Legislature(2001 - 2002)

02/08/2001 09:02 AM Senate FIN

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                     SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                 
                         February 08, 2001                                                                                    
                              9:02 AM                                                                                         
SFC-01 # 12, SIDE A                                                                                                             
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                               
Co-Chair Dave Donley convened  the meeting at approximately 9:02 AM.                                                            
Senator Dave Donley, Co-Chair                                                                                                   
Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Jerry Ward, Vice Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Gary Wilken                                                                                                             
Senator Alan Austerman                                                                                                          
Senator Donald Olson                                                                                                            
Senator Loren Leman                                                                                                             
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Also Attending:   ANNALEE MCCONNELL, Director, Office  of Management                                                          
and Budget, Office  of the Governor; JAMES KOHN, Director,  Division                                                            
of Alaska Longevity  Programs, Department of Administration;  SHARON                                                            
BARTON,   Director,    Division   of   Personnel,   Department    of                                                            
Administration;  CHRIS  CHRISTENSEN,  Staff Counsel,  Office of  the                                                            
Administrative   Director,  Alaska   Court  System;  KELLY   HEPLER,                                                            
Director,  Division  of Sport  Fish, Department  of  Fish and  Game;                                                            
JANET  KOWALSKI,  Director, Division  of  Elections,  Office of  the                                                            
Lieutenant   Governor;  PATRICK   GALVIN,   Director,  Division   of                                                            
Governmental Coordination,  Office of the Governor; BARBARA RITCHIE,                                                            
Deputy  Attorney General,  Civil Division,  Office  of the  Attorney                                                            
General, Department of Law                                                                                                      
Attending  via  Teleconference:    From  Anchorage:  DAN  DICKINSON,                                                          
Director, Tax Division, Department of Revenue; BEN STEVENS.                                                                     
SUMMARY INFORMATION                                                                                                         
SB  73-SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS/AMEND APPROP.                                                                                
SB  74-FAST TRACK SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS                                                                                   
The Committee  heard  testimony from  the Office  of Management  and                                                            
Budget,   the   Department    of   Revenue,   the   Department    of                                                            
Administration, the Alaska  Court System, the Department of Fish and                                                            
Game, the  Office of  the Governor  and the Department  of Law.  The                                                            
bill was held in Committee.                                                                                                     
     SENATE BILL NO. 73                                                                                                         
     "An Act making supplemental appropriations and making and                                                                  
     amending other appropriations; and providing for an effective                                                              
     SENATE BILL NO. 74                                                                                                         
     "An Act making supplemental and other appropriations; and                                                                  
     providing for an effective date."                                                                                          
ANNALEE  MCCONNELL,  Director,  Office  of  Management  and  Budget,                                                            
Office  of the  Governor acknowledged  the  shortened  time for  the                                                            
presentation.  She said the  requested items  would be addressed  in                                                            
the same order  they appear in SB 74, with the exception  of Section                                                            
     Section 9 (a)                                                                                                              
     Department of Revenue                                                                                                      
     Tax Division budget review unit (BRU)                                                                                      
     Expert analysis for a major North Slope oil and gas property                                                               
     tax assessment challenge.                                                                                                  
     $1,276,000 general funds                                                                                                   
DAN  DICKINSON,  Director,  Tax  Division,  Department  of  Revenue,                                                            
testified via teleconference  from Anchorage that the division hoped                                                            
that these  funds would not be needed  for this matter. However,  he                                                            
noted that  if there were  a challenge to  the oil and gas  property                                                            
tax assessment  of the Prudoe Bay  production facility, it  would be                                                            
necessary  to hire an  expert to  analyze the  assessment. He  noted                                                            
that the  state imposes a  20-mill tax on  oil and gas property  and                                                            
that  this facility  is  the largest  in the  state.  He shared  the                                                            
previous year's collection  on this property as $5.6 million. He put                                                            
that  into perspective  as more  than any  other city  in the  state                                                            
generates.  He  detailed  the  process  whereby  the  assessment  is                                                            
determined each year.                                                                                                           
Senator  Leman understood  the request,  but noted  that the  stated                                                            
purpose was to address  "the challenge in the fiscal years ending in                                                            
2001 and 2002."  He wanted to know how much of the  money is for the                                                            
upcoming fiscal  year and if that  portion could be included  in the                                                            
FY 02 budget  as opposed  to including this  item in the fast  track                                                            
Mr. Dickinson  replied that  the value needed  to be assessed  as of                                                            
