Legislature(2003 - 2004)
2004-01-12 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2004-01-12 House Journal Page 2304 HB 377 HOUSE BILL NO. 377 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act making appropriations for the operating and capital expenses of the state's integrated comprehensive mental health program; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee. The Governor's transmittal letter dated January 9, 2004, follows: "Dear Speaker Kott: I am today transmitting a separate FY2005 appropriations bill for the state's comprehensive mental health program. As required by statute, it includes both operating and capital appropriations and is accompanied by a report outlining the differences between my budget and the recommendations of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. 2004-01-12 House Journal Page 2305 The proposed mental health budget represents a cooperative effort between state agencies, the Trustees, and Trust Authority staff. Coupled with the resources that have been appropriated in recent years, these productive working relationships have made a positive difference for Alaska's mental health beneficiaries. Given the state's overall financial position, we are not in a position for the state to augment many of the Trust's requests that required state general funds. These difficult decisions are part of our work to take responsibility today for Alaska's tomorrow. I look forward to working with the Legislature this session. Sincerely yours, /s/ Frank H. Murkowski Governor" A letter with an accompanying spreadsheet from Cheryl Frasca, Director, Office of Management and Budget to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority was attached and is on file in the Chief Clerk's office (as required by AS 37.14.003).