Legislature(2017 - 2018)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/06/2018 01:30 PM FINANCE

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01:30:09 PM Start
01:30:49 PM HB285 || HB286 || HB287
01:32:06 PM Public Testmiony: Bethel, Nome, Kotzebue, Unalaska
01:56:35 PM Public Testimony: Sitka, Cordova, Valdez
02:31:10 PM Public Testimony: Fairbanks, Mat-su
03:31:23 PM Public Testimony: Glenn Allen, Seward, Homer
04:02:44 PM Public Testimony: Statewide Testimony
04:38:21 PM Public Testimony: Anchorage
06:02:07 PM 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
Can be Sent to Finance.Committee@akleg.gov
1:30 - 2:00: BETHEL, NOME, KOTZEBUE, UNALASKA
2:00 - 2:30: SITKA, CORDOVA, VALDEZ
2:30 - 3:30: FAIRBANKS, MAT-SU
3:30 - 4:00: GLENNALLEN, SEWARD, HOMER
4:00 - 5:00: STATEWIDE OFFNETS
5:00 - 6:00: ANCHORAGE
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End Time Scheduled for Your Area
+ 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                                                                                            
                         1:30 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:30:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Lyman Hoffman, Co-Chair                                                                                                 
Senator Anna MacKinnon, Co-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Click Bishop, Vice-Chair                                                                                                
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Gary Stevens                                                                                                            
Senator Natasha von Imhof                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Benjamin   Charles,  Yupiit   Piciryarit  Cultural   Center,                                                                    
Bethel;  Sophie Kasayulie,  Yupiit School  District, Bethel;                                                                    
Jennifer  Phillip,  Yupiit  School District,  Bethel;  Katie                                                                    
Charles,  Headstart  Program,  Akiachak;  Anthony  Carvalho,                                                                    
Governors  Council on  Disabilities  and Special  Education,                                                                    
Kotzebue;  Jennifer  McNichol,  Chair, Sitka  School  Board,                                                                    
Sitka;  Terri   Walker,  Northwest  Arctic   Borough  School                                                                    
District,  Kotzebue;  Cheryl  Schweigert,  Northwest  Arctic                                                                    
Borough  School District,  Kotzebue;  Theresa Weiser,  Sitka                                                                    
Charter  Boat Operators  Association,  Sitka; Maegan  Bosak,                                                                    
City  and   Borough  of  Sitka,  Sitka;   Bryan  O'Callahan,                                                                    
Executive  Director,  Center   For  Community,  Sitka;  Lisa                                                                    
Busch, Director,  Sitka Sound  Science Center,  Sitka; Cathy                                                                    
Sherman, Cordova Historical  Society, Cordova; Ryan Belknap,                                                                    
Prince  William   Sound  Community  College,   Valdez;  Bree                                                                    
Swanson,  Maniilaq  Association,  Kotzebue;  Charles  Lemke,                                                                    
Fairbanks  Symphony  Orchestra,  Fairbanks;  Kathy  Karella,                                                                    
Self,  Fairbanks;  Donald  Karella,  Self,  Fairbanks;  Mike                                                                    
Coons, President  of Alaska  Association of  Mature American                                                                    
Citizens, MatSu; Garvan Bucaria,  Self, MatSu; Robin Minard,                                                                    
Mat-Su Health  Foundation, MatSu; Polly-Beth  Odom, Daybreak                                                                    
Inc.,  Palmer;  Beth  Fread, Self,  MatSu;  Mike  Alexander,                                                                    
Self,  Big Lake;  Frederick  Pennington, LINKS-ADRC,  MatSu;                                                                    
Angela Linn,  Alaska State Museum, Fairbanks;  Leslie Dodge,                                                                    
Self,  Houston; Jim  Dodson, Fairbanks  Economic Development                                                                    
Council,  Fairbanks;  Bert   Houghtaling,  Self,  Big  Lake;                                                                    
Jeffery  Benowitz,  Self,   Fairbanks;  Ron  Johnson,  Self,                                                                    
Fairbanks; Greg Weaver, Self,  Wasilla; Dean Aasichce, Self,                                                                    
Seward;  Caroline Venuti,  UAA-Kachemak  Bay Campus,  Homer;                                                                    
Zobeida  Rudkin,  UAA-Kachemak   Bay  Campus,  Homer;  Bryan                                                                    
Baker,  Homer   Charter  Association,  Homer;   Jim  Martin,                                                                    
Director,   Alaska   Charter   Association,   Homer;   Donna                                                                    
Aderhold,  City  of  Homer,  Homer;  Scott  Bartlett,  Pratt                                                                    
Museum,  Homer; Walter  Partridge, Self,  Homer; Bryan  Zak,                                                                    
Mayor  of Homer,  Homer; Jillian  Lush, Executive  Director,                                                                    
Sprout Family  Services, Homer; Kyle Depriest,  Self, Homer;                                                                    
George  Pierce, Self,  Kasilof; John  James, Self,  Wasilla;                                                                    
Amy Oney,  Mama's Assisted  Living, Anchorage;  Cory Martin,                                                                    
Self, Christochina; Ed Martin,  Self, Cooper Landing; Joanne                                                                    
Blackburn,  Self, Anchorage;  Chris Eichenlaub,  Self, Eagle                                                                    
River; Patty  Brown, Self, Haines;  Annie Chunak,  Self, New                                                                    
Stuyahok;  Jennifer  Allen,  Self, Haines;  Nicole  Lorents,                                                                    
Self,  Haines;  Valerie   Brooks,  Self,  Ketchikan;  Herman                                                                    
Morgan,  Self, Aniak;  Mary  Nanuwak,  Self, Bethel;  Robert                                                                    
Bundy,  Self, Anchorage;  Deborah Holland,  Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Stephen  Burris,   Vice-President,  Alaska   National  Guard                                                                    
Enlisted Association,  Anchorage; Sarra Khlifi,  Alaska Food                                                                    
Coalition,  Anchorage; Britta  Hamre, Self,  Anchorage; Paul                                                                    
Duclos,   Self,  Long   Island;  Indianna   Turkisher,  SNAP                                                                    
Outreach  manager at  Foodbank of  Alaska, Anchorage;  Peggy                                                                    
Cowan,  Self, Anchorage;  Marney  Hartill, Self,  Anchorage;                                                                    
Bill   Warren,  Self,   Nikiski;  Micheal   Chambers,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;   Margery   Mock,  Self,   Anchorage;   Pennelore                                                                    
Gofarth,  Self,  Anchorage;   Michelle  Baker,  Southcentral                                                                    
Foundation, Anchorage; Leslie  Fried, Curator, Alaska Jewish                                                                    
Museum,  Anchorage;  Brinna  Langford,  Self,  Eagle  River;                                                                    
Susan  Rutter,   Self,  Anchorage;  Doug   White,  Executive                                                                    
Director,  Access Alaska,  Anchorage; Verne  Boerner, Alaska                                                                    
Native   Health  Board,   Anchorage;   Alec  Burris,   Self,                                                                    
Anchorage; Valerie Baalerud,  Self, Anchorage; Kristen Bush,                                                                    
Self,  Anchorage; Bob  Hooyman,  Self,  Matsu; Emma  Brooks,                                                                    
Self,  Anchorage;  Heidi   Frost,  Self,  Anchorage;  Terrie                                                                    
Gottstien, Self,  Anchorage; Lisa Sparrow,  Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Teresa  Wrobel, University  of Alaska,  Anchorage; Stephanie                                                                    
Berglund,  CEO, Thread/AK  Early  Childhood Advocacy  Group,                                                                    
Anchorage; Bahne  Smith, Self, Anchorage; Tom  Lakosh, Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;   Rebbeca  Senter,   Thread/AK  Early   Childhood                                                                    
Advocacy   Group,   Anchorage;   Lynda   Hellen,   Educator,                                                                    
Anchorage.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
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."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:30:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman reminded  the committee  that he  expected                                                                    
proposed amendments  in his office by  the following Monday,                                                                    
which he relayed  the committee would take  up the following                                                                    
day during the afternoon meeting.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Hoffman  discussed   the   schedule  for   public                                                                    
testimony and advised  the public how to  send the committee                                                                    
written testimony.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTMIONY: BETHEL, NOME, KOTZEBUE, UNALASKA                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:32:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BENJAMIN CHARLES, YUPIIT  PICIRYARIT CULTURAL CENTER, BETHEL                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in support funding  for the                                                                    
Grant-In-Aid  Program.   He  discussed  the   importance  of                                                                    
museums and  the benefits of the  museum industry, including                                                                    
jobs. The  cultural center  he worked  for wanted  to become                                                                    
active in the  museum community. The grants  provided by the                                                                    
stated helped maintain financial  support to museums and the                                                                    
people  that worked  in them.  He discussed  the educational                                                                    
benefits of museums, including  the understanding of history                                                                    
and traditional ways of life of the people in the area.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:34:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SOPHIE  KASAYULIE,  YUPIIT   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,  BETHEL  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support of funding  the Headstart                                                                    
program and  literacy programs.  She discussed  the benefits                                                                    
that the  programs had provided  to students.  She mentioned                                                                    
the benefits of literacy support staff.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:36:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  PHILLIP,  YUPIIT   SCHOOL  DISTRICT,  BETHEL  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in  support of  funding  for  a                                                                    
literacy  grant.  The  grant   had  helped  her  child.  She                                                                    
supported the Headstart program.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:37:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATIE    CHARLES,   HEADSTART    PROGRAM,   AKIACHAK    (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support of funding  for Headstart                                                                    
