Legislature(2019 - 2020)BARNES 124

03/12/2019 01:30 PM TRANSPORTATION

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01:30:09 PM Start
01:31:24 PM Alaska Marine Highway System
08:13:46 PM Adjourn
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<Testimony will be continued on 3/14/19>
                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 12, 2019                                                                                         
                           1:30 p.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Representative Louise Stutes, Co-Chair                                                                                          
Representative Harriet Drummond                                                                                                 
Representative Andi Story                                                                                                       
Representative Dave Talerico                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Representative Adam Wool, Co-Chair                                                                                              
Representative Matt Claman                                                                                                      
Representative Sara Rasmussen                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
OTHER LEGISLATORS PRESENT                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                              
Representative Ortiz                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PREVIOUS COMMITTEE ACTION                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
No previous action to record                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ERNIE WEISE, Natural Resources Director                                                                                         
Aleutians East Borough                                                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of the Alaska Marine                                                                
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KATIE COTZ                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of the Alaska Marine                                                                
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DENISE MAY                                                                                                                      
Port Lions, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:  Testified in support of the Alaska Marine                                                                
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MICHEAL HOLDEN                                                                                                                  
Port Lions, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LESTER LUKIN                                                                                                                    
Native Village of Port Lions                                                                                                    
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JAMES MCCURDY                                                                                                                   
Kenai, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARIAN ALLEN                                                                                                                    
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HARVEY BRANDT                                                                                                                   
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARY MEHLBERG                                                                                                                   
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
NEIL KELLY                                                                                                                      
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAVID BERG                                                                                                                      
Viking Travel and Alaska Ferry Vacations                                                                                        
Petersburg, AK                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JULIE HURSEY                                                                                                                    
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ALAN LANNING, Cordova City Manager                                                                                              
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JEFF GUARD                                                                                                                      
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MIKE SIROFCHUCK                                                                                                                 
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AIMEE WILLIAMS, Executive Director                                                                                              
Discover Kodiak                                                                                                                 
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOYCE FRANK                                                                                                                     
Angoon, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
RON SOMERVILLE                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GENEVIEVE KNUDSON                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS WATSON, General Manager                                                                                                  
Inter-Island Ferry Authority                                                                                                    
Craig, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ERIC GUCKER                                                                                                                     
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARY LYNNE DAHL                                                                                                                 
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GENEVIEVE STILL                                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BARRETT FLETCHER                                                                                                                
Fritz Creek, Alaska                                                                                                             
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LADONNA BOTSFORD                                                                                                                
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ROB FIX, Executive Director                                                                                                     
Port of Bellingham                                                                                                              
Bellingham, Washington                                                                                                          
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
WALT WELLER, Mayor                                                                                                              
City of Pelican                                                                                                                 
Pelican, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
FRANK KELTY, Mayor                                                                                                              
City of Unalaska                                                                                                                
Unalaska, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JILL JACOBS                                                                                                                     
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS ZADRA                                                                                                                    
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAVID THOMAS, Business Owner                                                                                                    
Sentinel Coffee LLC                                                                                                             
Gustavus, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
WAYNE CARNES                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ROBB ARNOLD                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
TOM PANAMAROFF, President                                                                                                       
Koniag, Incorporated                                                                                                            
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GREG WAKEFIELD                                                                                                                  
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GERRY HOPE                                                                                                                      
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VICKI NOVAK                                                                                                                     
Ouzinkie, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SLASH SELIGMAN                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CORY THOLE                                                                                                                      
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARY WEGNER, Ed.D.                                                                                                              
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
FRANK JIMMY                                                                                                                     
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CAROL TREIM                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN MORREY                                                                                                                  
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL TRUEX                                                                                                                   
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GAYLE EASTWOOD                                                                                                                  
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW SMALLWOOD                                                                                                                
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SYLVIA LANGE, Business Owner                                                                                                    
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KARL BECKER                                                                                                                     
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SARAH PHILLIPS, Community Relations Director                                                                                    
Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                             
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
FRANK SCHIRO, Executive Director                                                                                                
Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                             
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ROY SMITH                                                                                                                       
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DARLENE BRETKREUTZ                                                                                                              
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DONALD WESTLUND                                                                                                                 
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BUCK LINDEKUBEL                                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN BIESSEL                                                                                                                   
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LORETTO JONES                                                                                                                   
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GAVIN HUDSON                                                                                                                    
Metlakatla, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
NICKI SHELTON                                                                                                                   
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
RENN NELSON                                                                                                                     
Steamboat Bay, Alaska                                                                                                           
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAN BAXTER                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ESTE FIELDING                                                                                                                   
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JANA RING                                                                                                                       
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LIBBY STORTZ                                                                                                                    
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANN GRISWOLD                                                                                                                    
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KATHY NIELSON                                                                                                                   
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JANIS JOHNSON                                                                                                                   
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JACKIE TYSON                                                                                                                    
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KATHI REIMER                                                                                                                    
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
NORM CARSON                                                                                                                     
Pelican, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JANET KUSSART                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
RICH LYON                                                                                                                       
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
RORIE WATT                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BRIDGET SMITH                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
STACY OLIVER                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG SMITH                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SHAUN NELSHEM                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PETE MICKELSON                                                                                                                  
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARC CARREL                                                                                                                     
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN CARPENTER, Executive Director                                                                                           
Copper River Watershed Project                                                                                                  
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT ADAMS                                                                                                                     
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CAMILLE FERGUSON                                                                                                                
Sitka  Tribe of  Alaska  and the  American  Indian Alaska  Native                                                               
Tourism Association                                                                                                             
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VAUGHN HAZEL                                                                                                                    
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANNE POLLNOW                                                                                                                    
Sea Level Consulting, LLC                                                                                                       
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SARAH EPTON                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE CRAIG                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PAT BRANSON, Mayor                                                                                                              
City of Kodiak                                                                                                                  
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE SMALLWOOD                                                                                                                
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOEL PROBST                                                                                                                     
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARIE ROSE                                                                                                                      
Haines, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOSEPH RIDLEY                                                                                                                   
Metlakatla, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SETH HOWARD                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOEY TILLSON, Ketchikan Chapter Vice President                                                                                  
Alaska State Employees Association                                                                                              
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL CHRISTENSEN                                                                                                              
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CATHERINE GOODWIN                                                                                                               
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VICKY JOE KENNEDY                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SHANNON ADAMSON, Regional Representative                                                                                        
Masters, Mates, & Pilots                                                                                                        
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
NICOULOUS ADAMSON                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JAIME BRICKER                                                                                                                   
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARLA HOWARD, Councilmember                                                                                                     
Kake City Council                                                                                                               
Kake, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LORETTA RICE                                                                                                                    
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE JAMIESON                                                                                                               
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER DOZIER                                                                                                                 
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VICKIE BUNESS                                                                                                                   
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MIKE LOCKABEY                                                                                                                   
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA RELAY, Board President                                                                                                 
Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau                                                                                             
Valdez, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAVID KENSINGER                                                                                                                 
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LINDA SLAUGHT                                                                                                                   
Petersburg, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BOB BEHRENDS                                                                                                                    
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE HAHN                                                                                                                   
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN ROSEVERY                                                                                                                
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PAUL JOHNSON, President and CEO                                                                                                 
Highliner Consulting Group, LLC                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER MCCLAIN                                                                                                                 
Anchorage, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
TANIA HARRISON                                                                                                                  
Cordova, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JEB MARROW                                                                                                                      
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA ALEXANDER                                                                                                              
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VALERIE BROOKS                                                                                                                  
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DORINDA KEWAN, Mayor                                                                                                            
City of Port Lions                                                                                                              
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PAT HOLMES                                                                                                                      
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER TORSSEN, Board Member and Clerk                                                                                        
Ouzinkie Native Corporation and the City of Ouzinkie                                                                            
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANDY KHMELLEN                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DAVID BELL                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ERLING WALL                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN LEAD                                                                                                                      
Douglas, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANN MCPHERSON                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AMY SWEENEY                                                                                                                     
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
RENEE TRAFTON, Owner and Chef                                                                                                   
Beak Restaurant                                                                                                                 
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MATT TRAFTON                                                                                                                    
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARTINA KURZER                                                                                                                  
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANN PHIPPS GRAHAM                                                                                                               
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA WALLIN                                                                                                                  
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CLAUDIA BOYD                                                                                                                    
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN NYE                                                                                                                       
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK WELS                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW CREMATA                                                                                                                  
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JERI CHESLOCK                                                                                                                   
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
INGRID CUMBERLIDGE                                                                                                              
Sand Point, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LILLY JAMES                                                                                                                     
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JILL BOSKOFSKI                                                                                                                  
Ouzinkie, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GARY BOSKOFSKI                                                                                                                  
Ouzinkie, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE PANAMARIOFF                                                                                                           
Ouzinkie, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SAM STEPANOFF                                                                                                                   
Chignik Lake, Alaska                                                                                                            
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JIM STERNS                                                                                                                      
Homer, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN SHERMAN                                                                                                                   
Sitka, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
RANIYAH BAKER                                                                                                                   
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SALLY DYBDAHL                                                                                                                   
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DENISE FAGER                                                                                                                    
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN HIMELBLOOM                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOANN BARSIC                                                                                                                    
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DALE PIHLMAN                                                                                                                    
Ketchikan, Alaska                                                                                                               
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CARL BRODERSEN                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHELSEA GAGNON                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CATE ROSS                                                                                                                       
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DESIREE RODRIGUEZ, President                                                                                                    
Health  Care  Unit  2201  of   the  International  Longshore  and                                                               
Warehouse Union                                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ALLISON QUIGLEY                                                                                                                 
Craig, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KATIE CRANEY                                                                                                                    
Haines, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
NICHELLE ROTIER                                                                                                                 
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
VIRGINIA LONG                                                                                                                   
Skagway, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MELODI ANDERSON                                                                                                                 
City of Ouzinkie                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CASEY JANTZ                                                                                                                     
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL BOURAY                                                                                                                  
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KARLA BOURAY                                                                                                                    
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LLOYD JIM                                                                                                                       
Angoon, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
BROOKE LESLIE, Co-Owner                                                                                                         
Alaska Waters                                                                                                                   
Wrangell, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AMY RYDER, Union Treasurer                                                                                                      
Local  200's Healthcare  Unit 2201,  International Longshore  and                                                               
Warehouse Union                                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LIN DAVIS                                                                                                                       
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER PARKER                                                                                                                  
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CORDOVA PLEASANTS                                                                                                               
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN SUND                                                                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARLENE ZUBOFF                                                                                                                  
Admiralty Island, Alaska                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PAULINE JIM                                                                                                                     
Admiralty Island, Alaska                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY WILLIAM                                                                                                                   
Admiralty Island, Alaska                                                                                                        
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KIMBERLY PETERSON                                                                                                               
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA PHILLIPS                                                                                                               
Pelican, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY PETERSON                                                                                                                
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JACK GROMMETT                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA INDRELAND                                                                                                                
Yakutat, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KENNETH STEWART                                                                                                                 
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ALLEN CHRISTENSON                                                                                                               
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SEAN MCLEMORE                                                                                                                   
Kodiak, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LILLIAN WOODBURY                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LAURA STATS                                                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
CHEYENNE CUELLER                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LATOYA HARTLEY                                                                                                                  
Village of Port Lions, Alaska                                                                                                   
