Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

04/11/2019 01:00 PM FINANCE

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01:09:12 PM Start
01:09:22 PM SB20 || SB21
01:11:05 PM Public Testimony: Juneau
02:25:01 PM Public Testimony: Nome, Bethel, Kotzebue, Unalaska
02:53:37 PM Public Testimony: Anchorage
04:07:35 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
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+= SB 20 APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
-- Public Testimony <Time Limit May Be Set> --
+= SB 21 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
Uniform Rule 23 Waived
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                 SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE                                                                                       
                      April 11, 2019                                                                                            
                         1:09 p.m.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:09:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman   called  the  Senate   Finance  Committee                                                                    
meeting to order at 1:09 p.m.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Senator Natasha von Imhof, Co-Chair                                                                                             
Senator Bert Stedman, Co-Chair                                                                                                  
Senator Click Bishop                                                                                                            
Senator Lyman Hoffman                                                                                                           
Senator Peter Micciche                                                                                                          
Senator Donny Olson                                                                                                             
Senator Mike Shower                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bill Wielechowski                                                                                                       
Senator David Wilson                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
ALSO PRESENT                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Paul  Kelly,  Board  Member,   Juneau  Board  of  Education,                                                                    
Juneau;  Brian  Wilson,  Alaska  Coalition  on  Housing  and                                                                    
Homeless,  Juneau;  Lorilyn  Swanson,  Self,  Juneau;  Julie                                                                    
Nielsen, Self,  Juneau; Mayor Beth Weldon,  Self, Juneau; Ed                                                                    
Mercer,  Chief   of  Police,  Juneau;   George  Reifenstein,                                                                    
Chairman  of  the  Board, KTOO,  Juneau;  Tom  Brice,  Self,                                                                    
Juneau; Judy  Crondahl, Self,  Juneau; Bridget  Smith, Self,                                                                    
Juneau; Lin  Davis, Self, Juneau; Joe  Nelson, Self, Juneau;                                                                    
Helen Unruh,  Self, Juneau; Nikki Love,  Self, Juneau; Linda                                                                    
Squibb,  Self, Juneau;  Alyson  Currey,  Self, Juneau;  Carl                                                                    
Brodersen,  Self, Juneau;  Hannah Weed,  Self, Juneau;  Lora                                                                    
Vess,  Self,  Juneau;  Noah Williams,  Self,  Juneau;  Emily                                                                    
Thompson,  Self, Juneau;  Philip Licht,  Executive Director,                                                                    
Set  Free Alaska,  Juneau;  Melinda  Messmer, Self,  Juneau;                                                                    
Susi  Gregg  Fowler,  Self,   Juneau;  Odette  Edgar,  Self,                                                                    
Juneau;  Laurie Craig,  Self, Juneau;  Bob Sylvester,  Self,                                                                    
Juneau;  Sander Schijvens,  Self,  Juneau; Gene  Therriault,                                                                    
Self, Juneau; Mollie Kablen,  Self, Juneau; Nils Andreassan,                                                                    
Executive Director,  Alaska Municipal League,  Juneau; Cindy                                                                    
Boesser,  Self, Juneau;  Komiko  Urata,  Self, Juneau;  Lily                                                                    
Pother,  Self,  Juneau;  Erin Walker-Tolles,  Self,  Juneau;                                                                    
Brian Holst,  Self, Juneau; Kristi  West, Self,  Juneau; Dr.                                                                    
Emily  Kane,  Self,  Juneau; Calvin  Zuelow,  Self,  Juneau;                                                                    
Heather Parker,  Self, Juneau; Griffin Plush,  Self, Juneau;                                                                    
Emily Ferry, Self, Juneau; Brenda Taylor, Self, Juneau.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
PRESENT VIA TELECONFERENCE                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Laura Stats,  Self, Juneau; Vicki Jo  Kennedy, Self, Juneau;                                                                    
Marilyn  Menish-Neucci,  Self,  Petersburg;  Wilbur  Karmun,                                                                    
Kotzebue Broadcasting,  Inc., Kotzebue; Alice  Bioff, Alaska                                                                    
State Council  on the Arts,  Nome; Krystal  Hensley, Parent,                                                                    
Nome; Stacy West, Parent,  Nome; Lisa Sookiayak, Parent/High                                                                    
School    Teacher,   Nome;    Deb   Trowbridge,    Community                                                                    
Member/Regional  Head Start  Director, Nome;  Mark Springer,                                                                    
Self,  Bethel; Noah  Alexie,  Self,  Toksuk; Eileen  Arnold,                                                                    
Self, Bethel; Vivian Korthius,  AVCP, Bethel; John Mcintyre,                                                                    
AVCP,   Bethel;  Martha   Whitman-Kassock,  Assoc.   Village                                                                    
Council  Presidents,  Bethel;  Kathy Hanson,  Self,  Bethel;                                                                    
Wassile Guy,  Self, Bethel; Susan Taylor,  Self, Bethel; Ron                                                                    
Waska,  Self,  Bethel;  Sam   Weskoff,  Self,  Bethel;  Jane                                                                    
Winzen,  Self, Kotzebue;  Anthony Cravalho,  Self, Kotzebue;                                                                    
Marne   Eggleston,  Self,   Kotzebue;  Drew   Hansen,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Michael Berger,  Self, Anchorage;  Bradley Cruz,                                                                    
Self,   Anchorage;  Michelle   Hawleens,  Kids   Corp  Inc.,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Mark Browne,  Self,  Anchorage; Zackery  Bander,                                                                    
Self, Anchorage;  Corrine O'neil,  Rural CAP,  Anchorage; Ed                                                                    
Quiver,  Rural  CAP,  Anchorage; Barry  Andres,  Rural  CAP,                                                                    
Anchorage; Caroline Storm,  Great Alaska Schools, Anchorage;                                                                    
Laura Norton-Cruz, Alaska  Children's Trust, Anchorage; Cody                                                                    
Ray Elde,  Self, Anchorage; Jon Zasada,  Alaska Primary Care                                                                    
Association,  Anchorage; Deena  Mitchell, ASD  School Board,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Sarah Murphy,  Self,  Anchorage; Sean  Sullivan,                                                                    