programs and  early literacy programs. She  thought that the                                                                    
program  enriched   children  in  developing   language  and                                                                    
literacy. She had observed many  children in need of support                                                                    
and  had   seen  development  after  participation   in  the                                                                    
program. She discussed the positive impacts of the program.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:39:03 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:47:02 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:47:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY  CARVALHO,  GOVERNORS  COUNCIL ON  DISABILITIES  AND                                                                    
SPECIAL EDUCATION, KOTZEBUE  (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support  of  funding Medicaid  expansion.  He  supported                                                                    
funding  for the  Department of  Health and  Social Services                                                                    
(DHSS)  to  process  applications  and  billing.  He  wanted                                                                    
funding  from  billing  to support  the  village  behavioral                                                                    
health aide and  community health aide. He  stated that lack                                                                    
of funding  for the  positions hurt  the ability  to sustain                                                                    
vital programs in  the villages. He asked the  Senate not to                                                                    
cut  behavioral   health  funding,   specifically  community                                                                    
behavioral health  treatment and recovery funding,  which as                                                                    
the  main  source  of  funding  for  the  behavioral  health                                                                    
services  in   Kotzebue  and  the  surrounding   region.  He                                                                    
asserted  that  cuts  to   Medicaid  and  behavioral  health                                                                    
funding  would  result in  increased  costs  overall due  to                                                                    
additional    emergency    room   visits    and    increased                                                                    
incarceration  rates. He  detailed  that Medicaid  expansion                                                                    
covered almost 500 additional individuals in his region.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:49:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  MCNICHOL, CHAIR,  SITKA SCHOOL  BOARD, SITKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   spoke  in   support   of   HB  287.   She                                                                    
appreciated early funding of education  and the intention to                                                                    
avoid  teacher pink  slips. She  commented that  the current                                                                    
funding  level did  not necessarily  allow all  districts to                                                                    
avoid teacher cuts. She spoke  of rising costs in utilities,                                                                    
insurance,  and  other  personnel expenses.  She  urged  the                                                                    
members  to  continue to  seek  ways  to address  increasing                                                                    
needs in the  budget. She suggested that an  increase in the                                                                    
Base  Student Allocation  (BSA)  would be  helpful. She  had                                                                    
concerns  about  diverting  funding from  Medicaid,  as  the                                                                    
program served Alaska's children.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:51:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRI  WALKER,  NORTHWEST  ARCTIC BOROUGH  SCHOOL  DISTRICT,                                                                    
KOTZEBUE (via teleconference), spoke  in support of the Pre-                                                                    
Elementary Grant  Program. She urged the  committee to fully                                                                    
fund the  grant program.  She stated  that the  grant monies                                                                    
had been  essential in the district's  obligation to provide                                                                    
high-quality  learning opportunities  for all  students. The                                                                    
school district had no other  early learning choices outside                                                                    
what  was offered  by schools.  The district  (including the                                                                    
regional school  board) made  it a  priority to  maintain an                                                                    
ongoing   commitment  to   deliver  quality   pre-elementary                                                                    
programs in  all the villages.  She considered  the programs                                                                    
to  have  long-lasting  positive   effects  in  the  region.                                                                    
Through the use of the  grant funds, the school district was                                                                    
able  to   provide  needed  supplies  and   certified  early                                                                    
childhood  teachers for  the pre-elementary  classrooms. The                                                                    
addition of  certified teachers improved the  overall impact                                                                    
of the programs. The outcomes  that included greater success                                                                    
in  school and  increased social-emotional  development were                                                                    
evident  in the  district. There  was a  noticeable drop  in                                                                    
suspension and  expulsions. The  district wished  to provide                                                                    
and improve upon the current program.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:53:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL   SCHWEIGERT,   NORTHWEST   ARCTIC   BOROUGH   SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT,  KOTZEBUE   (via  teleconference),   testified  in                                                                    
support  of   funding  for  Medicaid  services   to  include                                                                    
medical, mental  health, and  parent navigation  support for                                                                    
children  with  special  needs. She  supported  funding  for                                                                    
hospital  behavioral  healthcare,  to help  hospitals  serve                                                                    
young  people  over  the  age   of  18  that  were  awaiting                                                                    
admission to  the Alaska Psychiatric Institute.  She thought                                                                    
it  was  imperative  the  services  of  intensive  treatment                                                                    
facilities  addressed  all  the  requirements  that  allowed                                                                    
minor  children to  have access  to services.  She supported                                                                    
funding   for  long-term   support  and   interventions  for                                                                    
children  and families.  She  discussed  children that  were                                                                    
returned  to  communities  without services  available.  She                                                                    
supported   funding  for   substance  abuse   treatment  and                                                                    
community   support   program.  She   supported   recidivism                                                                    
reduction  services. She  supported funding  telehealth. She                                                                    
supported  inclusive  and  equal support  services  for  all                                                                    
children in rural areas.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: SITKA, CORDOVA, VALDEZ                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:56:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
THERESA  WEISER, SITKA  CHARTER BOAT  OPERATORS ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
SITKA (via teleconference), testified  in support of funding                                                                    
for Department of Fish and  Game, Division of Sportfish. She                                                                    
mentioned a  $3 million  appropriation from  the Fisherman's                                                                    
Revolving Loan  Fund to DHSS. She  thought the appropriation                                                                    
had been  made by  Representative Paul  Seaton in  the House                                                                    
Finance Committee.  She thought monies from  the fund should                                                                    
only be used  for purposes directly related  to the industry                                                                    
the fund  was created  to serve. She  supported at  least $1                                                                    
million to  be directed to  the division for the  purpose of                                                                    
running the  Saltwater Logbook  Program and  providing funds                                                                    
for the creation  of a mobile application  for an electronic                                                                    
logbook.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:58:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MAEGAN  BOSAK,  CITY  AND  BOROUGH   OF  SITKA,  SITKA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
operations and  maintenance of Mount Edgecumbe  High School,                                                                    
the  Sitka   Pioneers  Home,  the  Public   Safety  Training                                                                    
Academy,  the   Alaska  Marine   Highway  System,   and  the                                                                    
University  of Alaska  - Sitka  campus. She  emphasized that                                                                    
the programs were  essential to the community  of Sitka. She                                                                    
encouraged  the committee  to look  for  additional ways  to                                                                    
provide funding for the programs.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:58:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYAN O'CALLAHAN, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR COMMUNITY,                                                                    
SITKA  (via teleconference),  testified  in  support of  the                                                                    
governor's  budget  request   to  alleviate  the  tremendous                                                                    
backlog of  public assistance applications. He  relayed that                                                                    
the center provided personal care  assistance via offices in                                                                    
Sitka,  Juneau,  and  Anchorage.  Additionally,  the  center                                                                    
provided case  management services  under contract  with the                                                                    
Division  of   Public  Assistance.  He  noted   that  public                                                                    
assistance applications  were taking  an average of  45 days                                                                    
to process.  He stated  that existing delays  in eligibility                                                                    
determinations and  program renewals  (caused by  a shortage                                                                    
of  trained  workers)  was  hurting  the  abject  poor,  the                                                                    