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN TYLER                                                                                                                     
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOHN ERICKSON                                                                                                                   
Yakutat, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AMY GILSON                                                                                                                      
Seldovia, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
TINA MARTIN                                                                                                                     
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
LORETTA PITTMAN                                                                                                                 
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AARON STCLAIR                                                                                                                   
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KAY KLIMCZAK                                                                                                                    
Angoon, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GREG WEAVER                                                                                                                     
Matsu, Alaska                                                                                                                   
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Testified  in opposition  to  the  Alaska                                                             
Marine Highway System.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT HUTTON                                                                                                                   
Hoonah, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ALBERTA SALEEN                                                                                                                  
Angoon, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JAMES HOLCOMB                                                                                                                   
Yakutat, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
SHERYL KELLY                                                                                                                    
Kake, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GILBERT FRED                                                                                                                    
Angoon, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PETER ANDERSON                                                                                                                  
Chignik, Alaska                                                                                                                 
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
KIMBERLY NATHAN                                                                                                                 
Metlakatla, Alaska                                                                                                              
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JAMES FOSTER                                                                                                                    
Haines, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JOCELYN MILES                                                                                                                   
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK PHILLIPS                                                                                                                
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
DARREN MULLER                                                                                                                   
Ouzinkie, Alaska                                                                                                                
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MARY KATASSE                                                                                                                    
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA DAVIS                                                                                                                    
Kake, Alaska                                                                                                                    
POSITION STATEMENT:   Testified in  support of the  Alaska Marine                                                             
Highway System.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:30:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR LOUISE  STUTES called the House  Transportation Standing                                                             
Committee  meeting  to  order  at   1:30  p.m.    Representatives                                                               
Talerico, Drummond,  Story, and Stutes  were present at  the call                                                               
to  order.    Representatives  Claman and  Wool  arrived  as  the                                                               
meeting was in progress.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
^ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM                                                                                                   
                  ALASKA MARINE HIGHWAY SYSTEM                                                                              
                                                                                                                              
1:31:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES announced  that the only order  of business would                                                               
be hearing  public testimony regarding the  Alaska Marine Highway                                                               
System.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:31:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERNIE WEISE, Natural Resources  Director, Aleutians East Borough,                                                               
relayed that  he has  lived in  King Cove for  over 25  years and                                                               
understands the value of the  Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS)                                                               
to the  survival of coastal  communities.  He  spoke specifically                                                               
to the  significance of  the Tustumena to  Southwest Alaska.   He                                                               
stated  that about  $22 million  is  set aside  in the  Tustumena                                                               
replacement fund and could be  used to leverage federal funds for                                                               
a new  vessel, rather than  be re-appropriated.  Mr.  Weise said,                                                               
"the ferry is  our road ... it's our lifeline."   He relayed that                                                               
closure would  impact schools  and school  activities.   He said,                                                               
 We support transitioning to a  public/private venture that could                                                               
make  the  ferry  system  sustainable"  as  well  as  the  reform                                                               
initiative proposed by Southeast Conference.   He stated that the                                                               
borough  does  not  support closing  the  highway  while  further                                                               
studying the issue.   In closing, he remarked  that the Tustumena                                                               
is  one of  the few  ways that  the average  person can  view and                                                               
enjoy the Alaska peninsula and the Aleutian islands.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:33:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE  COTZ  implored  the  committee  members  to  consider  the                                                               
difficulty of transporting  vehicles throughout Southeast Alaska.                                                               
She  emphasized  the  need  for   ferries  to  be  accessible  by                                                               
everyone.  She expressed her support for funding AMHS.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:35:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE  MAY  relayed that  AMHS  is  one  of  the only  means  of                                                               
transporting groceries and  other goods from Kodiak.   She stated                                                               
that  she  would  prefer  AMHS  service over  the  receipt  of  a                                                               
Permanent Fund Dividend  (PFD).  She noted that  a large dividend                                                               
would  not adequately  compensate  for the  increased expense  of                                                               
groceries and  services.  She  expressed her support  for funding                                                               
AMHS.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:36:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHEAL HOLDEN  relayed that  AMHS is a  "valuable asset"  to the                                                               
Port Lions community, as it  transports the food supply, supports                                                               
businesses,  and  supports   the  community's  transportation  of                                                               
recyclables.    He added  that  the  ferry  provides a  means  of                                                               
transportation for  community members that lack  access to skiffs                                                               
or elderly community members that would  be unable to travel on a                                                               
skiff.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:37:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LESTER LUKIN, Native Village of Port  Lions, spoke to the ways in                                                               
which   AMHS   "silently"   connects   Alaska's   rural   coastal                                                               
communities.   He  stated that  the ferry  service to  Port Lions                                                               
provides  a  reliable and  affordable  option  for ensuring  food                                                               
security, as Port  Lions does not have a grocery  store; he noted                                                               
that freight  costs for  a standard grocery  order can  cost more                                                               
than  a charter  on  the  local airline.    The ferry  transports                                                               
critical infrastructure  supplies; ensures access  to healthcare,                                                               
as weather often  limits air and small boat  travel; and provides                                                               
transportation  for  students  to  attend  school-related  sports                                                               
events.   Mr. Lukin noted  the convenience of bringing  one's own                                                               
vehicle to  transport groceries purchased  in Kodiak.   He stated                                                               
that  "many, if  not all"  of the  coastal communities  served by                                                               
AMHS already  experience poor economic  conditions.   He compared                                                               
the role of AMHS  to that of a bus service  in urban areas, which                                                               
is  designed to  meet the  needs of  residents who  cannot afford                                                               
personal vehicles.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:39:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES MCCURDY relayed  that he is a lifelong Alaskan.   He stated                                                               
that keeping  AMHS in its full  form is critical to  the State of                                                               
Alaska.   He relayed that  the state  is "doing [itself]  a major                                                               
disservice for even contemplating"  the elimination of year-round                                                               
ferry   service.      He   relayed   that   AMHS   is   "critical                                                               
infrastructure" for the communities that rely on ferry service.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:41:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIAN  ALLEN stated  that AMHS  is  Southeast Alaska's  highway,                                                               
which  plays  a similar  role  to  the  highways  in and  out  of                                                               
Anchorage.   She  relayed  that  a 2014  study  conducted by  the                                                               
McDowell Group  found that AMHS  was subsidized for  $117 million                                                               
and  brought in  $273 million  in revenue.   She  discouraged the                                                               
perspective that  AMHS ought  to be solely  by fares;  she stated                                                               
that there  is not  a single  ferry system in  the world  that is                                                               
self-supported.   She suggested  that AMHS  become an  income tax                                                               
supported corporation.  She related  her preference for travel by                                                               
ferry  and the  potential  for  AMHS to  play  a  bigger role  in                                                               
Alaska's tourism  economy.  Ms.  Allen closed by saying  that the                                                               
ferry  system   is  Southeast  Alaska's  highway   and  suggested                                                               
shifting  AMHS  into  an independent,  but  supported,  corporate                                                               
structure.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:43:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HARVEY  BRANDT  stated that  he  has  grandchildren presently  in                                                               
school  who  intend  to  use the  ferry  for  transportation.  He                                                               
relayed that his first memory of using  the AMHS was in 1966.  He                                                               
relayed his confusion  at the argument that  reduced ridership is                                                               
a  cause  for reduced  scheduling  and  stated that  the  inverse                                                               
relationship would  be more  accurate.  He  stated that  he finds                                                               
the  possible  closure  of  ferries   from  October  through  May                                                               
"bizarre."  He  said that shutting ferry service down  would be a                                                               
"disaster for Southeast Alaska and  other coastal economies."  He                                                               
stated  that the  governor's proposed  budget  could, in  effect,                                                               
drive the state back into  a recession.  He suggested considering                                                               
other models of funding AMHS.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:45:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  MEHLBERG   expressed  her   agreement  with   the  previous                                                               
testifiers.   She opined that  it is "outrageous" to  cut funding                                                               
of   AMHS  further,   as  funding   has   already  been   reduced                                                               
significantly.  She noted that  Valdez has seen road closures due                                                               
to  floods and  avalanches,  which  left the  ferry  as the  only                                                               
possible mode of  transportation.  She implored  the committee to                                                               
remember the needs of coastal Alaska.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:46:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NEIL KELLY  relayed that he is  a 40 year resident  of Valdez and                                                               
owns  a  business  in  the  tourism industry.    He  stated  that                                                               
Alaskans need  to pay for  services through taxes, just  as state                                                               
and federal  taxes pay for  roads.   He said, "Ferries  and roads                                                               
need to be paid for as a legitimate government service."                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:47:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID BERG,  Viking Travel and  Alaska Ferry Vacations,  spoke in                                                               
support  of long-term  funding  for  AMHS and  moving  it into  a                                                               
public/private  corporation modeled  after  the Alaska  Railroad.                                                               
He relayed  the value of AMHS  to the tourism industry  and noted                                                               
that many Alaskans also use AMHS.   He stated that uncertainty in                                                               
the  budgeting  process  and  the  late  release  of  the  summer                                                               
schedule causes visitors to  choose other transportation options,                                                               
which impacts businesses.   He stated that a  secure budget would                                                               
allow AMHS to  publish and operate a schedule through  the end of                                                               
the summer.   He  suggested restructuring  AMHS operation  into a                                                               
corporation like Alaska Railroad,  which Southeast Conference has                                                               
also recommended  in order to  "isolate AMHS from  political wars                                                               
and turf battles" and stabilize  its finances.  He encouraged the                                                               
legislature  to  support long-term  funding  and  move towards  a                                                               
public/private partnership.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:49:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE  HURSEY relayed  that she  and her  husband have  a charter                                                               
boat business that  runs from early May to  late September, which                                                               
depends  on travelers  from  the  ferry.   She  noted that  other                                                               
businesses in  Petersburg depend  on the ferry  system year-round                                                               
for  freight  and  transportation  and  that  it's  an  "economic                                                               
driver"  for Petersburg.   She  stated  that AMHS  serves as  the                                                               
community's  highway, which  are  expensive to  maintain but  are                                                               
"essential infrastructure" for a healthy  economy.  She urged the                                                               
committee's support of  AMHS and asked that they not  use cuts to                                                               
balance the budget.   She stated that she would  prefer a reduced                                                               
PFD and a small income tax to the loss of AMHS.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:50:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALAN LANNING,  Cordova City Manager,  stated that  each reduction                                                               
or  elimination  in  ferry service  negatively  affects  citizens                                                               
ability to  travel, the ability  to transfer goods  and services,                                                               
schools and  education, tourism  and the  development of  a self-                                                               
sustainable  economy, and  Cordova's  economy.   He relayed  that                                                               
Cordova supports a consistent and reliable ferry system.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:52:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF GUARD  stated that he  is a year-round resident  of Cordova,                                                               
has lived in Alaska for 36  years, a commercial fisherman, and is                                                               
a member  of the Cordova City  Council.  He asserted  his support                                                               
for a fully  funded ferry system and shared that  a recent survey                                                               
of Cordova  residents showed that  protection and  improvement of                                                               
AMHS to be  a top priority.  He said,  "The draconian budget cuts                                                               
as proposed in the governor's  budget will do nothing but destroy                                                               
economies and  communities served by the  marine highway system."                                                               
He  relayed that  there is  a 68.3  percent cut  to AMHS  in this                                                               
year's  proposed  budget,  while  the  central  region's  highway                                                               
system budget  had a  zero percent cut,  the northern  region has                                                               
had  a 0.6  percent cut,  and the  south coast  region has  a 1.9                                                               
percent cut.   He suggested  that AMHS  users are being  asked to                                                               
carry the  whole burden of  the marine highway costs  while other                                                               
highway users are not.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:53:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE SIROFCHUCK stated that "the ferry  is our road" and that the                                                               
government ought to  pay for AMHS as a basic  service. He relayed                                                               
that the  ferry is  used for the  transportation of  vehicles, by                                                               
small businesses that pickup supplies  on the mainland, by school                                                               
sports  teams,  and  by  pet  owners.    He  related  that  other                                                               
countries have  extensive and well  used ferry systems,  and that                                                               
Alaska should  be no different.   He emphasized the role  of AMHS                                                               
in Alaska's tourism industry and economy.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:55:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AIMEE WILLIAMS,  Executive Director, Discover  Kodiak, emphasized                                                               
the role  of AMHS in  bringing tourists  to Kodiak, which  is "an                                                               
extremely  valuable   diversification  tool  when  it   comes  to                                                               
creating  alternative revenue  streams for  Kodiak Island."   She                                                               
stated that  Alaskans also travel  to Kodiak for  weekend visits.                                                               
She relayed that,  as a United States Coast  Guard (USCG) family,                                                               
she and her family moved to Kodiak  on a ferry, as did 139 out of                                                               
140  other USCG  families.   She shared  that, without  the ferry                                                               
system, these families would not  have travelled through mainland                                                               
Alaska, where they purchased goods unavailable on Kodiak.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:56:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOYCE FRANK  stated that  she was representing  the needs  of the                                                               
Angoon community.   She  mentioned that  her son,  sitting beside                                                               
her, is  special needs and that  she was also speaking  on behalf                                                               
of those that are handicapped  who use AMHS to access healthcare.                                                               
She relayed that  Angoon is a small village  that isn't connected                                                               
to the road system; community  members often travel to Juneau for                                                               
community functions  or celebrations.   She  shared that  she and                                                               
her husband  rely on the  ferry for  access to healthcare,  as do                                                               
elders who are  often unable to use small sea  planes.  She asked                                                               
that the committee  hear her voice and the voices  of other small                                                               
communities in southeast that are not connected by roads.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:58:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON SOMERVILLE noted  that he is a lifelong  Alaskan resident and                                                               
grew up in Craig.  He  expressed his support for the construction                                                               
of a road as a means to increase  access to the ferry system.  He                                                               
stated that the ferry is a crucial means of transportation.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:59:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GENEVIEVE KNUDSON  relayed her concern  about AMHS cuts.  [Due to                                                               
technical difficulties, portions of  this audio are indiscernible                                                               
throughout.]                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:00:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS  WATSON, General  Manager, Inter  Island Ferry  Authority,                                                               
stated that  he served for  29 years  as an elected  official for                                                               
the City of Craig, is  the president of Southeast Conference, and                                                               
has served  as the chairman  for the  AMHS Reform Committee.   He                                                               
urged the  committee to take  all possible measures to  keep AMHS                                                               
fully functional.  He stated  that the governor's proposed budget                                                               
cuts  and the  hiring  of  a consultant  is  a  direct effort  to                                                               
curtail  ferry  service  permanently.     He  relayed  that  AMHS                                                               
provides   northern  access   to  other   southeast  communities,                                                               
mainland  Alaska,  and acts  as  a  southern  access point.    He                                                               
requested that the committee preserve AMHS.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:01:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIC GUCKER stated  that he became employed by AMHS  32 years ago                                                               
and that he is currently a  chief purser, but is also speaking as                                                               
an  end  user  and  a  stakeholder.    He  expressed  his  strong                                                               
opposition to  the governor's  proposed 75  percent cut  to AMHS.                                                               
He   stated  that   ferries   are  not   an   optional  mode   of                                                               
transportation  for tourists  but are  a "critical  lifeline" for                                                               
residents and  has a statewide  economic impact.  He  stated that                                                               
AMHS  transports  local   and  visiting  families,  international                                                               
travelers,  people  of  all   ethnicities  for  cultural  events,                                                               
patients traveling  to access  healthcare, students  traveling to                                                               
and from  music and sporting  events, military  families changing                                                               
duty  stations, construction  equipment  and building  materials,                                                               
refrigerated cargo containers,  and food.  He stated  that a more                                                               
equitable  solution  would  be  reducing  all  sectors  of  state                                                               
government equally.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:02:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY LYNNE DAHL relayed that she  has lived in Ketchikan for over                                                               
20 years  and that  she will be  speaking as a  citizen and  as a                                                               
certified financial planner professional  (CFP).  She noted that,                                                               
as a  CFP with over  35 years  of experience, she  builds budgets                                                               
and financial  plans and solves  financial problems.   She shared                                                               
that  she  reviewed the  governor's  budget  and  consider  it  a                                                               
disaster" and  that, in her  professional opinion, the  budget is                                                               
"simplistic  and will  not  work."   She  emphasized  that, as  a                                                               
citizen, "any PFD amount" is  not worth the reduction in spending                                                               
on AMHS or education.  She  stated that budget cuts "as draconian                                                               
as  these" are  cruel and  misguided.   She emphasized  the vital                                                               
role  of  AMHS in  the  routine  business  and daily  welfare  of                                                               
thousands  of   Alaskans  and   stated  that   elimination  would                                                               
ultimately  lead people  to leave  the state.   She  conveyed her                                                               
strong objection to the elimination  or disablement of AMHS prior                                                               
to establishment of viable and functioning alternative.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:04:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GENEVIEVE STILL relayed that her  family lives in Kodiak and that                                                               
she grew  up in Perryville.   She shared that she  uses the ferry                                                               
system  for transporting  her vehicle  to do  subsistence fishing                                                               
because it is less expensive than other modes of travel.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:05:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BARRETT  FLETCHER stated  that  he would  be  reading a  prepared                                                               
statement  on behalf  of  his daughter,  who  works remotely  and                                                               
seasonally out of Cordova and Kodiak.  He continued, as follows:                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     As a lifelong Alaskan I  have always enjoyed taking the                                                                    
     ferries of AMHS.   In recent years I have  come to rely                                                                    
     heavily on the  marine highway to be  an affordable way                                                                    
     for  me to  get from  my seasonal  jobs in  Cordova and                                                                    
