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03/07/2016 09:00 AM FINANCE

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+= SB 74 MEDICAID REFORM/PFD/HSAS/ER USE/STUDIES TELECONFERENCED
Moved CSSB 74(FIN) Out of Committee
+= SB 139 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Limited to 2 Minutes> --
+= SB 140 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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3:45 - 5:30 Juneau
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       March 7, 2016                                                                                            
                         9:08 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:08:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  called the Senate Finance  Committee meeting                                                                    
to order at 9:08 a.m.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly, Co-Chair                                                                                                    
Senator Peter Micciche, Vice-Chair                                                                                              
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                           
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
None                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
James  Armstrong, Staff,  Senator  Pete  Kelly; Erin  Shine,                                                                    
Staff,   Senator  Anna   MacKinnon;  Jon   Sherwood,  Deputy                                                                    
Commissioner,  Medicaid and  Health Care  Policy, Department                                                                    
of  Health  and  Social   Services;  Karen  Forrest,  Deputy                                                                    
Commissioner,  Commissioner's Office,  Department of  Health                                                                    
and  Social Services;  Senator Dennis  Egan; Forest  Wagner,                                                                    
Assistant  Professor Outdoor  Studies, University  of Alaska                                                                    
Southeast  (UAS), Juneau;  Jayne Andreen,  President, Alaska                                                                    
Public  Health  Association  (ALPHA), Juneau;  Mark  Miller,                                                                    
Superintendent,   Juneau  School   District,  Juneau;   John                                                                    
Clough,  President,  Alaska   Public  Broadcasting,  Juneau;                                                                    
Michelle  Weaver, Self,  Juneau; Ian  Niecko, Case  Manager,                                                                    
Juneau Alliance  for Mental Health, Juneau;  Gus Marx, Grant                                                                    
Writer, Juneau  Youth Services,  Juneau; Mary  Hakala, Self,                                                                    
Juneau;  Rachel  Gearhart,  National Association  of  Social                                                                    
Workers,  Alaska  Chapter,  Juneau;  Callie  Conerton,  Vice                                                                    
Chair,   Coalition   of   Student   Leaders,   UAS;   George                                                                    
Reifenstein,  Self, Juneau;  Amy Lujan,  Executive Director,                                                                    
Alaska Association of School  Board Officials, Juneau; Sasha                                                                    
Soboleff,  Grand   President,  Alaska   Native  Brotherhood,                                                                    
Juneau;   Frank   Coenraad,  Director,   Alaska's   Learning                                                                    
Network,  Juneau; Bob  Bartholomew,  Finance Director,  City                                                                    
and  Borough  of  Juneau, Juneau;  Gordon  Kruse,  Director,                                                                    
Fisheries  Division, University  of Alaska  Fairbanks (UAF),                                                                    
Juneau; Kathi  Collum, Board  Chair, Juneau  Youth Services,                                                                    
Juneau;  Alex McGuan,  Self, Juneau;  Melinda Messmer,  Home                                                                    
Visitor,  Parents  as  Teachers, Juneau;  Jada  Kahl,  Early                                                                    
Education,  LEND,  Juneau  School  District,  Juneau;  Talea                                                                    
Kellar, Home  Visitor, Parents  as Teachers,  Juneau; Kelsey                                                                    
Venechuk, Self, Juneau; Amber  Frommhere, Self, Juneau; Tina                                                                    
Peyerk, Self, Juneau; Cynthia  Katzeek, Self, Juneau; Brenda                                                                    
Taylor, Self, Juneau; Andrea  Dewees, Assistant Professor of                                                                    
Spanish,  UA,  Juneau;  Beth   Weldon,  Self,  Juneau;  Kirk                                                                    
Duncan, Chair,  Coast Alaska, Juneau; Rick  Iannolino, Self,                                                                    
Juneau;  Nick Crowe,  Juneau  Youth  Services, Juneau;  Rick                                                                    
Svobodny, Self,  Juneau; Kathie Wasserman,  Alaska Municipal                                                                    
League,  Juneau; Clay  Walker, Denali  Borough Mayor,  Vice-                                                                    
president,  Alaska  Municipal  League  (AML),  Juneau;  Mike                                                                    
Mann,  Self,  Juneau;  Anne   Fuller,  Self,  Juneau;  Aaron                                                                    
Brakel, Self,  Juneau; Amy Jo  Meiners, 2016  Alaska Teacher                                                                    
of the Year,  Juneau; Dave Newton, Self,  Juneau; Lisa Eagan                                                                    
Lagerquist, Self, Douglas; Josh  Keaton, Self, Juneau; Frank                                                                    
Rue,  Self,   Juneau;  Sally   Rue,  Self,   Juneau;  Denise                                                                    
Doniello,  Alaska  Commission   on  Aging,  Juneau;  Marcelo                                                                    
Quinto,  Self,  Juneau;  Shayna Rohwer,  Self,  Juneau;  Tom                                                                    
Brice, Self,  Juneau; Emily  Thompson, Parents  as Teachers,                                                                    
Self;  June  Rogers,  Self,   Juneau;  Lillian  Worl,  Self,                                                                    
Juneau;  Mara  Early,  Self,  Juneau;  Andi  Story,  Member,                                                                    
Juneau School  Board, Juneau; Kelly Sorensen,  Self, Juneau;                                                                    
Katey Blagden, Self, Juneau; Noah Williams, Self, Juneau.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 74     MEDICAID REFORM/PFD/HSAS/ER USE/STUDIES                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          SB  74   was  REPORTED   out  of   committee  with                                                                    
          individual recommendations  and with 1  new fiscal                                                                    
          impact    note    from     the    Department    of                                                                    
          Administration; 1 new fiscal  impact note from the                                                                    
          Department  of  Commerce, Community  and  Economic                                                                    
          Development;  1 new  fiscal impact  note from  the                                                                    
          Department of Law; and 13  new fiscal impact notes                                                                    
          from the Department of Health and Social                                                                              
          Services.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
SB 139    APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 139 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SB 140    APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          SB 140 was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                            
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PUBLIC TESTIMONY: JUNEAU                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 139                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs,    capitalizing   funds,    making                                                                    
     reappropriations,  making supplemental  appropriations,                                                                    
     and making  appropriations under  art. IX,  sec. 17(c),                                                                    
     Constitution  of   the  State   of  Alaska,   from  the                                                                    
     constitutional budget  reserve fund; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:09:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   MacKinnon  directed   attention  to   a  proposed                                                                    
committee substitute for SB 139.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   MOVED  to  ADOPT   proposed  committee                                                                    
substitute  for   SB  139  (FIN),  Work   Draft  29-GS2740\W                                                                    
(Wallace, 3/3/16).                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:10:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES ARMSTRONG,  STAFF, SENATOR PETE KELLY,  explained that                                                                    
the  committee  substitute  (CS)  incorporated  all  of  the                                                                    
numbers that  the budget subcommittees had  forwarded to the                                                                    
committee the previous week. He  continued that the language                                                                    
section of  the budget had  some major technical  changes to                                                                    
the bill that  was introduced and amended  by the governor's                                                                    
office.   The   title  was   amended   to   include  FY   16                                                                    
appropriations,  and   the  new  version  removed   all  the                                                                    
dividend  "plumbing"  that  had  been  encapsulated  in  the                                                                    
governor's  bill.   Additionally,  the  CS   reformatted  to                                                                    
resemble a  typical operating budget similar  to years past,                                                                    
and removed  the pension obligation  bonds contained  in the                                                                    
original bill.  In the  numbers section of  the CS,  all the                                                                    
funding for the Alaska's  Liquid Natural Gas Project (AKLNG)                                                                    
was removed, totaling almost $29  million. He added that the                                                                    
other body  had used excess  PCE funds  to help fund  one of                                                                    
the  agencies, but  the provision  was not  in the  CS being                                                                    
considered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:11:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong  continued that the  CS contained  funding for                                                                    
the single audit within the  Department of Health and Social                                                                    
Services  (DHSS), which  would  be a  three-year project  of                                                                    
approximately  $932,000. He  specified  that  the CS  capped                                                                    
funds for  firefighting crews, not to  exceed $1,125,000. He                                                                    
stated  that  the  CS  smoothed  out  the  funding  for  the                                                                    
Division of Elections, with $1.9  million in FY 16, and $1.9                                                                    
million in  FY 17.  He clarified that  in future  years, the                                                                    
division would have $1.9 million in the budget.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:12:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Armstrong pointed  out new  fund capitalization  in the                                                                    
amount of  $7.5 million for  Group Health and  Life Benefits                                                                    
Fund,  which  would  fund approximately  half  of  what  the                                                                    
administration  was  proposing.  He  directed  attention  to                                                                    
excess funding  from FY  16 that was  put toward  the Public                                                                    
Education Fund in the amount  of approximately $435 million.                                                                    
He  highlighted that  one third  of the  amount was  used to                                                                    
displace FY 17  funding for education. He  asserted that the                                                                    
change resulted in  education being fully funded,  but had a                                                                    
different fund source.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:13:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong stated that the  CS contained no funding in FY                                                                    
16 or  FY 17 for  the Community Revenue Sharing  Program. He                                                                    
furthered  that the  program utilized  a three-year  rolling                                                                    
average,  and  if  the  CS  remained  as  it  was  currently                                                                    
written,  revenue sharing  would  receive approximately  $38                                                                    
million in FY 17.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong  continued discussing the CS,  noting that the                                                                    
new  version would  deposit  $80 million  in  to the  Higher                                                                    
Education Fund in  FY 16, and then capitalized  the fund. In                                                                    
FY 17  an appropriation  was made  to displace  funds within                                                                    
the statewide assistance to TERS,  lowering the general fund                                                                    
(GF) component in FY 17 by $77 million.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:14:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong noted that the  work draft reduced the deposit                                                                    
to the  Renewable Energy  Fund by  $5 million.  He mentioned                                                                    
three  small retirement  accounts  (for  the Elected  Public                                                                    
Offices,  Alaska  Nation  Guard, and  Alaska  Naval  Militia                                                                    
retirement  systems)  that  were  embedded  in  the  numbers                                                                    
section which  were moved to  statewide retirement so  as to                                                                    
be housed  in the  same area  of the  budget. He  added that                                                                    
there were  no Constitutional  Budget Reserve  provisions in                                                                    
the CS.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:15:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly explained that there  would be public comment                                                                    
on  the budget  at a  later time,  and members  would submit                                                                    
amendments later in the week.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:15:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy  asked  for a  total  of  reductions  when                                                                    
considering the  governor's plan  to the  House and  then to                                                                    
the Senate.  Mr. Armstrong replied  that there was  a report                                                                    
from the Legislative Finance Division  (LFD) in the member's                                                                    
packets.  He directed  member's attention  to the  bottom of                                                                    
column  2,  $4,511,000,000  was the  total  listed  for  the                                                                    
governor's  amended  total  budget.   The  House  total  was                                                                    
$4,093,520,000 and  the Senate  total was  approximately $27                                                                    
million   higher.  He   noted  that   the  other   body  was                                                                    
considering  amendments  the  following day,  and  would  be                                                                    
using  some   PCE  funds   in  non-traditional   places.  He                                                                    
summarized  that the  changes  between the  two bodies  were                                                                    
contained  within  DHSS,  University   of  Alaska,  and  the                                                                    