June 30, 2001. He added  the department hoped to do much of the work                                                            
during that time period,  hoping the ultimate assessment would be in                                                            
place in time for the 2002 negotiations.                                                                                        
     Section 1                                                                                                                  
     Department of Administration                                                                                               
     Pioneer Homes BRU                                                                                                          
     Nurses' salaries increased through statewide reclassifications                                                             
     to address critical staff shortages by bringing compensation                                                               
     more in line with other employers.                                                                                         
     $195,000 general funds                                                                                                     
JAMES  KOHN,  Director,  Division  of  Alaska  Longevity   Programs,                                                            
Department of Administration,  spoke of the difficulty in recruiting                                                            
and retaining  qualified  nursing  staff due  to the  lower pay  the                                                            
department offers.  He stated that there are currently  15 vacancies                                                            
in the  statewide Pioneer  Home system. He  stressed that  immediate                                                            
action was  necessary. He  told of existing  personnel working  very                                                            
long hours to compensate for the shortfall.                                                                                     
SHARON  BARTON,  Director,  Division  of  Personnel,  Department  of                                                            
Administration,  reiterated   the  nursing  shortage  situation  and                                                            
detailed  the union  negotiations  and  the increasing  demands  for                                                            
higher compensation.  She stated that  other employers are  offering                                                            
greater  compensation  packages  to  attract  trained nurses.  As  a                                                            
reaction  to this, she noted  the department  has instituted  a two-                                                            
step salary  increase that will begin  March 1, 2001. She  explained                                                            
that  this  is a  result  of  negotiated  contract  agreements  that                                                            
include  a 10.7  percent  increase,  with 5.7  percent  paid at  the                                                            
signing of the contract,  another 2.5 percent to be paid in May 2001                                                            
and the final 2.5 percent paid the following May.                                                                               
Ms. Barton stressed  that accreditation of the Pioneer  Homes are at                                                            
risk because  of the lack of ability  to recruit and retain  nurses.                                                            
She added  that the  exiting Pioneer  Home staff  is working  double                                                            
shifts and  that many employees  are "reaching  their limit."  This,                                                            
she said,  is because of  the shortage of  on-call nursing  staff to                                                            
provide  relief. She  noted that this  situation  is present  at the                                                            
Alaska Psychiatric Institute as well.                                                                                           
Co-Chair Donley  clarified that the department implemented  this pay                                                            
increase  before having  a funding  source. He  understood that  the                                                            
department  is  faced  with  challenges,   but  questioned  why  the                                                            
contract was signed before there was legislative review.                                                                        
Ms. Barton responded that  not only the Department of Administration                                                            
is  affected by  this  dilemma, but  the  Department  of Health  and                                                            
Social  Services  and  the  Department   of Corrections   also.  She                                                            
asserted  that if  the legislature  failed  to fund  this item,  the                                                            
department  would take other  drastic actions  in order to  meet the                                                            
funding  requirement,  but warned  that  the consequences  would  be                                                            
unfavorable.  She emphasized the need  for health care in  these 24-                                                            
hour institutions.                                                                                                              
Senator  Austerman  asked  if  there  are  other  salary   increases                                                            
contained  in this  supplemental appropriation  request.  If so,  he                                                            
wanted to know the total cost.                                                                                                  
Ms. McConnell replied that  the other affected departments were able                                                            
to shift  funding internally,  but  that the Pioneers  Homes  do not                                                            
have  that  flexibility.  She  advised  that  all  of  the  affected                                                            
departments would be submitting  budget amendments for FY 02 to fund                                                            
the pay increases.                                                                                                              
Senator Austerman requested  information listing the total number of                                                            
state employees  who are  registered nurses,  and are receiving  the                                                            
salary increases.                                                                                                               
Ms. McConnell  stated that information would be provided  along with                                                            
an overview of  the number of currently vacant positions  in all the                                                            
Senator  Austerman  asked if  the two-percent  salary  increase  has                                                            
helped reduce the vacancies.                                                                                                    
Ms. Barton  responded  that because  the increase  does not go  into                                                            
effect until March 1, 2001,  it is too soon to see any benefits. She                                                            
noted  that  this would  make  the  state more  competitive  in  the                                                            
Ms. McConnell  referred to the backup  documentation supporting  the                                                            
request  that  gives  comparable  compensation   packages  of  other                                                            
Senator  Hoffman  referenced  this  documentation,   which  shows  a                                                            
comparison of  the salaries of nurses with a career  working for the                                                            