     Kodiak.   Walking onto the  ferry, I know I'm  going to                                                                    
     get where  I'm going.   Walking onto  the ferry,  I can                                                                    
     afford  to take  all of  the supplies  and equipment  I                                                                    
     need  for months  of  remote work.    Walking onto  the                                                                    
     ferry, I  know I'm going  to enjoy my journey  far more                                                                    
     than  airport   time  and  multiple  flights   I  would                                                                    
     otherwise have  to endure.   And I'm  one of  the lucky                                                                    
     ones, living  on the  hard road  system and  taking the                                                                    
     ferry simply  because it  makes my  life easier.   What                                                                    
     happens  to all  of  those people  that suddenly  can't                                                                    
     shop at Costco and  bring their groceries home anymore?                                                                    
     What happens to  all those people that need  to bring a                                                                    
     new  or  old  car  from  Anchorage  to  their  isolated                                                                    
     community?                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MR. FLETCHER added  that, if any part of the  highway system were                                                               
to  be privatized,  it would  be  much simpler  to privatize  the                                                               
Glenn Highway than the entirety of AMHS' infrastructure.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:07:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LADONNA  BOTSFORD  shared  that  she   was  born  and  raised  in                                                               
Wrangell,  has been  riding  AMHS  for her  entire  life, and  is                                                               
currently  an AMHS  employee.   She  remarked that  she finds  it                                                               
deplorable that a  governor could hold such a  position and think                                                               
that  it  is   acceptable  to  slash  such  a   primary  form  of                                                               
transportation, which  connects coastal  communities to  the rest                                                               
of the state  and the country, without considering  the impact it                                                               
may have upon the communities.   She emphasized the extent of the                                                               
detrimental cuts  upon Southeast Alaska's communities,  and noted                                                               
that students would be unable  to participate in sports and music                                                               
events.  She  relayed her hope that a solution  could be found to                                                               
preserve AMHS, such as privatization or another restructuring.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:08:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROB FIX, Executive Director, Port  of Bellingham, stated that the                                                               
Port of Bellingham is the southern  terminus of AMHS and has been                                                               
so  for the  last 30  years.   He  stated that  AMHS is  Alaska's                                                               
connection to  the lower  48 and  the national  road system.   He                                                               
shared  that Bellingham's  northern  run is  always  full in  the                                                               
summer  and carries  reasonable  passenger loads  in the  winter,                                                               
fall,  and  spring; he  furthered  that  this run  generates  the                                                               
greatest farebox  revenue for AMHS.   He recognized the  State of                                                               
Alaska's budget  pressures and the subsidies  required to sustain                                                               
the  marine  highway  connection  to  Bellingham  and  urged  the                                                               
legislature to maintain year-round service to Bellingham.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:09:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WALT WELLER,  Mayor, City of  Pelican, relayed concern  on behalf                                                               
of Pelican's  residents and businesses  that the  already reduced                                                               
ferry  service  might   be  eliminated.    He   stated  that  the                                                               
guaranteed  freight service  provided  by AMHS  is  vital to  the                                                               
infrastructure  repairs that  the  City of  Pelican undertook  as                                                               
part  of a  revival.    He stated  that  the  ferry is  Pelican's                                                               
"economic  highway" and  necessary for  rebuilding the  community                                                               
and  businesses,  which allows  them  to  contribute to  Alaska's                                                               
economy and reputation as a  seafood supplier.  He concluded that                                                               
the  City of  Pelican  supports a  continuation  of the  existing                                                               
ferry service for all of Southeast Alaska.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:10:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK KELTY,  Mayor, City  of Unalaska,  expressed his  shock and                                                               
dismay at the  proposed budget cuts to AMHS.   He stated that, in                                                               
Southwest Alaska, the  marine highway system is  the road system.                                                               
He  asserted  that  communities  reliant  on  AMHS  shouldn't  be                                                               
treated  differently than  communities on  the road  system.   He                                                               
stated, in  closing, that the  state ought to reevaluate  the PFD                                                               
program and consider new sources of revenue.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:12:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILL JACOBS  stated that she  and her  family have used  AMHS for                                                               
the last  45 years and  exclusively for the  last 15 years.   She                                                               
mentioned the loss of the  freight contract several years ago and                                                               
the  monopoly held  by barge  companies.   She remarked  that the                                                               
state dollars  allocated to the study  of roads and a  "bridge to                                                               
nowhere could have gone to AMHS.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:14:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS  ZADRA relayed  that he  was calling  in while  aboard the                                                               
Aurora, in transit  from Whittier to Chenega.  He  stated that he                                                               
owns a guiding business and  purchases supplies in Anchorage.  He                                                               
shared that he  would "gladly give up" his entire  PFD to sustain                                                               
AMHS.   He indicated that  the proposed cuts would  isolate rural                                                               
Alaska and communities that lack access to the road system.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:15:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID THOMAS,  Business Owner, Sentinel  Coffee LLC,  shared that                                                               
he has used  the ferry for the last four  years for the operation                                                               
of his  business, but that  the schedule has  become increasingly                                                               
erratic and is no longer usable.   He relayed that with continual                                                               
cuts AMHS would  naturally "flounder" and people  that would have                                                               
used the  ferry will choose not  to.  He stated  that the economy                                                               
of Gustavus  would suffer because  of the proposed cuts  to AMHS.                                                               
He shared his support for AMHS funding.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:16:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WAYNE  CARNES   stated  that   infrastructure  is   an  essential                                                               
responsibility of  government.  He  relayed a situation  in which                                                               
Fairbanks  Steese,  Parks, and Richardson Highway  are closed and                                                               
Anchorages  Glenn  and Seward  Highways are  closed.   He posited                                                               
that  the highways  open Monday,  Wednesday, and  Friday for  one                                                               
hour.   He  stated that  this represents  the access  the coastal                                                               
communities have  for ferry service  and that shutting  AMHS down                                                               
would be  the equivalent of  shutting down all of  the previously                                                               
referenced highways.  He shared  that he's "more than willing" to                                                               
give  up  his  PFD  and  pay an  income  tax  to  fund  essential                                                               
government services, such as AMHS.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:17:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBB  ARNOLD  shared that  he  is  an  employee  of AMHS  but  is                                                               
speaking as  an Alaskan.   He questioned  the cost of  the reform                                                               
project,  privatization  plans,  and   the  hiring  of  a  marine                                                               
consultant.   He inquired as to  whether or not there  has been a                                                               
study  to examine  the cost  savings of  a new  management system                                                               
that would collaborate  with  labor  to fix  the system presently                                                               
in place.  He emphasized that  labor is willing to help and wants                                                               
to find efficiencies in the system.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:18:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  PANAMAROFF, President,  Koniag,  Incorporated, relayed  that                                                               
the  Kodiak  archipelago  includes  Kodiak  and  six  surrounding                                                               
villages, three  of which receive  service from AMHS.   He stated                                                               
that Koniag,  Inc. supports the  continued operation of  AMHS and                                                               
opposes the proposal to shut the  system down on October 1, 2019.                                                               
He relayed  that Koniag,  Inc. also opposes  the proposal  to re-                                                               
appropriate the  Tustumena replacement funds,  as the ship  is in                                                               
dire need of replacement.  He  also urged the committee to ensure                                                               
that  AMHS  continue  to take  reservations  for  sailings  after                                                               
October 1, 2019 due to the  concern that reduced ridership in the                                                               
fall  could support  arguments  of defunding  the  system in  the                                                               
future.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:19:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GREG  WAKEFIELD   relayed  that  he  operates   his  business  in                                                               
Anchorage   but  has   offices  in   four  coastal   communities,                                                               
Fairbanks, and  Palmer, giving him  a statewide perspective.   He                                                               
shared  that, without  the services  provided by  AMHS, companies                                                               
such as his  would not be able to  serve southeastern communities                                                               
or Kodiak.   He relayed that he previously served  as a member of                                                               
the  "reform  committee,"  which  presented two  studies  to  the                                                               
legislature and resulted in the  introduction of legislation.  He                                                               
shared his  dismay that there  are additional studies  being done                                                               
while adequate information has already been presented.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:21:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GERRY   HOPE  relayed   the  importance   of   AMHS  to   coastal                                                               
communities.   [Due to technical  difficulties, portions  of this                                                               
audio are indiscernible throughout.]                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:22:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICKI  NOVAK relayed  that she  lives  on an  island near  Kodiak                                                               
island   and  AMHS   provides   one  of   the   few  methods   of                                                               
transportation for goods  and vehicles.  She stated that  it is a                                                               
vital highway to the area.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:23:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SLASH SELIGMAN stated that she is  speaking for herself and is an                                                               
AMHS employee.   She  referenced a study  by the  McDowell Group,                                                               
which  found  that 1700  jobs  would  be directly  or  indirectly                                                               
affected by  the proposed  cuts as  well as  500 venders  and 175                                                               
Alaskan communities.   She  requested that,  if another  study is                                                               
necessitated,  the committee  consider feedback  from crewmembers                                                               
and the ships engineers.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:24:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORY THOLE relayed that he has  been a resident of Skagway for 28                                                               
years  and that  regularly  scheduled ferry  service is  directly                                                               
related to his  family's quality of life. He referred  to AMHS as                                                               
a  safe and  reliable  mode of  transportation  to travel  within                                                               
Southeast  Alaska and  out-of-state.   He relayed  that, for  his                                                               
family of  four, it is  cost prohibitive  to fly round  trip from                                                               
Skagway to Juneau.   He stated that the increased  cost of flying                                                               
round trip  twice would equal  the proposed increase in  the PFD.                                                               
[Due  to  technical  difficulties,  portions of  this  audio  are                                                               
indiscernible throughout.]                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:25:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY WEGNER, Ed.D.,  noted that she is the  Superintendent of the                                                               
Sitka School District.   She stated that AMHS plays  a vital role                                                               
in supporting public education in  Southeast Alaska.  She relayed                                                               
that, in the week prior,  the Region V basketball tournament took                                                               
place in  Sitka from Tuesday  to Saturday with over  500 students                                                               
and 100  chaperones.   She shared  that 400  of the  600 visitors                                                               
chose to travel to  Sitka by ferry.  She stated  that AMHS is the                                                               
preferred  method  of  travel for  student  activities  and  that                                                               
students  would  travel  by  ferry every  time  if  the  schedule                                                               
accommodated.  As  this is not currently the  case, students must                                                               
fundraise enough  money to take  Alaska Airlines to  attend games                                                               
and events.   She  stated that  in Fiscal Year  18 (FY  18) Sitka                                                               
High School  paid $221,000 to  Alaska Airlines.  She  stated that                                                               
this is an  example of how adjusting the  schedule could increase                                                               
revenue  for AMHS,  which provides  a relatively  low-cost travel                                                               
option.    She requested  that  AMHS  remain viable  for  coastal                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:26:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK JIMMY shared  that his father, Lee Frank  Jimmy, worked for                                                               
AMHS in the  70s and 80s.   He stated that it is  vital that AMHS                                                               
continue to operate.  He noted  the role that the ferry plays for                                                               
subsistence  families  traveling  from  Juneau  to  Haines.    He                                                               
relayed his dismay  that AMHS was "put on the  chopping block" as                                                               
it is the main highway for travel.   He echoed the sentiment of a                                                               
previous   testifier  on   the   importance  of   the  ferry   to                                                               
accommodating travel for school sports.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:28:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROL TREIM  relayed that she  was born and raised  in Petersburg                                                               
and used  the ferry  throughout her upbringing.   She  stated her                                                               
support  for  AMHS  and  requested that  the  committee  and  the                                                               
legislature be thoughtful and deliberate  when speaking about the                                                               
program.     She  stated   that  the   governor's  administration                                                               
attempted to justify  the proposed cuts by comparing  them to the                                                               
costs  of  industrial  roads,  which, she  furthered,  is  not  a                                                               
reasonable  comparison  as  the affected  communities  reside  on                                                               
islands.  She stated that,  besides being a poor comparison, this                                                               
argument is  dangerous, as  it pits  regions against  one another                                                               
and  "foments  a  divide  between   Alaskans."    She  urged  the                                                               
committee and  the legislature to  consider this  when discussing                                                               
AMHS.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:29:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN  MORREY stated  that  she  was speaking  on  behalf of  a                                                               
friend from  the Yukon.   She stated that the  proposed reduction                                                               
in scheduled service  in the winter would impact  the ability for                                                               
students to  participate in sports  and for community  members to                                                               
attend cultural events.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:29:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  TRUEX noted  the  absurdity of  the  elimination of  the                                                               
ferry system  and the simultaneous funding  of road construction.                                                               
He stated that building a  functional network of roads and inter-                                                               
island ferries would  be expensive and require at  least 20 years                                                               
to complete.   He said that loss of the  ferry would limit travel                                                               
throughout  the region,  the ability  to transport  vehicles, and                                                               
the ability  to import foods  and other  goods.  He  implored the                                                               
committee  to  preserve  crucial  public  infrastructure  when  a                                                               
replacement system is  decades away and when doing  so would only                                                               
result in the region's decline.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:30:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAYLE EASTWOOD stated that AMHS  is vital to Southeast Alaska for                                                               
students   participation  in  school  sports,  shipping  seafood,                                                               
shipping freight,  for moving UCSG  members, and for  the tourism                                                               
industry.  She  stated that no other highway is  expected to make                                                               
a profit; asphalt roads require  ongoing maintenance, and ferries                                                               
should  not  be expected  to  make  profit to  cover  maintenance                                                               
costs.   Ms.  Eastwood suggested  that AMHS  be removed  from the                                                               
Department  of Transportation  (DOT)  or that  it be  privatized.                                                               
She  stated that  DOT  treats AMHS  as "a  poor  relation.    She                                                               
stated  that ridership  would increase  as  a product  of a  more                                                               
robust schedule.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:31:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW SMALLWOOD stated  that he is a commercial  fisherman and a                                                               
40  year  resident of  Cordova.    He  relayed that,  during  the                                                               
campaign,  the governor  proposed to  "cut  the fat"  out of  the                                                               
state  budget,  which  is  not  an  unreasonable  message  for  a                                                               
"conservative   republican    candidate   representing   Interior                                                               
Alaska."    Mr. Smallwood  stated  that  the proposed  budget  is                                                               
extreme and  radical in the  suggestion that AMHS will  end after                                                               
57  years  of operation,  which  would  cut off  coastal  Alaskan                                                               
communities  from the  road system.   He  stated that  there were                                                               
ways to  withdraw ferry  services that  would have  respected the                                                               
needs of  coastal communities and  give greater time  and funding                                                               
to search  for alternatives.   He  stated that  Governor Dunleavy                                                               
could  have  allowed  discussion  of the  propriety  of  a  state                                                               
government  cutting  off road  access  to  70,000 people  or  the                                                               
economic  consequences of  suspending  AMHS  without any  advance                                                               
planning.  He  stated that Governor Dunleavy   made wild campaign                                                               
promises to a particular part  of his constituency and then wrote                                                               
them into  a budget that  addresses nothing  but a crisis  of his                                                               
own making"  before passing  the matter to  the legislature.   In                                                               
closing, he remarked on the need for an income tax.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:34:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SYLVIA  LANGE, Business  Owner,  shared that  she  is a  business                                                               
owner in  coastal Alaska and that  she and her husband  are fully                                                               
invested  as  lifetime residents.  She  relayed  that they  spend                                                               
hundreds  of  thousands of  dollars  in  Anchorage and  transport                                                               
supplies to  Cordova with their truck.   She stated that  she and                                                               
her  husband  own the  Reluctant  Fisherman  Inn in  Cordova  and                                                               
cancelled their expansion plans when  the Chenega was pulled from                                                               
service  as  the  expansion didn't  "pencil  out"  without  AMHS'                                                               
connection to  the road  system.  She  stated that  the community                                                               
needs  the roads  through which  the goods  and services  arrive,                                                               
without AMHS'  consistency and  reliability those  purchases will                                                               
be  done elsewhere.    She asserted  that the  budget  is in  the                                                               
legislature's hands  and that funding  AMHS is not a  subsidy but                                                               
an investment.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:36:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARL BECKER asserted  the need for a reliable  ferry service; the                                                               
community has  been developing a  tourism industry and  the ferry                                                               
has  been  an important  element  of  that  growth.   In  winter,                                                               
community members rely  on the ferry for travel  to Anchorage for                                                               
medical services, shopping,  meetings, dining, entertainment, and                                                               
visiting family  and friends.   He  stated the  pertinent concern                                                               
should be increasing ridership and  improving service.  He stated                                                               
that the land  highway system does not  directly generate revenue                                                               
and AMHS should not be held to a different standard.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:37:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH   PHILLIPS,  Community   Relations  Director,   Chamber  of                                                               
Commerce, relayed that  the Chamber of Commerce  hosts the annual                                                               
Kodiak Crab Festival, which is  the second largest funding source                                                               
for the  chamber; the  festival is  in its  61st year  and relies                                                               
upon AMHS to transport festival  rides.  She related that without                                                               
the  rides, the  chamber can  expect to  lose between  $8,000 and                                                               
$9,000  in ride  proceeds.   In addition,  25 percent  of venders                                                               
come from  off island,  such as  Anchorage, Wasilla,  Palmer, and                                                               
Eagle River, and  travel to Kodiak by ferry;  their absence would                                                               
lead  to  an  additional  loss of  proceeds  between  $9,000  and                                                               
$10,000.   She stated that the  loss of $20,000 would  "kill" the                                                               
event  and   cripple  the  educational   opportunities  currently                                                               
offered.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:38:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK  SCHIRO, Executive  Director, Chamber  of Commerce,  stated                                                               
that  AMHS   is  a  critical  transportation   link  for  coastal                                                               
communities  and the  gulf  of  Alaska.   He  stated that  Kodiak                                                               
businesses rely on  AMHS to transport goods and that  the loss of                                                               
the ferry would lead to drastic  price increases.  He stated that                                                               
removing the  ferry service  would  cripple   Kodiaks  businesses                                                               
and affect  the businesses  in Anchorage  and elsewhere  that are                                                               
venders to  Kodiak businesses.  He  stated that AMHS is  the only                                                               
road system  for Kodiak businesses  and individuals  to transport                                                               
large items and bulk quantities,  without which the cost of doing                                                               
business in  Kodiak would be  "insurmountable." He  expressed his                                                               
support for funding AMHS at a fully functional level.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:39:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROY  SMITH  stated that  he  was  born  and raised  in  Southeast                                                               
Alaska.    He related  that  he  vividly remembers  watching  the                                                               
inaugural run of the ferry; he  was in the seventh grade and part                                                               
of  the Wrangell  narrows was  visible  from the  classroom.   He                                                               
described  the event  as awe  inspiring and  recalled the  strong                                                               
desire to be on  the ferry.  He related that  the ferry became an                                                               
integral part  of the fabric  of his upbringing with  elements of                                                               
daily planning revolving  around the ferry schedule.   He relayed                                                               