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:16:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy clarified that  the amount being considered                                                                    
was  of  $4,120,098,000.  Mr.   Armstrong  answered  in  the                                                                    
affirmative.                                                                                                                    
Mr.  Armstrong explained  that the  blue binders  before the                                                                    
members  contained   the  budget  action  sheets   for  each                                                                    
subcommittee, as  well as the  narratives, so  members could                                                                    
follow along to understand the  changes. He noted that after                                                                    
the  CS  was  adopted,  the  LFD  website  would  have  each                                                                    
comparison available for consideration.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:17:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asked  if Mr.  Armstrong could  quantify                                                                    
the  percentage or  dollar amount  total of  an overall  cut                                                                    
from the previous year to the current year.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly commented that  whatever number Mr. Armstrong                                                                    
discussed, the amount would be  different after the upcoming                                                                    
work on the budget was completed.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong  discussed the  reductions and  estimated that                                                                    
between  the governor's  reductions, the  reductions in  the                                                                    
House, and  the reductions from  the CS; reduced  the budget                                                                    
overall by nearly $215 million.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  stated that number was  consistent with what                                                                    
he had  discussed during a  press conference earlier  in the                                                                    
day.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:19:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman  asked  if  column  2  of  the  LFD  report                                                                    
included  all of  the governor's  amendments  that had  been                                                                    
submitted to the Senate for consideration.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong  stipulated that there  had been  an amendment                                                                    
for $2  million that was  not included  in the CS.  He could                                                                    
not recall the  details of the amendment,  but was confident                                                                    
that the governor's  office would have a  list of amendments                                                                    
it would want to see restored in the budget.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:19:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly clarified  that only  members of  the Senate                                                                    
Finance  Committee  would  be  offering  amendments  to  the                                                                    
budget. If other Senate members  wanted to offer amendments,                                                                    
they would need to work through the committee members.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr.   Armstrong   discussed   the  upcoming   schedule   for                                                                    
amendments and public testimony.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:20:39 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  REMOVED  his   objection.  There  being  NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it  was so  ordered. The CS  for SB  139(FIN) was                                                                    
ADOPTED.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:21:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  asked if amendments would  be considered if                                                                    
they  were  not  available  to the  legal  drafters  by  the                                                                    
specified time.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly answered in the affirmative.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:21:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche considered that there  had been a lot of                                                                    
misunderstanding regarding past  budgetary work, and thought                                                                    
that  it  might be  helpful  to  get  an overview  from  LFD                                                                    
regarding  budget  changes  in   the  departments  over  the                                                                    
previous few years.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly mentioned a recent  question from a reporter,                                                                    
thought  it was  important  the public  understood that  the                                                                    
Senate and the  House had different ways  of counting things                                                                    
as cuts.  He referred  to a question  about $200  million in                                                                    
tax credits that were reduced  the previous year, and he had                                                                    
expressed that the  Senate did not count the  reduction as a                                                                    
legitimate cut,  but rather a "false  cut." He characterized                                                                    
the committee's  budget methodology as a  form of discipline                                                                    
that the  committee engaged in.  He agreed that it  would be                                                                    
positive   for  LFD   to  overview   budget  processes   for                                                                    
clarification. He thought some  bloggers had made outrageous                                                                    
statements about budgetary decisions,  and thought it showed                                                                    
a lack of understanding of the process.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB  139  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 140                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health  program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:24:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   MOVED  to  ADOPT   proposed  committee                                                                    
substitute   for  SB   140(FIN),   Work  Draft   29-GS2742\W                                                                    
(Wallace, 3/4/16).                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Armstrong discussed  the proposed CS. He  stated that in                                                                    
years  past,  traditionally  the   other  body  removed  one                                                                    
capital project from the proposed  budget. He clarified that                                                                    
there  were  five  projects currently  incorporated  in  the                                                                    
bill.  He continued  that when  the  committee received  the                                                                    
House version  of the bill  on Friday, it would  reverse the                                                                    
order  and not  fund the  other four  projects, which  would                                                                    
render the mental health bill conferenceable.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Armstrong  continued that  the  House  had removed  the                                                                    
mental  health coordinated  transportation  in vehicles,  in                                                                    
the  amount of  $1.1 million,  which he  considered standard                                                                    
operations.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  REMOVED  his   OBJECTION.  There  being  NO                                                                    
OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB  140  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:26:34 AM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:30:54 AM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 74                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act relating to  permanent fund dividends; relating                                                                    
     to a medical assistance  reform program; establishing a                                                                    
     personal  health savings  account  program for  medical                                                                    
     assistance recipients;  relating to  the duties  of the                                                                    
     Department of Health  and Social Services; establishing                                                                    
     medical   assistance    demonstration   projects;   and                                                                    
     relating to a study by the Department of Health and                                                                        
     Social Services."                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:31:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly MOVED to  ADOPT proposed committee substitute                                                                    
for SB 74, Work Draft 29-LS0692\U (3/4/16, Glover).                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon OJBECTED for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ERIN SHINE, STAFF, SENATOR ANNA  MACKINNON, discussed the CS                                                                    
for SB  74, and explained  that the work  draft incorporated                                                                    
all of  the amendments  that had  passed the  previous week.                                                                    
She highlighted  two additional changes reflected  in the CS                                                                    
and directed attention to page 39,  line 15 of the bill. The                                                                    
change added the word "retirees"  to the draft, after it had                                                                    
been inadvertently  omitted in  the amendment  pertaining to                                                                    
the  Healthcare  Authority  study  with  the  Department  of                                                                    
Administration. She  pointed out another change  on page 40,                                                                    
lines 27  through 31  of the  bill. Previously,  the section                                                                    
had required all  of the False Claims Act to  require a two-                                                                    
thirds vote;  after conversation with the  legal department,                                                                    
members decided to remove the  sections that did not require                                                                    
a two-thirds vote.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  WITHDREW her  OBJECTION. There  being NO                                                                    
further OBJECTION, it was so ordered.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:33:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon directed the  committee's attention to an                                                                    
overview document  prepared by  the department  "DHSS Fiscal                                                                    
Impacts  for  CSSB74(FIN),  version U  -  with  amendments,"                                                                    
(copy on file). She  explained that the document encompassed                                                                    
all of  the fiscal notes that  were in draft form,  but were                                                                    
not anticipated  to change. She  thought the  overview would                                                                    
simplify  the process  of examining  the fiscal  impact, and                                                                    
detailed that  she and  Senator Kelly's  staff had  met with                                                                    
the  department  and LFD  over  the  weekend to  update  the                                                                    
fiscal  notes.  She  furthered   that  she  had  observed  a                                                                    
reaction from committee members  pertaining to the number of                                                                    
personnel  being requested  by the  department to  implement                                                                    
the  Medicaid program,  as well  as  observing less  savings                                                                    
than expected.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:35:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  directed attention to the  FY2017 column                                                                    
of the document, which reflected  what the subcommittees had                                                                    
already done. She noted that  as the committee moved forward                                                                    
with implementation of reform,  it had identified savings in                                                                    
various areas.  Consequently the department had  been unable                                                                    
to  reflect the  savings  on the  fiscal  note, because  the                                                                    
savings was not  a result of direct policy in  the bill. She                                                                    
continued  that there  was explanation  on  the fiscal  note                                                                    
that explicated  the situation.  She anticipated  savings of                                                                    
over $100 million,  and pointed out that the  number from FY                                                                    
17 was different than  previously considered numbers because                                                                    
the fiscal notes  were not reflecting what  was happening in                                                                    
subcommittee in  terms of cost  savings on travel  and other                                                                    
items.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon reminded  the committee  and the  public                                                                    
that the document being reviewed  was only for DHSS, and did                                                                    
not  reflect  savings in  the  Department  of Law  or  other                                                                    
areas.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:37:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly expressed appreciation  for the work that was                                                                    
completed   over   the  weekend.   He   was   in  favor   of                                                                    
incorporating the  aforementioned note  in the  fiscal note.                                                                    
He  discussed  making  departmental  reductions  to  reflect                                                                    
savings created through the passage  of the bill as it moved                                                                    
through committees.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:38:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   commented  that  the   Senate  Finance                                                                    
Subcommittee on  Medicaid would work with  colleagues in the                                                                    
House to  identify additional funding sources  that might be                                                                    
available. She  relayed that the  Mental Health  Trust Board                                                                    
had    indicated   some    willingness   to    examine   the                                                                    
implementation  of   the  behavioral  health   changes.  She                                                                    
anticipated   additional  changes   to   fiscal  notes   and                                                                    
additional collaboration during the bill process.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:39:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  asked for clarification on  the savings                                                                    
reflected between the "Grand Total"  table on the first page                                                                    
of the fiscal impacts document,  and the table on the second                                                                    
page.  He   asked  if  the  department   could  explain  the                                                                    
difference between the two tables.                                                                                              
9:39:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON SHERWOOD, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER,  MEDICAID AND HEALTH CARE                                                                    
POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH  AND SOCIAL SERVICES, addressed                                                                    
Vice-Chair Micciche's  question regarding the tables  on the                                                                    