working  poor,   and  seniors  in  need   of  personal  care                                                                    
services.   He  added   that  senior   care  services   kept                                                                    
individuals from institutions and  saved the state money. He                                                                    
discussed  public assistance  application wait  times of  40                                                                    
days on  average, including  for food  stamps. Approximately                                                                    
1,700 families  with children were included  in the category                                                                    
statewide.    He   informed    that   first-time    Medicaid                                                                    
applications had  wait times  of up to  7 weeks,  and around                                                                    
17,500 individuals were in  the category statewide. Medicaid                                                                    
renewals could  take up to  3 months. He strongly  urged the                                                                    
committee to reconsider the governor's request.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:02:02 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:14:41 PM                                                                                                                    
RECONVENED                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LISA  BUSCH, DIRECTOR,  SITKA  SOUND  SCIENCE CENTER,  SITKA                                                                    
(via teleconference), spoke in  support of increased funding                                                                    
for creating new science education  standards. She asked the                                                                    
committee to  restore the funding  of $100,000.  The mission                                                                    
of  the center  was science  research and  science education                                                                    
for Alaska. She emphasized that  science was a critical part                                                                    
of  resource   management  in  Alaska   and  spoke   of  the                                                                    
importance of  having a scientifically educated  people. She                                                                    
informed that  the state was longer  compliant with national                                                                    
standards. She  commented on the  low rate of  innovation in                                                                    
the  state. She  asserted that  in-person meetings  (for the                                                                    
purpose of standards development)  helped in the formulation                                                                    
of ideas, especially when considering scientific concepts.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:16:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATHY  SHERMAN,  CORDOVA  HISTORICAL SOCIETY,  CORDOVA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
Grant-in-Aid program.  She had  been director of  the museum                                                                    
for 25 years.  She felt that the program  had been essential                                                                    
to the growth and development  of the Cordova Museum as well                                                                    
as  other  small museums  in  the  state. With  the  program                                                                    
funding, the  museum had accomplished  huge advances  in the                                                                    
conservation and preservation of  the region's unique Native                                                                    
collection, including  the restoration and exhibition  of an                                                                    
Alutiiq bear-gut  parka, as well  as the original  1915 lens                                                                    
from the Cape St. Elias  lighthouse. The funds allowed small                                                                    
museum   with  little   budgets   to   work  on   historical                                                                    
preservation  projects  that  may have  otherwise  not  been                                                                    
possible.   She   discussed   the   importance   of   museum                                                                    
accreditation. She supported a state income tax.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:19:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RYAN  BELKNAP,  PRINCE   WILLIAM  SOUND  COMMUNITY  COLLEGE,                                                                    
VALDEZ  (via teleconference),  spoke in  support of  funding                                                                    
for the University.  He worked for the  Prince William Sound                                                                    
Community    College.   He    stated   that    the   college                                                                    
administration  was  working  closely   with  the  city  and                                                                    
community to address  economic diversification. He discussed                                                                    
a  shortage of  nurses  at the  hospital.  He discussed  the                                                                    
nursing program that helped with the nursing shortage.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:21:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BREE   SWANSON,   MANIILAQ    ASSOCIATION,   KOTZEBUE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
behavioral  health services.  She  discussed  high rates  of                                                                    
mental health issues in rural  communities in the state, and                                                                    
the importance  of serving those  in their  own communities.                                                                    
She discussed  the high  rate of suicide  in the  state. She                                                                    
asserted that  cutting funding  for behavioral  health would                                                                    
result  in  increased  cost  to  the  state.  She  discussed                                                                    
limited services in her area that  did not meet the needs of                                                                    
people  in   the  state.  She   discussed  a   problem  with                                                                    
homelessness,  and  the lack  of  services  to mitigate  the                                                                    
problem. She  strongly advocated  for funding  for substance                                                                    
abuse  and mental  health services.  She  specified that  79                                                                    
percent of her association's population was underserved.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:25:13 PM                                                                                                                    
AT EASE                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:30:34 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: FAIRBANKS, MAT-SU                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:31:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHARLES LEMKE, FAIRBANKS  SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
University. He  discussed the  importance of  the University                                                                    
to the state  and used the example of an  event co-hosted by                                                                    
the  University  of  Alaska   Fairbanks  and  the  Fairbanks                                                                    
Symphony  Orchestra. The  event would  be broadcast  to over                                                                    
100  countries. He  asked  the committee  to  invest in  the                                                                    
University.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:32:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY   KARELLA,  SELF,   FAIRBANKS  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  opposition to cuts to  programs for behavioral                                                                    
health and  substance abuse programs. She  thought many cuts                                                                    
that had been made  primarily affected those with behavioral                                                                    
health  issues.  She   supported  hospital-based  behavioral                                                                    
healthcare.  She  supported  funding for  public  assistance                                                                    
field offices  to deal with backlogs.  She supported funding                                                                    
for  additional public  guardians for  the Office  of Public                                                                    
Advocacy. She supported full  funding for Medicaid services.                                                                    
She  spoke in  support of  a  sales tax.  She discussed  her                                                                    
family member that experienced a disability.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:35:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONALD KARELLA, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of funding  for mental  health services.  He had                                                                    
lived  in Alaska  for most  of  his life.  He discussed  his                                                                    
family history with mental illness.  He emphasized that many                                                                    
disabilities  were hidden.  He discussed  the prevalence  of                                                                    
mental  illness in  the  correctional  system. He  recounted                                                                    
that the United  States Surgeon General had  stated that for                                                                    
every  dollar spent  on mental  health, $17  were saved.  He                                                                    
strongly  encouraged the  committee to  consider individuals                                                                    
with disabilities  and individuals with mental  illness when                                                                    
making budget decisions.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:37:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  COONS,  PRESIDENT  OF  ALASKA  ASSOCIATION  OF  MATURE                                                                    
AMERICAN CITIZENS, MATSU  (via teleconference), testified in                                                                    
opposition to HB 286 and  HB 287. His organization supported                                                                    
a reasonable  amount for the  mental health budget,  but not                                                                    
an amount  he considered  "bloated." He considered  that the                                                                    
budget should  be subject to  additional reductions.  He was                                                                    
concerned about  increased spending. He opposed  funding for                                                                    
a Vitamin D  study. His group opposed HB  287. He considered                                                                    
that  public  safety was  in  extreme  jeopardy. He  thought                                                                    
there had been  good amendments proposed on  the House floor                                                                    
that  would  have  reduced  the   budget.  He  mentioned  an                                                                    
amendment  offered  by   Representative  Lora  Reinbold.  He                                                                    
thought  the  current  budget proposal  would  continue  the                                                                    
recession.  He  discussed  the  importance  of  the  PFD  to                                                                    
individuals. He did not support  funding for the natural gas                                                                    
project.  He  asked  the committee  to  pass  a  sustainable                                                                    
budget  with  a  fully  funded PFD;  that  did  not  require                                                                    
