                                                    
proposed distribution in FY 2021,  which was included in the                                                                    
House Labor and Commerce  Committee version [prior committee                                                                    
and  current  version] of  the  bill.  Ms. Carrick  adressed                                                                    
slide 8  titled  TVEP Distributions Version  M,  the current                                                                    
version  of  the  bill.  She  reviewed  the  explanation  of                                                                    
changes document from Version A to Version M:                                                                                   
   The proposed committee substitute makes three substantive                                                                    
   changes to the original A version of House Bill 235:                                                                         
    In Section 1, it changes the TVEP contribution rate                                                                      
     from  .16 to  .18  percent. This  adds  to the  overall                                                                    
     available pool of  TVEP funds. This change  is found on                                                                    
     page 1, line 7 of version M.                                                                                               
    In Section 2, it extends the sunset date an additional                                                                   
     2  years. The  program  would now  sunset  on June  30,                                                                    
     2025, rather  than 2023 as  proposed in the  A version.                                                                    
     This  change is  found  on page  1, line  13  of the  M                                                                    
    In Section 2, the M version proposes to add one new                                                                      
     allocation at  1.925% to the Kodiak  Seafood and Marine                                                                    
     Science Center.  This change is  found on page  2, line                                                                    
         Allocations for other institutions, aside from                                                                      
          the University of  Alaska, are slightly decreased.                                                                    
          These  changed allocations  are found  on page  2,                                                                    
          lines 4-12.                                                                                                           
         While allocations for most existing statutorily                                                                     
          designated institutions  are reduced by  3.5% from                                                                    
          their current statutory amount,  the change to the                                                                    
          TVEP  rate   found  in   Section  1   allows  each                                                                    
          institution to  see an  increase in  overall funds                                                                    
          disbursed. See attached Table #1.                                                                                     
         Section 3 adds a new subsection to AS 23.15.835.                                                                    
          This   new  subsection   (i)   directs  that   the                                                                    
          University   of   Alaska  administer   the   funds                                                                    
          allocated  to   the  Kodiak  Seafood   and  Marine                                                                    
          Science   Center   for  programing   and   capital                                                                    
          improvements  consistent  with  AS  16.52.020.  AS                                                                    
          16.52.020  spells out  the  duties  of the  Kodiak                                                                    
          Seafood and Marine Science  Center. This change is                                                                    
          found on page 2, lines 14-18.                                                                                         
     There is one additional change  to the A version in the                                                                    
     retroactivity clause  (section 4). All sections  of the                                                                    
     bill, including  the newly proposed changes  in Section                                                                    
     1 and  Section 2,  and the added  Section 3,  will take                                                                    
     effect retroactively  if the bill does  not take effect                                                                    
     by June 30, 2020.                                                                                                          
3:49:39 PM                                                                                                                    
TERI  COTHREN,  ASSOCIATE   VICE  PRESIDENT,  UNIVERSITY  OF                                                                    
ALASKA,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  highlighted  the                                                                    
 University   of  Alaska   Technical  Vocational   Education                                                                    
Program PowerPoint presentation dated March 16, 2020.                                                                           
Ms. Cothren moved to Slide  2 titled  UA Provides 92 Percent                                                                    
of Postsecondary  Education in Alaska   She  offered that UA                                                                    
was   the   most   comprehensive   provider   of   workforce                                                                    
development   in   the   state  through   three   separately                                                                    
accredited universities  and 13 community  campuses depicted                                                                    
on the map. She turned to Slide 3 titled UA TVEP Process:                                                                       
          Competitive RFP Process                                                                                               
          Funding Priorities:                                                                                                   
               Aligned with TVEP statutes                                                                                       
               Responsive to industry                                                                                           
               Strategic one-time infrastructure/equipment                                                                      
            Develops and enhances partnerships                                                                                  
Ms. Cothren  indicated that UA  managed the TVEP funds  as a                                                                    
single  allocation to  the UA  system  and was  administered                                                                    
through a competitive Request for  Proposal (RFP) process by                                                                    
the  UA  Workforce   Development  Committee.  The  committee                                                                    
included  representatives  from   each  university  and  the                                                                    
Alaska  Workforce Investment  Board executive  director. The                                                                    
proposals  must demonstrate  the ability  to generate  match                                                                    
funding  and a  plan  to maintain  the  program beyond  TVEP                                                                    
funding.  The  TVEP  funds  were  short-term  and  meant  to                                                                    
initiate or enhance workforce development programs.                                                                             
3:51:40 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Cothren addressed  the pie charts on Slide  4 titled  UA                                                                    
FY 19 TVEP  $4.9M Funding Distribution.  She  pointed to the                                                                    
pie  chart on  the right  and highlighted  that the  funding                                                                    
supported  high priority  industries. She  offered that  the                                                                    
health  industry  received  the  largest  percentage  at  34                                                                    
percent, which was in alignment  with the industry being the                                                                    
fastest  growing in  the state  in 2019.  The Resources  and                                                                    
Energy  category represented  18 percent  and included  oil,                                                                    
gas, and mining  industry support. She noted  the 14 percent                                                                    
distribution  to   the  Fisheries,  Seafood,   and  Maritime                                                                    
category. She mentioned  the graph on the right  side of the                                                                    