Rural Cap,  Anchorage; Lisa  Smith Fiegel,  Self, Anchorage;                                                                    
Kristin  Ramstad,  Self,  Anchorage; Verne  Boerner,  Alaska                                                                    
Native   Health  Board,   Anchorage;  Cindy   Gilder,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;   Andrew  Cutting,   Alaskan  Children's   Trust,                                                                    
Anchorage;  William   Harrington,  Self,   Anchorage;  Susan                                                                    
Pearson,  AWAIC,  Anchorage;  Mary  Tesche,  Aleutians  East                                                                    
Borough,  Anchorage; Tina  Carpenter, Rural  Cap, Anchorage;                                                                    
Eve Van  Dommelen, Alaska  Food Coalition,  Anchorage; Sarah                                                                    
Dykstra,  Self, Anchorage;  Jackie  Cason, Self,  Anchorage;                                                                    
Cara  Durr,  Director of  Public  Engagement,  Food Bank  of                                                                    
Alaska,  Anchorage;  Jacque  Murray,  Safe  Harbor  Muldoon,                                                                    
Anchorage;   Jennifer   Mitchell,   Safe   Harbor   Muldoon,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Denise  Star,  Safe Harbor  Muldoon,  Anchorage;                                                                    
Sarah  Osborne,  Self,  Anchorage; Rehene  Merkouris,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage;  Dirk  Shumaker,  Executive Director,  Kids  Grow                                                                    
Anchorage,  Anchorage;  Elstan  Laniesen,  Self,  Anchorage;                                                                    
James E.  O'Malley MD, Self, Anchorage;  Matthew Hirschfeld,                                                                    
Alaska  Pediatric  Partnership,   Anchorage;  Jasmine  Khan,                                                                    
Anchorage   Coalition   to  End   Homelessness,   Anchorage;                                                                    
Mackenzie  Slater, Self,  Anchorage;  Taylor Donovan,  Self,                                                                    
Anchorage; Jaylene  Peterson-Nyren, Southcentral Foundation,                                                                    
Anchorage; Shelly Vebdetti-Vuckovich,  Self, Anchorage; Rose                                                                    
Hubbard,  Self,  Anchorage;  Jaimie Donley,  Hope  Community                                                                    
Resources,  Anchorage; Nick  Papacostas,  Alaska Chapter  of                                                                    
the  American College  of  Emergency Physicians,  Anchorage;                                                                    
Mark Wiggin, Self, Anchorage.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
SUMMARY                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB 20     APPROP: OPERATING BUDGET/LOANS/FUNDS                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
          SB 20 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SB 21     APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
          SB 21 was HEARD and HELD in committee for further                                                                     
          consideration.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
PUBLIC TESTIMONY                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 20                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain   programs;    capitalizing   funds;   amending                                                                    
     appropriations;  making appropriations  under art.  IX,                                                                    
     sec. 17(c),  Constitution of the State  of Alaska, from                                                                    
     the constitutional  budget reserve fund;  and providing                                                                    
     for an effective date."                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 21                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     capital    expenses   of    the   state's    integrated                                                                    
     comprehensive   mental    health   program,   including                                                                    
     supplemental appropriations; and providing for an                                                                          
     effective date."                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:09:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman discussed the agenda.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: JUNEAU                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:11:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA  STATS,  SELF,   JUNEAU  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against the  governor's proposed  budget. She felt  that the                                                                    
budget  would  have  a  negative effect  on  the  people  of                                                                    
Alaska. She felt  that the budget did not  serve the people,                                                                    
and did  not allow  for society  as a  whole to  thrive. She                                                                    
felt  that  the  departments  should be  funded  across  the                                                                    
board.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:13:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VICKI JO KENNEDY, SELF,  JUNEAU (via teleconference), stated                                                                    
that there  was $11 million  that was appropriated  from the                                                                    
Alaska  Aerospace  Corporation.  She spoke  against  funding                                                                    
that organization,  and felt that  the elderly  people could                                                                    
use that money.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
1:14:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN     MENISH-NEUCCI,     SELF,     PETERSBURG     (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  against   the  governor's  proposed                                                                    
budget.   She   also   spoke  against   any   constitutional                                                                    
amendments.  She expressed  concern that  the governor  kept                                                                    
referring  to  people  that  were   against  the  budget  as                                                                    
"special  interest groups."  She  remarked  that the  people                                                                    
opposed  to the  budget wanted  to use  the Marine  Highway;                                                                    
receive  a  high  education;  affordable  health  care;  and                                                                    
affordable rates at the Pioneer Home.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:15:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAUL  KELLY,  BOARD  MEMBER,   JUNEAU  BOARD  OF  EDUCATION,                                                                    
JUNEAU, spoke against the proposed  budget cuts to education                                                                    
funding.  He   remarked  that  there  were   recent  reduced                                                                    
budgets,  and  there   were  required  negative  adjustments                                                                    
within classrooms.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:17:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN  WILSON, ALASKA  COALITION  ON  HOUSING AND  HOMELESS,                                                                    
JUNEAU,  spoke against  the proposed  cuts  to the  Homeless                                                                    