spending from the ERA or a draw from the CBR.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:39:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GARVAN BUCARIA, SELF,  MATSU (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  favor  of  additional   budget  cuts.  He  suggested  an                                                                    
additional  5  percent cut  across  the  board. He  did  not                                                                    
support  funding for  Alaska's  Liquid  Natural Gas  (AKLNG)                                                                    
project. He  supported reinjecting Alaska's natural  gas for                                                                    
maximum oil recovery.  He was in opposition  to the proposed                                                                    
Vitamin  D  study.  He   suggested  advocating  exposure  to                                                                    
sunlight for  children and pregnant women.  He was concerned                                                                    
about  Department of  Transportation  and Public  Facilities                                                                    
mega-projects  such   as  the   North  Glenn   overpass.  He                                                                    
suggested the legislature begin meeting in Anchorage.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:42:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN   MINARD,  MAT-SU   HEALTH   FOUNDATION,  MATSU   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  funding  to  secure                                                                    
matching federal  funds for Disproportionate  Share Hospital                                                                    
Funding  (DISH). The  funding was  needed to  address for  a                                                                    
statewide  behavioral health  crisis. She  discussed the  20                                                                    
percent growth rate of annual  visits to the Mat-Su Regional                                                                    
Medical  Center emergency  department  for  patients with  a                                                                    
behavior  health  diagnosis.  From 2014  to  2017,  required                                                                    
behavioral  health assessments  in the  emergency department                                                                    
grew from  349 to  more than  1,000. She  discussed patients                                                                    
waiting  in the  ER department  for in-patient  placement at                                                                    
API. She  thought the  state was  behind on  capitalizing on                                                                    
federal funds to address behavioral health challenges.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:44:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
POLLY-BETH    ODOM,     DAYBREAK    INC.,     PALMER    (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of funding  for Medicaid                                                                    
and   behavioral    health.   Her    organization   provided                                                                    
comprehensive  case  management  services  for  adults  with                                                                    
long-term   mental  health   issues   and  traumatic   brain                                                                    
injuries.  She   asked  the  committee  to   reconsider  its                                                                    
proposed cuts  to Medicaid. She noted  that her organization                                                                    
had taken cuts of 11  percent over the previous years, which                                                                    
had been  problematic. She emphasized how  mental health and                                                                    
substance abuse was affecting the Mat-Su Valley.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:45:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BETH FREAD,  SELF, MATSU (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
opposition to  the AK  LNG Project. She  did not  think that                                                                    
the project  would be  profitable. She  did not  think China                                                                    
would  be  a  good   business  partner.  She  advocated  for                                                                    
additional cuts and reduced government.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:46:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE ALEXANDER,  SELF, BIG LAKE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of additional budget  cuts. He supported  a full                                                                    
PFD. He  did not support funding  for a Vitamin D  study. He                                                                    
supported  payments for  owed oil  and gas  tax credits.  He                                                                    
advocated for ending the AK LNG project.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:48:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FREDERICK     PENNINGTON,     LINKS-ADRC,     MATSU     (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  increased funding                                                                    
for  the Senior  Benefits  Program. He  stated  that he  was                                                                    
project  director  for  the Aging  and  Disability  Resource                                                                    
Center. He  supported funding for substance  abuse treatment                                                                    
and  a treatment  facility. He  supported increased  funding                                                                    
for  public  assistance  field offices  to  deal  with  long                                                                    
processing times for Medicaid coverage.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:49:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANGELA   LINN,   ALASKA   STATE   MUSEUM,   FAIRBANKS   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  the Grant-in-Aid                                                                    
Program. She discussed visitor  statistics and asserted that                                                                    
museums were  economic drivers. She referenced  a study that                                                                    
showed  a  large  percentage of  travelers  participated  in                                                                    
cultural or heritage activity such  as visiting museums. She                                                                    
discussed  museums  in  Fairbanks,  and  the  importance  of                                                                    
museums.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:51:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LESLIE DODGE,  SELF, HOUSTON (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support  of  increased  budget cuts.  She  did  not  support                                                                    
funding for  a study on Vitamin  D. She did not  support the                                                                    
AK  LNG  project.  She  discussed   the  difficulty  of  her                                                                    
personal circumstances.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman reminded  that the  aforementioned funding                                                                    
for  a  study on  Vitamin  D  was  not  in the  bills  being                                                                    
considered in committee.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:55:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM   DODSON,   FAIRBANKS  ECONOMIC   DEVELOPMENT   COUNCIL,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), spoke  in support of funding                                                                    
for Department  of Military and Veterans  Affairs to support                                                                    
moving  the C-17  strategic aircraft  from  active duty  Air                                                                    
Force to  the Alaska  Air National  Guard. He  discussed the                                                                    
importance  of the  8 aircraft.  He  discussed the  military                                                                    
impact  on  the state's  economy.  He  discussed safety  and                                                                    
rescue work done by aircraft.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:56:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERT  HOUGHTALING,  SELF,  BIG  LAKE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  opposition to funding  for the AK LNG  project. He                                                                    
disagreed with taking funds from  the Permanent Fund to fund                                                                    
the LNG project. He thought  the legislature was catering to                                                                    
the special interests of the  state. He thought a cap should                                                                    
be put on the Medicaid  program, or that expansion should be                                                                    
eliminated. He advocated for smaller government.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:58:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFFERY  BENOWITZ,  SELF,  FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support of  funding  for  the University.  He                                                                    
referenced the Senate Finance  Subcommittee's report for the                                                                    
University.  He recommended  increasing  the  budget to  the                                                                    
amount requested by the Board of Regents.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:58:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON JOHNSON, SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support  of increased  budget  cuts. He  did  not think  the                                                                    
proposed budget was sustainable.  He thought there should be                                                                    
additional  consideration  of  the  University  budget,  and                                                                    
suggested the University should  get less from state general                                                                    
funds.  He  supported  a  $900   dividend  and  use  of  the                                                                    
additional funds to fund the  DHSS budget. He was willing to                                                                    
pay an income tax.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:01:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GREG  WEAVER,  SELF,  WASILLA  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the funding for the  University. He supported a full                                                                    
dividend.  He  suggested  implementing  a  5-year  residency                                                                    
provision before people were eligible  for the PFD. He spoke                                                                    
of  being a  Marine  Corp  Veteran. He  wanted  to see  more                                                                    
funding go to brain injury  prevention. He thought there was                                                                    
excess spending  going on  in Juneau. He  wanted to  see the                                                                    
Legislative sessions held in Anchorage.  He spoke of changes                                                                    
in the  legislature in  the prior  decade. He  disapproved a                                                                    
$300 per  day per diem. He  wanted to see things  change. He                                                                    
opposed cutting the dividend or implementing an income tax.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:05:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEAN AASICHCE,  SELF, SEWARD (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of a full PFD and additional cuts to the budget.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Hoffman indicated  there were  no more  testifiers                                                                    
online. The committee would stand at ease for 10 minutes.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:06:01 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:19:42 PM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair  Hoffman   indicated  that  there  were   no  other                                                                    
testifiers from  online. The committee  would stand  at ease                                                                    