fiscal  impacts document.  He clarified  that  the table  on                                                                    
first page of the document  reflected every provision of the                                                                    
bill  and  totaled  them.  The  table  on  second  page  was                                                                    
comprised of  items which  resulted in  significant savings.                                                                    
He noted  that there were  some provisions of the  bill that                                                                    
did not get included in the  table, and was more intended as                                                                    
a reference  to observe cost saving  measures and individual                                                                    
impacts. He  continued that  the tables  did not  attempt to                                                                    
incorporate every provision in  every fiscal note, and there                                                                    
were  some  expenses that  would  not  be reflected  in  the                                                                    
summary table on the first page.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:41:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Sherwood  relayed  that the  department  had  seriously                                                                    
considered the committee's comments  from the previous week,                                                                    
and  had examined  its assumptions  and timelines.  Further,                                                                    
the department  had looked at  the bill amendments  and made                                                                    
some significant  changes, and  in some  cases had  moved up                                                                    
its timelines.  He specified that with  the incorporation of                                                                    
the  provisions proposed  in the  budget subcommittees,  the                                                                    
tribal   claiming  timeline   was   effectively  moved   up.                                                                    
Additionally, the  start of  1915(I) and  1915(K) provisions                                                                    
were both moved up by six months.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood  continued to discuss  the bill and  the fiscal                                                                    
impacts  sheet, noting  that the  department had  identified                                                                    
potential savings in areas of  primary care case management,                                                                    
telehealth,   and  pioneer   homes  (as   a  result   of  an                                                                    
amendment). The  department had  also found  some reductions                                                                    
in positions and capital costs.  He thought the co-chair had                                                                    
done a  great job of  summarizing the first table,  in terms                                                                    
of the net  effect of the bill. He pointed  out that savings                                                                    
totaling over $31 million in FY  17 was projected to grow in                                                                    
GF to almost  $114 million by FY 22. He  added that the bill                                                                    
also resulted  in total fund  reductions beginning in  FY 17                                                                    
and growing through FY 22.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood  discussed the "Positions"  table on  the first                                                                    
page, noting  that the department reduced  the total request                                                                    
for positions.  The department would add  seven positions in                                                                    
FY  17, including  four  positions to  work  on enhanced  or                                                                    
accelerated  tribal claiming  (also included  in the  budget                                                                    
subcommittee proposal). He  quantified that effectively, the                                                                    
department reduced  five of the  positions it had  asked for                                                                    
previously. The  amount of positions  would peak at  nine in                                                                    
FY 18 while completing  start-up work, gradually paring back                                                                    
to five  net positions  as efficiencies  were achieved  as a                                                                    
result of Medicaid reform.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:43:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly clarified  that  his earlier  mention of  27                                                                    
positions was incorrect.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon explained that  the subcommittee had gone                                                                    
through   an  exercise   with  the   department  to   reduce                                                                    
positions,  and  the  number  had  changed  over  time.  The                                                                    
subcommittee  was trying  to reflect  the changes  to create                                                                    
transparency for the public.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:44:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood  discussed the "Capital Budget  Costs" table on                                                                    
page 1  of the document,  explaining that capital  costs had                                                                    
gone down to  a total of $9.1 million and  were comprised of                                                                    
90  percent federal  funds. In  addition  to adjusting  some                                                                    
assumptions, the department had  reallocated some costs more                                                                    
appropriately.  He noted  that the  committee might  observe                                                                    
some numbers  had moved between fiscal  note components, but                                                                    
that overall there had been a net reduction.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:44:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asked  if the  department had  looked at                                                                    
the 50-50 funding  ratio on some items and  consider how the                                                                    
state  might present  a case  to the  federal government  to                                                                    
have some  positions or  capital costs  specifically covered                                                                    
at a 90-10 rate in aid  of trying to work toward eliminating                                                                    
fraud in the system (and other items).                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Sherwood answered  in  the  affirmative. He  elaborated                                                                    
that the  department reviewed areas  that indicated  a 50-50                                                                    
funding ratio. He  thought the state had  a substantial case                                                                    
it  could make  to the  federal government.  He thought  the                                                                    
department's  initial  presentation  might  have  been  more                                                                    
conservative due to caution and uncertainty.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:45:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon discussed  the  explanation of  benefits                                                                    
process   for   individuals   receiving   services   through                                                                    
Medicaid.  She considered  it was  a false  claims reporting                                                                    
augmentation which was  new to the system, and  by virtue of                                                                    
its  inherent  authentication  with  the  patient  [to  help                                                                    
prevent fraud] should qualify for a 90-10 split.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood concurred.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:46:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche thought  it was  difficult to  quantify                                                                    
the  savings  at  the  current   time  without  knowing  the                                                                    
effectiveness  of the  changes. He  mentioned reductions  in                                                                    
emergency  care through  primary care  and case  management,                                                                    
the  Prescription  Drug  Monitoring Program  and  behavioral                                                                    
health   improvements,    reduction   of    travel   through                                                                    
telehealth,  changes  to  pioneer homes,  and  reduction  in                                                                    
fraud  and abuse.  He asked  if it  would take  a couple  of                                                                    
years to observe the results of the improvements.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood  stated that  the department  was trying  to be                                                                    
reasonable  in  its  projections,  and thought  one  of  the                                                                    
challenges was to avoid  the double-counting savings through                                                                    
different  reform efforts.  He  used the  example of  saving                                                                    
funds  on  travel  through  using  both  a  tribal  claiming                                                                    
initiative  as well  as telehealth.  He  furthered that  the                                                                    
department's   telehealth   estimates    did   not   include                                                                    
substantial  components  of  travel due  to  concerns  about                                                                    
double-counting.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:48:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly  appreciated the level  of scrutiny  that Mr.                                                                    
Sherwood  had  described.   He  discussed  earlier  comments                                                                    
pertaining to  quantifying budgets and thought  Mr. Sherwood                                                                    
had  employed  conservative  thinking  as  he  examined  the                                                                    
numbers.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:49:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon understood  that  two  fiscal notes  had                                                                    
been eliminated. Mr. Sherwood thought  one of the two fiscal                                                                    
notes  in question  had  come back.  He  clarified that  one                                                                    
fiscal  note for  the  Administrative  Services support  was                                                                    
gone. He had  previously thought that a fiscal  note for the                                                                    
Division of  Public Assistance could be  eliminated, but the                                                                    
department  had   realized  it  was  necessary   to  show  a                                                                    
component in the fiscal note.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:50:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   pointed  out   that  there   were  two                                                                    
additional fiscal  notes that needed updating.  Mr. Sherwood                                                                    
relayed  that he  would be  making further  comments on  the                                                                    
document,  then  would  discuss the  two  additional  fiscal                                                                    
notes. He  added that there  one new fiscal note  that could                                                                    
be easily summarized  in the cost savings  table rather than                                                                    
a more detailed discussion.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon   directed  attention  to   fiscal  note                                                                    
component  number  2077 and  component  number  2662; for  a                                                                    
Medicaid  services appropriation,  and  an appropriation  to                                                                    
Medicaid services - senior disabilities.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:51:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood highlighted the  "Savings Measures (UGF)" table                                                                    
on page  2 of the  document, noting that the  table included                                                                    
the additional funds  anticipated to be saved  in the tribal                                                                    
claiming  policy change.  He noted  that the  department had                                                                    
increased and  accelerated the savings in  primary care case                                                                    
management, and also showed  savings in telehealth beginning                                                                    
in  FY  18.  He  highlighted  savings  of  approximately  $1                                                                    
million  GF  annually  as  a  result  of  an  amendment  the                                                                    
previous  week to  the  payment  assistance language,  which                                                                    
would correspond the new fiscal  note for the pioneer homes.                                                                    
The department  was also  able to  reduce the  start-up cost                                                                    
for the  eligibility verification system, and  identify some                                                                    
operational savings in the same area.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood summarized  that one thing that was  not in the                                                                    
fiscal notes  was the  impacts of the  work to  develop more                                                                    
effective  and integrated  behavior health  system and  1115                                                                    
waiver.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:53:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN FORREST,  DEPUTY COMMISSIONER,  COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE,                                                                    
DEPARTMENT  OF HEALTH  AND SOCIAL  SERVICES, noted  that the                                                                    
department  expected  that   behavioral  health  reform  (as                                                                    
demonstrated in the bill but  not shown in the fiscal notes)                                                                    
would result in significant  savings in other state agencies                                                                    
and  municipalities  across   the  state.  She  particularly                                                                    
expected to see savings in  the criminal justice system, the                                                                    
Department of Corrections, the Alaska  Court System, and the                                                                    
Department  of Public  Safety. She  thought it  was hard  to                                                                    
quantify  potential   savings  at  the  current   time,  and                                                                    
highlighted   past   committee   testimony   regarding   the                                                                    
importance of  behavioral health  reform as it  pertained to                                                                    
the criminal justice reinvestment and reform.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:54:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon asked  if Ms. Forrest would  be giving an                                                                    
indeterminate fiscal note related  to a separate corrections                                                                    
bill that was  in the committee process.  She wondered about                                                                    
the  possibility   of  additional  savings   that  committee                                                                    
members  might need  to take  into account  when considering                                                                    
the bill.  Ms. Forrest avowed to look into the matter.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:54:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Sherwood directed  attention to  fiscal note  component                                                                    
number  2077  for  healthcare Medicaid  services,  which  he                                                                    
explained  was   the  largest  component  of   the  Medicaid                                                                    