Assistance   Program;  the   Special  Needs   Housing  Grant                                                                    
Program;  the   Human  Services  Community   Matching  Grant                                                                    
Program;  and   the  Community  Initiative   Matching  Grant                                                                    
Programs. The  grants funded homeless  prevention, emergency                                                                    
shelter,  housing vouchers,  and vital  case management  for                                                                    
the most vulnerable citizens.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:18:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORILYN SWANSON,  SELF, JUNEAU, urged funding  of the Senior                                                                    
Benefits program within the budget.  She stressed that there                                                                    
were currently 11,597 Alaska                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:20:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JULIE NIELSEN,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke against  the budget cuts                                                                    
to the  University system. She encouraged  an examination of                                                                    
alternative forms of revenue.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:22:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MAYOR  BETH WELDON,  SELF, JUNEAU,  presented her  testimony                                                                    
with   the  city   manager,  Rorie   Watt.  She   encouraged                                                                    
protecting  funding  for  school,  and to  keep  the  Alaska                                                                    
Marine Highway System (AMHS) operational.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:24:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ED  MERCER, CHIEF  OF POLICE,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of                                                                    
funding for an prosecutor.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:26:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE  REIFENSTEIN, CHAIRMAN  OF THE  BOARD, KTOO,  JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke against the proposed cuts to public media.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
1:28:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TOM BRICE, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support of the University                                                                    
of Alaska  system. He spoke against  privatizing the Pioneer                                                                    
Home  system. He  spoke in  support of  using the  Permanent                                                                    
Fund earnings to fund those programs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:29:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JUDY CRONDAHL, SELF, JUNEAU, felt  that there was not enough                                                                    
time to  address each program. She  encouraged the committee                                                                    
to take  care of  the vulnerable  population in  Alaska. She                                                                    
stressed  that there  was tremendous  oil  wealth, and  felt                                                                    
that the state citizens should  be paying an income tax. She                                                                    
felt that state services were  a reflection of a functioning                                                                    
society.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:30:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIDGET  SMITH,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  felt  that  the  governor's                                                                    
budget  was vastly  inadequate.  She  spoke specifically  to                                                                    
funding education and public media.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
1:32:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LIN  DAVIS, SELF,  JUNEAU, felt  that the  governor's budget                                                                    
was  set to  dismantle  the  lives of  Alaska.  She used  an                                                                    
analogy  of baked  Alaska, burnt  apples,  and other  baking                                                                    
analogy.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:34:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOE NELSON,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support of  funding for                                                                    
Alaska Legal  Services. He spoke  in support of  moving into                                                                    
growth mode.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:36:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HELEN  UNRUH, SELF,  JUNEAU, echoed  the previous  comments.                                                                    
She remarked  that there should be  creativity in responding                                                                    
to the debt.  She urged support of funding  for the ferries.                                                                    
She also spoke in support of Head Start.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:38:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NIKKI LOVE, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support of education and                                                                    
the  ferries. She  urged support  of senior  and elder  care                                                                    
programs. She  asked that Permanent  Fund Dividend  (PFD) be                                                                    
limited, so the government can have proper funds.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:39:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LINDA  SQUIBB,  SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in  support  of  early                                                                    
childhood  education at  the level  approved  from the  year                                                                    
prior.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:41:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALYSON CURREY,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of Medicaid                                                                    
and  Public  Health.  She  stressed   that  the  cuts  would                                                                    
disproportionately affect women and families.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:43:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARL  BRODERSEN,  SELF,  JUNEAU, felt  that  the  governor's                                                                    
budget  as  unethical.  He  spoke  in  support  of  ferries,                                                                    
education, and  public media.  He also  urged support  of an                                                                    
income tax.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:43:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HANNAH  WEED,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support  of  early                                                                    
childhood education.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:44:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LORA VESS, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  against the proposed cuts to                                                                    
the University of  Alaska system. She felt  the budget would                                                                    
decimate higher education in Alaska.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
1:46:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NOAH WILLIAMS, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke against the budget.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:47:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY THOMPSON,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of funding                                                                    
