Legislature(2009 - 2010)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/18/2010 05:00 PM FINANCE


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05:08:38 PM Start
05:10:52 PM SB230 || SB253
07:17:21 PM Adjourn
* first hearing in first committee of referral
+ teleconferenced
= bill was previously heard/scheduled
-- Statewide Public Testimony --
+= SB 230 BUDGET: CAPITAL, SUPP. & OTHER APPROPS TELECONFERENCED
+= SB 253 APPROP: DEFERRED MAINTENANCE/REPLACEMENT TELECONFERENCED
+ Bills Previously Heard/Scheduled TELECONFERENCED
SENATE BILL NO. 230                                                                                                           
"An  Act  making   and  amending  appropriations,  including                                                                  
capital  appropriations,  supplemental  appropriations,  and                                                                  
other  appropriations; making  appropriations to  capitalize                                                                  
funds; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 253                                                                                                           
"An   Act  making   capital   appropriations  for   deferred                                                                  
maintenance projects,  equipment replacement,  and emergency                                                                  
repairs; and providing for an effective date."                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:10:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~David  Ongley,  President  of Alaska  Library  Association,                                                                    
Barrow{ testified in support  of public library construction                                                                    
major  expansion matching  grant program.  He supported  the                                                                    
request of $14.25  million for the program. He  spoke to the                                                                    
many benefits of libraries.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:13:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Fred Parady,  Chief Operating  Officer North  Slope Borough                                                                    
School District,  Barrow { testified  in support  of funding                                                                    
for school construction and maintenance projects.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:15:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Lee M. Foley, Bethel City  Manager{ testified in support of                                                                    
the  Denali Commission  Federal/State Partnership.  He hoped                                                                    
that  projects for  Bethel would  remain in  the budget  and                                                                    
receive the  upmost consideration  as they move  through the                                                                    
legislative process.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:16:47 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Eric  Middlebrook,  Vice  Mayor  of  Bethel{  testified  in                                                                    
support  of  public  safety  projects  for  Bethel  and  the                                                                    
surrounding area.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:18:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Mike  Jenkins, Gakona  Community Fire  Chief{ testified  in                                                                    
support of projects submitted for  the Gakona volunteer fire                                                                    
department  for a  total  of $250  thousand  to construct  a                                                                    
training  center and  community building.  He supported  the                                                                    
upgrade of the community's fire  trucks. He spoke in support                                                                    
of  a  capital grant  to  replace  the  roof on  the  senior                                                                    
center.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:21:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Keith  Zamudio,  Cordova   School  District{  testified  in                                                                    
support of the  $5 million proposed for  inclusion on behalf                                                                    
of  the consortium  of digital  learning.  He supported  the                                                                    
funding expansion  to $10 million  for the  digital learning                                                                    
program.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:23:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Ed  Zastrow,  Ketchikan,  Vice President  Ketchikan  Senior                                                                    
Citizen Services{ testified  in support of a  state grant of                                                                    
$300  thousand to  assist in  the completion  of the  access                                                                    
road to the senior housing complex.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:26:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Timothy  Rooney, Manager,  City  and  Borough of  Wrangell{                                                                    
testified in support of upgrades  to the cruise ship dock in                                                                    
Wrangell.   The  upgrades   are   vital   to  the   economic                                                                    
sustainability of the community.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:26:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~John  Stein,   Executive  Director,  Sitka   Sound  Science                                                                    
Center{  testified  in  support   of  funding  to  open  the                                                                    
hatchery training facility.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:29:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jeff  Tucker, President,  Alaska  Fire Chiefs  Association{                                                                    
testified in  support of a  training program for  land based                                                                    
fire fighting training programs. He  spoke in support of the                                                                    
Alaska   Fire   Conference   in   Fairbanks   which   trains                                                                    
firefighters throughout the state  and will help support the                                                                    
training program for 400 firefighters.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:30:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Dr. Alex Hills, Alaska Hills  Association{ commented on the                                                                    
proposed engineering  building for the University  of Alaska                                                                    
Anchorage.  He pointed  out  the  difficulty recruiting  new                                                                    
engineers  due  to the  issue  of  the space  scarcity.  The                                                                    
School  of  Engineering dramatically  increased  enrollments                                                                    
and programs and are all accredited.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:33:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Don   Kashevaroff,   CEO   Alaska  Native   Tribal   Health                                                                    
Consortium{  testified in  support  of  constructing a  long                                                                    
term  care  facility,  which  would  ultimately  save  state                                                                    
Medicaid dollars.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:35:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Paul  Brown, North  Pole Economic  Development Corporation,                                                                    
North  Pole{  testified  in  support   of  the  waste  water                                                                    
treatment  plant  in North  Pole.  He  noted that  the  city                                                                    
infrastructure required upgrades.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
~Simeon Swetzof Jr.,  Mayor, City of St.  Paul{ testified in                                                                    
support of  the St. Paul  harbor project. He noted  that the                                                                    
main industry  of the  island includes  the Bering  Sea. The                                                                    
local sponsor worked in the  Federal Government to construct                                                                    
a harbor.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:40:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~David  Boggs,  Morganthaler  Company,  Principal  Engineer,                                                                    
Anchorage{   testified  in   support  of   the  University's                                                                    
engineering center. He opined  that the existing facility at                                                                    
UAA is substandard. The program  has grown and he supports a                                                                    
new building.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:42:39 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~John  Aho, self,  Anchorage{ testified  in  support of  the                                                                    
engineering  facility for  the University  of Anchorage.  He                                                                    
stated that the class and office spaces are inadequate.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:44:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jennifer  Beckman, Executive  Director, Central  Area Rural                                                                    
Transit System,  Kenai{ testified in support  of funding for                                                                    
public  transportation. The  funds would  provide long  term                                                                    
stability for the important public transit system.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:45:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Davis   Levy,   Director,  Alaska   Building   Corporation{                                                                    