services and  had the most  features. He pointed out  a very                                                                    
small  increase  in   operating  cost  for  FY   17,  but  a                                                                    
substantial  reduction in  GF. He  discussed the  savings to                                                                    
the program that would start at  over $3.7 million in FY 18,                                                                    
and growing  to over $28  million in  FY 22. He  referred to                                                                    
the   substantial    reduction   in   GF,    reducing   from                                                                    
approximately  $27 million  in the  first year  to over  $60                                                                    
million in FY 22.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:56:35 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Sherwood  continued to  discuss  the  fiscal note,  and                                                                    
pointed  out an  error pertaining  to position  requests. He                                                                    
reported a capital cost of  $6.9 million associated with the                                                                    
fiscal note.  He explained that the  fiscal note encompassed                                                                    
a  number of  provisions relating  to sections  of the  bill                                                                    
relating  to  fraud. He  mentioned  savings  from the  False                                                                    
Claims Act,  savings from  the self-review  for overpayment,                                                                    
savings  from civil  penalties, and  projected savings  from                                                                    
the  civil  forfeiture  provisions. He  added  that  savings                                                                    
would  be reflected  in the  summary document  on the  first                                                                    
table  on the  first page.  He discussed  primary care  case                                                                    
management,  which showed  savings  beginning in  FY 18.  He                                                                    
mentioned  the health  homes options,  which would  save the                                                                    
state  substantial   amounts  of   money.  He   pointed  out                                                                    
telehealth  provisions, the  coordinated care  demonstration                                                                    
projects,   and  the   hospital  emergency   room  reduction                                                                    
project, which were all included  in the fiscal note.  There                                                                    
were  savings  associated  with  the  tribal  health  travel                                                                    
claiming,  as well  as provisions  for a  health information                                                                    
infrastructure plan.  He clarified that although  the health                                                                    
information  infrastructure   plan  did  involve   a  modest                                                                    
expense,  almost  all of  the  funds  were a  90-10  federal                                                                    
money.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:58:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood  addressed fiscal  note component  number 2662,                                                                    
for  senior and  disabilities Medicaid  services, and  noted                                                                    
that  the allocation  involved  three different  provisions.                                                                    
There would be an impact  to services in the tribal claiming                                                                    
change, which showed  strictly as a fund  source switch. The                                                                    
second  provision concerned  1915(k), which  would create  a                                                                    
new  home and  community-based program  to provide  personal                                                                    
care  services for  people who  qualified  for waivers,  and                                                                    
came with an enhanced match  rate 6 percent greater than the                                                                    
regular match rate. Consequently,  the department would move                                                                    
personal care services from the  current optional service to                                                                    
the 1915(k) option; and there  would be a fund source switch                                                                    
after receipt  of enhanced federal  funds. He  discussed the                                                                    
third  provision,  the  1915(i) option  under  Medicaid,  in                                                                    
which a  new option  would be used  for home  and community-                                                                    
based  services  to  cover individuals  currently  receiving                                                                    
services  through state-funded  programs under  the Medicaid                                                                    
program.  He  continued  that rather  than  paying  for  the                                                                    
services at 100 percent general  fund, the state would get a                                                                    
50 percent federal match.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Sherwood continued  to the  fiscal note,  communicating                                                                    
that  other fiscal  notes demonstrated  reductions in  grant                                                                    
programs  that equaled  the  amount  of increased  operating                                                                    
costs; the fiscal  note showed $5.8 million  beginning in FY                                                                    
18 and growing  to $17 million by FY 22.  He summarized that                                                                    
the fiscal  note encompassed where  the state would  pick up                                                                    
the  general fund  cost  as  well as  the  federal cost  and                                                                    
savings.  He  highlighted the capital cost  of $1.2 million,                                                                    
which was  90-10 funded; and recognized  that the department                                                                    
needed to  allocate some  of the  funds that  it had  put in                                                                    
other  fiscal  notes  for capital  projects  to  senior  and                                                                    
disability services.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:01:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Sherwood  addressed fiscal  note component  number 2671,                                                                    
an  allocation for  pioneer homes,  and  explained that  the                                                                    
fiscal note  reflected a change  in fund source. Due  to the                                                                    
language in a  recent amendment to the  pioneer home payment                                                                    
assistance  program,   the  department  believed   it  could                                                                    
collect additional  funds from  the Medicaid  waiver program                                                                    
as  opposed to  having  to pay  for it  out  of the  state's                                                                    
payment assistance plan. The fiscal  note showed a reduction                                                                    
in GF, which was a  reduction to the payment assistance plan                                                                    
and an  increase in interagency  receipts that  received the                                                                    
federal Medicaid funds into the pioneer home budget.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:03:33 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche asked  what part of the  bill the fiscal                                                                    
note corresponded  to. Mr. Sherwood pointed  out language on                                                                    
page 35,  lines 21  through 23,  pertaining to  requiring an                                                                    
individual  applying  for  medical  assistance  coverage  to                                                                    
provide the decision letter regarding the application.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:04:44 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Sherwood recalled  that he  misspoke earlier  regarding                                                                    
changes  to   fiscal  notes.  The  fiscal   note  addressing                                                                    
behavioral  health administration  had not  been eliminated,                                                                    
in aid of demonstrating  reductions in staff. The department                                                                    
had eliminated  the Public Assistance  Administration fiscal                                                                    
note  and  combined  information   in  to  the  fiscal  note                                                                    
component number 237 addressing the fraud component.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:05:41 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  expressed appreciation for the  work the                                                                    
department had done over the previous weekend.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  reminded  the public  that  the  fiscal                                                                    
impacts  document being  addressed  was  only pertaining  to                                                                    
DHSS and no other agencies.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:07:08 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:08:57 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
Vice-Chair  Micciche reviewed  fiscal note  component number                                                                    
45, for  centralized administrative  services in  the office                                                                    
of  the  commissioner of  Department  of  Health and  Social                                                                    
Services. He listed a personal  services cost of $134,600 in                                                                    
FY  17, combined  with a  services  cost of  $700,000 for  a                                                                    
total of $834,600.  He pointed out there was  a further cost                                                                    
in FY 18  of $33,600 in personal services, and  then no cost                                                                    
from FY 19  through FY 22. He clarified that  the funds were                                                                    
for a  temporary position in FY  17 and FY 18  and there was                                                                    
no capital cost.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:10:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
}John   Boucher,   Deputy    Commissioner,   Department   of                                                                    
Administration{  addressed the  fiscal  note. He  understood                                                                    
that  the intent  of the  health care  authority feasibility                                                                    
study referenced in  the fiscal note was  to provide impetus                                                                    
for  a  broader discussion  of  healthcare  spending in  the                                                                    
state  beyond Medicaid  benefit recipients.  He mentioned  a                                                                    
study by  Commonwealth North that  had quantified  the total                                                                    
state spend  (including Medicaid)  at $1.55 billion.  He did                                                                    
not think the total had  included some of the indirect costs                                                                    
through  the  foundation  formula  for  teachers  and  other                                                                    
categories. He read from the  analysis section of the fiscal                                                                    
note:                                                                                                                           
     The  Committee  Substitute  for   SB  74  requires  the                                                                    
     Department  of  Administration, in  collaboration  with                                                                    
     the Legislative Finance Committees,  to procure a study                                                                    
     to determine the feasibility of  creating a health care                                                                    
     authority that  could coordinate health care  plans and                                                                    
     consolidate  purchasing  effectiveness  for  all  state                                                                    
     employees, retired  state employees,  retired teachers,                                                                    
     medical  assistance recipients,  University of  Alaska,                                                                    
     state corporation, and school district employees.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Boucher  continued to discuss the  fiscal note, pointing                                                                    
out that it  required the feasibility study  to be completed                                                                    
on or before  June 30, 2017. He relayed  that the department                                                                    
had  looked at  comparable  studies the  previous week,  and                                                                    
found   that  they   cost   around   $350,000.  He   thought                                                                    
considering the scope of the  study, and the public process,                                                                    
the  state would  need  to  rely on  other  states that  had                                                                    
examined the same topics. He  estimated that the state could                                                                    
spend up  to $700,000  on the study.  He specified  that the                                                                    
department envisioned  one temporary position to  manage the                                                                    
study through the commissioner's office.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:12:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  clarified  that  Senator  Dunleavy  had                                                                    
proposed  a similar  study previously.  She  hoped that  the                                                                    
administration  would review  the  report  and consider  the                                                                    
challenges  that the  legislature  had  faced in  extracting                                                                    
information  needed  to   evaluate  long-term  benefits  for                                                                    
Alaskans.  She  emphasized the  need  for  awareness of  the                                                                    
bargaining  cycle that  determined  health  benefits as  the                                                                    
state moved forward to look at health care savings.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
10:13:56 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy asked about the  fiscal note narrative, and                                                                    
wondered if active teachers were  included under the heading                                                                    
of 'school district employees,'  Mr. Boucher answered in the                                                                    
affirmative,  and  stated  that  the language  in  the  bill                                                                    
referred to  "direct and  indirect funding  by the  state of                                                                    
Alaska."  He   had  not  listed   every  group   that  could                                                                    
potentially be  covered. He thought one  challenge the study                                                                    
would have to meet was  determining the most important scope                                                                    
first. He thought  it would be important to  ensure that the                                                                    
state received the best value out of the study.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:15:04 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  emphasized  that  the  state  spent  an                                                                    
incredible  amount  of  money  on  insurance  through  local                                                                    
governments   and   through   state   government   entities.                                                                    
Individual   communities  and   larger   cities  were   also                                                                    
negotiating for health benefits.  She thought that the state                                                                    
had  incredible buying  power that  had been  fractured. She                                                                    
