Legislature(1999 - 2000)

04/15/1999 06:07 PM FIN

Audio Topic
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
txt
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 30                                                                                                              
"An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                             
loan program expenses of state government, for certain                                                                          
programs, and to capitalize funds; 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."                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE BILL NO. 31                                                                                                               
"An Act making an appropriation for construction and                                                                            
renovation of the University of Alaska, Anchorage                                                                               
Consortium Library Facility; and providing for an                                                                               
effective date."                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 50(FIN)(brf sup maj fld)                                                                                  
"An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                             
loan program expenses of state government, for certain                                                                          
programs, and to capitalize funds; and providing for                                                                            
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 51(FIN)                                                                                                   
"An Act making appropriations for the operating and                                                                             
capital expenses of the state's integrated                                                                                      
comprehensive mental health program; and providing for                                                                          
an effective date."                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
The committee heard public testimony on the FY00 Operating                                                                      
Budget. Co-Chair Sean Parnell requested speakers limit                                                                          
their testimony to one minute.  He suggested written                                                                            
testimony could be faxed to the committee co-chairs                                                                             
offices.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
LEA TOMLISON (no spelling given for last name) testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Craig. She spoke to the municipal                                                                       
assistance matter.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell noted that the Senate Finance                                                                             
Committee had not yet addressed the subject of municipal                                                                        
assistance or revenue sharing. They would be taking the                                                                         
matter up during the Monday meeting.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS (no last name given) testified via teleconference                                                                        
from Craig.  He touched on the municipal assistance and the                                                                     
Department of Fish and Game budget - specifically the raw                                                                       
fish tax.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
The following testimony exclusively addressed the municipal                                                                     
assistance and revenue sharing unless otherwise noted.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PAULA BURGNER, Member of Pelican City Council, testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Pelican.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
LOUISA WHITMARSH, L.I.O. teleconference operator, testified                                                                     
via teleconference from Pelican.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
UNKNOWN SPEAKER testified via teleconference from Yakutat.                                                                      
He also spoke about municipal assistance.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell called upon testifiers from Eagle and                                                                     
Nenana but received no response.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
GINNY TIERNEY, Member, City Council of Thorne Bay,                                                                              
testified via teleconference from Thorne Bay.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
IMOGENE GARDNER, Mayor, City of Clark's Point, testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Clark's Point                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
SHARON CLARK, City Administrator, Clark's Point, testified                                                                      
via teleconference from Clark's Point. She spoke of the                                                                         
lowered tax base from the raw fish tax and the need for the                                                                     
municipal assistance.  She also supported funding for the                                                                       
University of Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
WALT WREDE, Manager, Lake and Peninsula Borough, testified                                                                      
via teleconference from King Salmon.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JEFF COURIER, Manager, Bristol Bay Borough, testified via                                                                       
teleconference from King Salmon.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
ELSIE VENT, testified via teleconference from Huslia                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
JERRY CLAY, City Clerk, City of Newhalen, testified via                                                                         
teleconference from Newhalen.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE HORNBERGER, Member, Newhalen City Council, testified                                                                     
via teleconference from Newhalen.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ROCKY JAMES, City Manager, City of Fort Yukon, testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Fort Yukon.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
PAT MCDONALD, Manager, City of Coffman Cove, testified via                                                                      
teleconference from Coffman Cove.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
ELIZABETH MOSENTHIN testified via teleconference from                                                                           
Coffman Cove.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Pat McDonald had additional comments on the same topic of                                                                       
municipal assistance.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PAUL PANAMAROFF, Vice Mayor, City of Ouzinkie testified via                                                                     
teleconference from Ouzinkie.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MAXINE THOMPSON, Mayor, City of Angoon, testified via                                                                           
teleconference from Angoon.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PETER MCCLUSKEY, JR., Tribal Council, testified via                                                                             
teleconference from Angoon.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