for early  childhood education.  She spoke  with a  child on                                                                    
her lap.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:49:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PHILIP LICHT,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SET FREE  ALASKA, JUNEAU,                                                                    
spoke in  support of funding  for behavioral  health grants.                                                                    
He also urged  support in aligning with  the House proposal.                                                                    
He felt that behavioral health was considered primary care.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:51:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MELINDA  MESSMER,  SELF,  JUNEAU,  urged  support  of  early                                                                    
childhood  education  programs.  She  shared  that  she  had                                                                    
graduated from  the University of  Alaska system,  and urged                                                                    
support of  that funding.  She spoke  in support  of funding                                                                    
for AMHS.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:52:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSI GREGG  FOWLER, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of the                                                                    
ferry  system.  She  spoke  in support  of  the  State  Arts                                                                    
Council.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:54:23 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRENDA TAYLOR,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke against  the governor's                                                                    
budget. She urged  support of using the PFD  and a statewide                                                                    
income tax. She felt that  it was the responsibility provide                                                                    
the best environment for children.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ODETTE EDGAR, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in support of funding for                                                                    
the programs for homeless assistance.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:58:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURIE  CRAIG,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke  in  support of  public                                                                    
media.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:00:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB  SYLVESTER, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of housing                                                                    
homeless programs.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:01:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SANDER  SCHIJVENS, SELF,  JUNEAU,  spoke in  support of  the                                                                    
education system.  He stated  that he was  the chair  of the                                                                    
University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Advisory Council.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:02:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GENE THERRIAULT,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke in  support of funding                                                                    
for the Human Services Community Matching Grant Program.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:04:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MOLLIE KABLEN, SELF,  JUNEAU, stated that there  was work in                                                                    
public media  to ensure  that the  process was  available to                                                                    
everyone in the state.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
2:05:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NILS  ANDREASSAN,   EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,   ALASKA  MUNICIPAL                                                                    
LEAGUE, JUNEAU,  offered data that showed  that the proposed                                                                    
budget  would impact  local government  by $900  million. He                                                                    
stated that  an additional  $1 billion  was suggested  to be                                                                    
removed  from  the PCE  endowment,  where  it had  earned  8                                                                    
percent over  the last ten years  to GF where it  would earn                                                                    
less  than  2  percent.  He  noted  that  the  governor  had                                                                    
suggested that  school bond debt reimbursement  be repealed,                                                                    
which would shift $1 billion to local taxpayers.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:07:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CINDY BOESSER, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke in support  of an income                                                                    
tax. She  continued to quote  from a book written  by former                                                                    
Governor Jay Hammond about the PFD.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:09:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KOMIKO URATA,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke against  the elimination                                                                    
of  funding for  the Washington,  Wyoming, Alaska,  Montana,                                                                    
and  Idaho  (WWAMI)  program. She  shared  that  there  were                                                                    
members of her family who had participated in the program.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:11:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LILY POTHER,  SELF, JUNEAU, spoke against  the proposed cuts                                                                    
to education. She supported the  use of alternative funds to                                                                    
fund education and other services.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:13:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERIN  WALKER-TOLLES, SELF,  JUNEAU,  presented a  resolution                                                                    
from  her organization  to  use  the PFD  to  pay for  state                                                                    
services. She  suggested that shifting  costs to  the people                                                                    
of Alaska was detrimental.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:14:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRIAN HOLST,  SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke in  support of  using the                                                                    
PFD dollars to  help pay for state  services. He appreciated                                                                    
forward funding for public schools.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
2:15:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTI WEST, SELF, JUNEAU, spoke  in favor of standing up to                                                                    
the governor's red pen.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:17:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. EMILY KANE, SELF, JUNEAU,  spoke in favor of taking care                                                                    
of Alaska's  vulnerable. She  did not want  to see  the most                                                                    
vulnerable Alaskans cut off at  the knees. She urged members                                                                    