until  3:30  pm  at  which  time  it  would  hear  from  the                                                                    
communities of Glenn Allen, Seward, and Homer.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:20:10 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:30:59 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: GLENN ALLEN, SEWARD, HOMER                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:31:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLINE  VENUTI,   UAA-KACHEMAK  BAY  CAMPUS,   HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   urged   adequate   funding   for   higher                                                                    
education. She spoke  to the needs of  the smaller campuses.                                                                    
She  shared that  funding for  more vocational-type  classes                                                                    
was necessary.  She thought the state  was creating children                                                                    
that felt entitled with the  receipt of the PFD. She thought                                                                    
it  was more  important to  educate the  children of  Alaska                                                                    
than funding the  PFD. She emphasized her  support of proper                                                                    
funding for higher education.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:33:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ZOBEIDA   RUDKIN,  UAA-KACHEMAK   BAY  CAMPUS,   HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged support for  the University of Alaska                                                                    
system. She spoke  of her marine biology  emphasis in school                                                                    
and  the importance  of the  University's  ability to  offer                                                                    
such  programs.   She  urged  the  committee   to  keep  the                                                                    
University in mind in the budget process.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:34:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYAN   BAKER,  HOMER   CHARTER   ASSOCIATION,  HOMER   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke in  support  of  the revolving  loan                                                                    
fund for  potential charter business owners.  He thought the                                                                    
funds  were  being  diverted for  use  by  other  government                                                                    
entities and wanted the committee  to rethink that decision.                                                                    
He  opposed use  of the  funds for  anything outside  of the                                                                    
charter business. He  supported use of the  funds for things                                                                    
like  the  Department  of  Fish  and  Game  (DFG)  saltwater                                                                    
logbook program  or help with  the creation of a  DFG mobile                                                                    
app to enable electronic log booking.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JIM  MARTIN,  DIRECTOR,  ALASKA CHARTER  ASSOCIATION,  HOMER                                                                    
(via   teleconference),  was   concerned   that  the   funds                                                                    
dedicated  to the  charter revolving  loan funds  were being                                                                    
diverted  for things  outside of  the  charter industry.  He                                                                    
provided  detail  about  the  association's  membership.  He                                                                    
echoed the  comments of the  previous speaker.  He supported                                                                    
using the  funds for electronic  log books and  other worthy                                                                    
projects if needed.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:38:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONNA ADERHOLD,  CITY OF HOMER, HOMER  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke on behalf  of the City of Homer. She  noted that Homer                                                                    
had  submitted numerous  resolutions to  the legislature  in                                                                    
the  current  year  pertaining  to  the  state  budget.  She                                                                    
mentioned the effects of budget  reductions on the city. She                                                                    
provided  an  example pertaining  to  the  Homer police  who                                                                    
operated  as backup  to Alaska  State Troopers;  when police                                                                    
were called away  to assist troopers it left  Homer with few                                                                    
or no  police to  respond promptly  to municipal  calls. She                                                                    
spoke in support of an adequately funded budget.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:39:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SCOTT  BARTLETT, PRATT  MUSEUM, HOMER  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support  of continued funding for  the Alaska State                                                                    
Museum  and  Aid  grant program.  He  discussed  the  remote                                                                    
locations of  many Alaskan museums that  had limited budgets                                                                    
and relied on  grant funding for critical  projects. The aid                                                                    
was  a  key piece  of  the  puzzle  and  its loss  would  be                                                                    
devastating.  The modest  program  had  helped many  Alaskan                                                                    
museums preserve  their collections  for 36 years.  The loss                                                                    
of  the  grant  program  would  threaten  Alaska's  heritage                                                                    
statewide. He  listed work the  grant had enabled  the Pratt                                                                    
museum to accomplish.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:41:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WALTER  PARTRIDGE, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of  funding for the University  of Alaska system.                                                                    
He  shared  that he  is  a  member  of the  Kenai  Peninsula                                                                    
College   Council.  He   provided   information  about   his                                                                    
educational career  and underscored the value  of continuing                                                                    
education  throughout life.  He  thanked  members for  their                                                                    
work. He  wanted to  ensure that his  grandsons could  get a                                                                    
valuable   education.  Her   asked  members   to  fund   the                                                                    
University at its full amount.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:42:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYAN  ZAK,  MAYOR  OF HOMER,  HOMER  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in support  of additional  revenue measures  to solve                                                                    
the state's  fiscal problem.  He asked  for funding  for the                                                                    
Kenai Peninsula River and Kachemak  Bay Campuses in addition                                                                    
to Kodiak campuses. He supported  funding for the University                                                                    
of Alaska  at the  $10 million  level. He  advocated support                                                                    
for  the young  workforce development  programs such  as the                                                                    
Alaska Vocational Technical  Center (AVTEC). He reemphasized                                                                    
the need for additional revenue.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:44:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILLIAN  LUSH, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, SPROUT  FAMILY SERVICES,                                                                    
HOMER  (via  teleconference),  spoke  in  support  of  early                                                                    
childhood services.  She shared  that most of  the program's                                                                    
accomplishments had been due to  state support. She detailed                                                                    
that the program had started  with 40 families and currently                                                                    
had over 400 children enrolled  in one or more services. She                                                                    
thanked  the committee  for its  ongoing  support for  early                                                                    
childhood services.  She shared  that Senator  Micciche read                                                                    
books at story  time and Senator Stevens had  visited her in                                                                    
her office. The office had turned  into a family room due to                                                                    
an increase in services to families.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:45:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KYLE DEPRIEST, SELF, HOMER (via  teleconference), was new to                                                                    
Alaska.  He did  not  support  a reduction  to  the PFD.  He                                                                    
stated  the  PFD  had  been created  for  residents  and  he                                                                    
believed  the reduction  would result  in further  issues in                                                                    
the future.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Hoffman  relayed   that  there   were  no   other                                                                    
testifiers. The committee would reconvene at 4:00 p.m.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:47:42 PM                                                                                                                    
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3:59:00 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: STATEWIDE TESTIMONY                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE PIERCE, SELF,  KASILOF (via teleconference), remarked                                                                    
that there were extremely  low graduation rates. He stressed                                                                    
that the  legislature must address  the $3  billion deficit.                                                                    
He  felt  that the  priorities  should  be senior  benefits,                                                                    
public safety,  oil taxes, and  education. He  remarked that                                                                    
the state  and local governments were  not functioning well.                                                                    
He  urged raising  taxes. He  spoke in  support of  reducing                                                                    
unemployment. He  testified in support of  fully funding the                                                                    
PFD.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:02:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN  JAMES,  SELF,   WASILLA  (via  teleconference),  urged                                                                    
reconsideration of  the Department of Military  and Veterans                                                                    
Affairs (DMVA)  budget. He stated that  the previous version                                                                    
of  the budget  provided  $210,000 for  Nome, Kotzebue,  and                                                                    
other  communities. He  stated  that  funding would  provide                                                                    
recruitment and training  personnel in multiple communities.                                                                    
He  stated that  the funding  would also  provide additional                                                                    