FOREST GRAHM SR. (no name spelling given), small business                                                                       
owner, testified via teleconference from Angoon.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MARLENE ZUBACK (no spelling given), Executive Director,                                                                         
testified via teleconference from Angoon.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
GENEVEVE THOMPSON (unverified last name) testified via                                                                          
teleconference from Angoon.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #92, Side B    6:53 PM                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
HARRY WILD, Mayor, Mountain Village, testified via                                                                              
teleconference from Mountain Village.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
PAUL NELSON, Member, Haines Planning and Zoning Assistance,                                                                     
testified via teleconference from Haines. In addition to                                                                        
speaking of the need for municipal assistance he suggested                                                                      
eliminating waste in state government. **                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell noted that the property tax exemption                                                                     
bill was introduced today in the Senate. Senator Dave                                                                           
Donley thanked the testifier for offering alternatives to                                                                       
the budget situation.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE SHELIKOFF testified via teleconference from                                                                              
Grayling.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA MACMANUS, Mayor, City of Ambler, testified via                                                                          
teleconference from Ambler. In addition to revenue sharing                                                                      
and municipal assistance, the city needed funding for other                                                                     
programs such as the BPO.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DAVID WALTNER, City Manager, City of Aniak, testified via                                                                       
teleconference from Aniak.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
LUTHER NAGARUK, testified via teleconference from Elim. He                                                                      
suggested using funds the state had "in the bank" to                                                                            
balance the budget.  He also addressed the need for                                                                             
municipal assistance.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
ALMA BODFISH, Vice Mayor, City of Wainwright, testified via                                                                     
teleconference from Wainwright.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
UNKNOWN SPEAKER (female) testified via teleconference from                                                                      
Wainwright.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
UNKNOWN SPEAKER (female) testified via teleconference from                                                                      
Wainwright.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
MURIEL (no last name given) testified via teleconference                                                                        
from Wainwright spoke to the crowding in jails.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
FELIX WALKER, Mayor, City of Scammon Bay, testified via                                                                         
teleconference from Scammon Bay.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DONNA WILLIAMS, Mayor, City of Klawock, testified via                                                                           
teleconference from Klawock.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BOB KNIGHT testified via teleconference from Nenana.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
BOB (no last name given) testified via teleconference from                                                                      
Nenena.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
JOANNE HAWKINS, Assembly Member, City of Nenana, testified                                                                      
via teleconference from Nenana.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
GARY STEVENS, Mayor, Kodiak Island Borough, testified via                                                                       
teleconference from Kodiak.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN FLOYD, Mayor, City of Kodiak, testified via                                                                             
teleconference from Kodiak.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DAVE JONES, Director of Finance, Kodiak Island School                                                                           
District, testified via teleconference from Kodiak.  In                                                                         
addition to speaking in favor of municipal assistance, he                                                                       
recommended the Legislature discontinue the five-year                                                                           
budget reduction plan.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MIKE MILLIGAN, representing himself, testified via                                                                              
teleconference from Kodiak. He noted that Kodiak like other                                                                     
Alaskan towns had industries that contributed to the                                                                            
general fund.  He spoke in favor of funding for the                                                                             
University of Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell noted that for unknown reasons, the                                                                       
community of Bethel was not included in the public                                                                              
testimony during the House Finance Committee budget                                                                             
hearings. He wanted to ensure that they were given a voice                                                                      
at this meeting.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
AGNES PHILLIPS, Mayor, City of Bethel, testified via                                                                            
teleconference from Bethel.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BOB HERRON, City Manager, City of Bethel, testified via                                                                         
teleconference from Bethel.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
BILL COUMBE, Mayor, City of Whittier, testified via                                                                             
teleconference from Whittier.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #92, Side A    7:40 PM                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Bill Coumbe continued.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
PAT PAVILLA testified via teleconference from Tuntatuliak.                                                                      
After stressing the need for municipal assistance, he spoke                                                                     
to the importance of University of Alaska funding for                                                                           
community colleges. He then commented on the cuts to the                                                                        
Power Cost Equalization program. He suggested cutting                                                                           
legislative and administrative salaries.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