state versus those  working in the private sector.  He wondered how,                                                            
even with the increase, the state could begin to compete.                                                                       
Ms. Barton  admitted it would be difficult.  She suggested  that the                                                            
department hoped to attract  nurses more recently certified and with                                                            
less  experience  and thus  more leverage  for  higher compensation                                                             
Senator Hoffman  stressed that these  employees are providing  a key                                                            
service to Alaska and that  they would be lost to other employers if                                                            
they were not competitively compensated.                                                                                        
Senator Ward asked the  cost differential between nurses employed by                                                            
the Department  of Corrections and  those the department  hired on a                                                            
contractual basis.                                                                                                              
Ms.  Barton  was  unfamiliar  with  the  Department  of Corrections                                                             
situation but  was able to predict that if the Department  of Health                                                            
and Social Services  was forced to use contracted  nurses, the total                                                            
cost would be a minimum  of 25 percent higher than the current cost.                                                            
Senator  Ward suggested  the Department  of Administration  and  the                                                            
Department  of Health  and Social  Services consider  following  the                                                            
Department  of  Corrections'   practices  in  utilizing   contracted                                                            
nursing services.                                                                                                               
Senator  Olson asked  how  many total  nurses  are employed  at  the                                                            
Pioneer  Homes  and  also  inquired  about  the  next accreditation                                                             
Ms.  Barton was  unsure  when  the next  accreditation  cycle  would                                                            
occur. She noted  that the vacancy rate for these  positions changes                                                            
daily and that the most  recent figure she had was 37 vacancies. She                                                            
qualified that  this amount only reflects  permanent, part-time  and                                                            
full-time positions  and does not include the difficulties  involved                                                            
with keeping  substitute on-call positions  filled. She stated  that                                                            
the   Pioneer   Homes   have   approximately   72   positions   with                                                            
approximately 15 of those vacant.                                                                                               
Ms. Barton added  that the Department of Health and  Social Services                                                            
holds  approximately   249  positions   with  20  vacant,   and  the                                                            
Department  of Corrections has 68  positions with 12 vacancies.  She                                                            
noted again that these positions are permanent positions.                                                                       
Ms. McConnell  qualified that these  figures account for  facilities                                                            
across the state, and that  certain locations may experience greater                                                            
difficulties than others.                                                                                                       
Co-Chair Donley requested  the average vacancy rate for the last few                                                            
     Section 2                                                                                                                  
     Alaska Court System                                                                                                        
     Trial Courts BRU                                                                                                           
     Federal granted award for implementation of the Anchorage Drug                                                             
     Court pilot program.                                                                                                       
     $150,000 federal funds                                                                                                     
CHRIS  CHRISTENSEN,  Staff  Counsel, Office  of  the Administrative                                                             
Director, Alaska  Court System, told of the two-year  federal grant.                                                            
He  noted   that  this  request  is   for  authorization   from  the                                                            
legislature  to  allow  the  expenditure  of the  funds  during  the                                                            
current fiscal year.                                                                                                            
Co-Chair  Donley  asked  if  any additional  state  money  would  be                                                            
required to garner the federal funds.                                                                                           
Mr. Christensen  answered there would not and shared  that it is the                                                            
court  system's  policy  to operate  pilot  projects  using  federal                                                            
funds, requesting  state funds only  after the projects have  proven                                                            
     Section 3                                                                                                                  
     Department of Fish and Game                                                                                                
     Sport Fish BRU                                                                                                             
     Increase   of  federal  authority  for  stock  assessment   and                                                            
     fisheries  management  projects  to provide  baseline data  and                                                            
     help mitigate risks  to sport fish opportunities resulting from                                                            
     the federal management process.                                                                                            
     $898,700 federal funds                                                                                                     
KELLY HEPLER,  Director, Division of Sport Fish, Department  of Fish                                                            
and Game, spoke to the  request for receipt authority, assuring that                                                            
no general  funds were requested.  He noted  this program has  broad                                                            
public support and that  is the reason the request is being made. He                                                            
spoke to the  importance of retaining  a department presence  in the                                                            
federally run subsistence office.                                                                                               
Co-Chair  Donley asked if  this would impact  the Dingle-Johnson  or                                                            
