Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/06/2018 09:00 AM FINANCE

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09:08:03 AM Start
09:08:54 AM HB285 || HB286 || HB287
09:10:54 AM Public Testimony: Juneau
09:54:45 AM Public Testimony: Barrow, Tok, Delta Junction
10:16:06 AM Public Testimony: Kenai, Kodiak, Dillingam
10:30:14 AM Public Testimony: Ketchikan, Wrangell, Petersburg
10:48:29 AM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
+ HB 286 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Limited to 2 Minutes> --
Written Comments for Official Public Record
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9:00 - 9:30: JUNEAU
9:30 - 10:00: BARROW, TOK, DELTA JUNCTION
10:00 - 10:30: KENAI, KODIAK, DILLINGHAM
10:30 - 11:00: KETCHIKAN, WRANGELL, PETERSBURG
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+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled: TELECONFERENCED
+= HB 285 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
+= HB 287 APPROP: PUPIL TRANSPORTATION; EDUCATION TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                       April 6, 2018                                                                                            
                         9:08 a.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:08:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 9:08 a.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop, Vice-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Natasha von Imhof                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Tammy   Jablonski,  Self,   Juneau;  Patrick   Ryland,  Best                                                                    
Beginnings and  Self, Juneau; Jeffrey Short,  Member, Juneau                                                                    
Board  of Education,  Juneau;  Gene  Randall, Self,  Juneau;                                                                    
Mark   Miller,  Superintendent,   Juneau  School   District,                                                                    
Juneau;  Martin  Stepetin,   Self,  Juneau;  Brenda  Taylor,                                                                    
Juneau  STEM Coalition,  Juneau; Rebecca  Soza, Juneau  STEM                                                                    
Coalition,  Juneau;  Briana   Heller,  Self,  Juneau;  Emily                                                                    
Thompson, Parents as Teacher,  Juneau; Talea Kellar, Parents                                                                    
as  Teacher,  Juneau;   Sarah  Sledge,  Executive  Director,                                                                    
Coalition for Education  Equity, Anchorage Resident, Juneau;                                                                    
Brian   Holst,  Director,   Economic  Development   Council,                                                                    
Juneau;   Sally  Donaldson,   Self,  Juneau;   Don  Habeger,                                                                    
Community  Coordinator,  Juneau Reentry  Coalition,  Juneau;                                                                    
Denise  Danillo, Alaska  Commission on  Aging, Juneau;  Sean                                                                    
Eagan,  Self,  Juneau;  Josh Keaton,  Self,  Juneau;  Sander                                                                    
Schijvens,  Self, Juneau;  Tari Stage-Harvey,  Self, Juneau;                                                                    
Emily  Ferry,  Self,  Juneau;  Dr.  Lisa  Parady,  Executive                                                                    
Director, Alaska  Council of School  Administrators, Juneau;                                                                    
Representative Justin Parish.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Michael  Jeffery, Self,  Barrow; Sallie  Demers, Tok  Senior                                                                    
Center,  Tok;  Jason  Tauriainen,  Kenai  Peninsula  Borough                                                                    
School  Board, Kenai;  James Squyres,  Self, Rural  Deltana;                                                                    
Page  O'Connell,  Self,   Dillingham;  Fred  Sturman,  Self,                                                                    
Soldotna;  Pat Holmes,  Self, Kodiak;  Ginger Fortin,  Self,                                                                    
Ketchikan; Mary Deihl, Self, Ketchikan.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 285(FIN)                                                                                                                   
          APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 285(FIN) was HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                     
          further consideration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 286(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)                                                                                      
          APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          CSHB 286(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)was                                                                         
          HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                               
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB 287(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                                         
          APPROP: PUPIL TRANSPORTATION; EDUCATION                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
          HB 287(brf sup maj fld) was HEARD and HELD in                                                                         
          committee for further consideration.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
PUBLIC TESTIMONY                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 285(FIN)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 286(FIN) am(brf sup maj fld)(efd fld)                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                        
     loan program expenses of state government and for                                                                          
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;      and       making      supplemental                                                                    
     appropriations."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 287(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An Act making appropriations for public education and                                                                     
     transportation of students; and providing for an                                                                           
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:08:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman announced that  amendments would be due the                                                                    
following Monday.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: JUNEAU                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:10:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAMMY  JABLONSKI,   SELF,  JUNEAU,   spoke  in   support  of                                                                    
recidivism  reduction services  and mental  health services.                                                                    
She had  first-hand experience with addiction  recovery. She                                                                    
stressed that  the programs required money.  She stated that                                                                    
it  was  important to  understand  the  addiction driver  in                                                                    
order  for  the  person  to   return  to  functioning  as  a                                                                    
productive  member   of  society.  She  felt   that  without                                                                    
treatment, the individual would  put communities at a public                                                                    
safety risk. She  remarked that the state was  in the middle                                                                    
of an opioid crisis.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:13:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATRICK RYLAND,  BEST BEGINNINGS AND SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke in                                                                    