UNKNOWN SPEAKER (male) testified via teleconference from                                                                        
Tuntatuliak. He spoke to the Power Cost Equalization                                                                            
program and to University of Alaska funding.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANGEE ASELTINE, affiliated with an organization that                                                                            
assisted disabled people, testified via teleconference from                                                                     
Soldotna. She had concerns about cuts to mental health                                                                          
programs and potential reductions to the permanent fund.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly commented on the legislative raise.                                                                          
Five years ago there had been an amendment to attach the                                                                        
rates to the federal employee rates.  They rose and fell,                                                                       
but the media only reported the rises.  Senator Dave Donley                                                                     
added that the rates were set by the federal government and                                                                     
the Legislature had no control over the amounts.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Angee Aseltine apologized for offending legislators.  She                                                                       
still felt they made much more money than she did.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell assured her she did not offend any                                                                        
members of the committee. He noted that members of his                                                                          
staff had taken leave without pay to help with the budget                                                                       
shortfall.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
GAIL IGO testified via teleconference from Anchorage about                                                                      
cuts to the foster care system.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
MIKE KEECH, Representing the Foster Care in Alaska,                                                                             
testified via teleconference from Anchorage about the need                                                                      
for assistance for the foster care system. He supported a                                                                       
sales tax.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ELOISE JOSEPH testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                       
in opposition to cuts the Medicaid.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
AGNES JOSEPH testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                       
She encouraged the best care should be given to children.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL TAVELLA representing the community schools program,                                                                     
testified via teleconference from Anchorage.  He opposed                                                                        
elimination of funding for the community schools programs.                                                                      
He supported full funding for the University of Alaska.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ALISON ARIANS, Resident of South Anchorage, testified via                                                                       
teleconference from Anchorage.  She urged the committee to                                                                      
reconsider elimination of the Division of Lands lands                                                                           
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JAN SCHWARTZ testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                        
against the Division of Lands budget cuts.                                                                                      
KATHERINE MEANS, Employee of the Division of Lands,                                                                             
Department of Natural Resources, testified via                                                                                  
teleconference from Anchorage against the budget cuts to                                                                        
the division.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ART ARIANS, testified via teleconference from Anchorage. He                                                                     
recommended the state reimpose the income tax and make                                                                          
reductions to the permanent fund dividends.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
ROCKY PLOTNICK, Alaska Health Education Consortium,                                                                             
testified via teleconference from Anchorage. She spoke                                                                          
about the tobacco settlement funds.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
RICK MYSTROM, Mayor, Municipality of Anchorage, testified                                                                       
via teleconference from Anchorage. He spoke of the need for                                                                     
municipal assistance and revenue sharing.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Randy Phillips commented that he hoped the mayor                                                                        
was directing his criticisms at the House Finance Committee                                                                     
since that was the group who proposed eliminating the                                                                           
municipal assistance.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER SMENUD, Student, University of Alaska-Anchorage,                                                                       
testified via teleconference from Anchorage in support of                                                                       
funding for the university system.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MEGAN HALL, Student, University of Alaska-Anchorage,                                                                            
testified via teleconference from Anchorage against budget                                                                      
cuts to the University of Alaska.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
RANDI BINION-OLSON, Student, University of Alaska-                                                                              
Anchorage, testified via teleconference from Anchorage in                                                                       
support of funding for the university system.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell pointed out that the total University                                                                     
of Alaska funding request was more than FY99.  The                                                                              
subcommittee added federal funds.  The total University of                                                                      
Alaska budget was higher.  He did not say there were not                                                                        
needs.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MARILYN WILSON, Student, University of Alaska, testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Dillingham in support of full                                                                           
funding for the University of Alaska.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MIKE DAVIS testified via teleconference from Dillingham.                                                                        
He was concerned about cuts to the Power Cost Equalization                                                                      
