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2006-01-13 Senate Journal

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2006-01-13                     Senate Journal                      Page 1902
SB 238                                                                                            
SENATE BILL NO. 238 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                   
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                               
             "An Act increasing the base student allocation used                                   
           in the formula for state financing of public education;                                 
          and providing for an effective date."                                                     
was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee.                                      
The following fiscal information was published today:                                               
 Fiscal Note No. 1, Department of Education and Early                                               
 Fiscal Note No. 2, Department of Education and Early                                               

2006-01-13                     Senate Journal                      Page 1903
Governor's transmittal letter dated January 13:                                                     
Dear President Stevens:                                                                             
Under the authority of art. III, sec. 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am                          
transmitting a bill that would raise the base student allocation for                                
students attending public school grade levels kindergarten through 12                               
(K-12) beginning in  fiscal year 2007.  Under the bill, the base student                            
allocation would increase from $4,919 to $5,352 on July 1, 2006, an                                 
approximately 8.8 percent increase over last year.  This is the fourth                              
increase in the base student allocation since 2003, when the allocation                             
was $4,010.  These four increases amount to a 33 percent increase                                   
during this Administration.                                                                         
This bill is an important element of my continuing effort to finance K-                             
12 public education at a level that meets the increased costs our school                            
districts have experienced over the last several years.  This increase in                           
the base student allocation will add approximately $90 million to the                               
state financing of public education, bringing the total state contribution                          
to $928,087,440.                                                                                    
I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure, for the sake                               
of Alaska's public schools and our children.                                                        
Sincerely yours,                                                                                    
Frank H. Murkowski