support of  early childhood  education funding.  He stressed                                                                    
the importance  of investing  in early  childhood education.                                                                    
He  remarked  that education  before  age  five resulted  in                                                                    
higher  success   in  communities.  He  stressed   that  the                                                                    
children should benefit from the resources in the state.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:14:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY SHORT,  MEMBER, JUNEAU  BOARD OF  EDUCATION, JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke in  support of funding  for education. He  shared that                                                                    
since 2008 inflation  had reduced the budget  by 10 percent,                                                                    
or $600 per  student. He remarked that it had  resulted in a                                                                    
$3  million shortfall  in the  current  budget. He  stressed                                                                    
that   those  students   from   disadvantaged  homes   often                                                                    
struggled to  learn. He stated  that those  students' grades                                                                    
were the  reason that the  overall test scores were  low. He                                                                    
stressed the importance  of keeping the budget  in line with                                                                    
inflation.  He remarked  that investing  in education  would                                                                    
save money in corrections and public safety.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:17:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GENE  RANDALL,   SELF,  JUNEAU,  testified  in   support  of                                                                    
education   funding,   by   increasing  the   Base   Student                                                                    
Allocation (BSA)  and instituting  an income tax.  He stated                                                                    
that  he  was a  retired  teacher.  He  shared that  he  had                                                                    
previously  lived in  a state  with an  income tax.  He felt                                                                    
that  the  state  relied  too heavily  on  oil  revenue.  He                                                                    
remarked  that there  was  uncertainty  about whether  there                                                                    
would be  quality teachers in  the state. He shared  that he                                                                    
had  witnessed  many  teachers get  laid  off,  because  the                                                                    
legislature may  not be  willing to  commit to  education in                                                                    
the state.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:20:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK   MILLER,  SUPERINTENDENT,   JUNEAU  SCHOOL   DISTRICT,                                                                    
JUNEAU, spoke in support of  education funding. He felt that                                                                    
there  should be  early funding  for education  programs. He                                                                    
understood that the legislature would not end on time.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:22:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTIN STEPETIN,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke in support  of school                                                                    
funding. He shared  that there should be a $100  to the Base                                                                    
Student Allocation  (BSA), so that  funding could  keep pace                                                                    
with inflation. He also spoke  in support of funding for the                                                                    
Office  of  Children's  Services  (OCS). He  also  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  reinstating the permanent fund  dividends (PFDs)                                                                    
for the  Fairbanks Four.  He stated  that he  was testifying                                                                    
for his family and his children's' future.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:23:57 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRENDA TAYLOR,  JUNEAU STEM COALITION, JUNEAU,  testified in                                                                    
support of education funding.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:24:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REBECCA  SOZA, JUNEAU  STEM COALITION,  JUNEAU, shared  that                                                                    
she   was  a   part  of   the  STEM   (Science,  Technology,                                                                    
Engineering,  and Math)  Coalition. She  urged support  of a                                                                    
$100 increase to the BSA,  and reinstatement of the one-time                                                                    
$100,000 to  Department of  Education and  Early Development                                                                    
(DEED) for  STEM education.  She stressed  that there  was a                                                                    
direct link between education and  the economy. She remarked                                                                    
that  the  reductions were  affecting  all  aspects of  STEM                                                                    
education.  She   shared  that  curriculum   materials  were                                                                    
lacking.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:26:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  stressed that  BSA legislation was  not in                                                                    
the committee.  He stated that  the public  testimony should                                                                    
be related to the three budget bills.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:27:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIANA  HELLER, SELF,  JUNEAU, shared  that she  was raising                                                                    
five children, and a wife  to a recovering addict. She spoke                                                                    
in support of education funding.  She stated that there were                                                                    
many  women   who  were  raising   children  who   were  not                                                                    
biologically  their children.  She stated  that many  people                                                                    
were  failing  their  children due  to  mental  illness  and                                                                    
addiction.  She  stated that  she  worked  with seniors  and                                                                    
disabled people, so she saw that many relied on Medicare.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:28:51 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY  THOMPSON,  PARENTS  AS   TEACHER,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in                                                                    
support  of  funding  for Best  Beginnings  and  Parents  as                                                                    
Teachers.  She thanked  the committee  for their  efforts to                                                                    
fund those programs.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:29:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TALEA KELLAR,  PARENTS AS TEACHER, JUNEAU,  spoke in support                                                                    
of  Parents  as Teachers.  She  shared  that there  was  new                                                                    