program.  He suggested tax increases.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
CATHERINE FLAVIN testified via teleconference from                                                                              
Dillingham.  She registered her concerns about the                                                                              
Legislature's proposed use of the tobacco tax and tobacco                                                                       
settlement revenues. She also encouraged full funding for                                                                       
the University of Alaska.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
CRISTY WILLER-TILDEN testified via teleconference from                                                                          
Dillingham against the proposed cuts to alcohol abuse                                                                           
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #93, Side B    8:27PM                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINA SASAKI testified via teleconference from                                                                              
Dillingham. She opposed cuts to the municipal assistance                                                                        
programs, the University of Alaska and alcohol abuse                                                                            
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET WOOD testified via teleconference from Dillingham.                                                                     
She had an interest in seeing the University of Alaska                                                                          
receiving full funding.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
HANK HOVE, Mayor, Fairbanks North Star Borough, testified                                                                       
via teleconference from Fairbanks. He spoke to the need for                                                                     
municipal assistance and revenue sharing. He suggested a                                                                        
statewide sales tax.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DAN MASODA, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly,                                                                              
testified via teleconference from Fairbanks.  He testified                                                                      
about a resolution for expanding state revenues.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
GARA BRIDWELL, Fairbanks Chapter Coalition, testified via                                                                       
teleconference from Fairbanks and talked about child                                                                            
development and childcare.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
JAMIE PARRISH, General Council, University of Alaska,                                                                           
testified via teleconference from Fairbanks, in support of                                                                      
funding for the University of Alaska.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
JAKE POOLE, Executive Director, University of Alaska Alumni                                                                     
Association, testified via teleconference from Fairbanks                                                                        
also in support of funding for the University of Alaska.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
CRAIG HUGHES, Parent of children in daycare, testified via                                                                      
teleconference from Fairbanks. He spoke in opposition of                                                                        
reductions to the childcare grant program.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MARTA MUELLER, Alumni, University of Alaska-Fairbanks,                                                                          
testified via teleconference from Fairbanks and spoke to                                                                        
the importance of full funding for the university.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
KRISTIN VERNOLA, Program Manager, testified via                                                                                 
teleconference from Mat-Su. She talked about the need for                                                                       
new families programs support.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
CATHY BALDWIN-JOHNSON, Doctor and Medical Director,                                                                             
testified via teleconference from Mat-Su about the                                                                              
importance of early childhood intervention programs.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
MARGART VOLTZ, Program Director, testified via                                                                                  
teleconference from Mat-Su in support of the Health                                                                             
Families Dual Track program.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHY JUTILA, Client and resident, Nugent Ranch, testified                                                                      
via teleconference from Mat-Su.  Her comments addressed the                                                                     
drug and alcohol abuse programs in Alaska.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
CAROL TAYLOR, School Nurse, testified via teleconference                                                                        
from Mat-Su in support of using tobacco settlement funds                                                                        
for prevention programs.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT HALL testified via teleconference from Mat-Su. He                                                                        
spoke about the high rate of child abuse in the state and                                                                       
the need for additional staff to investigate reports of                                                                         
abuse. He urged support of the Dual Track program.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL HANDRICKS testified via teleconference from Mat-Su,                                                                     
commending the Nugent ranch.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BARBARA CADDEN testified via teleconference from Mat-Su.                                                                        
She spoke about tobacco prevention programs.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HOWARD DELKETTIE testified via teleconference from Mat-Su.                                                                      
He urged funds not be cut from alcohol treatment and mental                                                                     
health programs.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PAUL GONZALES testified via teleconference from Mat-Su and                                                                      
asked the committee to not cut funding for alcohol                                                                              
treatment programs.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JEFF JAQUES, Recovering Alcoholic and Resident, Nugent                                                                          
Ranch testified via teleconference from Mat-Su. He                                                                              
suggested an income tax be imposed to cover the costs of                                                                        
alcohol treatment programs.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
PAT ARNOLD testified via teleconference from Homer and                                                                          
thanked the committee for continued support for disabled                                                                        