to open their hearts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:18:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CALVIN   ZUELOW,  SELF,   JUNEAU,   spoke   in  support   of                                                                    
appropriately funding the budget.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:19:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER  PARKER, SELF,  JUNEAU,  asked members  to think  of                                                                    
Alaska's  future.   She  thought  the   governor's  proposed                                                                    
reductions  were  too  deep.  She  asked  the  committee  to                                                                    
provide money  for Pre-K, and other  essential services. She                                                                    
asked for funding to be maintained for the AMHS.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:21:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GRIFFIN  PLUSH, SELF,  JUNEAU, spoke  in support  of funding                                                                    
the  UA  system  adequately.  He   was  concerned  with  the                                                                    
potential of increased tuitions.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:23:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EMILY FERRY, SELF, JUNEAU, advocated  for an income tax. She                                                                    
spoke  in support  of funding  for  education including  the                                                                    
University system  and the Parents as  Teachers Program. She                                                                    
thought if education  was not properly funding,  it would be                                                                    
detrimental to students of the program.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
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2:25:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILBUR  KARMUN, KOTZEBUE  BROADCASTING, INC.,  KOTZEBUE (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in favor of public  broadcasting. He                                                                    
told  of the  areas served  by the  broadcasting company  he                                                                    
worked   for.   He  spoke   of   the   benefits  of   public                                                                    
broadcasting. He  asked the committee to  reconsider cuts to                                                                    
public broadcasting.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
2:27:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ALICE BIOFF,  ALASKA STATE  COUNCIL ON  THE ARTS,  NOME (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in favor  of support for  the Alaska                                                                    
State Council of the Arts.  She talked about the benefits of                                                                    
the Arts  on the  economy and  other benefits  including the                                                                    
Silver  Hands   Program.  She  mentioned   other  beneficial                                                                    
programs. She mentioned the National  Foundation of the Arts                                                                    
might pull its funding.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:29:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRYSTAL  HENSLEY, PARENT,  NOME (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
members to support Head Start and early learning.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:30:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACY  WEST, PARENT,  NOME  (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
favor of funding for Head Start.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
2:31:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  SOOKIAYAK,  PARENT/HIGH   SCHOOL  TEACHER,  NOME  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  asked  that  funding for  Head  Start  and                                                                    
Early Education  be restored. She  had children in  the Head                                                                    
Start Program and was an advocate                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
2:31:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEB   TROWBRIDGE,  COMMUNITY   MEMBER/REGIONAL  HEAD   START                                                                    
DIRECTOR, NOME (via teleconference),  urged members to place                                                                    
Head Start funding back into the budget.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:32:58 PM                                                                                                                    
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2:34:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK SPRINGER,  SELF, BETHEL (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of  an income tax.  He asked that funding  for WAMMI                                                                    
and public broadcasting be restored.  He spoke in support of                                                                    
funding for the AMHS.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:35:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NOAH  ALEXIE, SELF,  TOKSUK (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
favor of properly funding education.  He thought it was very                                                                    
important for kids to learn.  He thought early education was                                                                    
very important and advocated for  funding for the Head Start                                                                    
Program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:36:32 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EILEEN ARNOLD, SELF,  BETHEL (via teleconference), supported                                                                    
a limited  PFD and supported  an income tax. She  asked that                                                                    
the homeless assistance program  be restored. She asked that                                                                    
PCE funding continue. She advocated  for several other items                                                                    
to be funded.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
2:37:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VIVIAN  KORTHIUS, AVCP,  BETHEL (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  favor  of  public   safety,  economic  development,  and                                                                    
wellness.  She  spoke  in  favor of  funding  for  the  VPSO                                                                    
Program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
2:38:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN MCINTYRE, AVCP,  BETHEL (via teleconference), expressed                                                                    
concerns about the reduction to  the PCE Program. He thought                                                                    
that if PCE was cut it  would affect the funding provided by                                                                    
the federal government.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:40:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTHA WHITMAN-KASSOCK,  ASSOC. VILLAGE  COUNCIL PRESIDENTS,                                                                    
BETHEL (via  teleconference), spoke in favor  of funding for                                                                    
the  VPSO  Program.  She  spoke   about  the  public  safety                                                                    
infrastructure  within the  region.  Public  Safety was  the                                                                    
number one priority of AVCP.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
2:41:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY HANSON,  SELF, BETHEL (via  teleconference), advocated                                                                    
for  funding  for  public   broadcasting.  She  provided  an                                                                    
example  of  how  public broadcasting  contributed  to  many                                                                    