the Pittman-Robinson federal  funding programs for sport fishing and                                                            
sport hunting activities.                                                                                                       
Mr. Hepler stated it would not.                                                                                                 
     Section 4 (a)                                                                                                              
     Office of the Governor                                                                                                     
     Elections BRU                                                                                                              
     Costs incurred to comply with the Republican Party's request                                                               
     for the closed statewide primary election held in August 2000.                                                             
JANET  KOWALSKI,  Director, Division  of  Elections,  Office of  the                                                            
Lieutenant  Governor, shared the Supreme  Court ruling that  governs                                                            
primary  elections was handed  down after  the previous legislature                                                             
had adjourned.  She stated  that Lieutenant Governor, Fran Ulmer and                                                            
herself   had   met   with   members   of   that   legislature   and                                                            
representatives   of the  state's   political  parties  and  that  a                                                            
concusses was reached in the form of emergency regulations.                                                                     
Ms. Kowalski warned  that the funds requested were  already expended                                                            
using  operating  budget funds  and  that if  this request  was  not                                                            
granted, the division would be forced to close.                                                                                 
Senator  Leman asked  if there  was a  less expensive  way that  the                                                            
changes could have been implemented.                                                                                            
Ms. Kowalski  agreed that with more  time, the cost could  have been                                                            
lower.   She   detailed   the   expenditures   involving    computer                                                            
reprogramming,  printing additional ballots, voter  notification and                                                            
retraining workers.                                                                                                             
Senator  Leman  asked  if the  division  was  integrating  what  was                                                            
learned in the event this situation occurred again.                                                                             
Ms.  Kowalski responded  that  there  are currently  no regulations                                                             
governing  primary elections  except those,  which were adopted  the                                                            
previous summer.  She stated  that without legislative intervention,                                                            
these  regulations  would  dictate  future procedures  in  the  next                                                            
primary election.                                                                                                               
Senator Hoffman asked if  other states hold closed primary elections                                                            
and if those  states charge the political  party for the  subsequent                                                            
Ms. Kowalski  replied that other states  had been surveyed  and only                                                            
South Carolina charges  the political parties for the cost of closed                                                            
primary elections. She  noted that California, Washington and Alaska                                                            
were the only  states affected by the Supreme Court  ruling and each                                                            
was considering the best way to address the matter.                                                                             
Senator Hoffman suggested  that charging the political party holding                                                            
the closed primary was one way to recoup the cost to the state.                                                                 
Senator  Ward asked  that if  the primary  election  system were  to                                                            
change from  the previous election,  whether additional costs  would                                                            
be incurred.                                                                                                                    
Ms. Kowalski affirmed.                                                                                                          
     Section 4 (b)                                                                                                              
     Office of the Governor                                                                                                     
     Governmental Coordination BRU                                                                                              
     Reduce backlog due to large increase in oil and gas permit                                                                 
     coordination workload compared to last year.                                                                               
     $14,300 general funds                                                                                                      
PATRICK  GALVIN, Director,  Division of  Governmental Coordination,                                                             
Office  of  the Governor,  told  the  Committee  that  the  division                                                            
implements the  Alaska Coastal Management Program.  He explained the                                                            
requested funds  would be used to hire an additional  Project Review                                                            
Coordinator  to  review  oil  and  gas projects.  He  spoke  of  the                                                            
increased  number of  oil and gas  projects  subject to consistency                                                             
review  in  the last  four  months.  As  a result,  he  stated,  the                                                            
division has been faced  with either falling behind in those project                                                            
reviews,  which could  potentially  jeopardize  the development,  or                                                            
shifting  other staff away  from different  projects, thus  delaying                                                            
those projects.  He shared that representatives  of the oil  and gas                                                            
industry  have indicated  that  the  current level  of applications                                                             
would remain the same or increase.                                                                                              
Co-Chair Donley asked how many employees are in the division.                                                                   
Mr.  Galvin  answered there  are  27  employees,  of which  ten  are                                                            
project review coordinators.                                                                                                    
Co-Chair Donley  thought it unusual to have that size  of office and                                                            
to  request  an  additional  position   just  for  the  four  months                                                            
remaining in the fiscal year.                                                                                                   