adult services programs.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SCOT WHEAT, National Alliance of the Mentally Ill-Homer,                                                                        
testified via teleconference from Homer.  He urged use of                                                                       
the tobacco settlement funds for prevention of mental                                                                           
illness programs.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
LARRY MILLER testified via teleconference from Kenai.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DUANE BANNOCK, City of Kenai, testified via teleconference                                                                      
from Kenai in support of municipal assistance.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
JANET MILLER testified via teleconference from Kenai. She                                                                       
opposed cuts to the municipal assistance programs.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
CLINTON MOTT, Employee, Department of Transportation and                                                                        
Public Facilities, testified via teleconference from Kenai.                                                                     
He was concerned about cuts to the department budget and                                                                        
employee pay cuts. He opposed cuts to the permanent fund                                                                        
and recommended a state income tax.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MARGARET WRIGHT testified via teleconference from Kotzebue                                                                      
about revenues from the tobacco tax and the need to fund                                                                        
prevention programs.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell pointed out that the budget at this                                                                       
time directed all funds to be used in the cost of treatment                                                                     
of smoking related costs such as Medicaid.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #94, Side A    9:14 PM                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BONNIE HARDY testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                       
She spoke in favor of funding for community schools                                                                             
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
NICOLE KIMBALL testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                     
She urged reinstatement of funding for the Division of                                                                          
Lands.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
ELAINE DALGREN, Director of an organization that treated                                                                        
substance abuse, testified via teleconference from                                                                              
Anchorage. She requested the committee reconsider cuts to                                                                       
alcohol treatment programs.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
HAYDEN GREEN, Dean, University of Alaska-Anchorage,                                                                             
testified via teleconference from Anchorage. He was in                                                                          
support of funding for the university.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE GEISTAUTS, Professor, University of Alaska-                                                                              
Anchorage, testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                          
recommending the committee fully fund the university.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MARY ROSENZWEIG, Executive Director, Substance Abuse                                                                            
Treatment Association, testified via teleconference from                                                                        
Anchorage. She asked for reconsideration of cuts to the                                                                         
substance abuse treatment programs.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
LEE GORSUCH, University of Alaska-Anchorage, testified via                                                                      
teleconference from Anchorage in support of funding for the                                                                     
University of Alaska.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
LEE COURTNEY, Professor of Management Information Systems,                                                                      
University of Alaska-Anchorage, testified via                                                                                   
teleconference from Anchorage. He spoke of the importance                                                                       
of funding the university.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS DRINKA, Professor, University of Alaska-Anchorage,                                                                       
testified via teleconference from Anchorage in opposition                                                                       
to cuts to university funding.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
VIC FISCHER, former Alaska State Senator, testified via                                                                         
teleconference from Anchorage, in opposition to budget cuts                                                                     
to children's programs and the University of Alaska.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
KEN BOZE, University of Alaska, testified via                                                                                   
teleconference from Anchorage in support of funding for the                                                                     
university. He was opposed to an individual income tax.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SUE SAMET, Chairman of the Board, testified via                                                                                 
teleconference from Anchorage. She understood why the board                                                                     
was not funded in the past and she told of actions taken by                                                                     
the board to increase the number of children they reviewed.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTIE MCINTIRE, Executive Director, American Lung                                                                            
Association of Alaska, testified via teleconference from                                                                        
Anchorage. She urged the committee to use monies from the                                                                       
tobacco settlement for prevention programs.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DARRYL WOOD, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska-                                                                         
Anchorage, testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                          
about the need for increased funding for the university.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL EVANS testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                       
on behalf of foster care. He asked what happened to the                                                                         
mental health trust and why funds weren't used to help the                                                                      
mentally ill. He also wondered why tobacco settlement funds                                                                     
weren't used for prevention programs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell noted that Senator Randy Phillips                                                                         
volunteered to answer those questions. Co-Chair Sean                                                                            