understanding of  the impact of trauma  in children's lives.                                                                    
She  stated that  the Parents  as  Teachers programs  worked                                                                    
with families to nurture their  children. She stated that it                                                                    
was  important  for parents  to  be  their children's  first                                                                    
teacher, and  understand healthy  discipline in  high stress                                                                    
situations.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:31:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH  SLEDGE, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, COALITION  FOR EDUCATION                                                                    
EQUITY,  ANCHORAGE RESIDENT,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in support  of                                                                    
reliable education funding. She spoke  in support of HB 287.                                                                    
She also testified in support  of early childhood education.                                                                    
She stated that the  state had historically overlooked early                                                                    
childhood education in smaller population districts.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:33:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN   HOLST,  DIRECTOR,   ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT   COUNCIL,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  felt  that  Alaska's   economy  needed  a  stronger                                                                    
workforce, and  therefore spoke in support  of education. He                                                                    
urged  the  committee  to  increase  the  budget  for  post-                                                                    
secondary education.  He felt that flat-funding  for schools                                                                    
continued to  provide less money  for schools. He  felt that                                                                    
the  K-12 system  was  strained,  because many  kindergarten                                                                    
children were not prepared to enter school.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:35:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLY DONALDSON,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke in  support of funding                                                                    
for education.  She felt  that it  was important  to educate                                                                    
children, because  they would eventually  be the  leaders of                                                                    
the state. She  shared that she had worked  for thirty years                                                                    
in education.  She stated that  she had  witnessed increased                                                                    
and decreased  education funding.  She remarked  that Alaska                                                                    
used to  be rated second in  the country in teacher  pay but                                                                    
had dropped  to 32 in  the last 20  years. She felt  that an                                                                    
increase  in the  education budget  was  the most  important                                                                    
move that the legislature could make.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:38:11 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DON   HABEGER,   COMMUNITY   COORDINATOR,   JUNEAU   REENTRY                                                                    
COALITION,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of partnerships  with                                                                    
Department  of  Corrections  (DOC)  and  the  Department  of                                                                    
Health  and Social  Services  (DHSS)  in supporting  reentry                                                                    
programs.  He   spoke  in   support  of   reliable  housing,                                                                    
employment, and  treatment services. He remarked  that there                                                                    
should  be  funding for  efforts  to  reduce recidivism.  He                                                                    
remarked that  combatting crime  in the  state was  a multi-                                                                    
pronged  approach.  He felt  that  reducing  drug abuse  was                                                                    
essential in reducing crime in the state.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:40:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE DANILLO,  ALASKA COMMISSION  ON AGING,  JUNEAU, spoke                                                                    
in  support of  Medicaid  services for  older Alaskans.  She                                                                    
thanked  the  committee  for  funding  the  Senior  Benefits                                                                    
program.  She stated  that Alaska  had the  highest cost  of                                                                    
senior home care in the country.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:42:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SEAN EAGAN,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support of  funding for                                                                    
education.  He stated  that  there were  a  large number  of                                                                    
students per  classroom, so  teachers were  overwhelmed with                                                                    
the high  number of work  that resulted from the  high class                                                                    
volume. He remarked that the  smaller number of students per                                                                    
classroom would result  in a better education.  He felt that                                                                    
shop classes and physics classes were important.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:44:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSH  KEATON, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of education                                                                    
funding. He  hoped that  there would  be a  consideration to                                                                    
increase  the education  funding, specifically  the BSA.  He                                                                    
felt that the  quality of education was the  decision of the                                                                    
legislature.  He   spoke  against  the  decrease   to  early                                                                    
childhood  education funding.  He stressed  that the  budget                                                                    
decreases  resulted in  larger  classrooms.  He thanked  the                                                                    
committee for their support.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:46:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SANDER  SCHIJVENS,   SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in   support  of                                                                    
education  funding,  specifically  the university  and  K-12                                                                    
systems.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:47:17 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TARI  STAGE-HARVEY,  SELF,  JUNEAU,   spoke  in  support  of                                                                    
funding  for additional  staff for  the  Division of  Public                                                                    
Assistance Field Services. She stated  that her church ran a                                                                    
food  program,  summer  lunch   program,  and  programs  for                                                                    