thought  there was  a  belief that  with  such great  buying                                                                    
power, the  people of  Alaska should not  be paying  some of                                                                    
the  costs  of  the  benefits  being  received.  She  hoped,                                                                    
through collaboration with the  administration, to bring the                                                                    
bargaining units  together and  try and get  better services                                                                    
with the money being spent.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:16:09 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly thought  it was  important  to address  some                                                                    
comments made by Senator Dunleavy  when the committee worked                                                                    
on the issue three years  prior. He recounted that there had                                                                    
been  a different  financial environment  at  the time,  and                                                                    
Medicaid expansion created a much larger pool.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:16:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy agreed  that  there had  been a  different                                                                    
financial climate  when the topic was  discussed previously.                                                                    
He referred to  certain groups in opposition  to health care                                                                    
consolidation. He furthered that  with a worsening financial                                                                    
climate,  he hoped  that the  overall benefit  to the  state                                                                    
would take  precedence over  a small  amount of  groups that                                                                    
would not benefit from such consolidation.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:17:28 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Boucher stated  that the  department looked  forward to                                                                    
the challenge  of moving forward  with Medicaid  reform, and                                                                    
thought  that   everyone  recognized  that  the   state  was                                                                    
spending a tremendous amount on  healthcare. He thought that                                                                    
it was  a good  idea for  the state  to leverage  its buying                                                                    
power.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:17:51 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  discussed fiscal note  component number                                                                    
2203, for  criminal appeals and  special prosecution  in the                                                                    
Department  of  Law's  Criminal Division.  He  reviewed  the                                                                    
total operating costs from FY  17 through FY 22 at $365,000,                                                                    
comprised of $273,700 in federal  receipts and of $91,300 in                                                                    
state funds. The fiscal note  listed two full-time positions                                                                    
from FY  17 through FY  22. There  was a change  in positive                                                                    
revenues of about $500,000 per year.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:18:40 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
}John Skidmore,  Director, Criminal Division,  Department of                                                                    
Law{  addressed   the  fiscal  note,  making   note  of  one                                                                    
substantive change.  The department had changed  the funding                                                                    
from  GF  to  statutorily designated  receipts  (SDR)  after                                                                    
responded  to members  concerns  about the  added number  of                                                                    
positions  associated  with the  legislation.  Additionally,                                                                    
DOL  had  indicated  that  the  state  would  be  collecting                                                                    
significant monies from fraud, which  would serve as the new                                                                    
fund  source. He  noted that  in  the first  year the  funds                                                                    
would been  split equally  between GF and  SDR to  allow the                                                                    
program to develop fully. Thereafter  the funds would be 100                                                                    
percent SDR.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:20:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy cautioned  careful and cognizant reflection                                                                    
on the collection of department  funding, and hoped it would                                                                    
be done the right way. He  thought a number of members would                                                                    
be   observing   the   process  and   listening   to   their                                                                    
constituents on the matter.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Dunleavy  asked  if Mr.  Skidmore's  division  also                                                                    
prosecuted permanent fund dividend (PFD) fraud.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Skidmore stated  that there was a  prosecutor within the                                                                    
Office of  Special Prosecutions  that prosecuted  PFD fraud.                                                                    
He  added   that  he  agreed  with   Senator  Dunleavy  that                                                                    
collection of fraud funds needed  to be monitored carefully,                                                                    
and  it  was  not  the   department's  intent  to  go  after                                                                    
individuals  simply for  the point  of recovering  money. He                                                                    
clarified  that the  act  [the  proposed Medical  Assistance                                                                    
False Claim and Reporting Act] was  set up so that the state                                                                    
could collect  attorney's fees,  the same  way in  which one                                                                    
would in most civil cases.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Dunleavy used an example  of other states collecting                                                                    
greater  and   greater  amounts  of  fees   through  traffic                                                                    
violations. He  was concerned that  the collection  was done                                                                    
in  the right  way  and that  people  were not  overstepping                                                                    
their authority.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:22:15 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche  appreciated   Mr.  Skidmore's  earlier                                                                    
comments,  and  thought  he had  been  conservative  in  the                                                                    
estimated  change  in  revenues from  fraud  collection.  He                                                                    
recounted historical  cases of fraud in  Alaska and imagined                                                                    
that a dedicated effort could  result in significant savings                                                                    
for the  state. He expressed appreciation  for Mr. Boucher's                                                                    
explanation  and  efforts. He  hoped  that  the message  was                                                                    
being  conveyed regarding  fraud and  abuse of  the Medicaid                                                                    
system.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:23:24 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop  thought the sections  of the  bill referring                                                                    
to fraud  set a high  bar for the  burden of proof  in order                                                                    
for the attorney general to proceed.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Boucher stated  that there was a higher  burden of proof                                                                    
for the claims  than there was for the grand  jury. He added                                                                    
that there was  a lower burden of proof to  pursue the cases                                                                    
civilly rather than criminally.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
10:24:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator   Hoffman   expressed   concern   that   the   state                                                                    
constitution did not allow for  dedicated funds. He referred                                                                    
to the potential  savings of $800,000 in the  first year. He                                                                    
wondered  if the  cost  would be  recurring  every year.  He                                                                    
thought  there  could  be  substantial  increases  to  DOL's                                                                    
budget  and  bottom line,  and  wondered  if the  SDR  would                                                                    
increase cumulatively over time.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Mr. Skidmore stated  that DOL anticipated that  in the first                                                                    
year there  would be initial start-up  activities, and would                                                                    
build momentum  in the future.  He specified that  each year                                                                    
there  would be  payouts of  Medicaid monies.  Consequently,                                                                    
each year the department expected  to pursue anyone that was                                                                    
engaged  in   fraudulent  activities  and   thereby  collect                                                                    
designated receipts  estimated in  the amount listed  on the                                                                    
fiscal note. The  amount $91,300 was the  state's portion of                                                                    
funding the positions,  which were 75 percent  funded by the                                                                    
federal government.  He confirmed  that the amount  would be                                                                    
recurring.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:27:28 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:28:00 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly thanked staff.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly   MOVED  to  REPORT  CSSB   74(FIN)  out  of                                                                    
committee   with   individual    recommendations   and   the                                                                    
accompanying fiscal notes.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
There being  NO OBJECTION, it  was so ordered.  CSSB 74(FIN)                                                                    
was    REPORTED   out    of   committee    with   individual                                                                    
recommendations and with  1 new fiscal impact  note from the                                                                    
Department of Administration; 1  new fiscal impact note from                                                                    
the   Department  of   Commerce,   Community  and   Economic                                                                    
Development; 1  new fiscal impact  note from  the Department                                                                    
of Law; and  13 new fiscal impact notes  from the Department                                                                    
of Health and Social Services.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon thanked staff // She // She hoped                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:30:49 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop briefly //                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:31:29 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:31:41 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon discussed the schedule.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Co-Chair Kelly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:32:49 AM                                                                                                                   
RECESSED                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:49:42 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 139                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs,    capitalizing   funds,    making                                                                    
     reappropriations,  making supplemental  appropriations,                                                                    
     and making  appropriations under  art. IX,  sec. 17(c),                                                                    
     Constitution  of   the  State   of  Alaska,   from  the                                                                    
     constitutional budget  reserve fund; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 140                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive mental health  program; and providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:50:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: JUNEAU                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:50:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FOREST   WAGNER,   ASSISTANT  PROFESSOR   OUTDOOR   STUDIES,                                                                    
UNIVERSITY  OF  ALASKA  SOUTHEAST (UAS),  JUNEAU,  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  funding University programs.  He shared  that he                                                                    
was  born and  raised in  Fairbanks,  and was  an alumni  of                                                                    
University of  Alaska. He shared  that he had taught  at UAS                                                                    
for ten  years. He stressed  that the University  system was                                                                    
important to him.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:53:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAYNE ANDREEN,  PRESIDENT, ALASKA PUBLIC  HEALTH ASSOCIATION                                                                    
(ALPHA),  JUNEAU,   spoke  in   support  of   programs  that                                                                    
encouraged healthy  communities, specifically  public health                                                                    
nursing and  other public health centers.  She stressed that                                                                    
the  citizens of  the state  need to  have access  to public                                                                    
health.  She stressed  that the  elimination of  funding for                                                                    
Public  Health   nurses  would  affect  the   public  health                                                                    
centers.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:55:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK   MILLER,  SUPERINTENDENT,   JUNEAU  SCHOOL   DISTRICT,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  testified  in  support   of  funding  for  cultural                                                                    
education paraprofessionals. He offered  a coin toss analogy                                                                    
as related to Alaska Native  male students. He stressed that                                                                    
the graduation rate in Alaska  was increasing, but needed to                                                                    
continue   to   increase   with  the   help   of   education                                                                    
paraprofessionals.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:57:49 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:58:41 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:58:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN CLOUGH, PRESIDENT,  ALASKA PUBLIC BROADCASTING, JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke  in support  of funding  for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
shared that  his organization  provided cost  saving support                                                                    
to  public broadcasting  across  the state.  He shared  that                                                                    
Alaska  was  diverse,  and throughout  the  state's  history                                                                    
there had always been an  intention to bring the communities                                                                    
together.  He shared  that public  radio depended  on state,                                                                    
federal,  and public  funding. He  shared that  much of  the                                                                    
federal  funding  for  public  radio was  dependent  on  the                                                                    
amount  of state  funding available  to the  radio. He  felt                                                                    
that  the  funding for  public  broadcasting  should be,  at                                                                    
least,  reinstated to  the  governor's  proposed budget.  He                                                                    