that  he participated  in many  school functions  because of  the                                                               
ferry  system and  that it  is "truly  part of  the lifeblood  of                                                               
communities in southeast."  He shared  that it would be a sad day                                                               
if the ferry system becomes only a fond memory.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:41:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DARLENE  BRETKREUTZ  relayed that  she  was  born and  raised  in                                                               
Ketchikan.   She stated that 1500  jobs would be lost  upon AMHS'                                                               
closure, excluding the shipyard  employees, which would devastate                                                               
the  state.   She  emphasized  the vital  role  that  AMHS, as  a                                                               
highway  and connection,  plays  for communities  and the  state.                                                               
She  stated  that  AMHS would  require  subsidization  even  with                                                               
privatization and that, like any  other road, AMHS isn't designed                                                               
to  make money.   She  suggested adding  bars and  gift shops  as                                                               
additional sources of revenue.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:42:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONALD WESTLUND  stated that the general  funds' operating budget                                                               
in 2014  was $116 million  and has since  been spent down  to $72                                                               
million.  He expressed his  support for the Tustumena replacement                                                               
fund  and the  establishment  of  a new  revenue  stream for  the                                                               
state.   He suggested  that all highways  in the  interior become                                                               
toll roads.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:43:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BUCK  LINDEKUBEL stated  that he  was with  the Southeast  Alaska                                                               
Conservation Council.  He stated  that the governor imperiled the                                                               
state  treasury  by  not  conducting an  analysis  prior  to  the                                                               
recommendation of  the budget.   He  relayed that,  under federal                                                               
law,  the state  is  responsible for  using  federal aid  funding                                                               
consistent  with  agreements  reached with  the  federal  highway                                                               
system.    He stated  that  if  the  state doesn't  use  specific                                                               
transportation  assets procured  with federal  dollars, then  the                                                               
federal  government   can  "claw   back"  those  dollars.     Mr.                                                               
Lindekubel stated  that the Office  of Management &  Budget (OMB)                                                               
has not evaluated  the fiscal impacts of  the governor's proposed                                                               
suspension of  funding for AMHS  on the state's treasury,  and he                                                               
asked the committee to do so.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:45:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAWN BIESSEL  stated that he has  been an extensive user  of the                                                               
ferry  in   Southcentral  and  Southeast  Alaska   and  is  fully                                                               
supportive  of AMHS.    He stated  that  the governor's  proposed                                                               
budget  is  a  "betrayal  to  rural Alaskans."    He  echoed  the                                                               
sentiments of  previous testifiers and  stated that the  ferry is                                                               
the  coastal  highway  system.   He  expressed  his  support  for                                                               
continued  state  ownership, an  income  tax  that includes  non-                                                               
residents,  a  reallocation  of  PFD  dollars,  and  an  economic                                                               
analysis by the administration.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:46:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORETTO JONES  emphasized the need for  affordable transportation                                                               
in southeast and  other coastal communities, as AMHS  is the only                                                               
highway.    She suggested  setting  up  toll booths  in  northern                                                               
Alaska.    She  suggested  listening   to  the  requests  of  the                                                               
testifiers  and the  ferry's  pursers,  engineers, and  captains.                                                               
She relayed  that people use  the ferry for to  access healthcare                                                               
and to relocate vehicles.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:47:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GAVIN  HUDSON noted  his affiliation  with the  Metlakatla Indian                                                               
Community, Annette  Islands Reserve.   He stated  that Metlakatla                                                               
strongly  supports AMHS  and objects  to the  governor's proposed                                                               
budget cuts.   He stated that  AMHS is "not simply  a budget line                                                               
item  to  be cut.Rather,     it  is  a highway  and  Metlakatla's                                                               
lifeline  to   the  healthcare   facilities  in   Ketchikan,  the                                                               
Ketchikan  International  Airport,  Division  of  Motor  Vehicles                                                               
(DMV),  and the  state  court system.   He  stated  that, by  any                                                               
medical, educational, or economic  measure, the impacts of losing                                                               
AMHS service  would be  devastating.  He  asked the  committee to                                                               
reconsider  the  proposed cuts  as  the  ferry system  should  be                                                               
expanded and enhanced, rather than eliminated.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:48:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICKI SHELTON  urged the  committee to  maintain full  funding of                                                               
AMHS.   She relayed  her agreement  with previous  testifiers and                                                               
her support  of an  income tax  to bolster  revenue.   She stated                                                               
that AMHS  plays an  important role  in transporting  loved ones'                                                               
coffins from the Juneau mortuary to  Hoonah.  She stated that the                                                               
date  of  a  funeral  service  is  often  subject  to  the  ferry                                                               
schedule.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:49:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RENN NELSON  stated that  he is a  longtime Alaskan  resident and                                                               
supports AMHS.  He stated that  AMHS ought to be funded by taxes,                                                               
as every  Alaskan needs a  highway.   He emphasized the  need for                                                               
infrastructure that supports the state and the citizens within.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:51:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAN BAXTER related  that his grandfather was an  AMHS employee in                                                               
the 60s  and 70s on the  Taku and that he  recently began working                                                               
for AMHS.   He  remarked that  he was speaking  on behalf  of the                                                               
needs  of small  communities in  southeast,  as he  has lived  in                                                               
Pelican, Sitka,  Haines, Elfin Cove,  and Juneau.   He emphasized                                                               
the need for AMHS service.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:52:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ESTE FIELDING  relayed her affiliation with  Dahl Memorial Clinic                                                               
(DMC) in  Skagway.  She  stated her  support of full  funding for                                                               
AMHS.   She commented that  AMHS is used  not only for  access to                                                               
groceries, supplies,  and trips  to see  relatives, but  also for                                                               
children  to  participate  in extracurricular  activities.    She                                                               
stated  that  DMC  uses  the   ferry  to  transport  patients  to                                                               
hospitals with a  higher level of care  and transports physicians                                                               
and dentists  to Skagway.   She remarked  that AMHS  is Skagway's                                                               
highway and urged the committee to fund AMHS.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:53:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANA  RING stated  that previous  testifiers have  spoken to  her                                                               
concerns.  She  imparted that, upon moving to  Ketchikan 20 years                                                               
ago  with six  children, her  family relied  solely upon  AMHS to                                                               
travel.  Ms.  Ring relayed that she currently works  for AMHS and                                                               
enjoys her job and the opportunities it has provided.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:54:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIBBY STORTZ  stated that  she is a  longtime resident  of Alaska                                                               
and Sitka.   She  stated that  ferries are  an essential  part of                                                               
coastal Alaska,  as cars are  in the interior.   She hypothesized                                                               
about  the  difficulty of  traveling  from  Anchorage to  Wasilla                                                               
without  flying.   She  hypothesized  as  to the  consequence  of                                                               
defunding  DOTs  highway  maintenance and  clearings of  snow and                                                               
slides.   She said that  ferries are essential and  asserted that                                                               
they generally do not generate  profit.  She stated that problems                                                               
have  been   exacerbated  by   budget  cuts,   which  destabilize                                                               
schedules  and costs.    She relayed  her  support for  Southeast                                                               
Conference's  plan to  stabilize  finances,  which precludes  the                                                               
need for additional  studies.  She emphasized her  support for an                                                               
income tax that would include non-residents.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:55:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANN GRISWOLD relayed that she is  an AMHS employee and a resident                                                               
of  Southeast Alaska.   She  stated that  AMHS is  a highway  for                                                               
coastal communities  and holds equal  importance as a  highway in                                                               
Interior   Alaska.      She  emphasized   AMHS    importance   to                                                               
transporting people  to healthcare,  students for  sports related                                                               
travel,  groceries,  building   supplies,  heavy  machinery,  and                                                               
supplies for infrastructure repairs.   She related the importance                                                               
of  AMHS to  the tourism  industry, which  is a  critical revenue                                                               
stream for  coastal communities.   She concluded by  stating, "We                                                               
need the marine  highway in order to  have prosperous communities                                                               
in coastal Alaska."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:56:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY NIELSON  shared that she is  a business owner of  28 years.                                                               
She  sought to  emphasize  that  AMHS plays  a  critical role  in                                                               
commerce.   She  asserted the  need for  increased transportation                                                               
and funding  to DOT for roads.   She encouraged the  committee to                                                               
consider additional revenue sources.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:57:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANIS JOHNSON  stated that she  is a 38-year resident  of Valdez.                                                               
She emphasized the importance of  AMHS within the state's systems                                                               
of  transportation and  as equal  to asphalt  roads.   She stated                                                               
that the proposed budget cuts  disenfranchise rural Alaska, which                                                               
would  have  implications for  the  entire  state.   Ms.  Johnson                                                               
stated that  ferries are essential  for transporting  basic goods                                                               
and  supporting commerce,  healthcare, and  schools.   She opined                                                               
that  Alaskans  ought to  contribute  to  the support  of  public                                                               
infrastructure  through new  revenue streams,  such as  an income                                                               
tax and reductions in the PFD allocation.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:58:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACKIE  TYSON stated  that AMHS  is  equally as  critical as  the                                                               
highways  that  connect  communities  in northern  Alaska.    She                                                               
stated that the highway also  connects coastal communities to the                                                               
Alcan  Highway,  which  accommodates  travel  out-of-state  in  a                                                               
vehicle and  accommodates transportation of freight  and goods to                                                               
northern Alaska.   She  inquired as to  how much  those residents                                                               
pay to  drive on the  northern highways and roads,  while coastal                                                               
residents pay to  travel on the marine highway.   She stated that                                                               
doing   so   is  expensive   and   has   become  unreliable   and                                                               
inconvenient, which  decreases ridership.   She  recollected that                                                               
ferries  used to  be dependable,  safe,  relaxing, and  sociable.                                                               
She  said,   in  closing,  that  AMHS   is  coastal  communities'                                                               
connection   to  the   outside  world   and  that,   without  it,                                                               
communities would be completely  dependent on Alaska Marine Lines                                                               
and Alaska Airlines.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:00:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHI REIMER relayed her agreement  with the previous testifiers.                                                               
She added  that AMHS is the  only means through which  the entire                                                               
state  can  connect to  the  country  without passing  through  a                                                               
foreign country.   She shared her  belief that funding AMHS  is a                                                               
state  safety issue.    She stated  that  a prior  administration                                                               
supported the  construction of two  new ferries,  which currently                                                               
sit  in  Ketchikan; it  would  be  erroneous to  eliminate  these                                                               
ferries  because the  current governor  "doesn't  care about  the                                                               
importance of reliable ground transportation  for all of Alaska."                                                               
She  encouraged  the committee  to  work  diligently to  preserve                                                               
AMHS.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:01:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NORM CARSON stated that hes   representing the City of Pelican as                                                               
President of  the Pelican  Chamber of Commerce.   He  stated that                                                               
the ferry service  is an economic driver.  He  relayed that a new                                                               
seafood  processing plant  shipped out  100,000 pounds  of value-                                                               
added product last year, employed  24 people, and recently signed                                                               
a  25  year-long  contract.    He noted  that  the  business  had                                                               
anticipated  expansion but  would  be in  jeopardy without  ferry                                                               
service.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:02:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANET KUSSART  stated that she  is a 50-year resident  of Juneau.                                                               
She said, "It's not every year  that I have to decide between the                                                               
ferry system and  the PFD,and   indicted her  preference for AMHS                                                               
to receive  full funding  rather than the  dispersal of  the PFD.                                                               
She  requested   that  the  administration  raise   revenues  and                                                               
suggested the institution of an income  tax.  She stated that she                                                               
does  not  want AMHS  privatized,  as  the state  can  adequately                                                               
manage  the ferry  system and  privatization may  increase costs.                                                               
She stated that she  needs to be able to travel  with her car out                                                               
of  the  state, which  would  not  be  possible without  a  ferry                                                               
system.    She  posited  closing   the  Alcan  highway  to  gauge                                                               
reception.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:03:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICH LYON related an anecdote of  when he, his wife, and 300 high                                                               
schoolers attending a musical festival  were awaiting the arrival                                                               
of the  Columbia.  He relayed  his hope that the  proposed budget                                                               
cuts would not pass.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:05:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RORIE WATT  noted that he  is the city  manager for the  City and                                                               
Borough of Juneau.   He emphasized the importance of  AMHS to the                                                               
health  of  cultures, economies,  and  identity  of Alaska.    He                                                               
requested that  the committee support  providing a base  level of                                                               
funding  for AMHS  and that  the committee  adopt a  deliberative                                                               
process for considering change.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:05:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIDGET SMITH relayed that she has  lived in Alaska for 51 years,                                                               
throughout which  she has  travelled on  the ferry  system almost                                                               
every year and  has visited almost every port.  She remarked upon                                                               
the  lack  of analysis  and  statistics  used by  the  governor's                                                               
administration  to  rationalize the  proposed  cuts.   Ms.  Smith                                                               
asserted that  AMHS is essential,  much like the  highway between                                                               
Anchorage and Fairbanks,  and should not be  expected to generate                                                               
income.   She stated that in  1968 she paid an  annual school tax                                                               
and a modest state income tax.   She asserted that residents have                                                               
an obligation to  pay for services that support  the wellbeing of                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:07:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACY OLIVER  stated that  she is  representing herself,  her two                                                               
daughters, and her  husband.  She imparted that  her family moved                                                               
to Alaska  three years ago but  have been connected to  the state                                                               
for over  20 years  due to  AMHS.   She shared  that most  of her                                                               
talking  points have  already  been voiced.    She expressed  her                                                               
belief that  AMHS is a vital  service to the state.   She relayed                                                               
that  she has  many close  friends who  are AMHS  employees, some                                                               
which are very concerned about  their livelihoods.  She requested                                                               
that  the   committee  consider  the  safety   issues  that  AMHS                                                               
addresses in assisting mariners.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:08:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG SMITH stated that he  was representing Pelican, Juneau, and                                                               
all of  the rural communities.   He shared that, as  he spoke, he                                                               
had  two  trucks  on  the  ferry  that  were  hauling  materials,                                                               
roofing, and food.   He emphasized Pelicans  need  for the marine                                                               
highway.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:09:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAUN NELSHEM stated  that he is a teacher  and previously taught                                                               
in  Gustavus,   though  he  currently  teaches   in  Unalaska  to                                                               
communities connected  to the  marine highway.   He  relayed that                                                               
ferries  are the  principal mode  of transportation  for teachers                                                               
and their families around the  state and that defunding AMHS will                                                               
harm education in  Alaska.  He opined that  the state's allotment                                                               
of the  PFD in  the current fiscal  climate is  unsustainable and                                                               
irresponsible.   He  relayed that  the creators  of the  PFD were                                                               
planning  for  such events  and  the  state  must treat  the  $60                                                               
billion currently in  the fund as the account from  which to fund                                                               
services.    He  suggested  a  three  or  four  percent  rate  of                                                               
withdrawal to ensure  that the principal never  depletes to zero;                                                               
with  this in  mind withdrawing  four percent  of the  fund would                                                               
yield $2.4 billion  or a three percent withdraw  rate would yield                                                               
$1.8  billion annually,  forever.   He stated  that, though  this                                                               
would not solve  all of the state's budget problems,  it would be                                                               
an improvement  and ensure that coastal  communities can continue                                                               
to recruit exceptional educators.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:11:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES  called a recess  of the meeting until  5:30 p.m.                                                               
tonight.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:30:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STUTES  called  the Transportation  Standing  Committee                                                               
back to order.  Representative  Wool, Drummond, Story, and Stutes                                                               
were  present at  the call  to order.   Representative  Ortiz was                                                               
also present.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES opened public testimony.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:31:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETE  MICKELSON  stated  that  he  is  mayor  of  Whitshed,  near                                                               
Cordova.  He  stated that he has  relied on AMHS since  1973.  He                                                               
related that  it is  the singular  highway connecting  Cordova to                                                               
Whittier and Valdez.  He  stated that year-round service is vital                                                               
for  the  economy,  educational  opportunities  for  kids,  music                                                               
camps, and  meetings.  He  related that fishermen rely  upon AMHS                                                               
to arrive  in Cordova in March,  April, and May, and  to leave in                                                               
September and  October.   He suggested  increasing AMHS  funds by                                                               
doubling  the vehicle  fee between  Bellingham and  Ketchikan and                                                               
eliminating  the  ferry run  between  Valdez  and Whittier.    He                                                               
opined that AMHS  should be run by a public  company, as this may                                                               
reduce labor  costs.  He  suggested the generation  of additional                                                               
funds by reducing the PFD and the institution of an income tax.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:33:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARC CARREL  stated that he opposes  budget cuts to AMHS  and the                                                               
shifting of  AMHS to  a public/private  partnership.   He relayed                                                               
that he  is a year-round resident  of Cordova and would  not have                                                               
access to the road system without  the ferry.  He stated that the                                                               
marine highway is his road;  paved highways necessitate expensive                                                               
maintenance   and,  yet,   do  not   have   the  expectation   of                                                               
profitability.   He  said,  "Cordova  needs reliable,  year-round                                                               
ferry service  to thrive."  He  asserted that AMHS should  not be                                                               
expected to make a profit  and that a public/private partnership,                                                               
such as  the Alaska Railroad,  would reduce service  and increase                                                               
prices.   He  stated that  full forward  funding would  allow for                                                               
future reservations and schedules.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:34:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN  CARPENTER, Executive  Director,  Copper River  Watershed                                                               
Project, relayed  that the  Copper River  Watershed Project  is a                                                               
nonprofit that  works on sustainable  economic development.   She                                                               
indicated that low  ridership is a product of  increased cost and                                                               
inconvenient and  infrequent schedules;  AMHS cannot  be expected                                                               
to generate  revenue with reduced services  and increased prices.                                                               
She stated that the highway  system is subsidized through federal                                                               
funds and  that applying a  different standard to AMHS  would put                                                               
rural  Alaska at  a  disadvantage.   She  stated  that the  ferry                                                               
service is  a large economic  driver for coastal  communities and                                                               
that reduced service would hurt economies.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:36:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT  ADAMS  expressed  his  support  for  fully  funding  AMHS,                                                               
funding  new ferries,  and not  allocating funds  elsewhere.   He                                                               
shared that  he travelled  on a  ferry 41  years ago  from Prince                                                               
Rupert  to Haines.   He  stated  that reducing  funding for  AMHS                                                               
would  be  "economically, a  disaster."    He remarked  that  the                                                               
elimination of AMHS would reduce  coastal communities' quality of                                                               
life.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:37:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAMILLE FERGUSON, Sitka  Tribe of Alaska and  the American Indian                                                               
Alaska Native  Tourism Association, expressed  her organizations'                                                               
strong opposition to  funding reductions for AMHS.   She imparted                                                               
that  AMHS  provides  a  vital  economic,  cultural,  and  social                                                               