homeless families.  She remarked  that she worked  with many                                                                    
struggling people.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:49:05 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY  FERRY,  SELF,  JUNEAU, testified  in  support  of  an                                                                    
increase  to  education  funding.  She  remarked  that  flat                                                                    
funding would be a decrease  year after year. She noted that                                                                    
it would result in layoffs  of teachers year after year. She                                                                    
felt that the  state should contribute, so  Alaska should be                                                                    
taxed to fund the services  provided by the state. She spoke                                                                    
in strong  support of a  broad-based tax, such as  an income                                                                    
tax.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DR.  LISA  PARADY,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,  ALASKA  COUNCIL  OF                                                                    
SCHOOL  ADMINISTRATORS,  JUNEAU,  testified  in  support  of                                                                    
education funding.  She thanked the committee  for carefully                                                                    
considering the  needs of K-12 education.  She remarked that                                                                    
flat-funding of  education would be detrimental  to schools.                                                                    
She spoke in support of HB  287, especially in regard to the                                                                    
forward-funding of education. She  hoped that the bill would                                                                    
move rapidly  through the legislative process.  She stressed                                                                    
the importance of timely funding for Alaska schools.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:53:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  thanked the community  of Juneau,  and the                                                                    
testimony  from the  city. He  stated that  public testimony                                                                    
could   be  submitted   directly  to   the  Senate   Finance                                                                    
Committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: BARROW, TOK, DELTA JUNCTION                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:54:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  JEFFERY, SELF,  BARROW (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support of  an income  tax. He  testified in  support of                                                                    
funding for behavioral health public  guardians. He spoke in                                                                    
support  of  funding  for  public  defenders.  He  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  public health field services.  He also testified                                                                    
in support of  funding for reducing recidivism.  He spoke in                                                                    
support of funding for advance training for social workers.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:57:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SALLIE DEMERS, TOK SENIOR  CENTER, TOK (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support of funding  for senior services. She stated                                                                    
that  most senior  citizens in  Tok depended  on the  senior                                                                    
benefit programs.  She stressed that senior  benefits were a                                                                    
life source. Due  to the backlog of applications  and a case                                                                    
overload her disabled daughter had  not received services in                                                                    
recent months.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:59:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JASON  TAURIAINEN,  KENAI  PENINSULA BOROUGH  SCHOOL  BOARD,                                                                    
KENAI   (via  teleconference),   testified  in   support  of                                                                    
education funds. He was excited  early funding in HB 287 was                                                                    
moving forward.  The early budget  would enable  schools and                                                                    
teachers  to plan  effectively. Early  funding would  enable                                                                    
schools to secure teachers as  well. Rising healthcare costs                                                                    
were  impacting school  budgets. He  asked the  committee to                                                                    
consider  a BSA  increase. He  had  been upset  in the  past                                                                    
about proposed dividend  cuts in the past,  but he supported                                                                    
the current plan to use a  portion of the Permanent Fund. He                                                                    
appreciated the legislature's hard work.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:01:42 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JAMES  SQUYRES, SELF,  RURAL  DELTANA (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in opposition to budget  increases. He did not believe                                                                    
forward funding  education was necessary if  the legislature                                                                    
completed  its  budget  in  90 days.  He  supported  a  full                                                                    
Permanent   Fund  Dividend   as  statutorily   required.  He                                                                    
believed  the legislature  had broken  the law  the previous                                                                    
year by not  following the statute. He was opposed  to SB 26                                                                    
pertaining to  the Permanent Fund.  He was appalled  that no                                                                    
one  had corrected  an erroneous  statute pertaining  to the                                                                    
calculation of  inflation proofing  on the  Permanent Fund's                                                                    
principal  rather  than  the fund  corpus.  He  thought  the                                                                    
legislature was  concerned about  paying credits to  the oil                                                                    
industry, but  it was not  concerned with paying  the public                                                                    
back for  the unpaid PFD.  He did not believe  the committee                                                                    
had the public's best interest at heart.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:03:56 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:15:59 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: KENAI, KODIAK, DILLINGAM                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
10:16:06 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman  provided  the  Senate  Finance  Committee                                                                    
email address for written testimony.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
PAGE  O'CONNELL,  SELF,   DILLINGHAM  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of $1.456  million to  hire additional                                                                    
advocates in  the Office of  Public Advocacy.  She discussed                                                                    