equipment and supplies.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
4:04:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY   ONEY,   MAMA'S   ASSISTED   LIVING,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support  of funding for workers to                                                                    
process Medicaid  claims. She remarked that  there were many                                                                    
clients who  were waiting  on payments  from the  state. She                                                                    
remarked that  there was a  difficult situation,  because of                                                                    
the lack  of staffing.  She stated that  she was  carrying a                                                                    
balance for  the state  of $190,000.  She restated  that the                                                                    
state needed to hire more people.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:07:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORY  MARTIN,   SELF,  CHRISTOCHINA   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
shared  that  he was  legally  disabled,  and received  food                                                                    
stamps for  four years.  He recently  was unable  to receive                                                                    
his  food stamps,  but could  not make  contact with  anyone                                                                    
about  his food  stamps. He  stated  that he  had made  many                                                                    
attempts  to contact  people in  order to  receive his  food                                                                    
stamps.  He shared  that  he eventually  made  calls to  the                                                                    
state  legislature. He  remarked that  he had  been informed                                                                    
that  there  were  many  applications   that  needed  to  be                                                                    
processed, but  there was limited  staffing. He  urged fully                                                                    
funding  for the  food stamp  program. He  stated that  they                                                                    
stated that  his case would  be closed, because he  had been                                                                    
on vacation.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
4:12:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ED  MARTIN,  SELF,   COOPER  LANDING  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
stated that he was second  generation prior to statehood. He                                                                    
shared  that his  father was  a supporter  of the  Permanent                                                                    
Fund. He  urged the  committee to  fully fund  the Permanent                                                                    
Fund. He felt  that the Permanent Fund did not  cater to any                                                                    
special groups,  except for all  Alaskans. He  stressed that                                                                    
the  intent was  that half  of the  Permanent Fund  earnings                                                                    
would  go the  dividends. He  felt that  the government  was                                                                    
breaking  the law.  He  quoted a  letter  from Senator  John                                                                    
Coghill, which stated that reducing  the PFD was a violation                                                                    
to the statutes.  He felt that the  legislature was breaking                                                                    
the law. He spoke in support of selling the ferries.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:16:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOANNE  BLACKBURN,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
felt that the  Department of Ethics did not  exist. She felt                                                                    
that ethics  was required to  stop government  from growing.                                                                    
She stated that there should  be a prioritization of ethics.                                                                    
She did not believe that there was enough ethics training.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:17:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRIS  EICHENLAUB, SELF,  EAGLE RIVER  (via teleconference),                                                                    
urged the committee to follow the  law and pay the full PFD.                                                                    
He stated  that the  legislature should  not take  the money                                                                    
from the people  of Alaska. He spoke against  the $1 billion                                                                    
for the  gas line.  He felt  that the  $1 billion  should be                                                                    
used to fund the dividend.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:19:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PATTY BROWN, SELF, HAINES  (via teleconference), urged fully                                                                    
funding of  $100,000 for the  revision of the  STEM standard                                                                    
for the  Department of Education and  Early Development. She                                                                    
remarked that  there were  outdated pedagogies,  and various                                                                    
new  ways of  learning.  She stated  that  she had  recently                                                                    
witnessed new  ways of learning  and teachers.  She stressed                                                                    
that teachers needed  a new guide for  teaching and district                                                                    
needed a new  framework to help teachers  and students check                                                                    
their  work. She  felt that  new  standards would  encourage                                                                    
scientific  thinking  and   innovation.  She  stressed  that                                                                    
developing  the standards  would have  much volunteer  time,                                                                    
but needed financial  support to help with  the logistics to                                                                    
develop the new program.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:23:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANNIE  CHUNAK,  SELF,  NEW  STUYAHOK  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  support  of  fully   funding  positions  for  the                                                                    
Division  of Public  Assistance.  She shared  that that  her                                                                    
community's  cost   of  living   was  extremely   high,  and                                                                    
announced that  a gallon  of gas  was almost  seven dollars.                                                                    
She furthered that  oil and food was  extremely expensive in                                                                    
her  village.   She  remarked  that  some   members  of  her                                                                    
communities  were not  able to  go hunting,  so they  needed                                                                    
assistance in obtaining food.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:25:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER ALLEN, SELF, HAINES  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of funding for Parents  as Teachers. She stated that                                                                    
adverse  childhood experiences  had  a great  effect on  the                                                                    
life of a  person. The Parents as  Teachers program provided                                                                    
tools to reduce adverse childhood experiences.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Co-Chair Hoffman.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:26:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICOLE LORENTS, SELF, HAINES  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of funding for Parents  as Teachers. She shared that                                                                    
she and her  child had participated in  Parents as Teachers.                                                                    
She  shared that  her  community did  not  have a  pediatric                                                                    
dentist,  so  the  program  provided  good  knowledge  about                                                                    
childhood milestones.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:27:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VALERIE BROOKS, SELF,  KETCHIKAN (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support  of forward  funding  for  education. She  spoke                                                                    
against  flat  funding for  education.  She  felt that  flat                                                                    
funding may  not be available  for students, due to  lack of                                                                    
funds. She remarked that flat  funding may result in limited                                                                    
funds  for  counseling  and could  result  in  larger  class                                                                    
sizes.  She  stressed that  a  lack  of a  timely  education                                                                    
budget  resulted  in  lack of  planning  for  future  school                                                                    
years. She urged and increase in education funding.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
4:29:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HERMAN MORGAN,  SELF, ANIAK (via teleconference),  felt that                                                                    
some  members of  the committee  were not  listening to  the                                                                    
testimony. He  remarked that  the State  of Alaska  had many                                                                    
employees. He  spoke in  support of a  fully funded  PFD. He                                                                    
stressed that  many people  needed that  money to  pay their                                                                    
medical bills.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:33:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY  NANUWAK,  SELF,  BETHEL (via  teleconference),  stated                                                                    
that she  did not  understand why  public testimony  was not                                                                    
taken after  the amendments were  applied to the  bills. She                                                                    
felt that  public testimony should  be taken  throughout the                                                                    
legislative  session.  She  felt  that  there  was  needless                                                                    
debate about defining phrases in the legislature.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:35:49 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:38:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT  BUNDY, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of funding for  the public defenders.  He shared                                                                    
that there was  a case of a  woman who was shot  in the eye,                                                                    
but her  case had not  yet gone  to trial. He  stressed that                                                                    
the  cases  could  not  be  heard, if  there  were  not  the                                                                    
resources to  take those  cases to  trial. He  stressed that                                                                    
the  public  defenders  were overworked.  He  remarked  that                                                                    
everyone was entitled to a lawyer.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
4:41:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH HOLLAND, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), felt                                                                    
that the budget should not  be increase. She spoke against a                                                                    
POMV and a  change to the Permanent Fund  formula. She spoke                                                                    
in support of decreasing the budget.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