Parnell repeated his comments about the current                                                                                 
appropriation of tobacco settlement funds to treatment                                                                          
programs.  He anticipated amendments to add prevention                                                                          
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH HEEBNER testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                     
about the Division of Lands proposed budget cuts.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
JENNY MURREY, American Cancer Society, testified via                                                                            
teleconference from Anchorage. She spoke about the need to                                                                      
spend the tobacco settlement funds on prevention programs.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER STRAIT testified via teleconference from Glennallen                                                                     
about the municipal matching grants and revenue sharing                                                                         
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JAMES VANHORN, Member of Ketchikan Gateway Borough                                                                              
Assembly, testified via teleconference from Ketchikan in                                                                        
support of the municipal assistance programs.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JACK SHAY, Ketchikan Gateway Borough, testified via                                                                             
teleconference from Ketchikan also urging the committee to                                                                      
fund the municipal assistance programs.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
SUE ASPLUND, Executive Director, testified via                                                                                  
teleconference from Cordova.  She urged the department to                                                                       
reconsider proposed cuts to the Department of Fish and                                                                          
Game, commercial fishing programs.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
STAN FILLER, Mayor, City and Borough of Sitka, testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Sitka. He spoke of the need for                                                                         
municipal assistance and revenue sharing. He recommended a                                                                      
sales tax and a cap on the permanent fund dividend.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
JOHN HOLST, Superintendent of Schools, Sitka School                                                                             
District, testified via teleconference from Sitka.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
ALICE JOHNSTONE, Legislative Liaison, Alaska Board On                                                                           
Alcohol and Drug Abuse, testified via teleconference from                                                                       
Sitka about the need for funding for treatment programs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SYLVIA WARD, Northern Alaska Center for the Environment,                                                                        
testified via teleconference from Fairbanks. She urged                                                                          
support for the Division of Lands programs. She opposed use                                                                     
of the principal of the permanent fund. She urged the                                                                           
elimination of wasteful and unwanted projects.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #94, Side B    10:02 PM                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
NEAL MATSON, Board Member, American Cancer Society,                                                                             
testified via teleconference from Fairbanks. He wanted one-                                                                     
third of the revenues from the tobacco settlement and tax                                                                       
to be used for prevention projects. He opposed using the                                                                        
principal of the permanent fund.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
TERRY SOLOMON testified via teleconference from Fairbanks,                                                                      
in support of using the tobacco revenues for prevention                                                                         
programs. She also spoke of a need for drug and alcohol                                                                         
treatment facilities in her community. She supported                                                                            
funding the University of Alaska.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DIANA CAMPBELL, Tanana Chiefs Council, testified via                                                                            
teleconference from Fairbanks, asking the committee to                                                                          
spend tobacco revenues on prevention programs.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
THERESA LYONS, Alaska Nurses Association, testified via                                                                         
teleconference from Fairbanks. She requested the committee                                                                      
refrain from cutting the Department of Health and Social                                                                        
Services.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MARIE SIMMONS, Member, Governor's Council, testified via                                                                        
teleconference from Fairbanks. She was concerned about cuts                                                                     
to the Medicaid budget.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
V. MUNDT, Planning and Economic Development, Tanana Chiefs                                                                      
Council, testified via teleconference from Fairbanks. She                                                                       
supported the municipal assistance program. She also                                                                            
supported funding for the BPOs.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell noted the committee introduced a bill                                                                     
to provide more money for additional VPO and had                                                                                
encountered considerable opposition.  They needed help in                                                                       
reducing the administrative costs.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
V. Mundt offered to address the issue in further detail and                                                                     
make suggestions during her planned visit to the capital.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
HAL MEYER, Division of Lands, testified via teleconference                                                                      
from Fairbanks.  He detailed the mission and the                                                                                
accomplishments of the division.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
NANCY WEBB, Member, Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly,                                                                      
testified via teleconference from Fairbanks. She spoke                                                                          
against the cuts made in the House of Representatives to                                                                        
the municipal assistance program.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell encouraged municipal officers to                                                                          