also spoke in  support of developing new  sources of revenue                                                                    
for the state.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:01:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE  WEAVER,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support of  the                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers program. and early  childhood education                                                                    
programs. She  shared that the  Parents as  Teachers program                                                                    
had  provided  tools  for  her   family.  She  stressed  the                                                                    
importance  of early  childhood  programs.  She shared  that                                                                    
each year  the child and  parent were given  new appropriate                                                                    
tools  to  fully  understand the  fundamental  developmental                                                                    
phases.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:04:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
IAN  NIECKO,  CASE  MANAGER,   JUNEAU  ALLIANCE  FOR  MENTAL                                                                    
HEALTH,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support  of  behavioral  health                                                                    
programs.  He  felt  that mental  health  problems  did  not                                                                    
discriminate:   they  affect   all  classes,   races,  ages,                                                                    
genders,  and religions.  He shared  that  the World  Health                                                                    
Organization   identified  mental   illness   as  the   most                                                                    
disabling  health  condition  in   the  world,  above  heart                                                                    
disease  and  cancer.  He stressed  that  behavioral  health                                                                    
programs  saved  time  and  money.   He  remarked  that  the                                                                    
programs  were associated  with higher  productivity in  the                                                                    
workplace and reduced absenteeism.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:06:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GUS  MARX,  GRANT  WRITER, JUNEAU  YOUTH  SERVICES,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke in support of behavioral  health programs. He stressed                                                                    
that behavioral  grants would continue to  provide treatment                                                                    
for teenagers and children facing severe emotional issues.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:07:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY HAKALA,  SELF, JUNEAU, testified  in support  of public                                                                    
education. She  urged the committee to  adopt the governor's                                                                    
funding level  for K-12 education.  She stressed  that early                                                                    
childhood  education would  result in  a successful  future.                                                                    
She  also urged  support of  funding for  distance learning.                                                                    
She testified in support of  funding for the University. She                                                                    
spoke in  support of an  education head tax and  a statewide                                                                    
income tax.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:10:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL  GEARHART, NATIONAL  ASSOCIATION  OF SOCIAL  WORKERS,                                                                    
ALASKA  CHAPTER, JUNEAU,  testified in  support of  programs                                                                    
for  mental  health  programs.   She  spoke  in  support  of                                                                    
behavioral health  programs. She stressed that  Medicaid did                                                                    
not cover all individuals,  and shared that her organization                                                                    
was required to provide service to everyone.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:12:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALLIE CONERTON,  VICE CHAIR, COALITION OF  STUDENT LEADERS,                                                                    
UAS,  testified in  support of  funding for  the University.                                                                    
She stressed that the  university provided community support                                                                    
and  events.  She  also  declared   the  UA  support  strong                                                                    
economies for  the communities across the  state. She shared                                                                    
that  she  was  currently  seeking a  degree  in  elementary                                                                    
education,  and hoped  that the  funding would  continue, so                                                                    
she could remain in Alaska after graduation.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:14:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE  REIFENSTEIN, SELF,  JUNEAU, urged  the committee  to                                                                    
restore funding  for public broadcasting. He  shared that he                                                                    
had  worked   in  various  capacities  including   the  fire                                                                    
department  and boy  scouts. He  remarked  that many  larger                                                                    
radio stations  provided support  for smaller  stations, and                                                                    
reached over 95 percent of  Alaska's population. He felt the                                                                    
savings and  new revenue sources  should be utilized  to pay                                                                    
for the budget.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
4:16:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY LUJAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  ALASKA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL                                                                    
BOARD OFFICIALS, JUNEAU, testified  in support of broadband.                                                                    
She  also   spoke  in  support  of   funding  for  education                                                                    
programs. She  stressed that many  of the state  funding for                                                                    
education  programs provided  leverage for  federal funding.                                                                    
She  advocated  for  a state  financial  plan;  specifically                                                                    
spending cuts, new sources of revenue, and use of savings.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:18:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SASHA SOBOLEFF, GRAND  PRESIDENT, ALASKA NATIVE BROTHERHOOD,                                                                    
JUNEAU, testified  in support of funding  for K-12 education                                                                    
programs,  and other  education programs.  He felt  that the                                                                    
cuts  to education  marginilized the  children. He  stressed                                                                    
that learning  should provide challenges through  a cultural                                                                    
lens.  He felt  that the  dropout rate  for native  Alaskans                                                                    
should be addressed, like  the Alaska's Learning Network. He                                                                    
stressed  that  the  Alaska's Learning  Network  provided  a                                                                    
skillset.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
4:21:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK   COENRAAD,  DIRECTOR,   ALASKA'S  LEARNING   NETWORK,                                                                    
JUNEAU, spoke  in support of  funding the  Alaska's Learning                                                                    
Network.  He   stated  that   there  had   been  significant                                                                    
increases  in  enrollment.  He echoed  the  remarks  of  Mr.                                                                    
Soboleff.  He stressed  that the  Alaska's Learning  Network                                                                    
provided support  that resulted  in an  increased graduation                                                                    
rate.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:23:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB  BARTHOLOMEW,  FINANCE  DIRECTOR, CITY  AND  BOROUGH  OF                                                                    
JUNEAU, JUNEAU, shared  that the City and  Borough of Juneau                                                                    
had developed  significant budget  cuts, and shared  that he                                                                    
understood the  current fiscal situation. He  encouraged the                                                                    
committee to share the budget  cuts in advance. He testified                                                                    
against   a   potential   increase   to   the   communities'                                                                    
contribution  to the  unfunded liability.  He stressed  that                                                                    
the   unfunded   liability   was   based   on   the   annual                                                                    
contribution.  He stressed  that the  impacts of  the FY  14                                                                    
contribution had  not yet been evaluated,  so increasing the                                                                    
contribution would be premature.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
4:26:02 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:26:34 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:26:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GORDON  KRUSE, DIRECTOR,  FISHERIES DIVISION,  UNIVERSITY OF                                                                    
ALASKA  FAIRBANKS (UAF),  JUNEAU,  testified  in support  of                                                                    
funding  for the  University. He  shared that  the Fisheries                                                                    
program was  ranked one  of the highest  in the  country. He                                                                    
stressed that UAF trained 65  percent of the fishery related                                                                    
professions in  the state.  He stressed  that the  state was                                                                    
facing  a sharp  decline in  the state.  He shared  that UAF                                                                    
provided outstanding  service to  the outside of  Alaska. He                                                                    
personally supported  a modest  income tax, revision  to the                                                                    
oil tax credit structure, and use of the permanent fund.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:29:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHI COLLUM,  BOARD CHAIR,  JUNEAU YOUTH  SERVICES, JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke   in   support    of   behavioral   health   programs,                                                                    
specifically  Juneau Youth  Services.  She  shared that  the                                                                    
grants  served  many  communities   across  the  state.  She                                                                    
stressed that  the behavioral health grant  funding had been                                                                    
reduced for  the third  year in a  row. She  understood that                                                                    
many  budget  cuts  needed  to  occur,  but  encouraged  the                                                                    
committee  to  make  thoughtful  reductions.  She  spoke  in                                                                    
support  of  the governor's  proposed  budget  for spoke  in                                                                    
support of behavioral health programs.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:31:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALEX  MCGUAN, SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in support  of early                                                                    
childhood education  programs. She  shared a  personal story                                                                    
about her  experience educating a  developmentally difficult                                                                    
student, who she  was able to education and  intervene at an                                                                    
early age.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:34:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELINDA MESSMER, HOME VISITOR,  PARENTS AS TEACHERS, JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke  in  support  of  reinstating  funds  early  childhood                                                                    
education programs.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:34:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JADA KAHL,  EARLY EDUCATION,  LEND, JUNEAU  SCHOOL DISTRICT,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  spoke in  support of  funding  for early  childhood                                                                    
development  programs. She  stressed the  importance of  the                                                                    
current programs within the communities.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:36:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TALEA  KELLAR, HOME  VISITOR, PARENTS  AS TEACHERS,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke in support of funding  for early childhood development                                                                    
programs. She stressed that the  proposed cuts were directed                                                                    
at Alaska's most vulnerable citizens.  She stressed that the                                                                    
programs helped  to eliminate the  negative issues  with the                                                                    
students. She hoped that the  state would continue to invest                                                                    
in Alaska's future.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly shared that the  meeting was broadcast in the                                                                    
Tom Stewart building.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:38:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELSEY  VENECHUK, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of early                                                                    
childhood education  programs. She urged support  of Parents                                                                    
as Teachers.  She felt that  the program  provided essential                                                                    
support as a parent. She shared  that her son had been given                                                                    
valuable  information  and  education  as a  result  of  the                                                                    
Parents as Teachers program.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:41:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMBER FROMMHERE,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke in  support of funding                                                                    
for  early  childhood  education, specifically  Tlingit  and                                                                    
Haida  Head Start.  She shared  that the  Tlingit and  Haida                                                                    
Head  Start served  up to  262 children  and their  families                                                                    
throughout  Southeast Alaska.  She shared  that many  of the                                                                    
children  also  received   services  through  the  community                                                                    
schools  by  way of  infant  learning  programs and  special                                                                    
education.  She  furthered  that early  childhood  education                                                                    
also encouraged family involvement.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:42:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TINA  PEYERK,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support  of  early                                                                    
childhood literacy and  education programs, specifically the                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers program.  She shared  that she  and her                                                                    
son  benefited  from  a  home   visitor,  who  observed  and                                                                    
discussed  his development.  She remarked  that, because  of                                                                    
the  program,  it  was  discovered that  her  son  had  some                                                                    
hearing  and vision  issues  that were  able  to be  treated                                                                    
early.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:44:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CYNTHIA  KATZEEK,  SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in  support  of                                                                    
funding for  Parents as  Teachers. She  shared that  she was                                                                    