slide that showed  TVEP support in all  of Alaskas  economic                                                                    
Ms.  Cothren  discussed  Slide  5  titled   UA  TVEP  FY  19                                                                    
          Adults served = 4,216                                                                                                 
          High school students served = 276                                                                                     
          Total students served = 4,492                                                                                         
          Supports UA's ability to be responsive to                                                                             
          Alaska's high-demand industries                                                                                       
          Oil & Gas                                                                                                             
Ms.  Cothren remarked  that  the  following slides  provided                                                                    
specific examples of  how TVEP supported UAs   ability to be                                                                    
responsive  to high  demand industries.  She qualified  that                                                                    
the TVEP  funding was  not the only  funding UA  invested in                                                                    
support of the industries.                                                                                                      
3:53:07 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Cothren continued to Slide 6 titled Oil & Gas  TVEP                                                                         
Investments & Outcomes:                                                                                                         
               Expand access to fabrication, manufacturing,                                                                     
               And      3D printing                                                                                             
               Improve welding program alignment across                                                                         
               Develop/deliver BS degree in Occupational                                                                        
               Safety & Health                                                                                                  
               Lease of state-of-the art shop and classroom                                                                     
               space for process technology                                                                                     
               Well Control training                                                                                            
          Time Period         FY 17 through FY 19                                                                               
          TVEP Investment     $1.9 million                                                                                      
          Graduates           1,937                                                                                             
Ms. Cothren turned to Slide 7 titled:  Oil & Gas  Student                                                                       
     UAF Process Technology Student Ryan McCarty                                                                                
          As  a journeyman  carpenter, Ryan  was looking  to                                                                    
          change  careers  and   interested  in  becoming  a                                                                    
          process operator.  After completing his  first two                                                                    
          semesters in  the program  Ryan interned  over the                                                                    
          summer  with Alyeska  at Pump  Station 9,  gaining                                                                    
          valuable  experience. During  his third  semester,                                                                    
          Ryan applied and was hired  by Petro Star at their                                                                    
          new   Fairbanks   fuel   terminal.  He   will   be                                                                    
          graduating  with   a  Process   Technology  A.A.S.                                                                    
          degree spring  2020 while  already working  in the                                                                    
Ms. Cothren moved to Slide 8 titled          Mining - TVEP                                                                      
Investments and Outcomes                                                                                                        
               Delivery of hard skills mine training camps                                                                      
            Millwright program expansion  dual                                                                                  
               Enrollment and statewide delivery through                                                                        
     Time Period         FY 17 through FY 19                                                                                    
     TVEP Investment     $704 thousand                                                                                          
     Graduates           335                                                                                                    
Ms. Cothren spoke to Slide 9 titled Health Sciences  TVEP                                                                       
Investments and Outcomes:                                                                                                       
               High-demand health program development                                                                           
               and/or expansion                                                                                                 
               State-of-the-art simulators and                                                                                  
               instructional technology                                                                                         
               Student-centered advising, tutoring, and                                                                         
               summer bridge programs                                                                                           
               Pre-medicine programs                                                                                            
     Time Period         FY 17 through FY 19                                                                                    
     TVEP Investment     $4 million                                                                                             
     Graduates           2,011                                                                                                  
Ms. Cothren  noted that Health  Care was one of  the states                                                                     
largest expanding  industries and UA was  working diligently                                                                    
to   meet  the   demand.   The   TVEP  funding   contributed                                                                    
significantly to the success of graduating over 2000                                                                            
students in nursing and health science programs.                                                                                
3:56:52 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Cothren discussed Slide 10 titled Aviation  TVEP                                                                            
Investments and Outcomes:"                                                                                                      
       Airplanes, equipment, and technology upgrades                                                                            
          Flight simulator                                                                                                      
          Aviation maintenance apprenticeships                                                                                  
     Time Period         FY 17 through FY 19                                                                                    
     TVEP Investment     $290 thousand                                                                                          
     Graduates           382                                                                                                    
Ms. Cothren offered that 82 percent of Alaskan communities                                                                      
were not served by roads and relied heavily on aviation as                                                                      
a primary source of transportation.                                                                                             
Ms. Cothren moved to Slide 11 titled "Maritime  TVEP                                                                            
Investments and Outcomes:"                                                                                                      
               Maritime program development and expansion                                                                       
               Development of career awareness resources                                                                        
               Equipment and technology upgrades                                                                                
               Portable maritime training to expand access                                                                      
     Time Period         FY 17 through FY 19                                                                                    
     TVEP Investment     $2 million                                                                                             
     Graduates           3,000                                                                                                  