Mr.  Galvin  responded  that  the  intent is  to  add  the  position                                                            
permanently  and  that  a  request  to  do so  is  included  in  the                                                            
governor's  FY 02 proposed  budget. He emphasized  the need  to fund                                                            
the  position soon  because  the division  is "facing  an  immediate                                                            
crunch." He  noted that while the  division has been able  to absorb                                                            
the  workload  during the  last  four months,  other  projects  have                                                            
fallen behind.                                                                                                                  
Ms. McConnell  noted that  typically this type  of request  would be                                                            
made during the regular  budget period but because the backlog is so                                                            
significant,  this supplemental  request  was submitted.  She  added                                                            
that the intent  is to avoid causing problems to the  private sector                                                            
because of the delays.                                                                                                          
Senator  Ward  asked what  other  duties  the division  was  falling                                                            
behind  in as a  result of  shifting personnel  to  the oil and  gas                                                            
Mr.  Galvin  explained  that the  division  performs  a consistency                                                             
review for any project  that requires either state permits from more                                                            
than one state agency or  a federal permit. This, he stated includes                                                            
timber sales, dredging projects, etc.                                                                                           
Senator Ward  asked if there  is any way  to measure the  additional                                                            
costs to the  state as a result of  the increased amount  of oil and                                                            
gas projects.                                                                                                                   
Mr. Galvin  offered to provide a breakdown  of the time involved  to                                                            
do a project review.                                                                                                            
Senator Ward wanted  this information to also include  time that was                                                            
not spent on other projects because of the staff redirection.                                                                   
Senator Austerman  asked if a fee  is charged for these consistency                                                             
Mr. Galvin replied there is none.                                                                                               
Senator Leman  wanted to  know how the division  expected to  hire a                                                            
competent person  in this position,  while only offering  the salary                                                            
of a Range  18A. He questioned the  hiring of an entry-level  person                                                            
to  perform   complicated  consistency   reviews.  He  relayed   the                                                            
complaints  of other agencies  and their  difficulties in  competing                                                            
with private industry.                                                                                                          
Mr. Galvin responded that  this is the standard pay range of all the                                                            
project  review coordinators.  He  hoped that  an existing  employee                                                            
would apply  for this position,  thus bringing  their experience  to                                                            
the job and in turn, broadening  their knowledge and exposure to the                                                            
oil and gas process.                                                                                                            
Senator Austerman  asked if, similar  to the pay raise action  taken                                                            
by Pioneer Homes, if the position has already been filled.                                                                      
Mr. Galvin  assured that no one has  been hired and that  the budget                                                            
request was calculated based on a hire date of May 1, 2001.                                                                     
     Section 6                                                                                                                  
     Department of Law                                                                                                          
     Government Affairs BRU                                                                                                     
     Continuing costs for prosecution of claims against Bank of                                                                 
     America and other affiliated banks, and for litigation related                                                             
     to the allocation of public safety resources                                                                               
     $240,000 general funds                                                                                                     
BARBARA RITCHIE, Deputy  Attorney General, Civil Division, Office of                                                            
the Attorney General,  Department of Law, explained  this item is to                                                            
cover costs  in two different  cases. The  first, she stated  is the                                                            
"Bank  of America"  case  and detailed  the  anticipated  litigation                                                            
based on  the State of  California's finding  that this bank,  along                                                            
with  affiliates,  failed   to  return  or  default  to  the  state,                                                            
unclaimed   property  that   would   have  been   passed  along   to                                                            
bondholders.  As a result, she said  the department decided  to look                                                            
into the matter  in Alaska and determined the same  was happening in                                                            
this state.  She told  of the  action taken,  including a  three-day                                                            
mediation  hearing,  which did  not result  in a  settlement of  the                                                            
claim. She explained  that the statute of limitation  on this matter                                                            
expires in  March 2001 and  that the department  plans to file  suit                                                            
against the bank before that deadline.                                                                                          
Ms. Ritchie emphasized  the amount at stake equals  tens of millions                                                            
of dollars  and that municipalities  are  also participating  in the                                                            
case and  would help cover  some of the  legal costs. She  explained                                                            
some of  the expenditures  include legal  expertise involved  in the                                                            
California  dispute.  She  noted   that  $100,000  of  the  $240,000                                                            
requested would be applied  to this case and would help cover filing                                                            