aspects of the benefits of public broadcasting.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
2:43:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WASSILE  GUY, SELF,  BETHEL (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
favor  of  public media.  He  stated  that there  should  be                                                                    
further oil and gas exploration.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN TAYLOR,  SELF, BETHEL (via  teleconference), suggested                                                                    
that a $3000 PFD was simply  a bargaining chip. She spoke in                                                                    
favor  of  using  the  PFD   for  state  services  including                                                                    
Medicaid. She  supported the PCE Program.  She asked members                                                                    
to not cut the budget as proposed by the governor.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:45:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RON  WASKA,  SELF,  BETHEL (via  teleconference),  suggested                                                                    
that  budget  cuts  would  have   a  severe  impact  on  the                                                                    
villages. He  suggested that the  cuts would bring  death to                                                                    
the people.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
2:46:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SAM  WESKOFF,  SELF,  BETHEL (via  teleconference),  opposed                                                                    
cuts to VPSO Program, the PCE Program, and Education.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
2:48:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JANE WINZEN, SELF, KOTZEBUE  (via teleconference), felt that                                                                    
the  governor's budget  was deceptive,  and  would not  make                                                                    
legislating   future   budgets   easy.  She   stressed   the                                                                    
understanding between  core services  and the cost  of those                                                                    
services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
2:49:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANTHONY  CRAVALHO,  SELF,   KOTZEBUE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
asked the Senate to reject  the governor's budget. He wanted                                                                    
to see  Medicaid and Behavioral  Health funded  properly. He                                                                    
supported a  state income tax and  the use of PFD  monies to                                                                    
pay for state services.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
2:50:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARNE  EGGLESTON,   SELF,  KOTZEBUE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
opposed  the  $12  million cut  to  Behavioral  Health.  She                                                                    
favored a  state income tax  and a lowered PFD.  She thought                                                                    
oil credits should be reduced.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:52:10 PM                                                                                                                    
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2:53:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DREW   HANSEN,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  early  childhood   education.  He  supported  the                                                                    
Parents  as Teachers  Program. He  also  supported the  Head                                                                    
Start Program.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
2:55:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL BERGER, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
of  the evidence  of crime  on the  street in  Anchorage. He                                                                    
advocated  spending  money  to  fight crime  and  deal  with                                                                    
addiction.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
2:57:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRADLEY  CRUZ, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of the University  of Alaska. He  also supported                                                                    
the WWAMI Program.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
2:58:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE   HAWLEENS,   KIDS   CORP  INC.,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of Parents  as Teachers.                                                                    
She talked about the benefits of the program for families.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:00:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK  BROWNE, SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
suspending tax credits to oil  companies. He advocated for a                                                                    
sales tax  from May  1 - September  30th to  capture tourism                                                                    
dollars. He also supported an income tax.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:01:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ZACKERY  BANDER,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  the WWAMI  Program. He  urged members  to protect                                                                    
Alaska's medical sector.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:03:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORRINE O'NEIL,  RURAL CAP, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
supported  the   Homeless  Services  System.   She  provided                                                                    
information about  the program.  She suggested  that without                                                                    
state funding, federal dollars could not be leveraged.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:04:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ED QUIVER, RURAL CAP,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), asked                                                                    
for funding for the Rural Cap Program.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:05:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BARRY  ANDRES, RURAL  CAP,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported funding for the Rural  Cap Program and for funding                                                                    
for  the Behavioral  Health Program.  He  talked about  cost                                                                    
shifts and services being reduced.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:07:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLINE  STORM,   GREAT  ALASKA  SCHOOLS,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   urged   support  for   public   education                                                                    
funding.  She  asked  members to  honor  its  commitment  to                                                                    
forward  fund  education. It  was  the  best investment  for                                                                    
Alaska's future. She also supported paying taxes.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
3:08:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA NORTON-CRUZ,  ALASKA CHILDREN'S TRUST,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged  support for the Parents  as Teachers                                                                    
Program  and for  education. She  noted  that smaller  class                                                                    
sizes  were better  for learning.  She also  favored funding                                                                    