3:58:36 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Cothren highlighted Slide 12 titled "Maritime  Student                                                                      
     UAF Alaska Sea Grant                                                                                                       
     Seafood Processing Leadership Institute Completer Sam                                                                      
          Sam Nothstine, an  expediter at Kwik'pak Fisheries                                                                    
          in   Emmonak,    Alaska,   received   professional                                                                    
          development in  seafood processing to  enhance his                                                                    
          leadership skills  in preparation  for advancement                                                                    
          in the industry.                                                                                                      
Ms.  Cothren  provided  concluding remarks  associated  with                                                                    
Slide 13 titled Conclusion:                                                                                                     
     UA strongly supports the reauthorization of TVEP (HB
     235) This allows us to address Alaska's workforce                                                                          
     needs by:                                                                                                                  
            Creating and supporting pathways to                                                                                 
               postsecondary education                                                                                          
               Delivering high-demand programs                                                                                  
               Providing professional development for the                                                                       
               existing workforce                                                                                               
3:59:37 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative    Sullivan-Leonard   noted    the   maritime                                                                    
investments. She  asked where the  training took  place. She                                                                    
wondered  whether  the  Alaska Vocational  Technical  Center                                                                    
(AVTEC) provided  the training.  Ms. Cothren  responded that                                                                    
AVTEC was a TVEP  recipient that provided maritime training.                                                                    
She  furthered that  UA provided  maritime training  through                                                                    
the  Ketchikan campus,  Bristol  Bay  Campus in  Dillingham,                                                                    
Kodiak Community College, Homer  through the Kenai Peninsula                                                                    
campus,   Prince  William   Sound,   and  Mat-Su   Community                                                                    
Colleges. The  maritime training program was  dispersed over                                                                    
the states 34,000 miles of coastline.                                                                                           
Representative  Sullivan-Leonard mentioned  that the  Kodiak                                                                    
Seafood and  Marine Science Center  (KSMSC) was listed  as a                                                                    
new recipient. She  wondered whether it was  the same entity                                                                    
as Kodiak College  and if the entity would  be competing for                                                                    
funding  with the  college. Ms.  Cothren  answered that  the                                                                    
center was  part of University of  Alaska Fairbanks, College                                                                    
of Fisheries and Ocean Science.  The programs offered at the                                                                    
center was through the Alaska  Sea Grant. She indicated that                                                                    
it was a  complimentary program and not  in competition with                                                                    
other  programs.  The  program  had been  in  existence  and                                                                    
offered training in seafood processing.                                                                                         
4:02:22 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Foster  referred  to  the  Kodiak  Seafood  Marine                                                                    
Science Center  and asked  if the center  was funded  by UA.                                                                    
Ms. Cothren  responded in the affirmative.  She reminded the                                                                    
committee  that  over  the  years   the  Sea  Grant  program                                                                    
received  TVEP funding  through UA's  internal process,  for                                                                    
programs that were delivered  through KSMSC. Co-Chair Foster                                                                    
asked how much  the Kodiak Science Center  received from the                                                                    
University  and  what  the total  budget  was.  Ms.  Cothren                                                                    
deferred the answer.                                                                                                            
4:03:43 PM                                                                                                                    
ANUPMA  PRAKASH, PROVOST,  EXECUTIVE  VICE CHANCELLOR,  UAF,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference),  indicated that  the Kodiak                                                                    
Seafood Marine Science Center had  four UA faculty and staff                                                                    
members  that provided  training  and workforce  development                                                                    
support   for  small   business,  seafood   processing,  and                                                                    
fisheries  sciences support.  The  direct  TVEP funding  had                                                                    
ranged from $1.3 million to $1.7 million.                                                                                       
Co-Chair  Foster referred  to  the conclusion  on the  slide                                                                    
deck and  noted that  UA strongly  supported reauthorization                                                                    
of TVEP. He wondered if  the University had taken a position                                                                    
on the  newest bill  version, adding the  KSMSC as  a direct                                                                    
recipient. Provost  Prakash responded that the  TVEP program                                                                    
had  benefitted  the   university  in  supporting  workforce                                                                    
development. The center  had been a beneficiary  of the TVEP                                                                    
funding.   She  emphasized   that  UA   was  supportive   of                                                                    
reauthorization of  TVEP funding and for  a longer duration.                                                                    
She reiterated  that UA had  an internal  management process                                                                    
and a  competitive process for  the funding.  She understood                                                                    
that the science center was added as a separate line item.                                                                      
Co-Chair Foster commented that KSMSC  was added in the prior                                                                    
committee.   He  expressed   concern   that  previously   UA                                                                    
supported the  center and  with its  addition as  a separate                                                                    
line item,  UAs  allocation was  not decreased.  He reported                                                                    
that the  separate line item  appropriation resulted  in all                                                                    
the other  vocational technical schools taking  a 45 percent                                                                    
reduction. He asked the sponsor to comment.                                                                                     
Representative Wool  replied that the center  was a facility                                                                    
and not  a program by  itself. He expounded that  there were                                                                    
TVEP  funds  already  going into  programs  offered  at  the                                                                    
facility.  He was   apprehensive  with  the additional  line                                                                    
item.  In order  to  fund  the line  item  increase, UI  was                                                                    
increased from  .16 percent  to .18  percent. All  the other                                                                    
recipients took a  deduction in percentages, but  due to the                                                                    