resource for tribes.  She  stated that the American Indian Alaska                                                               
Native Tourism  Association supports  growth in  cultural tourism                                                               
and supported  the Native American Tourism  and Improving Visitor                                                               
Experience Act;  tribes that are  along the ferry routes  will be                                                               
forced to sacrifice economic  opportunities without proper access                                                               
for economic development.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:38:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VAUGHN  HAZEL  stated  that  AMHS   is  vital  to  all  southeast                                                               
communities for  commerce, foot  and vehicle  transportation, and                                                               
fresh food.   He  indicated that a  land-based highway  system to                                                               
connect the  islands of southeast,  given the state's  budget, is                                                               
unrealistic.   He stated that scheduling  reductions raise school                                                               
operating costs,  business costs,  and individuals  travel costs.                                                               
He advised that  the ferry schedule be determined  early to allow                                                               
adequate time for organizations to plan.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:39:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE POLLNOW Sea  Level Consulting, LLC, stated that  she owns an                                                               
archeological firm  with a territory  that spans from  Yakutat to                                                               
Hyder.   She stated  that she stores  necessary equipment  in her                                                               
vehicle  and  uses   the  ferry  to  transport   to  work  sites.                                                               
Transporting  her   vehicle  by  barge  would   be  prohibitively                                                               
expensive  and would   break   her business.    She relayed  that                                                               
privatization is an  option, but a solution  should not devastate                                                               
the  economy or  restrict access  to medical  resources, tourism,                                                               
and school related  travel.  She related that she  often works on                                                               
behalf  of DOT  is cognizant  of the  disparate funding  for land                                                               
highways  and  the  marine  highway.   She  stated  that  without                                                               
another management  option that appreciates the  marine highways                                                                
contributions,   the  committee   ought   to   support  a   fully                                                               
functioning ferry  system and consider  the installation  of toll                                                               
booths on highways.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:41:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH  EPTON stated  that  she is  representing  herself and  her                                                               
husband,  Shawn, who  is currently  posted  on the  Aurora.   She                                                               
stated  that  it is  "criminally  shortsighted"  to defund  AMHS,                                                               
which would  create a  devastating economic  ripple effect.   She                                                               
relayed that the  ferry has had a series of  cuts in recent years                                                               
and is  no longer a  usable resource for  many.  She  opined that                                                               
Alaskans ought  to "agree to  invest" in the ferry  system, which                                                               
would,   in  effect,   support   Alaskans  and   "give  them   an                                                               
infrastructure within which to thrive an prosper."                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:42:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE CRAIG stated that she is  a 50 year resident; she took her                                                               
first ferry  ride in 1969 and  has used the ferry  throughout the                                                               
time since.     She relayed that,  at the time  and prior  to the                                                               
receipt of PFDs,  residents payed a $10 school tax  and an income                                                               
tax.    She urged  the  institution  of  an  income tax  and  the                                                               
disbursement of a  modest PFD.  She shared that  in 2004 and 2005                                                               
she worked  as a  naturalist on  the ferry,  she attested  to the                                                               
skill, competence, and courtesy of  the ferry's crew.  She shared                                                               
that  the   ferry  is  a   meaningful  form   of  transportation,                                                               
particularly for  the Alaska Native  community and  for children.                                                               
She urged full funding of AMHS.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:43:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAT  BRANSON, Mayor,  City of  Kodiak, imparted  her support  for                                                               
statements made  by previous  testifiers.   She stated  that this                                                               
budget indicates a  dearth of thought and planning.   She noted a                                                               
lack of  transparency with  a recent  request for  proposal (RFP)                                                               
and  the wastefulness  of making  the  RFP when  the AMHS  Reform                                                               
Initiative  has  already  been  completed.    She  asked  for  an                                                               
explanation  behind  the reallocation  of  $21  million from  the                                                               
Tustumena replacement fund to terrestrial  highways.  She related                                                               
her chagrin  at hearing comparisons  between road costs  to ferry                                                               
costs per mile,  and that use of such comparisons  is a misuse of                                                               
data  and  nonsensical.    She urged  the  committee  to  request                                                               
transparency and  have research  and analysis conducted  prior to                                                               
budgetary decisions.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:45:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE  SMALLWOOD  related that  he  is  a longtime  resident  of                                                               
Alaska, having arrived by ferry in 1972.   He stated that he is a                                                               
frequent user of AMHS and  supports funding it with state revenue                                                               
dollars.    He  stated  that  AMHS is  a  necessity  for  coastal                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:46:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOEL  PROBST  imparted  the  critical role  of  AMHS  to  coastal                                                               
communities  as well  as the  entire state.   He  stated that  it                                                               
should  remain a  state  entity  to ensure  that  service is  not                                                               
dictated by private interests.  He  stated that it is a necessity                                                               
and a lifeline  for coastal communities and residents.   He asked                                                               
the   committee  to   consider  the   record  setting   precedent                                                               
established  by the  outpouring of  support in  the day's  public                                                               
testimony.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:46:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIE ROSE stated  her opposition to the proposed  budget cuts to                                                               
AMHS.   She stated that  she lives  in Haines but  owns Shoreline                                                               
Wild Salmon, which operates out of  Pelican.  She shared that she                                                               
uses  AMHS  frequently  to  travel between  remote  towns.    The                                                               
functioning of  her business  is also  accommodated by  AMHS, for                                                               
the transport of  supplies and shipping of fish.   She said, "The                                                               
Alaska Marine Highway  is what connects all  of Southeast Alaska;                                                               
its existence is essential for  the well-being of our communities                                                               
as well as  for the strength of local businesses."   She urged an                                                               
end to short sighted budget cuts and support for AMHS.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:47:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSEPH  RIDLEY  stated   that  he  is  a   councilmember  of  the                                                               
Metlakatla Indian Community.  He  related the significance of the                                                               
ferry  connection  between  Metlakatla and  Ketchikan,  which  is                                                               
critical for  both cities' economies.   The ferry system  is used                                                               
for  personal   travel,  for  medical  transportation,   and  for                                                               
students   participation  in   extracurricular  activities.    He                                                               
expressed his hope  that the testifiers will be  heard and action                                                               
will be taken against Governor Dunleavey's proposed budget.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:48:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SETH HOWARD shared that he was born  and raised in Homer and is a                                                               
lifelong Alaskan.   He lived in Anchorage and moved  to Juneau in                                                               
2011 to work on AMHS.  He  asked why no one in any administration                                                               
is being held  accountable for the "gross  mismanagement" of AMHS                                                               
funds.  As  an example, he shared that the  dock across Knik Arm,                                                               
which has  never been used and  for which the motor  vessel (M/V)                                                               
Susitna was constructed, cost $12.6  million dollars and sold for                                                               
$1.7 million.  He relayed that  the two Alaska class ferries, the                                                               
Tazlina and the  Hubbard, were built for $60  million apiece with                                                               
a   design   concept   incompatible   with   the   current   dock                                                               
infrastructure.  He  indicated that the people of  Alaska are not                                                               
receiving  the best  services if  AMHS is  being mismanaged.   He                                                               
shared his full support of AMHS  to serve as a public highway and                                                               
noted that AMHS generates 40 percent of its operating budget.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:50:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOEY  TILLSON  Ketchikan  Chapter Vice  President,  Alaska  State                                                               
Employees  Association, stated  her  opposition  to the  proposed                                                               
budget cuts to AMHS.  She  stated that families rely on the means                                                               
of transportation to access supplies  and medical resources.  She                                                               
noted  that 300  jobs would  be affected  in Ketchikan  alone and                                                               
impact peoples   livelihoods.  She  noted that people  are moving                                                               
out of  state, which  indicates a poor  economy.   She questioned                                                               
why the  oil tax credit  has not  been lowered, as  companies are                                                               
receiving bonuses without completing  contracts.  She stated that                                                               
cutting funding for  AMHS should require congruent  cuts or tolls                                                               
for highways in Interior Alaska.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:52:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DANIEL  CHRISTENSEN shared  that he  has worked  for AMHS  for 15                                                               
years.    He  indicated  that  attempting  to  run  AMHS  like  a                                                               
corporation and  reducing services  would be  a "catastrophically                                                               
poor decision."  He relayed  disappointment on behalf of tourists                                                               
that  their  experience  aboard the  ferry  differed  from  their                                                               
expectations.  Mr. Christensen  recommended relaxing the schedule                                                               
to  reduce fuel  and  maintenance costs,  which  would allow  the                                                               
ships   to  run   at  efficient   speeds.     He  asserted   that                                                               
administrators  ought  to  stop neglecting  suggestions  made  by                                                               
engineers.    He  disclosed  that  he  has  personally  witnessed                                                               
repeatedly  deferred maintenance.   He  suggested investing  in a                                                               
more desirable  ferry system, rather than  condemning the current                                                               
system, which would  cripple the state.  He  remarked that people                                                               
testified with  grief and elegantly  written statements  but were                                                               
not able  to adequately  voice their grievances  due to  the one-                                                               
minute time limit.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:53:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHERINE GOODWIN  stated that  she has  worked at  the Ketchikan                                                               
shipyard for seven years and AMHS  represents 70 to 80 percent of                                                               
the  shipyard's  work.    She   relayed  that  shipyard  workers                                                                
earnings  contribute  to  the  communitys   economy,  as  do  the                                                               
various specialists  that routinely  fly to Ketchikan  to inspect                                                               
vessels.   She said  that AMHS is  southeast's highway  and that,                                                               
like  any other  highway, it  cannot be  run like  a corporation.                                                               
She said  cutting the budget  would affect the economy  and would                                                               
lead to a loss in the skilled workforce in Ketchikan.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:54:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICKY  JOE  KENNEDY shared  her  belief  that  there has  been  a                                                               
misappropriation of funds.  She  asserted that the legislature is                                                               
responsible  for the  proposed budget  cuts.   She expressed  her                                                               
dismay at the possible loss of Kodiak's ferry service.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:56:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHANNON  ADAMSON,  Regional  Representative,  Masters,  Mates,  &                                                               
Pilots, relayed  that in addition to  representing AMHS' licensed                                                               
staff  officers, she  is on  the  Marine Transportation  Advisory                                                               
Board  and Southeast  Conference's  AMHS Reform  Committee.   She                                                               
relayed that  she previously sailed  with AMHS as a  deck officer                                                               
for several  years.   She attested  to the value  of AMHS  to the                                                               
employees  and  the communities  and  villages  it serves.    She                                                               
continued, as follows:                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
     Ships  like the  LeConte,  the Aurora,  the Lituya  are                                                                    
     imperative to  the villages they  serve.  They  rely on                                                                    
     them for  access to groceries,  medical care,  and many                                                                    
     other  vital  supplies.    Ships  like  the  Matanuska,                                                                    
     Malaspina,  and   the  Columbia  bring   visitors  that                                                                    
     support our  local businesses as well  as moving locals                                                                    
     around.   The  Kennicott provides  a direct  connection                                                                    
     between  the  interior and  the  lower  48 as  well  as                                                                    
     servicing villages  and the Tustumena provides  a vital                                                                    
     link to the Aleutian Chain.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MS.  ADAMSON relayed  that  the majority  of  AMHS employees  are                                                               
residents of  Alaska; employees live,  work, and send  their kids                                                               
to school in Alaska and rely on AMHS for their livelihood.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:57:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICOULOUS ADAMSON relayed that he is  a 13 year AMHS employee and                                                               
currently  serves as  the  chief maid  on the  M/V  LeConte.   He                                                               
relayed  that village  life is  a "unique  existence" that  lacks                                                               
barge  and  aircraft service  to  transport  supplies, food,  and                                                               
medicine.  He stated that many  communities that do have a runway                                                               
can  only handle  small  aircraft, which  may  be unusable  given                                                               
winter conditions.   He  noted that  passengers have  been riding                                                               
the  ferry for  their entire  lives, from  infancy to  an elders                                                                
last  trip home.    He  recollected, "One  of  the most  powerful                                                               
experiences of  my career  has been  to be on  board the  ship as                                                               
Angoon welcomes home  someone who has passed to be  laid to rest.                                                               
It  is truly  an  amazing  ceremony."   He  noted  that when  the                                                               
Guardian Air flight recently crashed  near Kake, both the LeConte                                                               
and the Columbia  deviated from scheduled runs  to participate in                                                               
the search for the missing aircraft.   He shared that in the case                                                               
of another oil spill, the Kennicott  is designed to act as an oil                                                               
spill response  command ship.   He remarked that the  benefits of                                                               
AMHS  reach  far  beyond  passenger  and  vehicle  transportation                                                               
service.  He said, in  closing, "Continued reliable ferry service                                                               
is a part of the coastal Alaska  way of life.  Cutting this vital                                                               
link out will decimate this lifestyle."                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:59:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAIME  BRICKER  stated  that  she   is  a  lifelong  resident  of                                                               
Southeast  Alaska.   She  asserted that  the  elimination of  the                                                               
ferry  would  be  tantamount to  imprisonment  of  the  community                                                               
members of  Southeast Alaska, where  weather is often  too severe                                                               
to  accommodate aircraft  and  airplanes  have limited  capacity.                                                               
She  relayed  that  AMHS  increases   access  to  healthcare  and                                                               
participation  in school,  sports, tribal,  political, community,                                                               
cultural, and  art events.   She shared  that AMHS also  plays an                                                               
important role  in the transportation  of groceries  and building                                                               
supplies  and supports  off-season independent  travelers, postal                                                               
service, community projects,  partnerships, and small businesses.                                                               
She stated that  the small communities would  not survive without                                                               
the service of AMHS and that she would accept a smaller PFD.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:00:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLA HOWARD, Councilmember, Kake  City Council, stated that Kake                                                               
is located  on an island  and, without the marine  highway, would                                                               
not survive.   She  relayed that Kake  community members  pay the                                                               
highest  rates for  fuel, electricity,  and food  and that  small                                                               
businesses do not survive in Kake.   She said that the courthouse                                                               
was recently   taken  and  that there  is "no  law and  order" in                                                               
Kake and indicated a sense of  despair and seclusion.  Ms. Howard                                                               
disclosed that her daughter's life  was taken, as well as another                                                               
young woman's  life.   She indicated  her concern  that community                                                               
members  would choose  other methods  to travel,  and risk  their                                                               
lives in doing so, should AMHS discontinue operation.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:02:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORETTA RICE  requested full funding  for AMHS.  She  related the                                                               
significance and  noted that  AMHS is  southeast's highway.   She                                                               
said that cutting  funding would cripple all  of Southeast Alaska                                                               
and all coastal communities.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:02:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE  JAMIESON shared  that  she  is a  60  year resident  of                                                               
Wrangell, a business owner, and  a concerned citizen.  She shared                                                               
that  she  supports retaining  AMHS  to  keep Southeast  Alaska's                                                               
economies thriving as AMHS is  southeast's highway, much like the                                                               
road highways  of other communities.   She relayed that  the loss                                                               
of ferry service would affect  student's ability to attend school                                                               
activities  and   lead  to  a   reduction  in   tourism,  capital                                                               
development,  access  to  food,   shipping  of  fish,  access  to                                                               
medicine, and  transportation of  patients and  pets.   She noted                                                               
the importance  of AMHS  in the  case of a  local or  region wide                                                               
disaster.   She said,  in closing,  that connecting  economies in                                                               
Southeast Alaska allows for economies and people to thrive.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:03:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  DOZIER shared  that she  is  a disabled  veteran.   She                                                               
indicated  that  people  need connection,  not  isolation.    She                                                               
echoed  a previous  testifier's comment  that the  elimination of                                                               
ferries would be tantamount to  an incarceration.  She noted that                                                               
the waterways  of the Alexander  Archipelago have  been seafaring                                                               
from  the  antiquity  of  time.    She  noted  that  communities'                                                               
commerce and  way of  life are dependent  on the  coastal waters.                                                               
She indicated  that  this is one  of the few places  we help each                                                               
other" and that now is not the time to take away a way of life.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:04:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICKIE BUNESS shared  that she is a 60-year  resident of Wrangell                                                               
and that one of her earliest  memories is running to the ferry to                                                               
purchase  an  ice cream  cone  from  the  ship.   She  emphasized                                                               
Wrangell's reliance upon  AMHS for commerce and as a  way to move                                                               
goods, people,  and services.   She stated  that her  family uses                                                               
the ferry for medical travel,  work, and vacations.  She implored                                                               
the committee to retain funding for AMHS.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:05:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  LOCKABEY indicated  that the  proposed cuts  to AMHS  are a                                                               
product of inadequately addressing  AMHS' problems when the state                                                               
had  a  $14   billion  surplus.    He  stated   that  AMHS  keeps                                                               
communities,  commerce, and  fisheries connected.   He  concurred                                                               
that  the current  deficit requires  action and  budget cuts  but                                                               
urged the committee to keep communities connected.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:06:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA  RELAY, Board  President, Valdez  Convention &  Visitors                                                               
Bureau, urged  the committee to  support AMHS.   As a  travel and                                                               
tourism  destination  marketing   organization,  the  members  of                                                               
Valdez  Convention  &  Visitors  Bureau (VCVB)  rely  upon  AMHS.                                                               
Valdez's  tourism  industry  would   dwindle  with  a  diminished                                                               
transportation system.  She emphasized  the value of tourism as a                                                               
resource within  a diversifying economy.   She advised investment                                                               
into  the  marine highway  in  light  of  tourism's role  in  the                                                               
economy; more  than 2.25 million  visitors come each  year, which                                                               
generates  more  than  $126  million in  state  revenue  and  $88                                                               
million in municipal revenue.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:08:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID KENSINGER  shared that he  is a 40-year  user of AMHS.   He                                                               
stated that  he has tried,  unsuccessfully, to reform  the system                                                               
for 20 years.   He stated that  it is important to  fund AMHS and                                                               
encouraged  that the  committee  also  consider reforms,  without                                                               
which  budgetary  concerns  will  continue in  the  future.    He                                                               
referenced the reform plan presented  by Southeast Conference and                                                               
urged its passage.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:09:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDA  SLAUGHT stated  her  opposition to  the  proposed cuts  to                                                               
AMHS.   She shared that the  ferry brought her and  her family to                                                               
Petersburg 25 years ago and  accommodated road trips in the lower                                                               
48 and  in Northern Alaska.   The ferry also  accommodated travel                                                               
for  her children's  braces, for  her  children's school  related                                                               
activities,  and for  scouting trips.   She  emphasized the  role                                                               
that the ferry played in her  family and stated that thousands of                                                               
other families  rely on the  ferry as  an integral part  of their                                                               
life.  She encouraged full funding of AMHS.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:11:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB  BEHRENDS  thanked AMHS  for  providing  great service.    He                                                               
shared that he and his wife  are 30-year residents of Cordova, as                                                               
well as  small business owners.   He  stated that they  have used                                                               
the  ferry for  travel for  high school  sports, healthcare,  and                                                               