for basic needs.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:10:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CODY RAY  ELDE, SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of the Rural Cap Program.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:11:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON ZASADA, ALASKA PRIMARY  CARE ASSOCIATION, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference), opposed cuts to  the Adult Dental Benefits,                                                                    
the WWAMI  program, and  to the  University system.  He also                                                                    
opposed  cuts  to  senior   services,  and  community  grant                                                                    
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:13:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA   MITCHELL,   ASD   SCHOOL   BOARD,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in   support  of  public  education                                                                    
funding.  She  hoped  members  would  maintain  the  forward                                                                    
funding  from the  previous year.  She  advocated for  early                                                                    
childhood education.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:14:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH MURPHY, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), opposed                                                                    
the  drastic cuts  proposed in  the  governor's budget.  She                                                                    
supported the  WWAMI program and funding  for the university                                                                    
system.  She  spoke  of  Alaska's  primary  care  needed  in                                                                    
Alaska. She was willing to pay a tax.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:16:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SEAN  SULLIVAN, RURAL  CAP, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
opposed the  proposed cuts  in the budget  to the  Rural Cap                                                                    
Program. He  thought the reductions  would have  a long-term                                                                    
effect on the mental health of Alaskans.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:18:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA  SMITH FIEGEL,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),                                                                    
asked the  committee to restore  Medicaid funding.  She also                                                                    
urged the  restoration of funding  for early  education. She                                                                    
supported Parents As Teachers and the Imagination Library.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:19:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN  RAMSTAD,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
supported  funding state  services rather  than receiving  a                                                                    
large PFD check.  She listed a number of  state services she                                                                    
favored. She  supported funding education  including funding                                                                    
for the university.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:21:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VERNE BOERNER,  ALASKA NATIVE  HEALTH BOARD,  ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  advocated for  funding  for Medicaid.  The                                                                    
governor's proposed  budget reduction  would result  in lost                                                                    
federal matching  dollars. She urged members  to protect the                                                                    
Medicaid Program that served Alaskans.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:22:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CINDY  GILDER,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),  was                                                                    
concerned with the governor's budget.  She favored a smaller                                                                    
PFD  and supported  an  income  tax. She  did  not want  the                                                                    
governor's budget supported.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:23:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW  CUTTING, ALASKAN  CHILDREN'S  TRUST, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), did  not believe the governor's  budget was                                                                    
in  the best  interest of  Alaskans. He  did not  believe in                                                                    
cutting  health   care  or  education.   He  spoke   of  the                                                                    
importance  of investing  in Alaska's  children. He  did not                                                                    
want Alaska's future at risk.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:25:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLIAM  HARRINGTON, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),                                                                    
did  not believe  the legislature  would  come together.  He                                                                    
thought  the   state  would  experience  a   large  loss  of                                                                    
population.   He   advocated   for  a   vigilante   override                                                                    
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:26:58 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN PEARSON, AWAIC,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
on the benefits  of AWAIC. She was thankful for  some of the                                                                    
critical  funding  that  remained in  the  budget.  However,                                                                    
there  were  cuts  that  would   affect  victims  of  sexual                                                                    
assault. She spoke of funding  that needed to be restored in                                                                    
order to obtain matching federal funds.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:28:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY   TESCHE,  ALEUTIANS   EAST  BOROUGH,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke   in  favor   of  the   School  Debt                                                                    
Reimbursement Program. She  advocated for education funding.                                                                    
She indicated  that the  borough was  making cuts  but could                                                                    
not cut its way out.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:30:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TINA CARPENTER,  RURAL CAP, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in favor of funding  for Head Start. She provided some                                                                    
statistics  for communities  with  the  Head Start  Program.                                                                    
Staff positions would be terminated  if the cuts remained in                                                                    
the  budget. She  spoke  of the  benefits  of funding  early                                                                    
education.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:31:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
EVE  VAN DOMMELEN,  ALASKA  FOOD  COALITION, ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:33:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH DYKSTRA,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support  of  education  funding. She  also  supported  a                                                                    
progressive income tax to support vital services in Alaska.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:34:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACKIE CASON, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), did not                                                                    
support  the  governor's  proposed   budget.  She  spoke  in                                                                    