that  when a  vulnerable  adult  did not  have  a person  to                                                                    
assist them they  depended on the Office  of Public Advocacy                                                                    
to  help  with  services.  She  shared  that  she  had  seen                                                                    
individuals  land in  the  Alaska  Psychiatric Institute  or                                                                    
jail without  consistent family support.  Increasing funding                                                                    
for  the  Office  of  Public  Advocacy  to  hire  additional                                                                    
guardians to  serve vulnerable  Alaskans was  critical. High                                                                    
caseloads meant it  took time to get  information to support                                                                    
her  clients.  She provided  a  list  of benefits  and  work                                                                    
conducted  by  public   advocates.  The  individuals  helped                                                                    
manage  finances,  crises,  maintain safe  housing,  medical                                                                    
services, travel, and  other. Some of her  clients had never                                                                    
met their  guardians who had  an instrumental role  in their                                                                    
lives.  She  implored  the  committee  to  add  funding  for                                                                    
additional advocates.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:20:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
FRED   STURMAN,   SELF,   SOLDOTNA   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  additional cuts  to the  budget. He  believed the                                                                    
cuts had been  too minimal and surmised the  budget would be                                                                    
larger than the preceding budget.  He had visited a business                                                                    
the previous  day where employees  had agreed to  take their                                                                    
third  salary  cut  to  avoid   layoffs.  He  remarked  that                                                                    
individuals  were leaving  Alaska for  employment elsewhere.                                                                    
The  city  had lost  numerous  businesses  in recent  years;                                                                    
however,  the  state's  budget  continued  to  increase.  He                                                                    
stated there  was no  way the private  sector could  keep up                                                                    
with state  spending. He supported  closing the  Division of                                                                    
Motor Vehicles (DMV). He thought  the governor had only laid                                                                    
off 80  people. He  urged the  legislature to  quit spending                                                                    
money.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:23:15 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:30:04 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: KETCHIKAN, WRANGELL, PETERSBURG                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:30:14 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PAT  HOLMES, SELF,  KODIAK  (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
favor  of additional  funds for  education. He  relayed that                                                                    
the  first   17  years  of   statehood  the   Democrats  had                                                                    
controlled the House  and Senate (he referred  to himself as                                                                    
a  Wally  Hickel  Republican); there  had  been  a  balanced                                                                    
budget  with consensus  and compromise.  The priorities  had                                                                    
been    education,    public    safety,    fisheries,    and                                                                    
transportation.  He  thought   there  should  be  additional                                                                    
support from  oil. He believed  the gasline was a  joke; all                                                                    
of  the  economist  reports  he had  read  stated  that  the                                                                    
gasline  was not  feasible. He  appreciated the  legislature                                                                    
trying to find some balance.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
10:32:43 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GINGER FORTIN, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via teleconference), echoed                                                                    
priorities  listed by  the previous  speaker. She  supported                                                                    
funding  to  support  Alaska Marine  Highway  System  (AMHS)                                                                    
cross gulf  trips in  the winter  months. She  was concerned                                                                    
about senior benefits  and was against cuts  to the program.                                                                    
Additionally, she supported public radio.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:33:55 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MARY DEIHL,  SELF, KETCHIKAN (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of AMHS cross gulf  service to enable travel between                                                                    
Southcentral and Southeast with a  car. She stated renting a                                                                    
car in Ketchikan was more expensive than accommodations.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:34:44 AM                                                                                                                   
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:47:37 AM                                                                                                                   
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman  relayed that no additional  testifiers had                                                                    
signed  in.  He addressed  the  schedule  for the  afternoon                                                                    
meeting.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
HB  285  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  286  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
HB  287  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
10:48:29 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 10:48 a.m.                                                                                         

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 286 Public Testimony Behavioral Health.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony Packet.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony Education Funding Support.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony GIA Program.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony - PFD.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Early Childhood Ed 2.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Pre k funding.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Early Care and Learning.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Please increase the Base Student Allocation.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Early Childhood Education and Programs Funding.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Operating and Mental Health Budgets.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 suggestions.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Bottom line $$$$$ Early Education save you money! Read on....pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony Leavitt.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 9:00:00 AM
HB 286