4:42:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHEN  BURRIS,   VICE-PRESIDENT,  ALASKA   NATIONAL  GUARD                                                                    
ENLISTED ASSOCIATION, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support of  reinstating the  C-17 funding  for DMVA.  He                                                                    
stated that  the money was  a portion of the  money required                                                                    
to maintain the equipment, and  the remaining money was from                                                                    
the federal  government. He stressed  that the loss  of that                                                                    
money would  cause the  loss of the  C-17, which  could lose                                                                    
more than 100 jobs for the National Guardsmen.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:46:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARRA   KHLIFI,  ALASKA   FOOD  COALITION,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  fully  funding  the                                                                    
Division of  Public Service. She  remarked that  many people                                                                    
were  waiting   230  days  for   their  Medicaid   and  SNAP                                                                    
applications  to  be  processed.  She  remarked  that  those                                                                    
people would  not have access  to health care and  food. She                                                                    
stressed that there may be litigation against the state.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:48:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRITTA  HAMRE, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of funding to address  the backlog in SNAP in the                                                                    
Division of  Public Service. She  stated that lack  of funds                                                                    
would reduce the federal funding for the program.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:49:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL DUCLOS,  SELF, LONG ISLAND (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of taxes  and a fully  funded dividend.  He felt                                                                    
that  taxing the  PFD would  force  people to  see what  was                                                                    
necessary to fund government. He  felt that people who stole                                                                    
vehicles  should be  tried for  a more  offensive crime.  He                                                                    
stressed that  taxing the dividend  would not require  a new                                                                    
tax division.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
4:51:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
INDIANNA  TURKISHER, SNAP  OUTREACH MANAGER  AT FOODBANK  OF                                                                    
ALASKA, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), echoed the comments                                                                    
related to  the backlog of  SNAP. She stressed that  she had                                                                    
spoken with many  people who were not able  to receive their                                                                    
benefits through  no fault of  their own. She  remarked that                                                                    
SNAP  was the  only source  for  food for  many people.  She                                                                    
shared that a woman was recently recertified.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
PEGGY   COWAN,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of education  funding. She stressed the                                                                    
importance  of   support  for   school  districts   and  the                                                                    
university. She  requested the reinstatement of  funding for                                                                    
science  programs  in  Alaska's  schools.  She  believed  an                                                                    
educated   population  was   necessary   for  an   effective                                                                    
workforce.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:55:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARNEY  HARTILL,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support for  funding for  additional education                                                                    
funding.  She hoped  that the  committee would  consider new                                                                    
funding  sources  for  forward  funding  of  education.  She                                                                    
stated that she hoped that  the education funding would find                                                                    
new revenue and fund the important aspects of education.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
BILL WARREN,  SELF, NIKISKI (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in favor of a progressive  income tax. He supported the AGDC                                                                    
pipeline project.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:58:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHEAL  CHAMBERS,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
voiced  concern that  public testimony  was  being taken  on                                                                    
bills that  had been  so recently  introduced. He  felt that                                                                    
the  budget  was a  substantial  amount  of information  for                                                                    
anyone  to  fully  understand   and  provide  testimony.  He                                                                    
remarked  that  there was  an  increase  to the  budget.  He                                                                    
announced that  the state was  in deficit spending  for many                                                                    
years. He stated that he had  worked to show where the state                                                                    
could  cut  the  budget  through  efficiencies  and  through                                                                    
focused on getting the value for every dollar spent.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:02:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARGERY  MOCK, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of and incremental  increase in funding  for the                                                                    
Public  Defender Agency.  She stated  that they  were facing                                                                    
the highest  caseload that she  had seen. She  remarked that                                                                    
there  should be  a reasonable  caseload for  attorneys. She                                                                    
spoke  in support  of developing  trust between  an attorney                                                                    
and a client.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:05:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PENNELORE  GOFARTH,  SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support  of funding for libraries  and museums. She                                                                    
remarked that there were two  different floods that affected                                                                    
the archives and items in museums and libraries.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE  BAKER,  SOUTHCENTRAL  FOUNDATION,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support   of  $18  million  for                                                                    
substance use  disorder and  community support  funding. She                                                                    
stressed  that investing  in substance  use treatment  would                                                                    
save money in  the long-term. She felt that  lack of funding                                                                    
would  result   in  a  strain  on   emergency  rooms,  first                                                                    
responders, law  enforcement, and increased  cost associated                                                                    
with correctional facilities.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:10:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LESLIE FRIED, CURATOR, ALASKA  JEWISH MUSEUM, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke in support  of funding for the Alaska                                                                    
State  Museum. The  funding helped  to  maintain the  Alaska                                                                    
Jewish  Museum archives.  She stated  that  there were  many                                                                    
museums that  would benefit from  the funding,  because they                                                                    
might be the only entities in some areas of the state.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:11:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRINNA  LANGFORD, SELF,  EAGLE  RIVER (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in support  of education funding. She  shared that she                                                                    
and  her husband  would  be  moving out  of  the state.  She                                                                    
stated that  there was  no social security  as a  teacher in                                                                    
the state.  She shared that  other states had  smaller class                                                                    
sizes.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:14:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  RUTTER, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of forward funding education.  She spoke against                                                                    
flat  funding  of  education. She  stressed  that  education                                                                    
funding  was  important  from  Pre-K  through  college.  The                                                                    
impact on the  change in staffing meant that  there would be                                                                    
limited  access   to  those   teachers  who   had  developed                                                                    
relationships with  students. She shared that  teachers were                                                                    
important  to  the  community  and   school.  She  urged  an                                                                    
increase to the  BSA by $100, and  continued forward funding                                                                    
for education with increased budgets.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:16:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  WHITE, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  ACCESS ALASKA,  ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  against the  cuts to  Medicaid                                                                    
funding. He  stressed that the  reductions would  reduce the                                                                    
federal matching grants. He remarked  that there was current                                                                    
bureaucracy  that needed  to get  resolved. He  implored the                                                                    
committee to reinstate the $48  million for FY 18. He stated                                                                    
that  without   the  additional  funding,  there   would  be                                                                    
significant payment delays for providers and hospitals.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:19:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VERNE BOERNER,  ALASKA NATIVE  HEALTH BOARD,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke against  the cuts  to Medicaid.  She                                                                    
stressed that the safety of  Medicaid was most needed during                                                                    
the current  recession. She remarked that  it was imperative                                                                    
to not  equate cost  cutting to  cost savings.  She stressed                                                                    
that  the   solutions  would   not  make   long-term  fiscal                                                                    
sustainability.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:22:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALEC BURRIS, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of funding for university  system. He shared that he                                                                    