chose a spokesperson to convey their message.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BRUCE DEXTER, Graduate, Alaska Vocational Technical Center,                                                                     
testified in person in support funding for the school.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL EDENSHAW, Alaska Vocational Technical Center,                                                                            
testified in person asking the committee to restore funds                                                                       
to the school.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
TIA WAKOLEE, Housing Officer, single mother and Graduate of                                                                     
the Alaska Vocational Technical Center testified in person.                                                                     
She urged support of the center.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
DENNIS EGAN, Mayor, City and Borough of Juneau, and Chair,                                                                      
Southeast Alaska Mayors Conference, testified in person. He                                                                     
spoke of the need for municipal assistance and revenue                                                                          
sharing.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DON DAPCEVICH, Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Abuse,                                                                        
testified in person. He voiced concerns about loss of                                                                           
funding for treatment programs.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
PAM WATTS, Chemical Dependency Division, City and Borough                                                                       
of Juneau, testified in person. She also spoke of the need                                                                      
to reduce cuts the treatment programs.  She noted that cuts                                                                     
to municipal assistance grants and revenue assistance                                                                           
programs would affect these programs.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
STEVE KEPPEL testified via teleconference from Mat-Su. He                                                                       
talked about alcohol and drug abuse programs.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BRIDGET MCIVER, Greater Palmer Youth Coordinator, Teens                                                                         
Against Tobacco Abuse, testified via teleconference from                                                                        
Mat-Su.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
ANDREW ROBINSON, Resident, Nugent Ranch, testified via                                                                          
teleconference from Mat-Su against cuts to treatment                                                                            
centers.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
REGINA HILEMAN, Resident, Nugent Ranch, testified via                                                                           
teleconference from Mat-Su. She asked that the committee                                                                        
not make cuts to the center.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
VALERIE BAFFONE testified via teleconference from                                                                               
Anchorage.  She addressed the Department of Transportation                                                                      
and Public Facilities maintenance projects asking them to                                                                       
be funded. She encouraged use of the permanent fund for                                                                         
state operations.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
LEANIER INNERCHILD, Mental Health Advocate, testified via                                                                       
teleconference from Anchorage. She requested full funding                                                                       
for mental health programs.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JAN MACCLARENCE, Budget Chair, Alaska Mental Health Board,                                                                      
testified via teleconference from Anchorage in opposition                                                                       
to proposed cuts to Medicaid. She was also concerned about                                                                      
reductions to substance abuse programs.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL MANN, Chair, Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug                                                                          
Abuse, testified via teleconference from Anchorage.  She                                                                        
urged reconsideration of funding for treatment programs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ROBERT GALEA testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                       
He was against the budget cuts to the Division of Alcohol                                                                       
and Drug Abuse.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #95, Side A    10:49 PM                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE HIERONYMUS, Director, Beans Caf , testified via                                                                          
teleconference from Anchorage, in support of funding for                                                                        
the medical assistance programs for the indigent. He urged                                                                      
the committee to oppose HB 126.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
JILL GATES, American Cancer Society, testified via                                                                              
teleconference from Anchorage. She recommended funding for                                                                      
tobacco prevention programs.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROSALIE NADAEU testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                     
She testified about statistics on sexual assault and                                                                            
relationships to alcohol and drug abuse.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
JANICE TOWER testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                       
She testified about alcohol and drug abuse in relation to                                                                       
children.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
JOE DIMATTEO testified via teleconference from Anchorage in                                                                     
support of funding for substance abuse treatment programs.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly requested enforcement of the time limit                                                                      
of testimony.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
COLE SONAFRANK testified via teleconference from Fairbanks                                                                      
in opposition of revenue sharing and municipal assistance.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
PAM KARALERNAS testified via teleconference from Fairbanks.                                                                     
She spoke of the need for child abuse prevention.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
TIM BECK testified via teleconference from Fairbanks.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
LAURA BUSH, Fairbanks Healthy Families, testified via                                                                           
teleconference from Fairbanks.  She urged funding for the                                                                       
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