 overall pot  of money  increasing other  recipients funding                                                                    
increased despite  the loss  of a  fraction of  a percentage                                                                    
point.  He preferred  keeping the  original line  items with                                                                    
the  initial  percentage  breakdown.  He  pointed  out  that                                                                    
originally, the  universitys  TVEP funding had  been reduced                                                                    
over time  from 55 percent  to 45  percent. Each time  a new                                                                    
recipient was  added funding was taken  from the university.                                                                    
He noted that UA funded  many recipients. He understood that                                                                    
TVEP had  a seafood  processing component and  believed that                                                                    
it could  be more   robust.  There  would be  other programs                                                                    
that would  receive seafood  processing funding  and pointed                                                                    
to the  seafood processing management component.  He was not                                                                    
an expert  in the  funding details and  wanted to  adopt the                                                                    
original  appropriations.   He  voiced  his   opposition  to                                                                    
increasing the draw from the UI pool.                                                                                           
4:11:30 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative  Josephson clarified  that the  adjustment to                                                                    
the  amount  of  employee  contribution made  in  the  prior                                                                    
committee  was a  fraction  of  one percent.  Representative                                                                    
Wool  responded that  the  employee  contribution would  not                                                                    
change  rather the  amount drawn  from the  overall pool  of                                                                    
money. He further  explained that the UI fund  was paid into                                                                    
by employers  and .16  percent of the  funds were  for TVEP.                                                                    
The  prior  committee  raised the  percentage  rate  to  .18                                                                    
percent to  increase the  pool from  $13.4 million  to $15.1                                                                    
million.   The  larger   sum  enabled    reducing  all   the                                                                    
recipients  a  fraction  of a  percentage   to  fund  KSMSC.                                                                    
Representative  Josephson  asked  what the  impact  was.  He                                                                    
wondered  if the  action  acted as  a  surtax on  employees'                                                                    
wages or  increased the draw  from the  fund. Representative                                                                    
Wool responded  that it impacted  the draw from  the overall                                                                    
fund.  Representative  Josephson  asked   if  the  bill  was                                                                    
sustainable. Representative  Wool replied that  according to                                                                    
testimony   from   Department   of   Labor   and   Workforce                                                                    
Development (DOL)  the increase was  considered sustainable.                                                                    
However, he  worried that things  had changed  recently with                                                                    
the Coronavirus  outbreak and he  thought a lot  more people                                                                    
could become unemployed.  Representative Josephson expressed                                                                    
confusion.  He  cited  language that  suggested  the  amount                                                                    
collected  from  employees  increased.  He  read  the  words                                                                    
 shall  collect from  each employee.   He  deduced that  the                                                                    
amount collected  from the employees increased.  He wondered                                                                    
how the language was interpreted.                                                                                               
Co-Chair  Johnston  indicated  someone  from  Department  of                                                                    
Labor and Workforce Development was available.                                                                                  
Representative Wool  acknowledged the language.  He referred                                                                    
to the flow  chart on his presentation. He  commented that a                                                                    
portion of the  wages were capped and  was recalculated each                                                                    
year. He deferred to DOL to provide the answer.                                                                                 
4:15:54 PM                                                                                                                    
HANNAH LAGER,  ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES  DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT                                                                    
OF  LABOR AND  WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT,  OFFICE OF  MANAGEMENT                                                                    
AND  BUDGET, OFFICE  OF THE  GOVERNOR (via  teleconference),                                                                    
responded  that  under  the legislation  the  employee  TVEP                                                                    
portion  would increase  from .16  percent  to .18  percent.                                                                    
She referred to  the flow chart on slide 4  of the sponsors                                                                     
presentation that  showed the  employees paycheck  would not                                                                    
be  affected. The  increase changed  the  spilt between  the                                                                    
TVEP portion and the UI fund portion.                                                                                           
Representative  Josephson  interpreted  the answer  as   the                                                                    
check to the unemployed person would decrease.                                                                                  
Representative Wool  ascertained that  the portion  for TVEP                                                                    
increased, causing  the amount for  UI to decrease.  The net                                                                    
result of  the paycheck did  not change. He asked  Ms. Lager                                                                    
to  confirm  his  statement.  Ms.  Lager  responded  in  the                                                                    
4:17:25 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative  Merrick   asked  how  many   new  recipients                                                                    
applied for the  TVEP funding and how KSMSC  was chosen. Ms.                                                                    
Carrick responded that applying for  TVEP funding was a non-                                                                    
competitive  process   for  the  recipients.   However,  the                                                                    
university  distributed   its  portion  via   a  competitive                                                                    
proposal process. She deferred  to the university to further                                                                    
answer the question.                                                                                                            
Representative Merrick understood that  there were many more                                                                    
institutions  that  wanted to  be  added  to the  list.  She                                                                    
wondered how many had applied  and why the Kodiak center was                                                                    
chosen.  Representative  Wool  replied   that  the  list  in                                                                    
statute had not changed  in several re-authorization cycles.                                                                    
The  legislature  added  new  recipients  to  the  list.  He                                                                    
furthered that  UA could distribute its  TVEP funding within                                                                    
the  university   system  in  any  manner   it  desired.  He                                                                    
reiterated  that   the  center   was  added  in   the  prior                                                                    
Ms. Carrick added that  if Representative Merrick's question                                                                    