transporting supplies.   He said that AMHS is  "the lifeblood for                                                               
Cordova,"  for businesses,  schools, and  kids.   He stated  that                                                               
consistent year-round AMHS service is  not a luxury but essential                                                               
for Cordova, which is off the road  system.  He stated that it is                                                               
critical that AMHS' service continue into the future.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:12:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE HAHN  shared her belief that  it is in the  state's best                                                               
interest for  AMHS to  receive full  funding at  FY 16  levels or                                                               
higher.  She  stated that AMHS returns to  Alaska's economy  more                                                               
than two to one on the  investment of every dollar spent from the                                                               
general  fund,"   which  is  sustained  when   healthy,  thriving                                                               
communities,  businesses, and  individuals consequently  generate                                                               
more  business;  decreasing the  investment  into  AMHS would  be                                                               
detrimental to all entities involved.   She shared that she would                                                               
prefer to  pay a  state income  tax and  receive reduced  PFDs to                                                               
maintain  or  increase essential  state  services.   She  further                                                               
relayed that  reforming AMHS may  be necessary but should  not be                                                               
rushed.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:14:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN ROSEVERY  urged full  funding of AMHS.   She  shared that                                                               
she is a  florist and a 42-year resident of  Cordova.  She shared                                                               
that  she uses  the  ferry  to access  healthcare  and to  attend                                                               
conferences.    She  stated  that  AMHS is  the  basis  of  their                                                               
livelihood   and   provides  interconnectivity   of   communities                                                               
throughout Prince William Sound and southeast.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:15:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL  JOHNSON, President  and  CEO,  Highliner Consulting  Group,                                                               
LLC, shared  that he grew up  in Angoon, Yakutat, and  Sitka.  He                                                               
stated that the  budget, as presented, is cause  for concern that                                                               
Alaska would  not be in  compliance with  federal  highways Title                                                               
III,  equal opportunity  access to  transportation dollars.    He                                                               
stated that nearly every community  that's been represented has a                                                               
tribal government with a tribal  transportation director that has                                                               
access to  funds; the state  could engage tribes in  a meaningful                                                               
partnership to  address AMHS' under  funding.  He  indicated that                                                               
the  testifiers are  requesting the  bare minimum  and that  many                                                               
residents can attest to years of diminished service.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:16:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER MCCLAIN  shared that she  previously lived in  Juneau for                                                               
three  years and  that  AMHS  is a  vital  resource for  Alaska's                                                               
coastal  communities.   She shared  that people  rely on  AMHS to                                                               
travel  home,  transport  supplies, participate  in  high  school                                                               
sports,  transport  elders  home,  access  healthcare,  and  ship                                                               
cargo.  She  stated that it is  not possible to fly  into many of                                                               
the communities that  have been represented.  She  asked that the                                                               
committee   fund  the   marine   highway,   review  the   current                                                               
operations, and  consider how vital  of a resource  ferry service                                                               
is for communities.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:17:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TANIA HARRISON stated  that she opposes the proposed  cuts to the                                                               
ferry,  as AMHS  is the  road for  remote communities.   It  is a                                                               
vital link to other communities  and privatization could make the                                                               
service  prohibitively expensive  or  unreliable.   She  reasoned                                                               
that AMHS  should be  treated as any  other state  highway, which                                                               
the  state is  expected  to  fund, operate,  and  maintain.   She                                                               
emphasized the imperativeness of AMHS  and shared her support for                                                               
a state income tax  and a reduced PFD to allow  the state to fund                                                               
basic services.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:18:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEB MARROW expressed his agreement  with previous testifiers.  He                                                               
added  that if  there were  a  reduction in  air travel,  options                                                               
would  be  dramatically  limited   without  ferry  service.    He                                                               
referenced  Representative Sharon  Cissna's  experience with  the                                                               
Transportation  Security  Administration  (TSA);  he  noted  that                                                               
Representative Cissna opted  to travel by ferry  to Juneau rather                                                               
than re-experience TSA's demeaning body search.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:20:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA  ALEXANDER   related  her   background  as   a  hospital                                                               
administrator  and   previous  director   of  planning   for  the                                                               
Department  of  Health and  Social  Services.   She  stated  that                                                               
today's deficit is  the result of many years  of unbalanced state                                                               
budgets  and that   we  cannot cut  our way  out  of this  budget                                                               
problem  without consideration"  of  the possible  impacts.   She                                                               
shared that her  tribe has 30,000 tribal citizens,  many of which                                                               
live  in Southeast  Alaska.   She shared  her worry  that they'll                                                               
receive  inadequate healthcare  when poor  weather limits  travel                                                               
options and  the ferry  isn't available.   She posited  that many                                                               
people   will  die,   particularly  fragile   elders,  which   is                                                               
unacceptable.  She stated her support  for funding AMHS at the FY                                                               
18 level,  the employment of  Southeast Conference's  analysis to                                                               
guide  change, and  the  use  of AMHS'  staff  suggestions.   She                                                               
stated that  she would support an  income tax and a  reduction in                                                               
the PFD.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:21:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VALERIE BROOKS  shared her adamant  opposition to a  reduction in                                                               
AMHS'  funding.   She relayed  that  she has  lived in  Southeast                                                               
Alaska for almost 40 years,  during which her family has traveled                                                               
on  AMHS numerous  times to  transport cars,  receive healthcare,                                                               
and participate in  high school activities.  She  stated that the                                                               
same   level  of   service,  dedicated   employees,  and   travel                                                               
possibilities  must  exist for  future  generations.   She  urged                                                               
against   privatization   and    suggested   collaboration   with                                                               
communities to create convenient schedules.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:23:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DORINDA KEWAN,  Mayor, City of Port  Lions, shared that she  is a                                                               
lifelong resident  of Port Lions  and is speaking as  the current                                                               
Mayor of Port  Lions and a long-time user of  the Tustumena.  She                                                               
stated  that  her  initial concern  upon  seeing  the  governor's                                                               
proposed budget  was the devastation  it would cause  for coastal                                                               
Alaska.   She shared that  Port Lions no longer  receives freight                                                               
service  from Seattle  and that  the  airstrip only  accommodates                                                               
small planes,  which often cannot  fly due to  inclement weather.                                                               
She relayed that  AMHS is a much more reliable  form of travel to                                                               
access Kodiak,  Homer, and the  road system as well  as transport                                                               
people, food,  vehicles, building materials, and  equipment.  She                                                               
expressed her  support for increasing the  Tustumenas  efficiency                                                               
by reducing the  number of trips to ensure that  the ship doesn't                                                               
travel with  significant vacancies.   She  encouraged legislators                                                               
to treat AMHS  as a highway and as a  critical and essential part                                                               
of  Alaska's  infrastructure, no  different  than  the Parks  and                                                               
Glenn highways.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:24:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAT  HOLMES noted  the difficulty  of working  in Kodiak  and the                                                               
Aleutian islands prior  to ferry service.  He  shared his support                                                               
for  full forward  funding of  AMHS, a  return to  an income  and                                                               
school head tax, a reduced PFD, and  a review of the oil tax.  He                                                               
stated  that  AMHS  was promised,  planned,  and  implemented  to                                                               
parallel highway  development on the mainland  and has functioned                                                               
very  well  until  recently.    He  stated  that  the  governor's                                                               
proposed  budget ignores  the  promises,  planning, and  benefits                                                               
that  preceded his  administration.   He  shared his  concurrence                                                               
with previous testifiers.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:25:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  TORSSEN,  Board  Member   and  Clerk,  Ouzinkie  Native                                                               
Corporation  and   the  City  of  Ouzinkie,   shared  her  strong                                                               
opposition to  proposed cuts to  AMHS. She stated  that residents                                                               
of Ouzinkie rely upon AMHS service  to travel to Kodiak and Homer                                                               
for  groceries, as  Ouzinkie does  not have  a store.   Residents                                                               
must also  travel by ferry  to access healthcare, as  the weather                                                               
is  too variable  for travel  by air  or skiff,  and school  aged                                                               
children rely on  the ferry to participate  in school activities.                                                               
She  reminded  the  committee  that   AMHS  is  the  highway  for                                                               
traveling to  and from Kodiak  and Anchorage.  She  remarked that                                                               
the  proposed   budget  cuts   feels  disrespectful   to  coastal                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:27:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDY KHMELLEN noted that he is  a 27-year resident of Alaska.  He                                                               
shared  that  elementary school  field  trips  to Haines,  middle                                                               
school  trips for  camping in  Hoonah, and  high school  trips in                                                               
Sitka, Wrangell,  Petersburg, and  Ketchikan would not  have been                                                               
possible without the  ferry.  He indicated  that opportunities in                                                               
education, cultural  development, and  athletics would  have been                                                               
dramatically different without ferry service.   He shared that he                                                               
has a  four-year-old son,  whom he  would like  to have  the same                                                               
opportunities while  growing up in  southeast.  He  expressed his                                                               
support  for a  fully funded  ferry with  year-round service  and                                                               
indicated his willingness to receive a smaller PFD.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:28:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID BELL shared that he is  a lifelong resident of Alaska and a                                                               
deckhand  on  AMHS.    He   said  that  some  of  the  statistics                                                               
previously shared  don't show  what's seen on  the boat,  such as                                                               
the  transportation of  fishing  supplies,  boats, and  fishermen                                                               
from Kodiak  to the  Aleutian Chain  in the  summer.   He relayed                                                               
that in  September and October  the Tustumena is full  of hunters                                                               
heading  to Kodiak.   In  the winter,  AMHS transports  fish vans                                                               
from Kodiak to Homer and back.   He stated that all of this would                                                               
be lost due to the proposed budget's cuts.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:29:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERLING WALL  shared that he  is an  AMHS deckhand and  has worked                                                               
throughout Alaska:  in Southcentral  Alaska on the  Tustumena, on                                                               
the Aurora, in  southeast on the Malaspina,  Matanuska, Taku, and                                                               
LeConte.  He shared that he  finds it concerning that new vessels                                                               
are  constructed as  port specific  rather than  region specific.                                                               
He  noted that  he's  observed budget  reductions  to AMHS  while                                                               
there's the simultaneous construction  of vessels that are poorly                                                               
suited for  the current infrastructure.   When this  occurs, they                                                               
have to  add crew quarters or  doors to the vessels  so that they                                                               
can fulfill  their unintended purpose.   He indicated  his dismay                                                               
at  the  removal of  the  Tustumena  replacement funds  from  the                                                               
budget.   He  suggested  building a  new fleet  in  light of  the                                                               
current  aging fleet,  which  brings with  it  costs of  deferred                                                               
maintenance.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:31:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN  LEAD  noted  that  not a  single  previous  testifier  has                                                               
suggested elimination  of the ferries  and that ferry  service is                                                               
clearly  economically, socially,  and culturally  important.   He                                                               
indicated  his confusion  at the  possibility of  desolating  the                                                               
communities that aren't  on the rail belt just  to subsidize some                                                               
of the  largest corporations in  the world."   He stated  that he                                                               
fully supports increased funding for AMHS.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:31:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANN MCPHERSON shared  that she is a longtime  Juneau resident and                                                               
an employee  representative for the state  Supervisory Unit Local                                                               
4900.  She  spoke in full support  of AMHS.  She  relayed that it                                                               
is  integral  and necessary  in  Southeast  Alaska and  that  the                                                               
impact  of  reduced ferry  service  would  be devastating.    She                                                               
relayed that the ferry system  is southeasts  only highway and is                                                               
a vital connection between communities.   She urged the committee                                                               
to fund AMHS for year-round service to all communities.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:32:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY  SWEENEY   relayed  that   the  ferry   system  is   a  vital                                                               
transportation  artery  for  Southeast  Alaska and  is  of  equal                                                               
importance as  the land-based  highways in  Central Alaska.   She                                                               
noted that  AMHS is not self-supporting,  but land-based highways                                                               
do not generate any revenue.   She stated that the marine highway                                                               
is  essential to  the  economic and  social  fabric of  Southeast                                                               
Alaska communities.   She relayed  that she would  relinquish her                                                               
entire PFD and pay  a state income tax, as well  as pay for other                                                               
state services and maintenance  to Alaska's terrestrial highways,                                                               
to sustain ferry service.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:33:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RENEE TRAFTON, Owner and Chef,  Beak Restaurant, stated that AMHS                                                               
facilitates  business across  Southeast Alaska.  She stated  that                                                               
without year-round  ferry service  her business, and  other small                                                               
businesses in  Sitka, would  lose access to  service.   She urged                                                               
the committee  to fully fund AMHS.   She noted that  she would be                                                               
willing to forgo the PFD and pay and income tax.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:34:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATT  TRAFTON  shared  that  he  was appalled  to  learn  of  the                                                               
governor's proposed  cuts to AMHS, especially  after the governor                                                               
made explicit  campaign promises  to not cut  AMHS.   Mr. Trafton                                                               
shared  that, without  roads, the  ferry is  the only  affordable                                                               
means to transport  people and supplies and  that students, those                                                               
with medical  needs, small businesses,  and others rely  on AMHS.                                                               
He stated that the governor's  75 percent cut would devastate the                                                               
system and  that he  would much  prefer a state  income tax  or a                                                               
reduced PFD  than a defunct  ferry.   He urged opposition  to the                                                               
proposed cuts.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:35:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTINA  KURZER  mentioned that  she  works  for Sitkans  Against                                                               
Family  Violence, a  shelter for  survivors of  domestic violence                                                               
that  serves  Angoon,   Kake,  and  Sitka.     She  shared  that,                                                               
oftentimes,   individuals   must    urgently   escape   dangerous                                                               
situations; she  said, "The ferry is  not only a lifeline,  it is                                                               
also an escape  route."  She stated that it  would be troublesome                                                               
to see  the ferry eliminated  because some people  are physically                                                               
unable  to  travel on  an  airplane,  which  can be  grounded  by                                                               
inclement weather.   She stated  that they do not  want survivors                                                               
to be trapped  in villages or island communities  without a means                                                               
of transportation.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANN  PHIPPS  GRAHAM  emphasized  the  need  for  full  year-round                                                               
funding to  maintain highway service afforded  to other Alaskans.                                                               
She stated  that, for  many years,  ferry users  have paid  a fee                                                               
while  those  that use  a  terrestrial  highway  have not.    She                                                               
relayed that many  people rely on the  ferries for transportation                                                               
to  school activities  and healthcare.   She  furthered that  the                                                               
ferry  service is  often the  only method  of transportation  for                                                               
elder individuals  who, due to  medical conditions, are  not able                                                               
to use  an airplane.  She  asserted that much like  the people in                                                               
Northern  Alaska, those  in Southeast  Alaska rely  on a  highway                                                               
system.  She questioned the notion  that AMHS ought to generate a                                                               
profit.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:38:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA  WALLIN  stated  that  she  represents  herself  and  her                                                               
husband,  who  is  a  third   generation  Alaskan  and  a  second                                                               
generation  AMHS  employee.   She  requested  that the  committee                                                               
fully fund  AMHS and retain service.   She stated that  the DOTs                                                                
purpose  is to  keep  Alaska moving  through infrastructure  and,                                                               
according  to their  website,  serves  every Alaskan  every day.                                                                
She shared  her belief  that the  DOT will  no longer  be serving                                                               
every Alaskan by  cutting the ferry service  in Southeast Alaska.                                                               
She stated  that the ferry is   the vein that keeps  the heart of                                                               
Southeast Alaska  going.    She stated  that communities  rely on                                                               
AMHS for  school travel, shipping  needs, and  transportation off                                                               
the  island.   She relayed  that her  family relies  on AMHS  for                                                               
their livelihood  - as  her husband  has been  a deckhand  for 18                                                               
years - without which  they may not be able to  afford to live in                                                               
Alaska.  She urged the committee to maintain ferry service.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:39:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLAUDIA BOYD shared that she is  a current employee of AMHS.  She                                                               
stated  that the  ferry is  critical for  all of  the communities                                                               
that it  connects.  She  stated that  it also brings  in military                                                               
members and international  tourists.  She stated the  need to re-                                                               
vamp the  budget.  She indicated  her willingness to forgo  a PFD                                                               
and pay an income tax.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:41:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN  NYE relayed  that  he  is a  junior  engineer  on the  M/V                                                               
Kennicott.    He indicated  the  role  of AMHS  in  accommodating                                                               
commerce.  He  opined that the proposed budget  cuts are intended                                                               
to save  money but that,  from his perspective, he  sees wasteful                                                               
spending in the shore-side engineering  department.  He noted the                                                               
inefficiencies of fast ferries and  their inability to handle the                                                               
weather.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:42:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK WELS stated  his opposition to the  proposed budget cuts.                                                               
He  relayed that  the ferry  is the  reason his  family lived  in                                                               
Hoonah, as the  ferry to Juneau ensured that  they could purchase                                                               
groceries, access  healthcare, and transport vehicles.   He noted                                                               
that the ferry system was never  meant to pay for itself and that                                                               
a   75  percent   reduction  is   not   feasible  for   dependent                                                               
communities.  He imparted his support  for use of the PFD to fund                                                               
AMHS.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:43:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW CREMATA shared  that he is a 23-year  resident of Skagway.                                                               
He stated  that cutting back  or eliminating ferry  service would                                                               
be detrimental to the health of  the Skagway community.  He noted                                                               
that   planes  into   Skagway  are   not  equipped   to  fly   by                                                               
instrumentation  and are  often unable  to fly  due to  inclement                                                               
weather.  Community members must go  to Juneau by ferry to access                                                               
healthcare.    He  stated  that for  those  with  serious  health                                                               
issues, access to the  ferry is a matter of  life  or death.   He                                                               
stated  that the  ferry is  not  a luxury  for Skagway,  it is  a                                                               
necessity for children,  adults, and seniors.  He  urged the full                                                               
funding of AMHS.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:45:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JERI CHESLOCK stated  her opposition to the  proposed budget cuts                                                               
to AMHS.  She  shared that she is a senior  citizen and is trying                                                               
to build  up her retirement.   She stated that she  relies on the                                                               
ferry to bring her car to  Juneau and to purchase groceries.  She                                                               
relayed that  food is  expensive in Hoonah  and will  become even                                                               
more costly because the grocers  also depend on the ferry system.                                                               
She remarked  that the proposed  budget cuts will  increase costs                                                               
for food  and other necessities,  which will lead to  layoffs and                                                               
higher unemployment.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:46:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
INGRID CUMBERLIDGE  shared that she  is a member of  the Aleutian                                                               
East Borough  Assembly and  speaking on behalf  of herself.   She                                                               
shared that  any cuts  to AMHS  would devastate  Southwest Alaska                                                               
and  the Aleutians,  especially  as schedules  have already  been                                                               
significantly reduced.  She stated  that she does not support any                                                               
"reapportion allocation"  for the Tustumena replacement  fund and                                                               
that AMHS  ought to  be funded at  the FY 16  level.   She shared                                                               