assisting  in  raising  her  own  children  and  nieces  and                                                                    
nephews. She  shared some critical information  about how to                                                                    
interact with her  infant. She also spoke in  support of the                                                                    
Imagination  Library.  She  shared  that  her  home  visitor                                                                    
helped her move into her new home, and provided referrals.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:47:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRENDA TAYLOR,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke in  support of education                                                                    
funding.   She  shared   that  her   son  had   visited  the                                                                    
legislature at  a very  young age. She  shared that  her son                                                                    
was currently  in Greenland  representing the  Alaska Winter                                                                    
Games.  She  stressed  that  she  was  supportive  of  other                                                                    
programs,  but remarked  that education  was visible  in the                                                                    
schools. She announced that the  library in her son's school                                                                    
was  not   open  during  lunch  time.   She  encouraged  the                                                                    
committee to create an income  tax and utilize the permanent                                                                    
fund.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:49:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREA DEWEES,  ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SPANISH,  UA, JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke in  support of  funding submitted by  the UA  Board of                                                                    
Regents.  She stressed  that  the small  campus  on UAS  saw                                                                    
significant cuts. She shared that  many students at UAS were                                                                    
the first in their families  to attend college. She remarked                                                                    
that  education was  essential to  the state's  intellectual                                                                    
diversity.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:51:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BETH WELDON,  SELF, JUNEAU, testified in  support of funding                                                                    
for  education.  She  felt that  the  career  and  technical                                                                    
programs were essential  to her business, so  she could hire                                                                    
skilled  at  trained  workers.  She  specifically  spoke  in                                                                    
support of the  $50 increase to the  Base Student Allocation                                                                    
(BSA).                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:53:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KIRK  DUNCAN,   CHAIR,  COAST  ALASKA,  JUNEAU,   urged  the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
shared   that   public   broadcasting   provided   essential                                                                    
services.   He  urged   the  committee   to  reinstate   the                                                                    
governor's proposed budget for  public broadcasting. He also                                                                    
spoke in support of a state income tax.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:54:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK   IANNOLINO,  SELF,   JUNEAU,  spoke   in  support   of                                                                    
behavioral  health programs.  He shared  that he  had served                                                                    
vulnerable adults  and children for many  years. He remarked                                                                    
that Medicaid did not cover  all of the residents of Alaska,                                                                    
but stressed  that his program  could not turn  people away.                                                                    
He  shared   that  decreasing  funding  for   mental  health                                                                    
programs  would  not  decrease the  number  of  people  with                                                                    
mental  health  problems.  He  remarked  that  reducing  the                                                                    
grants would be costly to the entire mental health system.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:56:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICK CROWE, JUNEAU YOUTH SERVICES,  JUNEAU, spoke in support                                                                    
of  behavioral health  programs.  He  specifically spoke  to                                                                    
support  of funding  for mental  health and  substance abuse                                                                    
programs. He  shared that he  was currently a member  of the                                                                    
transitional  housing programs,  to ensure  that individuals                                                                    
did not end up on the  street. He stressed that there should                                                                    
be a  consideration of the  individuals who were at  risk of                                                                    
various negative influences.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:58:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK SVOBODNY,  SELF, JUNEAU,  advocated support  of funding                                                                    
for a portion of the  public integrity unit. He stressed the                                                                    
importance  of  public  integrity for  law  enforcement.  He                                                                    
shared  that there  needs  to be  funding  to prosecute  for                                                                    
"white  collar  crimes."  He  recollected  a  case  that  he                                                                    
prosecuted for price fixing.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:02:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHIE   WASSERMAN,   ALASKA   MUNICIPAL   LEAGUE,   JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified in support of the  governor's proposed $35 million                                                                    
deposit  in  the revenue  sharing  fund.  She remarked  that                                                                    
there had  already been  some cost  shifting in  school bond                                                                    
debt, jails, policing, capital  budget and Public Employees'                                                                    
Retirement  System (PERS)  costs.  She  was concerned  about                                                                    
smaller municipalities  and their ability to  provide needed                                                                    
services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:04:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CLAY  WALKER, DENALI  BOROUGH MAYOR,  VICE-PRESIDENT, ALASKA                                                                    
MUNICIPAL LEAGUE  (AML), JUNEAU,  related that the  AML body                                                                    
passed three resolutions. He shared  that the top priorities                                                                    
for  AML  were  the   sustainable  budget  plan,  supportive                                                                    
community revenue  sharing, and  maintaining the  PERS rate.                                                                    
He spoke to the community  revenue sharing program, which he                                                                    
described   as  vital   to  the   functional  existence   of                                                                    
municipalities. He  thought it  would be devastating  if the                                                                    
funds were to go to zero in two years as proposed.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:06:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  MANN, SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in support  of funding                                                                    
the Alaska Marine Highway. He  also spoke in support of K-12                                                                    
and  University funding.  He shared  that  his children  had                                                                    
grown  up in  the  Alaska education  system.  He shared  his                                                                    
extensive experience as a fisherman in the state.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:11:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNE  FULLER, SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in support  of Pre-K                                                                    
funding,  Mt.  Edgecumbe,  and research  and  study  at  the                                                                    
University. She spoke in support  of the $50 increase to the                                                                    
BSA. She  shared that she  remembered paying a  state school                                                                    
tax.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:12:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AARON BRAKEL,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke in  support of behavioral                                                                    
health programs. He  also spoke in support  of all education                                                                    
programs. He shared  that he had attended  school across the                                                                    
street from  the Capitol. He  acknowledged that his  son was                                                                    
in  attendance in  the audience,  and that  his son  was the                                                                    
first  child born  in the  millennium in  Alaska. He  shared                                                                    
that he son was a freshman  in high school, and had enrolled                                                                    
in some courses  at the University. He urged  support of the                                                                    
University Board of Regents  budget recommendations. He aslo                                                                    
spoke in  support of  a state  income tax and  a cap  to the                                                                    
permanent fund dividend.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:15:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY JO  MEINERS, 2016  ALASKA TEACHER  OF THE  YEAR, JUNEAU,                                                                    
testified  in   support  of   funding  for   education.  She                                                                    
encouraged  the  committee  to  stabilize  multiple  funding                                                                    
sources. She  felt that  the initial  oil money  revenue was                                                                    
able to  supplant the need  for taxes, so  quality education                                                                    
and  other services  could maintain  funding. She  expressed                                                                    
willingness to pay to support a quality public education.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:18:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE NEWTON,  SELF, JUNEAU, voiced support  of basic funding                                                                    
for education.  He specifically spoke in  support of Parents                                                                    
as Teachers, Imagination Library,  and other early childhood                                                                    
education program. He  remarked that he had  seen changes in                                                                    
academic levels  and the children who  had struggled because                                                                    
of the lack of early  childhood education. He shared that he                                                                    
had worked many  years in the school system,  and noted that                                                                    
he had  personally seen the  negative impact related  to the                                                                    
lack of proper early education.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:20:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA EAGAN  LAGERQUIST, SELF, DOUGLAS, voiced  support of K-                                                                    
12  education  funding.  She stressed  that  her  children's                                                                    
school  had a  positive impact.  She shared  that she  was a                                                                    
volunteer in her son's class,  and had recently participated                                                                    
in class  related to learning  about money. She was  able to                                                                    
realize  the  difficulties  that  many  teachers  face.  She                                                                    
shared  that  her  son  had seen  positive  strides  in  his                                                                    
education,  because  of  the   reading  specialists  in  his                                                                    
schools.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:23:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSH  KEATON, SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in support  of fully                                                                    
funding  education. He  urged support  of funding  for Pre-K                                                                    
funding.  He shared  that his  son's  preschool teacher  had                                                                    
testified  in support  of  education  funding, and  remarked                                                                    
that  his son  had  seen the  benefits  of public  education                                                                    
Alaska.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:25:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRANK  RUE,  SELF, JUNEAU,    testified  in support  of  the                                                                    
budget  that   utilized  permanent  fund   earnings;  budget                                                                    
savings;  a state  income tax;  and  an increase  in tax  to                                                                    
various activities  like gas and  tobacco. He felt  that the                                                                    
budget options for schools and  resource management would be                                                                    
severe.  He restated  that there  should be  a comprehensive                                                                    
approach to the budget issues.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:27:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLY  RUE,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support of  education                                                                    
funding. She  shared that she  had volunteered as  an active                                                                    
parent  for many  years in  education. She  shared that  the                                                                    
budget for education  paid dividends at a later  time in the                                                                    
state.  She supported  the  use of  the  permanent fund  for                                                                    
essential state  services. She  remarked that  the permanent                                                                    
fund was intended for future  state services. She understood                                                                    
that the state needed a state  income tax and other types of                                                                    
taxes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:31:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE DONIELLO,  ALASKA COMMISSION ON AGING,  JUNEAU, urged                                                                    
support of  funding for senior  services. She  urged funding                                                                    
for  the Alaska  Senior Benefits  program, which  provided a                                                                    
critical safety net  for people aged 65 years  and older who                                                                    
lived   on  a   fixed  income.   She  remarked   that  those                                                                    
individuals  depended  on  the   program  for  access  food,                                                                    
housing,  and  heat. She  shared  that  the reduction  would                                                                    
impact  an  estimated  5,438  seniors.  She  also  spoke  in                                                                    
against the reduction in funding  for senior community based                                                                    
grants.  The  grant  funded served  the  largest  number  of                                                                    
seniors   at   the   lowest  cost:   home-delivered   meals,                                                                    
congregate  meals, transportation,  adult day  services, and                                                                    
respite  for  family  care givers.  She  stressed  that  the                                                                    