was  whether there  were other  programs that  wished to  be                                                                    
added  to  the list  Representative  Wools   office had  not                                                                    
received any new  requests other than the  center in Kodiak.                                                                    
However,  the  office  had  heard  from  program  recipients                                                                    
across the state requesting increased funding.                                                                                  
4:20:27 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Foster  asked for  the  rational  of the  previous                                                                    
committee  as   to  why  KSMSC   was  singled  out   of  the                                                                    
Universitys    allocation  and   rather   than  reduce   the                                                                    
Universitys   appropriation  every  other entity  had  their                                                                    
allocation reduced. Representative Wool  replied that it was                                                                    
the  desire of  individuals in  Kodiak to  fund the  program                                                                    
through  the center  itself. He  commented that  UA had  not                                                                    
funded the  specific program slated  for the funding  at the                                                                    
center, so  the allocation was  not from UAs   TVEP funding.                                                                    
He deferred to Ms. Cothren for further clarification.                                                                           
Ms. Cothren  responded that UA  had funded some  programs at                                                                    
the center  through its  competitive internal  process since                                                                    
2012. She listed the programs.  She offered that one was the                                                                    
Alaska Seafood  Leadership Institute  and the  other program                                                                    
was the Seafood Processing  Training Program funded in 2015.                                                                    
In  the current  years  process,  an additional  request was                                                                    
submitted   for  coordination   and  additional   curriculum                                                                    
development and  training through the Kodiak  center. It had                                                                    
been recommended  for funding  and would  go through  the UA                                                                    
president as part of the approval process.                                                                                      
4:23:25 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Foster wondered  why  funding  was decreased  from                                                                    
everyone except for the University.  He argued that if there                                                                    
was going to  be a reduction everyone should  at least share                                                                    
the  reduction.  He  agreed  with  returning  to  the  prior                                                                    
version of the bill.                                                                                                            
Vice-Chair  Ortiz  asked   whether  the  previous  committee                                                                    
offered the other recipients an  opportunity to speak to the                                                                    
3.5  percent  reduction  and  how   it  would  impact  their                                                                    
programs.  Representative Wool  explained  that even  though                                                                    
the percentages were reduced,  their amounts still increased                                                                    
due  to  the increase  to  .18  percent that  increased  the                                                                    
overall   pot   of  money.    However,  he   reiterated  the                                                                    
importance of  not reducing  the fund  at the  current time.                                                                    
Vice-Chair  Ortiz asked  how  the  additional funding  would                                                                    
support the  center and whether the  prior committee engaged                                                                    
in the  discussion. Representative Wool did  not recall that                                                                    
many program details were provided.                                                                                             
4:26:30 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster  acknowledged that the .18  percent increase                                                                    
increased   all  the   recipients   funding;  however,   the                                                                    
vocational school  in his district (Northwest  Alaska Career                                                                    
and Technical  Center in  Nome) had  asked for  an increased                                                                    
allocation from  3 percent to  5 percent for many  years. He                                                                    
relayed that he advised  against  cracking open the formula                                                                     
and  noted  having  to hold  back  his  districts   increase                                                                    
requests   through  the   years.  Currently,   the  previous                                                                    
committee  had   cracked  open    the  formula  and  created                                                                    
issues. He  relayed discussions with  a Senator  [not named]                                                                    
and they  concluded the best  path forward was to   keep the                                                                    
bill  clean  and  slightly increase  the funding  percentage                                                                    
for  everyone. The  addition of  a new  recipient meant  the                                                                    
increase was not as large  as expected. He asserted that all                                                                    
recipients should  share in  the same  reduction percentage,                                                                    
but ultimately, he preferred a clean bill.                                                                                      
4:28:53 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative Tilton asked  if it were the  intention of UA                                                                    
to  further  allocate  funding to  the  Kodiak  Seafood  and                                                                    
Marine Science Center even though  the entity would have its                                                                    
own line  item or allow them  to operate solely on  its line                                                                    
item   funding.  Additionally,   she  wondered   what  other                                                                    
entities on the statutory participant  list UA funded out of                                                                    
its 45  percent TVEP allocation. Ms.  Cothren responded that                                                                    
the  University had  a   successful   internal process  that                                                                    
welcomed  applications from  any  programs  from within  the                                                                    
university system.  She added that  the line  item situation                                                                    
and how it  would be managed was new to  the university. The                                                                    
university  needed  to  consider  how  best  to  manage  the                                                                    
situation  and  maintain  the  intent  of  TVEP  to  provide                                                                    
workforce training. She noted  that the university partnered                                                                    
and leveraged  resources with the other  TVEP recipients but                                                                    
maintained  its  45  percent  allocation  within  university                                                                    
4:32:19 PM                                                                                                                    
Ms. Lager referred to [FN  2 (DOL)] the published Department                                                                    
of  Labor  and  Workforce   Development  (DOL)  fiscal  note                                                                    
allocated to  the Workforce  Investment Board.  She reported                                                                    
that $4.690  million was  included in  the governors   FY 21                                                                    
amended request  and $649 thousand  was associated  with the                                                                    
legislation.  She referred  to  page 3  of  the fiscal  note                                                                    
analysis  that contained  a chart  of  updated TVEP  funding                                                                    