ANDY HARRINGTON testified via teleconference from                                                                               
Fairbanks. He asked for full funding of 23 staff positions                                                                      
for the Division of Family and Youth Services. He supported                                                                     
healthy families and substance abuse treatment programs.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
DAVID KARALUNAS testified via teleconference from                                                                               
Fairbanks. He felt the Legislature thought there was a                                                                          
public mandate to cut the budget, which he opposed.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
ROGER JENKINS, Administrator, City of Nikolai, testified                                                                        
via teleconference from Anchorage. He spoke to the need for                                                                     
revenue sharing.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
BILL BOWENS testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                         
about a tobacco cessation program.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
LINDA MYERS testified via teleconference from Anchorage.                                                                        
She referred to a letter she received from Representative                                                                       
Jeanette James about the use of the tobacco settlement.                                                                         
Linda Myers wanted the funds used for prevention. She                                                                           
addressed the recent legislative pay raises.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DARLEEN BELTZ testified via teleconference from Anchorage                                                                       
about the need for tobacco prevention programs. She also                                                                        
spoke against the overall budget cuts.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER BELTZ, Twelve-year old, testified via                                                                                   
teleconference from Anchorage in support of tobacco                                                                             
prevention programs.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
DON VALESKO testified via teleconference from Anchorage. He                                                                     
asked the committee to think before they cut the budget.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
BRAD TUCK, Economist and Professor, University of Alaska-                                                                       
Anchorage, testified via teleconference from Anchorage in                                                                       
support of funding for the university.  He pointed out that                                                                     
it was not possible to balance the budget simply by                                                                             
cutting.  Revenues would have to be raised.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
JOYCE KITKA, Community Schools Supervisor, testified in                                                                         
person.  She thanked the committee for the funding the                                                                          
community schools program.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
ROSEMARY HAGEVIG, Executive Director, Catholic Community                                                                        
Services, testified in person.  She supported funding for                                                                       
the Healthy Families program.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BILL LEGERE, KTOO/Public Broadcasting, testified in person.                                                                     
He thanked the committee for reinstating funding for public                                                                     
broadcasting.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Senator Loren Leman appreciated the testimony in favor of                                                                       
some of the committee's actions.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
KAREN ELLIOTT, National Council on Alcoholism, testified in                                                                     
person.  She spoke of the need for funding for treatment                                                                        
programs.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DAVE PALMER, City Manager, City and Borough of Juneau,                                                                          
testified in person. He addressed the proposed cuts to                                                                          
municipal assistance and revenue sharing.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
DAVID JACKSON, University of Alaska-Southeast, Student                                                                          
Council, testified in person.  He supported funding for                                                                         
public broadcasting and the University of Alaska. He felt                                                                       
it was time to cap the permanent fund and impose income and                                                                     
sales taxes.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOSH HORST, Student Government President, University of                                                                         
Alaska-Southeast, testified in person for full funding for                                                                      
the university.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
HEATHER PAIGE, Student, University of Alaska testified in                                                                       
person.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Senator Loren Leman asked the witness how the University of                                                                     
Alaska-Southeast compared to Brown University.  Heather                                                                         
Paige felt the students at UAS were just as enthusiastic,                                                                       
if not as "book smart". The classes were smaller and she                                                                        
liked the community of Juneau.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Tape: SFC - 99 #95, Side B    11:36 PM                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Senator Pete Kelly wanted to stress that the university was                                                                     
paid for by development of resources.  He was discouraged                                                                       
when students testified against development legislation.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Sean Parnell announced there would be no meeting                                                                       
the next day or Saturday. Amendments would be due by 5:00                                                                       
PM. The committee would hear bills Monday morning at 9:00                                                                       
AM and start with the operating budget at 10:00 AM.  He                                                                         
told the members to plan to meet both Monday and Tuesday                                                                        
evenings.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNED                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Senator Parnell adjourned the meeting at 11:39 PM.                                                                              
SFC-99 (19) 4/15/99                                                                                                             

Document Name Date/Time Subjects