was a  first generation  college student,  and a  product of                                                                    
the Alaska public school system.  He shared that he chose to                                                                    
attend the  University of Alaska  Anchorage, because  of its                                                                    
pre-medicine   program.   He   hoped  that   the   committee                                                                    
understood that  investments in people resulted  in a desire                                                                    
for those  people to give  back. He shared that  the current                                                                    
university  had  taken several  steps  to  make it  fiscally                                                                    
responsible.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:25:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VALERIE  BAALERUD,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in support  of  early funding  and  fully funding  of                                                                    
education.  She stated  that the  return did  not adequately                                                                    
reflect  the investment  in education.  She shared  that she                                                                    
had three children in the  Alaska public school system and a                                                                    
baby in  child care. She  felt that  Eagle River had  one of                                                                    
the highest performing education results in the state.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:27:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN  BUSH, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against increases  in the budget. She  spoke against funding                                                                    
for a  gas pipeline.  She felt that  the budget  was "lining                                                                    
the  pockets of  big business."  She spoke  against reducing                                                                    
the  PFD.  She  urged  the  committee  to  tax  out-of-state                                                                    
workers.  She  urged the  committee  to  further reduce  the                                                                    
budget.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:30:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB HOOYMAN,  SELF, MATSU (via teleconference),  shared that                                                                    
he was forced into early  retirement, because of an illness.                                                                    
He shared that  he was having a difficult  time getting help                                                                    
through Medicare and Medicaid. He  stated that he needed the                                                                    
PFD, because he was facing health problems.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:32:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMMA BROOKS, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of  forward funding of education.  She stressed that                                                                    
the   misalignment  with   the  education   and  legislative                                                                    
calendar  was inefficient.  She explained  that there  was a                                                                    
potential for random re-staffing.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:34:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEIDI FROST, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of  increased funding for substance  abuse treatment                                                                    
centers, behavioral  health services, the  public guardians,                                                                    
and  Medicaid. She  felt that  increased  funding for  these                                                                    
programs would decrease funding overall.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:36:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERRIE  GOTTSTIEN,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of forward funding  for education. She                                                                    
stressed that  it gave school  districts the  opportunity to                                                                    
plan for its  needs. She stated that she  often urged people                                                                    
who  supported  education funding  to  run  for office.  She                                                                    
stressed  that public  education funding  had not  kept pace                                                                    
with inflation. She  spoke in support of a  $100 increase to                                                                    
the BSA.  She felt that the  issue was about the  quality of                                                                    
life in the state.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:38:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  SPARROW, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in   support  of   HB  287.   She   remarked  that   teacher                                                                    
displacement was  a major problem.  She spoke  against flat-                                                                    
funding  of education.  She felt  that  the legislature  was                                                                    
valuing oil companies over children.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:39:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERESA   WROBEL,  UNIVERSITY   OF  ALASKA,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  continued  for  the                                                                    
University  of  Alaska.  She   stated  that  the  university                                                                    
provided great learning opportunities.  She stated that many                                                                    
of the students were highly involved in the community.                                                                          
5:40:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE BERGLUND, CEO,  THREAD/AK EARLY CHILDHOOD ADVOCACY                                                                    
GROUP,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),  stated  that  the                                                                    
current day  was meant to recognize  childhood violence. She                                                                    
spoke in  support of funding for  early childhood education.                                                                    
She  stated  that  the early  childhood  education  programs                                                                    
provided   long-lasting   benefits    to   their   families,                                                                    
communities, and the economy. She  spoke in support of fully                                                                    
funding education.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:42:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BAHNE SMITH, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of education  funding. He stated that  he had social                                                                    
anxiety, and  was currently  receiving counseling.  He spoke                                                                    
in support  of behavioral  health funding. He  remarked that                                                                    
he had  some adverse  childhood experiences,  which resulted                                                                    
in hyper sensitive judgment of his surroundings.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:45:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  thanked the testifier and  all the other                                                                    
testifiers for sharing their stories                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:45:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM LAKOSH, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), addressed                                                                    
the PFD  issue of the  formula versus the  appropriation. He                                                                    
felt that  the Permanent Fund  Corporation was in  charge of                                                                    
the full  PFD formula. He  remarked that the  production tax                                                                    
credits showed an impact on  the PFD. He suggested a formula                                                                    
that  would allow  for  a $600  distribution,  with a  $1000                                                                    
retroactive distribution from 2016.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:48:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REBBECA  SENTER, THREAD/AK  EARLY CHILDHOOD  ADVOCACY GROUP,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  the                                                                    
governor's proposed education funding.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:49:58 PM                                                                                                                    
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5:51:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LYNDA  HELLEN,  EDUCATOR,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of fully  funding for  education. She                                                                    
shared that  she was  laid off  the year  prior, and  it was                                                                    
devastating for her family.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:52:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon  thanked the testifiers. She  stated that                                                                    
the  current year  was an  approximately $3  billion revenue                                                                    
shortfall. She understood that  the legislators and citizens                                                                    
of the state were divided  on the issue. She understood that                                                                    
it  was a  difficult task  to  bring the  budget before  the                                                                    
legislature for consideration.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche thanked  the public  who had  testified on                                                                    
the  budget bills.  He understood  that  there were  diverse                                                                    
concerns. He  stressed that the  legislature was  working to                                                                    
meet the needs of all Alaskans.  He felt that the Senate had                                                                    
done a good  job. He remarked that he cared  very much about                                                                    
Alaskans' perspectives.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Bishop stressed  that the  committee cared  very                                                                    
much about the state's concerns.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Stevens thanked the testifiers.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman discussed housekeeping.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:00:20 PM                                                                                                                    
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6:01:02 PM                                                                                                                    
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Co-Chair Hoffman  announced that  public testimony  could be                                                                    
sent to the committee.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Hoffman CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon cancelled the following day's meeting.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CSHB 285(FIN)  was HEARD and  HELD in committee  for further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
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) was  HEARD and HELD in committee for                                                                    
further consideration.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
6:02:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 6:02 p.m.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
HB 286 Public Testimony - PFD 2.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Early Childhood and Education Funding Support 2.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony Packet 2.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286
HB 286 Public Testimony Support University Funding.pdf SFIN 4/6/2018 1:30:00 PM
HB 286