that ferry service  is vital to the southwest  communities, as it                                                               
is  the only  connection  for  most of  the  villages within  the                                                               
borough and is used for  school activities, construction, and the                                                               
transportation  of  equipment.   She  shared  her hope  that  the                                                               
committee  consider  other  options   for  AMHS  and  stated  her                                                               
willingness to give up her PFD.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:48:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILLY  JAMES stated  that the  ferry system  is the  lifeline for                                                               
community  members.   She  indicated  the need  for  a method  of                                                               
transportation that  accommodates disabled individuals  and noted                                                               
that people must  travel to access healthcare.   She relayed that                                                               
Hoonah  needs the  ferry  to receive  freight,  schools need  the                                                               
ferry  to participate  in activities,  and  individuals need  the                                                               
ferry to attend celebrations, tournaments, and cultural events.                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:49:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILL BOSKOFSKI stated that those  in Ouzinkie use the ferry often                                                               
and that  it is considered  their highway.   She shared  that she                                                               
concurs with previous testifiers.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:49:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARY BOSKOFSKI shared that his  family and the Ouzinkie community                                                               
use  AMHS  often.    He  relayed that  there  isnt   a  store  in                                                               
Ouzinkie; community  members must  travel to Kodiak  or Anchorage                                                               
by  plane   or  boat,  but  the   ferry  is  the  main   mode  of                                                               
transportation.   He noted  that community  members also  rely on                                                               
the ferry for access to healthcare.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:50:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE  PANAMARIOFF   expressed  her  support   for  continued                                                               
funding  for  AMHS   year-round  service.    She  emphasized  the                                                               
critical  role  of  the  ferry   for  the  livelihood  of  remote                                                               
communities, as it provides an  option for affordable freight and                                                               
connects community members to healthcare and the mainland.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:51:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAM STEPANOFF shared that he  is a lifelong commercial fisherman.                                                               
He  indicated that  AMHS  plays an  important  role in  providing                                                               
access  for communities  on the  Aleutian Chain.   He  noted that                                                               
charter  planes   can  be  unaffordable  for   elders  and  large                                                               
families.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:52:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM STERNS noted that he  doesnt  personally use the ferry system                                                               
but  that  "we're all  in  this  together.    He  indicated  that                                                               
reducing  funding  for  AMHS  could  set  a  poor  precedent  for                                                               
providing services to  remote areas if it is  not considered cost                                                               
effective.    He stated  that  shortsighted  cuts could  lead  to                                                               
devastation in  communities and diminished economies.   He stated                                                               
that  government   services  are  not   intended  to  run   as  a                                                               
corporation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:54:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN SHERMAN stated  that she supports full funding  of AMHS, as                                                               
it is  critical to the Sitkas   local economy.  She  relayed that                                                               
she recently  transported a  vehicle to  Juneau that  couldnt  be                                                               
repaired in Sitka.  She affirmed  that it would be less expensive                                                               
to pay for public services if  the entire population were to live                                                               
on the  mainland.  She said,   we dont  need to  solve our budget                                                               
issues by pitting  Alaskans against each other.    She shared her                                                               
willingness  to receive  a lower  PFD and  pay an  income tax  to                                                               
support AMHS.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:55:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RANIYAH  BAKER  stated  that  she is  a  year-round  resident  of                                                               
Skagway.  She requested that the  committee fully fund AMHS.  She                                                               
imparted   the  social   benefits   of  AMHS   such  as   greater                                                               
connectivity among  southeast communities, access  to healthcare,                                                               
social cohesion,  travel for school  activities, and  the ability                                                               
for retailers  to ship goods  to remote communities.   She stated                                                               
that the ferry also transports  tourists, supports a labor force,                                                               
generates a  tax revenue,  and lowers  the cost  of living.   She                                                               
stated that without the marine  highway, it would be considerably                                                               
more  expensive  to   live  in  rural  Southeast   Alaska.    She                                                               
maintained  that  it is  necessary  to  act  on the  deficit  and                                                               
encouraged  acting  wisely.    She   suggested  capping  the  PFD                                                               
allocation to fund essential services.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:56:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLY  DYBDAHL asked  that the  committee continue  funding AMHS.                                                               
She  relayed  that  inclement  weather  often  makes  air  travel                                                               
impossible between  southeastern communities.   She  relayed that                                                               
Hoonah doesnt  have freight service  by tugboat and barge between                                                               
October and  March and that local  businesses, service providers,                                                               
and governmental  entities depend on  the ferry.  She  noted that                                                               
AMHS  connects people  to  community and  cultural  events.   She                                                               
urged the continuation of funding for AMHS.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:57:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE FAGER  stated that she  is speaking on behalf  of herself,                                                               
her children,  and her  husband.  She  expressed her  support for                                                               
fully funding  AMHS.  She  stated that  the ferry is  the primary                                                               
mode of transportation  for accessing school sports.   She stated                                                               
that Juneau  is the  hub for the  southeast community,  where she                                                               
and her family  visit for healthcare, sports,  shopping, gas, and                                                               
food.  She related an anecdote  of a recent visit to Juneau where                                                               
individuals  likely spent  over  $25,000.   She  noted that  AMHS                                                               
accommodates   the   generation   of  revenue   in   southeastern                                                               
communities.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:58:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN HIMELBLOOM shared  that he is a 32-year  resident of Kodiak                                                               
Island.   He stated that  AMHS contributes to the   blue economy                                                                
and will continue to do so into  the future.  He relayed that his                                                               
high school aged kids use the  ferry to participate in sports and                                                               
that AMHS  allows for  schools to  save money.   He  relayed that                                                               
hes  used the  ferry for transportation for  family vacations and                                                               
personal  travel.     He  urged   the  committee  to   keep  AMHS                                                               
functioning.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:00:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOANN  BARSIC  relayed  her  familial  connection  to  the  ferry                                                               
system.  She emphasized the importance of AMHS.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:01:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DALE PIHLMAN shared  that he is a lifetime  resident of Southeast                                                               
Alaska.    He  urged  full  funding for  AMHS.    He  shared  his                                                               
willingness to  give up  his PFD  and pay  a tax  to fund  all of                                                               
Alaskas  basic services.  He  suggested paying attention to waste                                                               
within the  system caused by  poor planning and  management, such                                                               
as  the  construction  of catamarans  despite  their  operational                                                               
expense.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:02:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL BRODERSEN imparted the difficulty  imposed upon travelers by                                                               
poor scheduling  of ferry routes.   He stated that AMHS  has been                                                               
reduced  to  survival  levels  of  operation and  is  in  a death                                                               
spiral  of  inconvenience  and   maintenance  issues  created  by                                                               
inadequate  funding.  The  proposed  cuts  would eliminate  ferry                                                               
service and  isolate communities that  depend on AMHS  for access                                                               
to  groceries,   healthcare,  and   basic  transportation.     He                                                               
emphasized the need  for ferries and urged the  institution of an                                                               
income tax.   In closing,  he said,  I  dont  feel entitled  to a                                                               
check from my  government.  I feel entitled to  have a government                                                               
and the services it provides, like ferries.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:03:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHELSEA GAGNON shared that she  works in healthcare.  She relayed                                                               
that the  mobile mammography van  is currently starting  its tour                                                               
through  southeast, which  would  not be  possible without  AMHS.                                                               
She  indicated   the  strong  likelihood  of   diminished  health                                                               
outcomes in the absence of ferry service.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
7:04:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATE ROSS  shared that she was  born and raised in  Juneau and is                                                               
now raising her own children here.   She relayed a personal story                                                               
of  the Haines,  Whitehorse, Skagway  loop and  experiences using                                                               
the  ferry  for  high  school   sports,  which  would  have  been                                                               
prohibitively expensive  without the  ferry system.   She relayed                                                               
that she has  traveled from the lower 48 to  and from Alaska five                                                               
times  for  school  and  seasonal   work,  as  it  was  the  only                                                               
affordable method  of transporting  a vehicle.   She  shared that                                                               
her  father is  a  commercial  fisherman who  uses  the ferry  to                                                               
transport gear and groceries to and  from Hoonah.  She urged full                                                               
funding for AMHS,  in perpetuity, so that  future generations can                                                               
have  the same  quality  of  life, which  would  not be  possible                                                               
without AMHS.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:06:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DESIREE  RODRIGUEZ,  President,  Health  Care Unit  2201  of  the                                                               
International Longshore  and Warehouse Union, shared  that she is                                                               
a healthcare  worker at Bartlett  Regional Hospital.   She shared                                                               
that  approximately 7  percent of  Bartletts  patients  reside in                                                               
small outlying communities  and use AMHS to  access healthcare in                                                               
Juneau.   Without the  ferry, people wouldnt   be able  to access                                                               
medical  care and  would face  declining health.   Bartlett,  and                                                               
other providers in Juneau, are  the main source of healthcare for                                                               
these individuals.   She  indicated the  need for  greater fiscal                                                               
transparency  and  suggested  auditing those  that  manage  AMHS                                                                
money.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:07:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALLISON QUIGLEY  shared that she  is a 36-year resident  of Craig                                                               
and is representing her family.   She shared that her family owns                                                               
a business for exporting fresh  and live seafood, which would not                                                               
be operable  without AMHS.   She noted  that ferry service  is an                                                               
important   safety  valve   for  Alaskans and  businesses.    She                                                               
relayed that  all of southeast  relies on  AMHS to travel,  as do                                                               
school  aged  children  who  travel  for  sports  activities  and                                                               
elders.    She  emphasized  that AMHS  is  Alaskas   highway  and                                                               
implored  committee members  to  realize  Alaskas  dependence  on                                                               
ferries  and that  eliminating wasteful  spending  would be  more                                                               
beneficial than cutting vital services.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:09:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE  CRANEY shared  that she  and her  husband operate  a small                                                               
tour business with locations in  Haines and Skagway.  She relayed                                                               
that her  business relies on  the ferry  for the safest  and most                                                               
cost-effective travel  for services  unavailable in Haines.   She                                                               
stated that, without ferry service,  rural communities across the                                                               
state would  suffer culturally, socially, and  economically.  She                                                               
urged committee members to continue funding AMHS.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
7:10:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICHELLE ROTIER stated  that cutting AMHS appears to  be a short-                                                               
sighted solution to a long-standing  challenge.  She relayed that                                                               
complete elimination of AMHS would  be economically disastrous to                                                               
all  coastal  communities.   She  stated  that  testimonies  have                                                               
revealed the importance  of remaining connected.   She relayed an                                                               
anecdote  that  illustrated the  importance  of  AMHS given  that                                                               
inclement  weather can  often ground  planes.   She related  that                                                               
AMHS  continuation ought not to  be considered as optional, but a                                                               
necessity.   She expressed her  willingness to receive  a smaller                                                               
PFD and suggested finding solutions rather than elimination.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:11:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIRGINIA LONG  asked that the committee  members maintain funding                                                               
for AMHS,  as it  is Southeast  Alaskas  road.   She  shared that                                                               
AMHS has  previously been  her only  option to  access healthcare                                                               
when aircraft  was inoperable.  She  noted that the ferry  is the                                                               
only accommodation for transporting  vehicles to Juneau or moving                                                               
supplies  too large  for or  prohibited on  planes.   She relayed                                                               
that the ferry is often the  only method of transportation and is                                                               
the  only  reliable  means  of reaching  air  travel  outside  of                                                               
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:13:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELODI ANDERSON, City  of Ouzinkie, stated that  rural areas rely                                                               
on   AMHS   for   jobs,  access   to   larger   cities,   vehicle                                                               
transportation,  necessary  supplies,   building  materials,  and                                                               
access to  healthcare.   She relayed  that her  nephew previously                                                               
had leukemia and  traveled on the Tustumena  to receive treatment                                                               
at an  off-island facility.   She noted  that ferry  service also                                                               
gives people access to grocery  stores, which Ouzinkie lacks, and                                                               
the ability  to transport large  equipment, like  Ouzinkies  fire                                                               
trucks.  She imparted that  the ferry system is vital, necessary,                                                               
and  connects the  states  remote  areas  to the  mainland.   She                                                               
shared her willingness to receive a reduced PFD or pay taxes.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:14:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CASEY JANTZ  relayed that  she is a  40-year resident  of Kodiak.                                                               
She shared  her support for  full funding  for AMHS.   She stated                                                               
that  ferries grant  accessibility  to the  Alaska state  highway                                                               
system,  a  service that  she  does  not  consider a  luxury  but                                                               
crucial to  the economic  health of  the state.   She  said,  The                                                               
massive  cuts  would  have  crippling   effects,   which  can  be                                                               
prevented through  adequate funding.   She said  that AMHS  is  a                                                               
gem of our state  and  that a public/private partnership would be                                                               
a gross step backwards.  She urged the full funding for AMHS.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:15:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL BOURAY  relayed his  concern for the  proposed cuts.   He                                                               
shared that he  relies on AMHS for access  to healthcare, safety,                                                               
and supplies.   He shared that, in the case  of safety recalls on                                                               
vehicles, the  only choice  is to ship  the vehicle  to Anchorage                                                               
for  repair.   He  stated  that  AMHS  is  a necessity  that  the                                                               
community relies upon.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:16:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARLA  BOURAY shared  that she  is a  retired sexual  assault and                                                               
domestic  violence victim  advocate.   She imparted  that reduced                                                               
funding for AMHS would eliminate  a victims  ability to transport                                                               
a vehicle and  children, effectively trapping them  on the island                                                               
during the winter.  She relayed  that shes  used the ferry system                                                               
for access  to healthcare.   She opined  upon the  possibility of                                                               
strengthening  the tourism  industry to  generate revenue  rather                                                               
than cut funding for AMHS.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:17:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LLOYD  JIM supported  the sentiment  of previous  testimonies and                                                               
imparted their  importance to  the Aleutian  islands.   He shared                                                               
that he  sat on the city  council when the use  of catamarans was                                                               
proposed,  despite feedback  that they  would inevitably  require                                                               
costly repairs.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:18:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BROOKE  LESLIE,  Co-Owner, Alaska  Waters,  stated  that AMHS  is                                                               
fundamentally  a  transportation  system,  similar  to  the  land                                                               
highway system, the  removal of which would take  away a lifeline                                                               
to  communities.   She  stated  that defunding  AMHS  is not  the                                                               
solution  to the  budget  crisis and  agreed  that the  operating                                                               
model  is outdated.   She  urged  the committee  to consider  the                                                               
recommendations of  studies already conducted to  make the system                                                               
financially  sustainable and  protected from  political influence                                                               
and annual funding  uncertainties.  She stated  that studies have                                                               
not  been  conducted  to  see   the  economic  impacts  of  AMHS                                                                
elimination, but  that studies have shown  that elimination would                                                               
have   substantial  indirect   impacts   to  local   communities,                                                               
businesses, the  seafood industry, and for  access to healthcare.                                                               
She referenced  a study by  the Elliot  Bay Design Group  and the                                                               
McDowell Group,  which found the  economic benefit of AMHS  to be                                                               
two  to one,  in  which  local communities  receive  most of  the                                                               
benefits.  She  stated that AMHS is  a fundamental transportation                                                               
system  and  requested  the  committee  to  consider  alternative                                                               
solutions to sustain the program.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
7:20:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY  RYDER, Union  Treasurer, Local  200's Healthcare  Unit 2201,                                                               
International  Longshore and  Warehouse  Union,  shared that  she                                                               
works  for  Bartlett  Regional  Hospital  and  is  testifying  in                                                               
solidarity  with  International  Longshore  and  Warehouse  Union                                                               
(ILWU) members  who work on  and service  AMHS.  She  stated that                                                               
the  loss of  the  marine  highway would  cause  a ripple  effect                                                               
throughout  the entire  state and  would mean  the loss  of well-                                                               
paying  union  jobs.   She  suggested  that  privatization  would                                                               
funnel those funds and jobs  to an out-of-state corporation.  She                                                               
stated her  opposition to the  proposed budget cuts for  AMHS and                                                               
noted that  any further cuts  would isolate the  communities that                                                               
rely heavily on ferry service.   She indicated her willingness to                                                               
contribute  her PFD  to fund  AMHS and  other community  services                                                               
that are  on the  proverbial chopping  block with  the governors                                                                
proposed budget.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
7:22:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIN DAVIS  shared that she has  is a 26-year Juneau  resident and                                                               
ferry user.  She relayed an  anecdote of her spouse, a doctor who                                                               
worked in  small villages, whose  propensity for air  sickness in                                                               
small  planes and  necessitated  relocating by  the  ferry.   Ms.                                                               
Davis shared that she previously  worked at the Juneau Job Center                                                               
for  the Department  of Labor  and would  regularly bring  people                                                               
from   villages   to   Juneau    and   Ketchikan   for   classes,                                                               
certifications, and exams.  She urged full funding for AMHS.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:23:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  PARKER  shared her  strong  opposition  to the  proposed                                                               
budget cuts to AMHS, as such  actions would pose a serious threat                                                               
to Alaskan communities.  She  stated her support for full funding                                                               
and forward  funding.   She imparted that  AMHS provides  a vital                                                               
transportation  link and  brings groceries,  medicines, vehicles,                                                               
and  families to  communities.   She noted  that budget  cuts are                                                               
short sighted  and that,  once dismantled,  AMHS would  be costly                                                               
and  difficult to  rebuild.   She  opined  that privatization  is                                                               
 unwise  and  would threaten service  to communities.   She urged                                                               
the committee  to review the  studies and presentations  from the                                                               
AMHS  Reform  Project and  asked  members  of the  committee  and                                                               
legislature to ensure that AMHS continues into the future.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:24:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORDOVA PLEASANTS shared  that she is a lifelong  ferry rider and                                                               
a  major fan  of AMHS.   She stated that she was representing her                                                               
boutique,  Resolute   Boutique  &  Lifestyle.     She  sought  to                                                               
highlight the  value of tourism  to the state as  accommodated by                                                               
AMHS.   She relayed an anecdote  of a recent trip  from Kodiak to                                                               
Unalaska  on the  Tustumena.   She stated  that eliminating  that                                                               
road  would be  regressive; it  is  a highway  and essential  for                                                               
economic activity.  She remarked  that reduced scheduling equates                                                               
to reduced ridership.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:25:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEVIN  SUND shared  that  he is  a  fifth-generation resident  of                                                               
Southeast Alaska.   He stated  that AMHS  is an integral  part of                                                               
life for  Coastal Alaska.   He shared  his disbelief that  he was                                                               
testifying for the very existence  of AMHS, rather than increased                                                               
funding  or wage  increases.   He noted  that the  loss of  well-                                                               
paying  year-round jobs  would  be felt  throughout  Alaska.   He                                                               
