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2019-04-12 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2019-04-12 House Journal Page 0602 HB 130 HOUSE BILL NO. 130 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: 2019-04-12 House Journal Page 0603 "An Act relating to the community assistance fund and to community assistance; repealing the civil legal services fund, power cost equalization endowment fund, power cost equalization and rural electric capitalization fund, curriculum improvement and best practices fund, and Alaska higher education investment fund; disposing of proceeds; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the House Special Committee on Energy and the Education, Community & Regional Affairs, Judiciary, and Finance Committees. The following fiscal note(s) apply: 1. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development 2. Fiscal, Dept. of Commerce, Community, & Economic Development 3. Fiscal, Dept. of Education & Early Development 4. Fiscal, Dept. of Education & Early Development 5 Fiscal, Dept. of Education & Early Development/Fund Capitalization 6. Fiscal, Office of the Governor/Fund Capitalization 7. Fiscal, Office of the Governor/Fund Transfer 8. Fiscal, Office of the Governor/Fund Transfer 9. Fiscal, Dept. of Revenue The Governor's transmittal letter dated April 11 follows: "Dear Speaker Edgmon: Under the authority of Article III, Section 18, of the Alaska Constitution, I am transmitting a bill repealing multiple funds in the state's general fund. This bill would repeal various funds in the general fund, specifically, the civil legal services fund, the power cost equalization endowment fund, the power cost equalization and rural electric capitalization fund, the curriculum improvement and best practices fund, and the Alaska higher education investment fund. The community assistance fund statute would be repealed and reenacted to remove the fund 2019-04-12 House Journal Page 0604 designation, but still allow legislative appropriations for community assistance. Next, the bill would provide for funds received by gift, bequest, or donation to be returned to the original donors, while the remainder of the fund balances would be deposited into the general fund on the bill's effective date of July 1, 2019. The proliferation of designated funds over the years causes complexities in budgeting, and failure to apply a fresh look at state spending. Removing these funds will contribute to a more transparent annual budget analysis. I urge your prompt and favorable action on this measure. Sincerely, /s/ Michael J. Dunleavy Governor"