support of additional revenue sources.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:36:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARA  DURR,  DIRECTOR OF  PUBLIC  ENGAGEMENT,  FOOD BANK  OF                                                                    
ALASKA, ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),  spoke in support of                                                                    
services  for  low income  Alaskans.  She  urged support  of                                                                    
funding for Medicaid.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:37:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACQUE   MURRAY,  SAFE   HARBOR   MULDOON,  ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of funding  for homeless                                                                    
assistance programs.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:38:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  MITCHELL,  SAFE  HARBOR  MULDOON,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), stated that she  was a homeless resident at                                                                    
Safe Harbor. She felt that  reducing the budget would result                                                                    
in additional homelessness.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:38:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE   STAR,   SAFE   HARBOR   MULDOON,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  stated  that  she was  a  former  homeless                                                                    
person.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:39:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SARAH OSBORNE,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of education funding.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
3:41:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REHENE  MERKOURIS,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in support  of funding  for the  Washington, Wyoming,                                                                    
Alaska,  Montana, and  Idaho (WWAMI)  program. She  remarked                                                                    
that  Alaska was  the only  state in  the country  without a                                                                    
medical school.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:43:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DIRK  SHUMAKER,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, KIDS  GROW  ANCHORAGE,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke  in support  of early                                                                    
education program funding.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:45:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELSTAN  LANIESEN,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
addressed  the  issue  of the  integrity  of  the  budgeting                                                                    
process.  He   felt  that  there  should   be  a  good-faith                                                                    
relationship  with the  governor.  He  wondered whether  the                                                                    
governor was working with the  legislature in good-faith. He                                                                    
felt that the governor did not support the constitution.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:47:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES E. O'MALLEY MD,  SELF, ANCHORAGE (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in  support  of   funding  for  Washington,  Wyoming,                                                                    
Alaska,   Montana,  and   Idaho   (WWAMI).   He  felt   that                                                                    
eliminating the program  was a poor idea,  and not supported                                                                    
by any data.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:48:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATTHEW HIRSCHFELD, ALASKA  PEDIATRIC PARTNERSHIP, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via  teleconference), urged  support of  funding for  early                                                                    
intervention funding,  such as  funding for  early childhood                                                                    
education programs.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
3:50:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JASMINE  KHAN,  ANCHORAGE  COALITION  TO  END  HOMELESSNESS,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke  in support  of funds                                                                    
for the homeless assistance programs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
3:52:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MACKENZIE  SLATER,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  support of  Washington, Wyoming,  Alaska, Montana,                                                                    
and Idaho (WWAMI).                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:54:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TAYLOR DONOVAN, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support  of  the  retention   of  all  homeless  service                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:54:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAYLENE  PETERSON-NYREN, SOUTHCENTRAL  FOUNDATION, ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(via teleconference),  spoke in support of  adequate funding                                                                    
for Medicaid.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:56:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHELLY    VEBDETTI-VUCKOVICH,     SELF,    ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke   in  support  of   early  childhood                                                                    
education. She encouraged an examination of new revenue.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:58:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROSE  HUBBARD, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of funding for grants to prevent homeless.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
4:01:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAIMIE  DONLEY,  HOPE  COMMUNITY RESOURCES,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  making  senior  and                                                                    
disabilities   Medicaid    service   funding    a   separate                                                                    
appropriation at the year prior's funding amount.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
4:02:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICK PAPACOSTAS, ALASKA CHAPTER  OF THE AMERICIAN COLLEGE OF                                                                    
EMERGENCY PHYSICIANS, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support  of  funding for  Washington,  Wyoming,  Alaska,                                                                    
Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI).                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:04:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARK WIGGIN, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of funding  for public media. He stated  that he had                                                                    
supported  public media  financially.  He  felt that  public                                                                    
media  provided essential  safety  information. He  remarked                                                                    
that,  without  state  funding, many  local  radio  stations                                                                    
might be at risk.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman discussed the following day's agenda.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
SB  20  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB  21  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
4:07:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The meeting was adjourned at 4:07 p.m.                                                                                          

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 20 Support for Governor's Budget - Sullivan.pdf SFIN 4/11/2019 1:00:00 PM
SB 20
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