stated that  the revenue generated  from AMHS  benefits Anchorage                                                               
and Fairbanks and that the loss  of jobs and revenue will have  a                                                               
compounding impact that  will irreparably damage  the  state.  He                                                               
stated  that the  manufactured fiscal  crisis,  immoral  budget,                                                                
and  its   consequent  shortsighted   path  would  be   felt  for                                                               
generations in   trying to fulfill unrealistic  campaign promises                                                               
at  the expense  of Alaskans,   which  spurred him  to wonder  if                                                               
Alaska remains a good state to raise a family.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
7:27:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARLENE ZUBOFF relayed that the  whole community of Angoon relies                                                               
upon AMHS.   Some rely on AMHS to travel  throughout southeast to                                                               
receive  healthcare, travel  for  education, purchase  groceries,                                                               
and  receive  vehicle  repairs.    She  referenced  the  economic                                                               
benefits  of  AMHS,  as  found  in the  study  conducted  by  the                                                               
McDowell Group.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:29:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAULINE JIM  stated that she  previously sat on the  city council                                                               
and has  worked with the  southeast regional  health corporation.                                                               
She indicated  the importance of  AMHS for maintaining  access to                                                               
healthcare, education,  vehicle maintenance, and  other resources                                                               
offered  off the  island.   She imparted  the value  of attending                                                               
cultural  events  across  southeast.    She  said,   We  want  to                                                               
continue, its   the only thing  we have going for  us educational                                                               
wise  that we  can  pass on  to our  younger  generations.    She                                                               
stated that construction workers travel  into Angoon by ferry and                                                               
that,  without them,  community  maintenance would  be much  more                                                               
costly.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:31:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY  WILLIAM shared  that she  was  speaking on  behalf of  her                                                               
family.    She  imparted  that   her  husbands   health  problems                                                               
necessitate travel by ferry, as  travelling by float plane is not                                                               
possible.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
7:32:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIMBERLY PETERSON  shared that she  and her family  have depended                                                               
on  AMHS  for over  forty  years  to  travel between  Kodiak  and                                                               
Juneau.  She stated that there  are 38 ports from Prince of Wales                                                               
Island through  southeast, the gulf, and  out to the chain.   She                                                               
relayed the need for a new  ship, as the Kennicott cannot dock at                                                               
all ports on  Kodiak Island or further west.   She emphasized the                                                               
importance of AMHS to the whole state.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:33:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICIA  PHILLIPS shared  that she  serves on  the Pelican  City                                                               
Council, is a tribal member of  the Native Village of Afognak, is                                                               
a 60-year resident of Alaska, and  has spent 37 years in Pelican.                                                               
She  shared that  she supports  the  Southeast Conferences   AMHS                                                               
Reform Project.   She relayed that Pelican relies  on the fishing                                                               
industry and AMHS  to accommodate the shipment  of processed fish                                                               
to markets.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:34:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY  PETERSON relayed  his surprise  that some  ports receive                                                               
weekly  or  monthly  ferry service,  while  Old  Harbor  receives                                                               
service twice a  year.  He urged the committee  to increase AMHS                                                                
budget so that additional communities may receive service.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:36:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACK  GROMMETT   shared  that  AMHS   has  been   a  foundational                                                               
transportation resource  for remote  and rural  communities since                                                               
before statehood.   He stated that the suggestion  that the ferry                                                               
is  unnecessary, or  a hindrance,  is  mistaken and  ought to  be                                                               
reconsidered.    He  related  the   importance  of  AMHS  to  the                                                               
community members of Southeast Alaska.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:37:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA  INDRELAND shared  that she  is  the economic  development                                                               
coordinator for the  city and borough of Yakutat.   She urged the                                                               
committee to  fully fund  and grow AMHS  to maintain  and improve                                                               
cross gulf  service.  She  stated that Yakutat doesnt   have road                                                               
access  and  the  ferry  is  a growing  economic  asset  for  the                                                               
community   as  a  conduit  for  tourism  development  and  small                                                               
business growth.   She stated that  a loss of ferry service would                                                               
mean a loss in economic development.   Its  also the only way for                                                               
residents to  travel with their vehicles  and provides affordable                                                               
access  to  healthcare,  pet  care,  business  supplies,  vehicle                                                               
maintenance, cultural  ceremonies, and  other events.   She urged                                                               
full funding for AMHS.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
7:38:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KENNETH  STEWART  stated that  AMHS  is  the bridge  that  brings                                                               
service to  communities.  He  shared that he previously  lived in                                                               
the interior  and moved to Kodiak  12 years prior.   He indicated                                                               
that  he  has seen  communities  fight  to  get routes  to  other                                                               
destinations  and   that,  when  ferry  service   is  eliminated,                                                               
communities have  to set up  commercial alternatives.   He stated                                                               
that  theres  limited  access to  some communities,  which suffer                                                               
from an  inability to transport services.   He stated that  it is                                                               
critical to Alaska to support AMHS.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:39:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALLEN CHRISTENSON relayed that he is  from Old Harbor.  He shared                                                               
that  he has  used the  ferry throughout  his life  and that  his                                                               
children ride  the ferry.  He  noted that hes  the  harbor master                                                               
and a  new dock was  constructed exclusively  for the ferry.   He                                                               
expressed his appreciation for keeping AMHS.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:40:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SEAN  MCLEMORE stated  that the  marine highway  is a  unique and                                                               
special  resource for  the  state.   He  conveyed  his shock  and                                                               
amazement  that  budget cuts  were  even  being considered.    He                                                               
shared that  without the Tustumena,  he would not have  been able                                                               
to  access  Kodiak  and   the   town  would  be  short  one  more                                                               
schoolteacher.   He  stated that  AMHS  ties  much of  the  state                                                               
together.   He relayed  his disbelief  that an  elected official,                                                               
elected  for the  good  of the  state, being  an  active part  of                                                               
letting  AMHS  fall  apart.    He urged  the  committee  and  the                                                               
legislature to fully fund AMHS.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:41:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILLIAN  WOODBURY shared  that she  is a  resident of  Juneau but                                                               
lived in Angoon until  five years ago.  She shared  that she is a                                                               
lifelong user of AMHS.  She stated  that AMHS is much more than a                                                               
highway system, it  is a lifeline, especially for  the village of                                                               
Angoon.  She  relayed that there isnt  a  barge service, charters                                                               
are too  expensive, and float  planes do not  accommodate elders.                                                               
She  stated  that  city infrastructure  maintenance  wouldnt   be                                                               
possible without  AMHS, as  Angoon does  not have  barge service.                                                               
She shared her  hope that the committee will fully  fund AMHS and                                                               
consider the impact of their decisions.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:43:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA STATS shared  that she has resided in Juneau  for 37 years.                                                               
She suggested  the institution of an  oil tax, income tax,  and a                                                               
capping of the  PFD to pay for services.   She indicated that the                                                               
committee is  aware of  the importance of  the marine  highway to                                                               
Juneau and the interior.   She encouraged the legislature to form                                                               
a  bipartisan  coalition  to  overturn  the  governors   proposed                                                               
budget cuts.  She thanked the committee for their work.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:44:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHEYENNE  CUELLER relayed  that she  uses the  ferry to  vacation                                                               
locally  throughout   southeast,  Kodiak,  and  Unalaska.     She                                                               
expressed her desire  to live in a state  with functioning public                                                               
services.   She advised that funds  to pay for the  ferry service                                                               
could  be made  available by  capping  the PFD  allocation.   She                                                               
urged a restoration of funding to AMHS.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
7:45:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LATOYA  HARTLEY stated  that AMHS  is a  lifeline for  the Native                                                               
Village  of  Port   Lions.    She  indicated   Alaska  lacks  the                                                               
transportation  infrastructure of  other states  and relies  upon                                                               
AMHS  for  connections.   She  posited  that  AMHS is  much  like                                                               
Fairbanks  Parks Highway,  as people rely upon  the Tustumena for                                                               
their commute.   She said, "Our  ability to live in  our homeland                                                               
is  the utmost  importance  the sustainability  of our  culture.                                                                
She relayed  that the Tustumena  is the only means  of affordable                                                               
travel to Kodiak and to  the mainland and necessary for accessing                                                               
healthcare,  purchasing   groceries,  vehicle   maintenance,  and                                                               
transport  construction  materials.    She stated  that  two  key                                                               
issues  affect the  community of  Port  Lions: losing  affordable                                                               
access to mainland  Alaska and the proposed  capital budget shift                                                               
for  the   Tustumena  replacement  fund.     She  emphasized  the                                                               
importance of safe and affordable travel for rural residents.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:47:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN TYLER shared  that she is a 49-year resident  of Alaska and                                                               
co-owner of  Icy Straits Lumber &  Milling.  She shared  that the                                                               
state encouraged  the growth of businesses  in remote communities                                                               
under the belief that a road  system would exist.  She emphasized                                                               
the importance of AMHS to  the operation of businesses and access                                                               
to healthcare, groceries, school, and  family travel.  She stated                                                               
that Alaskans are  dependent upon AMHS as a way  of life and that                                                               
its  elimination   would  be  detrimental  to   those  in  remote                                                               
communities.    She   noted  that  a  solution   takes  time  and                                                               
discouraged  a sudden  change that  affects the  health, quality,                                                               
and way of life for so many Alaskans.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:48:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  ERICKSON  shared that  he  is  the  city and  borough  land                                                               
manager of  Yakutat.  He stated  that the people of  Yakutat want                                                               
to preserve  AMHS and its  service to Yakutat, otherwise  much of                                                               
the  commerce   and  economic  activity  would   diminish  or  be                                                               
eliminated.      He   shared   his   worry   for   public/private                                                               
partnerships, which would  be a  caricature  of  the current AMHS                                                               
with service only  going to profitable routes.   He related that,                                                               
despite  the   governors   rhetoric,  reduced  AMHS   service  or                                                               
elimination would close Yakutat for business.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:49:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY GILSON shared that she  is a year-round resident and strongly                                                               
opposes  the  proposed budget  cuts  to  AMHS.   She  shared  her                                                               
agreement with  previous testifiers and noted  that this proposed                                                               
budget would impose economic losses  to coastal communities.  She                                                               
noted that  a reduced  schedule to the  community could  still be                                                               
viable,  as long  as  it  were consistent  and  year-round.   She                                                               
suggested the use of  an income tax and a cap on  the PFD to fund                                                               
state services.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:51:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TINA  MARTIN  stated that  eliminating  ferry  service to  Hoonah                                                               
would lead the town to  dry up,   as AMHS is the only highway the                                                               
community can  access.  There is  one airline for 800  people and                                                               
is often full;  without the ferry there would be  no other option                                                               
to leave.   She acknowledged that the state  is fiscally strained                                                               
but asked  that the committee  retain service between  Hoonah and                                                               
Juneau.  She  urged against the institution of an  income tax and                                                               
capping of the PFD.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:52:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORETTA PITTMAN asked  the legislators to fully  support AMHS, as                                                               
it is the only highway to remote communities.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:52:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AARON STCLAIR expressed his desire  to see continued operation of                                                               
AMHS, as  many island communities  depend on the  marine highway.                                                               
He  relayed that  inclement weather  often inhibits  flying.   He                                                               
urged the committee to continue ferry operation.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
7:53:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAY KLIMCZAK  urged full funding of  AMHS, as it is  an essential                                                               
and  critical   part  of  life   in  Angoon  and   other  coastal                                                               
communities.   She stated that  Alaska is  a unique state  in its                                                               
geographic  profile.   She questioned  the  severe and  seemingly                                                               
punitive  treatment of  coastal  communities  by eliminating  the                                                               
only access off the island.   She questioned if these communities                                                               
were not  entitled to  safe and  dependable transportation.   She                                                               
implored the committee to continue, improve, and expand AMHS.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
7:54:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GREG  WEAVER  shared that  he  is  a  lifelong Alaskan  that  has                                                               
 worked  in  every corner  of  this  state,  from  Metlakatla  to                                                               
Barrow and from Kaktovik to Cold  Bay.  He sought to remind those                                                               
that live in coastal communities  that they could live elsewhere.                                                               
He expressed  his complete indifference to  the issues associated                                                               
with living  on an island.   He stated  that those living  on the                                                               
coast are part of the problem for taxpayers.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:56:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT HUTTON  shared that he has  used the ferry since  1977 and                                                               
that ferry  service is vital  to communities  that do not  have a                                                               
tie to the road  system.  The cost of goods  is high and, without                                                               
AMHS, would  become exorbitant.   He relayed his concern  for the                                                               
effect  of the  proposed cuts  upon the  ability for  students to                                                               
participate in extracurricular activities.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
7:56:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALBERTA SALEEN relayed that senior  citizens and individuals with                                                               
disabilities  that   have  difficulty   getting  on   planes  and                                                               
ultimately chose  to use the ferry.   She urged full  funding for                                                               
AMHS.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
7:57:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES HOLCOMB  relayed that  Yakutat is  very dependent  on ferry                                                               
service.  With  an already high cost of  living, cancelling ferry                                                               
service would devastate the community  as Yakutats  local economy                                                               
depends heavily  on AMHS.   He stated that many  local businesses                                                               
wouldnt  be able to survive  without AMHS.  He further emphasized                                                               
the importance of maintaining AMHS.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:59:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHERYL  KELLY  stated that  the  loss  of  AMHS would  create  an                                                               
economic hardship felt throughout  southeast.  She indicated that                                                               
the ferry  provides access to healthcare  and accommodates travel                                                               
for those  that are  disabled.  She  stated that  education costs                                                               
would  increase with  a loss  of ferry  service.   She urged  the                                                               
committee  to move  forward and  retain  services with  necessary                                                               
adjustments.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:00:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GILBERT FRED shared  his agreement with previous  testifiers.  He                                                               
stated that the  budget deficit would not be  ameliorated by cuts                                                               
to the PFD.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
8:01:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PETER  ANDERSON  relayed that  he  is  representing the  City  of                                                               
Chignik.   He asked  for continued funding  for ferry  service to                                                               
Southwest  Alaska.   He relayed  that AMHS  is used  to transport                                                               
fishermen and  crew, groceries, vehicles, and  cargo every summer                                                               
and that it brings economic growth to Chignik through tourism.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
8:02:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIMBERLY NATHAN shared  that she has lived in  Alaska since 1963.                                                               
She   relayed   that  AMHS   is   a   vital  part   of   Alaskas                                                                
infrastructure, not  only as  a lifeline but  also as  a cultural                                                               
and  historically  significant institution  to  the  state.   She                                                               
emphasized  the importance  of not  only sustaining  AMHS service                                                               
but increasing funding.  She  remarked that peoples  lives depend                                                               
on ferry service.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
8:03:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  FOSTER discouraged  privatization of  AMHS and  referenced                                                               
Canadas  experience  with privatization, which lead  to increased                                                               
fares, reduced schedules, and unhappy customers.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
8:04:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOCELYN  MILES shared  that she  moved to  Alaska five  years ago                                                               
from the  lower 48.   She opined  that there should  be increased                                                               
AMHS  coverage.    She  suggested  allocating  other  sources  of                                                               
revenue to  fund AMHS, such  as those generated by  the marijuana                                                               
tax.   She supported  comments made  by previous  testifiers that                                                               
have  stressed the  importance of  AMHS  to coastal  communities.                                                               
She emphasized her  opposition to reducing services  and the need                                                               
for alternative solutions.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
8:06:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK PHILLIPS shared that he  has worked on the marine highway                                                               
for 20  years and  is a  deck officer.   He  stated that  AMHS is                                                               
 broken as it  is right now  and  needs to be fixed.   He relayed                                                               
that ferries  sometimes travel  at only  40 percent  of capacity.                                                               
He stated that  ships are poorly managed and  suggested that this                                                               
may  be because  the  AMHS  is appointed  by  the  governor.   He                                                               
suggested that  the legislature empower AMHS  employees to assist                                                               
with improvements to  ferry service.  He  stated that suggestions                                                               
made in the McDowell Group's initiative has been ignored.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:08:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DARREN  MULLER  shared that  the  community  members of  Ouzinkie                                                               
appreciate  the  current  ferry  service.    He  stated  that  he                                                               
supports  full funding  for  AMHS with  year-round  service.   He                                                               
stated that Kodiaks  inclement weather  can often pose challenges                                                               
and limit  the use  of small planes.   He stated  that AMHS  is a                                                               
highway   and  critical   for   access   to  other   communities,                                                               
healthcare,  groceries,  and  other   opportunities.    He  urged                                                               
retaining the Tustumena replacement fund  and stated that he does                                                               
not support the privatization of AMHS.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
8:10:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY KATASSE  shared that she is  a lifelong Alaskan and  user of                                                               
AMHS.  She stated that the  ferry accommodates life in Alaska and                                                               
that the cuts already made  have negatively impacted communities.                                                               
She  stated  that  further  cuts  would  devastate  constituents                                                                
ability   to   access  healthcare,   educational   opportunities,                                                               
groceries, home and  vehicle maintenance, construction equipment,                                                               
and way of  life.  She urged legislators to  vote against cuts to                                                               
AMHS.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
8:11:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMANDA DAVIS shared she and her  family use the ferry to purchase                                                               
groceries and supplies at an  affordable cost and bring them back                                                               
to  Kake.   She relayed  that  her family  would not  be able  to                                                               
travel by  plane and would  be unable to  afford a car  rental or                                                               
the freight to transport groceries home.   She shared that with a                                                               
ferry shortage  last winter her  two college-aged  daughters were                                                               
weathered  in Kake  an  extra  week, which  caused  them to  miss                                                               
school and incur  additional travel expenses.  She  said that the                                                               
elimination  of the  ferry would  force her  family to  move away                                                               
from her home  and extended family.  She noted  the need for AMHS                                                               
to accommodate access healthcare,  travel for her amputee father,                                                               
vehicle repairs, and safe traveling for school sports.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES  noted the level  of interest and  public concern                                                               
for retaining  AMHS.  She stated  that if people will  be able to                                                               
testify on Thursday can offer  public testimony by email and hard                                                               
copy too.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
8:13:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  STORY thanked  the people  who testified  and for                                                               
providing their perspective.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:13:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STUTES noted that AMHS is an important part of life                                                                    
in Alaska, evidenced by the testimony heard.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
8:13:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no further business before the committee, the                                                                       
Transportation Standing Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:14                                                                 
p.m.