Ms. Lager  moved to  [FN 3 (DOL)]  the published  DOL fiscal                                                                    
note  allocated to  Workforce Development.  [Secretary Note:                                                                    
Ms. Lager mistakenly  referred to the fiscal  note as number                                                                    
4.]  She  reported  that the  $80.9  thousand  appropriation                                                                    
remained unchanged from the original version of the bill.                                                                       
4:33:30 PM                                                                                                                    
MILES BAKER, LEGISLATIVE LIAISON,  UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA (via                                                                    
teleconference),  referred   to  the  fiscal  note   by  the                                                                    
University  of Alaska  [FN6 (UA)].  He  delineated that  the                                                                    
governor's  amended budget  already included  $6.225 million                                                                    
based on  the current  statutory TVEP formula.  However, the                                                                    
current  version of  the legislation  would add  a statutory                                                                    
allocation for the Kodiak Seafood  and Marine Science Center                                                                    
(KSMSC), which  is a component  of the College  of Fisheries                                                                    
and Ocean  Science (CFOS) at University  of Alaska Fairbanks                                                                    
(UAF). Therefore,  the changes in the  prior committee added                                                                    
$1.006  million  to  the universitys   appropriation  for  a                                                                    
total of  $7.231 million.  The amount  was projected  out to                                                                    
4:35:39 PM                                                                                                                    
LACEY SANDERS, ADMINISTRATIVE  SERVICES DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT                                                                    
OF  EDUCATION AND  EARLY DEVELOPMENT,  OFFICE OF  MANAGEMENT                                                                    
AND  BUDGET, OFFICE  OF THE  GOVERNOR (via  teleconference),                                                                    
referred to the  fiscal note [FN1 (DEED)]  by the Department                                                                    
of  Education  and  Early Development  (DEED)  allocated  to                                                                    
Student  and  School  Achievement. She  explained  that  the                                                                    
governors  amended budget included  an appropriation of $553                                                                    
thousand  in  grant  funding  to   the  Galena  City  School                                                                    
District for  the Galena Interior Learning  Academy based on                                                                    
the  current statutory  allocation  of 4  percent. The  bill                                                                    
reduced  the  statutory   distribution  to  Galena  Interior                                                                    
Learning Academy  from 4 percent  to 3.860 percent,  but the                                                                    
action  resulted in  an overall  increase of  $41.6 thousand                                                                    
bringing the fiscal note total to $595 thousand.                                                                                
4:37:00 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Johnston OPENED Public Testimony.                                                                                      
4:37:42 PM                                                                                                                    
NICOLE  KIMBALL,  PACIFIC   SEAFOOD  PROCESSORS  ASSOCIATION                                                                    
(PSPA),  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),   supported  the                                                                    
current version  of the bill.  She spoke to  the significant                                                                    
economic impact that the seafood  industry had on the state.                                                                    
She emphasized  that it was  imperative for the  industry to                                                                    
have  a skilled  workforce  available  in rural  communities                                                                    
throughout  the  state.  She  indicated  that  the  industry                                                                    
endeavored  to  fill  the   highly  skilled  positions  with                                                                    
Alaskans and the  "key" to accomplish in-state  hire was the                                                                    
availability of local training. She  referred to a letter by                                                                    
the  association  in members'  packets  (copy  on file)  She                                                                    
revealed that  the industry was requesting  that the seafood                                                                    
worker  TVEP  contributions  were "more  aligned"  with  the                                                                    
funding spent  on seafood training.  She reported  that TVEP                                                                    
funding   currently   spent    on   seafood   training   was                                                                    
approximately  10   percent  of  the   annual  contribution;                                                                    
seafood workers contributed $600  thousand annually and only                                                                    
$60  thousand was  spent on  seafood training.  She believed                                                                    
that  the  line  item  designation  to  KSMSC  ensured  more                                                                    
funding for  seafood processing  training. She  assumed that                                                                    
the legislature  was familiar with  the facility,  which was                                                                    
built in the 1990.   She  detailed that the center's mission                                                                    
was established by the legislature  to provided research and                                                                    
training for the seafood industry  and was the only training                                                                    
center of its kind in the state.                                                                                                
4:41:00 PM                                                                                                                    
DAVID REES, FACILITATOR,  ALASKA BUSINESS EDUCATION COMPACT,                                                                    
EAGLE RIVER  (via teleconference),  spoke in support  of the                                                                    
bill. He  reported that the  compact explored ways  of tying                                                                    
the education  system with workforce needs  and was familiar                                                                    
with all the  training centers in the state.  He spoke about                                                                    
the  benefits of  the TVEP  program reaching  every part  of                                                                    
Alaska and noted that the  funding kept the training updated                                                                    
and   relevant.  He   exemplified  TVEPs    contribution  to                                                                    
transitional training  to military  graduates  and  the dual                                                                    
credit  program  for  high   school  students.  The  compact                                                                    
strongly  supported the  TVEP program  and the  partnerships                                                                    
its supported to get Alaskans into Alaskan jobs.                                                                                
4:44:57 PM                                                                                                                    
SHANNON   CARROLL,    TRIDENT   SEAFOODS,    GIRDWOOD   (via                                                                    
teleconference), called in support of  the CS version of the                                                                    
bill. He reported  that Trident was a  family owned business                                                                    
that  operated  10  shore based  facilities  throughout  the                                                                    
state  and   employed  6   thousand  workers   annually.  He                                                                    
concurred with  Ms. Kimballs  testimony.  He noted  that the                                                                    
state  TVEP  funding  received a   substantial  contribution                                                                    
from seafood  workers  in the  amount of  approximately $600                                                                    