services could  prevent the need  for higher cost  care. She                                                                    
also  spoke in  support of  funding for  the adult  Medicaid                                                                    
dental program,  which assisted many low  income seniors who                                                                    
were  living dental  pain and  decaying teeth.  She stressed                                                                    
that Medicaid did not pay for  the cost of dentures and most                                                                    
forms of  dental care. Those without  dental coverage, could                                                                    
turn   to   the   hospital   emergency   department   at   a                                                                    
significantly  higher cost.  She  shared  that older  people                                                                    
with  poor oral  health were  at  a higher  risk of  chronic                                                                    
health conditions  and cardio  vascular disease.  She shared                                                                    
that the program served 4,026 seniors in 2015.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon wondered  if there  were 548  seniors in                                                                    
the senior  benefit program. Ms.  Doniello replied  that the                                                                    
number was 5,438.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  wondered if the numbers  for the program                                                                    
were only  for the higher  level, or was the  number related                                                                    
to  the  total  program.  Ms. Doniello  responded  that  the                                                                    
reduction affected  the category of people  with the highest                                                                    
income who received the lowest amount of assistance.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:33:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARCELO  QUINTO,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke in  support  of  the                                                                    
governor's proposed  budget for  the Alaska  Marine Highway.                                                                    
He felt that the committee's  proposal to cut $8 million and                                                                    
scrapping  a  vessel  was  too extreme.  He  felt  that  the                                                                    
reduction was at too high a  cost to families, and cost jobs                                                                    
in  the private  sector.  He also  testified  in support  of                                                                    
mental  health  programs.  He urged  the  committee  to  add                                                                    
$100,000  in   the  Suicide  Prevention  Council.   He  also                                                                    
testified in support of funding  for public broadcasting. He                                                                    
spoked  in  support  of  continued  investment  in  Alaska's                                                                    
communities. He  shared that  he was  a 75-year  resident of                                                                    
Alaska.  He stressed  that the  native people  in the  rural                                                                    
areas of the state felt the budget cuts.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:37:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAYNA  ROHWER, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of funding                                                                    
for  early  childhood  education. testified  in  support  of                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers. She  shared that she  had worked  as a                                                                    
doula with  many high risk  low income families.  She shared                                                                    
that she almost  always referred her clients  to the Parents                                                                    
as  Teachers program.  She  shared that  the  program was  a                                                                    
source of information and also  provided social support. She                                                                    
also urged  support of  a state  income tax  and use  of the                                                                    
permanent fund.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:39:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM  BRICE, SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in support  of funding                                                                    
for public workers to keep  transportation and facilities as                                                                    
safe as  possible. He also  spoke in support of  funding for                                                                    
broad fiscal plans.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:40:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY THOMPSON, PARENTS AS TEACHERS,  SELF, spoke in support                                                                    
of  funding for  Parents as  Teachers. She  shared that  she                                                                    
wanted to stay in Alaska,  but was worried about the drastic                                                                    
budget cuts.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:41:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUNE ROGERS,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke in  support of  any taxes                                                                    
that may be necessary to fund  the budget. She also spoke in                                                                    
support  of early  childhood  education.  She remarked  that                                                                    
there  were  some issues  in  Fairbanks  that may  not  have                                                                    
occurred,  if money  would have  been spent  on preventative                                                                    
measures. She shared  that she and her  family were longtime                                                                    
residents  of Alaska.  She felt  that Alaskans  should share                                                                    
the  privilege of  participating  in new  ideas. She  shared                                                                    
that she had  worked in the community to  produce a positive                                                                    
outcome.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:44:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILLIAN WORL,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoked in  support of  the $50                                                                    
adjustment to  the BSA. She  read from a  prepared testimony                                                                    
(copy on  file). She  shared that he  children had  felt the                                                                    
cuts to education  in the most recent  five years' operating                                                                    
budgets. The  Juneau School District  had a decrease  in the                                                                    
operating  budget  by  nearly  17  percent,  and  eliminated                                                                    
nearly  100  jobs  or positions.  The  remaining  staff  had                                                                    
worked  hard  to  continue to  provide  the  best  teaching,                                                                    
learning,  and   support  possible  to  all   students.  She                                                                    
stressed that  there were limited  available classes  to the                                                                    
students as a result of the budget cuts.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:47:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARA  EARLY,   SELF,  JUNEAU,   testified  in   support  for                                                                    
education,  specifically the  $50 increase  to the  BSA. She                                                                    
shared that over  100 staff positions had been  cut from the                                                                    
Juneau  School  District  over  the  last  five  years.  She                                                                    
stressed that  the remaining  workload had  been put  on the                                                                    
employees  in  order  to  keep   student  achievement  as  a                                                                    
priority.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:50:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDI STORY,  MEMBER, JUNEAU SCHOOL  BOARD, JUNEAU,  spoke in                                                                    
support of education funding. She  shared that the education                                                                    
funding would be reflected in  the quality of the workforce.                                                                    
She spoke in support of  the scheduled $50 adjustment to the                                                                    
BSA.  She testified  in support  of  a comprehensive  budget                                                                    
plan.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:52:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KELLY SORENSEN,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of funding                                                                    
for Parents as  Teachers. She shared a  personal story about                                                                    
her toddler son, and remarked that  she was able to call her                                                                    
mentor  in the  Parents  as Teachers  program. She  stressed                                                                    
that  her mentor  was often  available to  help. She  shared                                                                    
that her  mentor noticed that  her son's vocabulary  was not                                                                    
developing normally.  As a result  of that  observation, her                                                                    
son was diagnosed with an ear infection.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:54:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATEY  BLAGDEN, SELF,  JUNEAU,   spoke in  support of  early                                                                    
childhood  education  programs  like  Parents  as  Teachers,                                                                    
Imagination   Library,  and   Online  with   Libraries.  She                                                                    
stressed  that investing  in early  childhood education  was                                                                    
important for the future of Alaska.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:55:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NOAH  WILLIAMS, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of funding                                                                    
for  the University.  He stressed  that the  proposed budget                                                                    
strategy was not sustainable to  the state. He stressed that                                                                    
denying  Alaskans  education  would  result  in  detrimental                                                                    
effects in  the future. He  understood the need  to conserve                                                                    
resources,  but  felt  that  the  drastic  cuts  would  only                                                                    
degrade the economic situation further.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SB  139  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB  140  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
5:57:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 5:57 p.m.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 74 CSSB 174 work draft Version U.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB 74 DHSS Fiscal Impacts for CSSB074 v U.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 74
SB 139 CSSB 139 work draft Version W.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 140 CSSB 140 work draft Version W.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 140
SB 139 - PRESS ADVISORY- Bright Stars UA Rally-Final.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 KYUK testimony.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Petersburg LEPC support public broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Petersburg Resolution #2016-04.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Dillingham - DA & public radio.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony KPBOEM Support LTR.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Alborough OWL.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Andree Education funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Arnold UA funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony ASEA Local 52 Nome Chapter.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Bell public broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Benton AKLN.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Bochart Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Brechan AKLN.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Brudie OWL.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Carlson Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony City of Kaktovik - revenue sharing.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony City of Port Lions Revenue Sharing.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Conrad Senior Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Cox Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Cummings Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Cunningham OWL.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Dalton Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Dihle Education Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Dube Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Fleischhauer Marine Highway Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Fread Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Hakkinen Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Herrmann Eduaction Funding Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Hursey - Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Homer Senior Citizens Senior Programs.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Jackinsky.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Jackson - support Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Jamieson Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Jackson Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Johnson 2 Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Johnson Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony KBBI-KDLL Kenai Peninsula Boro Assembly Resolution.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Kenai Peninsula Borough Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Kittredge UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Klein - Budget Suggestions.jpeg SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Knudtson Budgt Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Kresh OWL.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Kruger Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Kruse UA funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Larsen UA Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Lekness Early Childhood Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Lindberg Education Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Matheson UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Maxwell -Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Meucci Public Radio.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Millard Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Miller Education Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Moran Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Morgan OWL.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Mourant - AKLN Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Neal Early Childhood Support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 149 Public Testimony Lamb OWL.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 149
SB 139 Public Testimony Rice -Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Niederhauser OWL- Public Broadcasting.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Olson BEHAVIORAL HEALTH FUNDING.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Page Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Petersburg LEPC letter of support.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Petersburg Resolution #2016-04.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Rendon - UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Renfrew - Budgte Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Restore funding to the OWL program.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Rushing - Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Russell - Alaska State Library Budget -- Please only reduce funding by 4% not 19%.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Sasha Soboleff UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Seese Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Sinclair - UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Stark Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Stephan.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Strasenburgh Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Thompson Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Todd Public Radio.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Trefon - Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Turletes.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Waldron Budget Suggestions.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Wasserman.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
SB 139
SB 139 Public Testimony Weems - UA Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Worl Education Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Tetimony Stinchcomb RISE.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Story - Boeard of Education - Letter and Legislative Priorities.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Meiners Education Funding.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 74 CS SB 74(FIN) ver U Sectional Analysis.pdf SFIN 3/7/2016 9:00:00 AM
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