costs of  the suit, making  the required  disclosures and for  other                                                            
costs  related to  the incitation  of the litigation.  She  stressed                                                            
that this case  is complex and that some of the analysis  dates back                                                            
several years.                                                                                                                  
Ms. Ritchie then addressed  the remaining $140,000, would be used to                                                            
cover costs  in a  separate suit  brought against  the state  by the                                                            
Alaska  Intertribal  Council  challenging  the  issue of  equity  of                                                            
public safety funding throughout  the state. She shared that while a                                                            
request for  a preliminary  injunction was  denied, the release  was                                                            
the state's  expenditure of  $8 million in  federal funds.  She said                                                            
the case  is in the  discovery phase  and that the  trial is  set to                                                            
begin  in October  2001,  with  motions for  summary  judgments  due                                                            
August 1. She  noted that attorneys  were already disposing  experts                                                            
and that rebuttal dispositions  would follow. She stated the funding                                                            
request  is  for  expert  costs  associated  with  the department's                                                             
analysis,  a historical review  of public  safety funding in  Alaska                                                            
and  to also  cover  the costs  of  reassigned  staff  that are  not                                                            
currently  paid with  general  funds,  but instead  with  designated                                                            
interagency receipts.                                                                                                           
Ms. Ritchie responded  to a query by Senator Hoffman  stressing that                                                            
with  litigation  it is  difficult  to predict  when  costs will  be                                                            
incurred.  She elaborated  that  sometimes, additional  experts  are                                                            
required or  another round of dispositions  are necessary.  This she                                                            
explained was  the reason the department  requested that  any unused                                                            
funds  not lapse  at the  end of  the fiscal  year,  and instead  be                                                            
available during the legislative interim.                                                                                       
Senator Olson asked about  the possibility that the litigation would                                                            
end with summary  judgment and the expenses therefore  not incurred.                                                            
Ms. Ritchie  answered  that it  was difficult  for  her to  predict,                                                            
although  it is  the  department's  goal  to identify  the  specific                                                            
issues  that  are  amenable  to  resolution   short  of  trial.  She                                                            
qualified that this would  probably not be all of the aspects of the                                                            
case, noting the  necessity to establish that there  are no material                                                            
facts in  dispute and  that the matter  is won  based upon law.  She                                                            
stressed  that this  is a  high standard  and that  preparation  for                                                            
every case should proceed as if it would go to trial.                                                                           
Senator  Leman requested  further  detail of  the mediation  session                                                            
with the Bank of America.                                                                                                       
Ms. Ritchie stated that  many parties were involved. She stated that                                                            
after three days,  an agreement was not reached, but  that there was                                                            
clarified  focus on the specific  areas of  dispute. She added  that                                                            
the  mediator  is  a  retired  judge  who  had  also  presided  over                                                            
mediations in  the California case and is continuing  his assessment                                                            
of the proceedings.  Ms. Ritchie did  not anticipate that  this case                                                            
would settle before trial.                                                                                                      
     Section 7                                                                                                                  
     Department of Military and Veterans Affairs                                                                                
     Office of the Commissioner BRU                                                                                             
     Grant to Special Olympics to help cover lodging and other                                                                  
     costs of the World Games being held in Anchorage in March.                                                                 
BEN  STEVENS,  representing   the  Special  Olympics   World  Games,                                                            
testified via  testified via teleconference from Anchorage  in favor                                                            
of the  request, which  would be used  for food  and housing  of the                                                            
athletes. He noted  other support given to the event  by the federal                                                            
government, the military and other parties.                                                                                     
Senator Leman  asked how much the  state had already contributed  to                                                            
the games.                                                                                                                      
Mr. Stevens replied that  none were supplied to date, but noted a $4                                                            
million   guarantee  Alaska   Industrial   Development  and   Export                                                            
Authority (AIDEA) was passed in 1998 to be granted if necessary.                                                                
Senator Leman asked if  any in-kind service has been provided by the                                                            
Mr. Stevens replied  that the state troopers have  volunteered their                                                            
own time as well as members of the Alaska National Guard.                                                                       
Senator Leman asked for accounting of the costs of those in-kind                                                                
Mr. Stevens spoke to the total amount of cash needed for the games                                                              
calculated at costing $9 per day per athlete, with approximately                                                                
2,950 participants.                                                                                                             
Co-Chair Donley adjourned the meeting at 9:49 AM.                                                                               

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