thousand   annually,  but   seafood  training   funding  was                                                                    
minimal;  only  10 percent  of  the  total contribution.  He                                                                    
believed  that  increased  TVEP   funding  for  the  state's                                                                    
seafood  workforce   allowed  the  industry  to   hire  more                                                                    
Alaskans  and  benefit  the long-term  economy  of  Alaskas                                                                     
costal communities and the entire state.                                                                                        
4:46:10 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative Carpenter  asked if the training  was done in                                                                    
partnership  with  industry.  He wondered  if  his  business                                                                    
contributed  to some  of the  seafood training.  Mr. Carroll                                                                    
answered  that  he  could  only speak  to  his  company  and                                                                    
indicated  that Trident  had provided  in-kind contributions                                                                    
or paid   upfront  for training  opportunities at  KSMSC and                                                                    
characterized  the involvement  as  a  partnership with  the                                                                    
Representative Wool  asked Mr.  Carroll about  the potential                                                                    
effects   the  increased   UI  draw   would  place   on  the                                                                    
unemployment needs  of the industry. Mr.  Carroll was unable                                                                    
to accurately comment and believed  it was a policy decision                                                                    
for  the legislature.  He noted  the  industry's support  to                                                                    
maintain  a  skilled  workforce.   He  understood  that  the                                                                    
situation created some tradeoffs.                                                                                               
4:48:15 PM                                                                                                                    
DOUG  WALRATH,  NORTHWESTERN  ALASKA  CAREER  AND  TECHNICAL                                                                    
CENTER,  NOME (via  teleconference),  supported  HB 235  and                                                                    
thanked the bill sponsor and  his staff for putting the bill                                                                    
forward.  He relayed  that TVEP  provided essential  funding                                                                    
and  support to  a   network  of  regional training  centers                                                                    
that  provided autonomy  and  flexibility  to meet  regional                                                                    
industry  needs.   He  appreciated   the  increase   in  the                                                                    
contribution. He  was concerned that  the addition of  a new                                                                    
UA program would  counter the  impact of a UI increase  that                                                                    
distributed  the  burden  across the  regional  network.  He                                                                    
contended  that the  Alaska Workforce  Investment Board  was                                                                    
better  suited  to  make recommendations  for  adding  other                                                                    
recipients. He informed the committee  that UA programs were                                                                    
designated  as  UA  TVEP  recipients  while  DOL  recognized                                                                    
regional   training  centers   such  as   AVTEC  as   exempt                                                                    
recipients. He  recommended eliminating the new  addition of                                                                    
a UA program  as a separate TVEP recipient  and believed the                                                                    
action   created   an   inequity.  He   favored   the   TVEP                                                                    
Vice-Chair  Ortiz   asked  if  Mr.  Walrath   supported  the                                                                    
distribution in  the current CS.  Mr. Walrath  supported the                                                                    
UI percentage increase  but did not support  the addition of                                                                    
a  new  entity to  the  training  centers  distribution.  He                                                                    
thought that  the distribution amount would  decrease due to                                                                    
the  impending  economic downturn  caused  by  the COVID  19                                                                    
virus since the  UI contribution was based on  the amount of                                                                    
employment. He  furthered that  due to  the downturn  in oil                                                                    
and gas in 2017, the  distribution was decreased in 2018 and                                                                    
2019 and still had not returned to 2017 levels.                                                                                 
4:52:16 PM                                                                                                                    
PAULA  CULLENBERG,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   ALASKA  RESEARCH                                                                    
CONSORTIUM, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  indicated that                                                                    
the  consortium was  formed  3 years  prior  to support  the                                                                    
seafood  industry   and  the  KSMSC   in  response   to  the                                                                    
universitys   proposal  to  close the  science  center.  The                                                                    
university  ultimately   decided  to  maintain   the  center                                                                    
spurred in part  by the legislatures  support via  HR 10 [HR
10  -  Kodiak Seafood  and  Marine  Science Center     House                                                                    
Resolve 10  - 10/05/2018].  She delineated that  the mission                                                                    
of the  center established  in Title 16  was to  support the                                                                    
state's economy through training  and research in support of                                                                    
the seafood industry. She indicated  that the group proposed                                                                    
the addition of the science  center as a direct recipient of                                                                    
TVEP  funding in  support of  its mission.  She relayed  the                                                                    
struggles of  trying to  carry out  the mission  and develop                                                                    
core and stable funding  for a seafood workforce development                                                                    
program. She  reported that  the Alaska  Research Consortium                                                                    
(ARC)  was  currently  in  the   process  of  assessing  the                                                                    
workforce training needs of the  seafood industry. The study                                                                    
was funded  by federal and  industry match dollars.  The ARC                                                                    
interviewed  plant  and  HR  managers  from  22  communities                                                                    
representing 16,000 workers in  Alaska. She reported that 87                                                                    
percent of  the survey  participants favored  more workforce                                                                    
training  in   priority  areas  such  as   quality  control,                                                                    
sanitation,    refrigeration   training,    leadership   and                                                                    
supervisory   skills,   regulatory   compliance,   technical                                                                    
processing,  and  safety  training.  She  offered  to  share                                                                    
additional  details of  the survey.  She  continued that  UA                                                                    
testified to  its open competitive process  for TVEP funding                                                                    
that included  a small amount  of funding for KSMSC  but had                                                                    
not provided enough  core funding to build  the program. She                                                                    
thought  that ARCs   request for  dedicated TVEP  funding to                                                                    
build and  maintain the seafood program  seemed  reasonable                                                                     
considering  the  $600  thousand contribution  to  the  TVEP                                                                    
fund. She reiterated  her support for the CS  version of the                                                                    
4:57:13 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster  cited Ms. Cullenbergs   testimony regarding                                                                    
UAs  previous  discussions to close  the science  center. He                                                                    
wondered   when   those   discussions  had   occurred.   Ms.                                                                    
Cullenberg replied  that the discussions took  place in 2016                                                                    
and 2017  when UA  was facing  large budget  reductions. She                                                                    
reported that  the industry and community  of Kodiak lobbied                                                                    
in favor of  the center. She elaborated  that the university                                                                    
proposed a private/public partnership  and ARC was formed as                                                                    
a  non-profit   in  response.  Ultimately,   the  university                                                                    
maintained  operation  of  the   center  but  lacked  enough                                                                    
faculty  and  staff  support   to  appropriately  build  the                                                                    
4:58:48 PM                                                                                                                    
ANISHIA   ELBIE,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   SOUTHWEST   ALASKA                                                                    
VOCATIONAL   AND  EDUCATIONAL   CENTER,  KING   SALMON  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of the bill.  She shared                                                                    
that the Southwest Alaska  Vocational and Educational Center                                                                    
(SAVEC) was  a regional training center  and non-profit that                                                                    
had benefited from the TVEP  program since it had been added                                                                    
in 2005.  The center believed  in the guiding  principles of                                                                    
preparing   Alaskans   for   Alaskan  jobs   and   providing                                                                    
vocational  education tied  to the  workforce. She  reported                                                                    
that the commercial fishing industry  in Bristol Bay had the                                                                    
highest percentage  of non-Alaskan hire, ranging  from 80 to                                                                    
90  percent. She  relayed that  SAVEC  leveraged TVEP  funds                                                                    
with the local Bristol  Bay Economic Development Corporation                                                                    
and added $250 thousand  for training that included anything                                                                    
related  to   fishing  and   its  support   industries.  She                                                                    
advocated for  the noted percentage  increase but  wanted to                                                                    
see the KSMSC deleted from the bill as an added recipient.                                                                      
5:01:33 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Johnston CLOSED Public Testimony.                                                                                      
Co-Chair  Johnston indicated  that   Amendments were  due by                                                                    
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.                                                                                            
5:02:41 PM                                                                                                                    
Representative  Josephson  wondered  at what  point  the  UI                                                                    
percentage  increase  affected   the  amount  available  for                                                                    
unemployed   workers.  Representative   Wool  deduced   that                                                                    
Representative  Josephson was  referring  to the  difference                                                                    
between .16  percent and  .18 percent.  He pointed  out that                                                                    
it  represented the  difference  between  $13.4 million  and                                                                    
$15.1 million which was $1.7  million. He responded that the                                                                    
amount  in the  pool reflected  the contribution  percentage                                                                    
and the rate of employment  and unemployment and its effects                                                                    
on  the  fund.  He  explained  that for  a  period  of  time                                                                    
employment  was lower  and unemployment  was higher  causing                                                                    
the fund to  shrink. Eventually, a number  of the unemployed                                                                    
left the  state and  the fund  increased somewhat.  The fund                                                                    
reacted  to  levels  of   employment  and  unemployment;  it                                                                    
decreased  because of  less people  working and  paying into                                                                    
the fund  or unemployment  increased. He was  concerned that                                                                    
the draw down would increase,  and the payout would decrease                                                                    
due to  COVID 19 in  the future.  He was uncertain  when the                                                                    
increase to .18 percent might affect UI benefits.                                                                               
5:05:15 PM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Foster  commented that he  was concerned  about the                                                                    
future possibility  of other  programs being  separated from                                                                    
the university  and receiving  its own  line item,  yet UAs                                                                     
allocation remained  unchanged. He wanted  to see a  list of                                                                    
the UAs TVEP funding recipients.                                                                                                
Representative Wool  interjected that  UAs  budget  had been                                                                    
cut and was under pressure from  $25 million in cuts for the                                                                    
following three years. The reductions  played a role in  its                                                                    
prior  proposal  to  close the  science  center  and  placed                                                                    
pressure on any future funding for it.                                                                                          
Co-Chair Johnston further discussed committee business.                                                                         
HB 235 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                              
5:07:23 PM                                                                                                                    
The meeting was adjourned at 5:07 p.m.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 235 Explanation of Changes ver. A to ver. M 3.13.20.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235 Sponsor Version M 3.13.20.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235 Supporting Document TVEP INtro Presentation .pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235 TVEP Univ. of Alaska Presentation 02.20.20.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235 TVEP Rate Increase and New Allocation Structure 03.08.2020.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235 ASMI Letter of Support 03.06.2020.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235 TVEP Annual Report 2019.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235.Backup UA TVEP Advocacy 2.21.2020.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HB 235
HB 235.Backup Flow Chart 2.21.2020.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB235 Supporting Document- ATC Letter.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB 235 Supporting Document- Illisagvik Letter 02.26.2020.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
HL&C 3/9/2020 3:15:00 PM
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HB 235 Support Letter for Dedicated TVEP Funding to Seafood Indsutry- PSPA 3.7.20.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB 235 Support Letter for Dedicated TVEP Funding to Seafood Industry- NPSI 3.7.20.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB 235 ARC Support 120919.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB 235 TVEP Reauthorization 031620.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB 235 ACPE_RTC_Exempt_Class 011212.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB 235 FINAL AWIB TVEP RECOMMENDATIONS050118.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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HB235_CS_M_Support_NACTEC 031720.pdf HFIN 3/16/2020 1:30:00 PM
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