testified   in   support   of   a   community   and   public                                                                    
transportation  partnership that  would provide  capital and                                                                    
operating  funds  for  public and  community  transportation                                                                    
systems throughout the state.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:46:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jim  Dodson,  Economic  Development  President,  Anchorage{                                                                    
testified in  support of  funding for  the rail  and vehicle                                                                    
bridge across the Tanana River.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:48:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~LaMarr   Anderson,   Interim  Executive   Director,   MatSu                                                                    
Community Transit{  testified in support of  the request for                                                                    
$3 million in funding  for public transportation capital and                                                                    
operating match fund program.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:51:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Lee Ryan,  Board Member for Arctic  Winter Games{ testified                                                                    
in support of  the Alaska Winter Games Team  Alaska grant in                                                                    
the budget.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:52:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Ron   Gherman,   Executive    Director   of   Instructional                                                                    
Technology,  Fairbanks North  Star Borough  School District{                                                                    
testified in support of funding for digital education.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:54:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jaime Stack,  Superintendent Pribilof School  District, St.                                                                    
Paul Island{  testified on  behalf of SB  230. She  spoke in                                                                    
support of  funding an expanded  major maintenance  list for                                                                    
projects in the  St. Paul school district. One  project is a                                                                    
sprinkler system in the St. Paul school.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:55:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Kenneth   Anderson,   President,  Palmer   Senior   Center{                                                                    
testified in support of the  Palmer senior center in Palmer.                                                                    
He  stressed the  need for  a  larger and  safer center  for                                                                    
seniors in the Palmer area.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:57:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Tim Swezey,  President, Meadow Lakes{ testified  in support                                                                    
of the onetime grant for  a community sports field in Meadow                                                                    
Lakes.  He  noted  that  current  recreational  capabilities                                                                    
require travel out of town.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:58:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Karen  Nugen-Logan,  Executive Director,  Alaska  Addiction                                                                    
Rehabilitation Services,  Nugen's Ranch,  Wasilla{ testified                                                                    
in  support   of  $500  thousand  from   the  Department  of                                                                    
Transportation  and   Public  Facilities  to   relocate  the                                                                    
facility.  She  noted  that the  funding  will  help  secure                                                                    
funding from other sources.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:00:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Julie  Starr,  Meadow  Lakes{ testified  in  support  of  a                                                                    
recreation  center for  Meadow Lakes  community. Soccer  and                                                                    
softball fields allow safe participation in sports.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:00:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Donnita  Burks, Meadow  Lakes Community  Council{ testified                                                                    
in support  of the  recreation center  in Meadow  Lakes. She                                                                    
added that the Meadow Lakes  community council is asking for                                                                    
the  help as  it supports  the long  term commitment  to the                                                                    
community's youth and their families.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:01:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Dave Hanson, Economic  Development Director, MatSu Borough{                                                                    
testified  in support  of  the  combined community  library,                                                                    
auditorium,  and paramedics  classroom  addition project  at                                                                    
the MatSu college.  He expressed support of  funding for the                                                                    
third phase  of the  Alaska rail  extension from  the Alaska                                                                    
Railroad mainline to Port McKensie.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:03:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Stephen Price, Yukon  River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council{                                                                    
testified  in  support of  funding  for  the purchase  of  a                                                                    
flatbed truck  and a pickup  truck to increase  the capacity                                                                    
and  efficiency of  the Yukon  River Inter-Tribal  Watershed                                                                    
Council.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:05:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Steve Crouch, Deputy Fire Chief,  North Star Volunteer Fire                                                                    
Department,  Fairbanks{  testified  in support  of  a  grant                                                                    
request for a  new fire engine for the  North Star Volunteer                                                                    
Fire Department.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:06:22 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Tracy   Antonovich,   Vice  President,   Alaska   Addiction                                                                    
Rehabilitation Services/Nugen's Ranch{  testified in support                                                                    
of funding for the facility's  location change. She spoke to                                                                    
the  necessity of  the $500  thousand to  help leverage  the                                                                    
additional funding needed  to move when the  state takes the                                                                    
current location.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:07:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Kathy Mayo,  Morris Thompson and Cultural  Visitors Center,                                                                    
Fairbanks{ testified  in support  of funding for  the Morris                                                                    
Thompson Cultural  Center project. These funds  will be used                                                                    
to complete the exhibits.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:08:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Bob Howard, self, Fairbanks{  requested limited support for                                                                    
the  community  and   economic  development  facility  which                                                                    
serves  seniors in  the Fairbanks  area known  as the  Raven                                                                    
Landing Senior Community.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:10:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Shawna Hilderbrand,  college student, University  of Alaska                                                                    
Fairbanks{  testified in  support of  the Chena  small track                                                                    
sidewalk project.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:11:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Mary Binkley,  self, Fairbanks{ testified on  behalf of the                                                                    
Raven  Landing   Housing  Project   to  help   complete  the                                                                    
community hall.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:12:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jeff  Jacobson,  Chief  of   Staff,  North  Star  Fairbanks                                                                    
Borough{  spoke in  support of  five separate  requests. The                                                                    
requests   include  Tanana   River  training,   the  Carlson                                                                    
Activity  Center  Phase  Two, Town  Lakes  recreation  area,                                                                    
regional  library  roof  project,   and  road  service  area                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:13:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Lidan  Setterberg, Executive  Director, Joel's  Place Youth                                                                    
Center{  spoke in  support of  funding for  special projects                                                                    
for the Joel's Place Youth Center.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:14:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Natsha  Ruppert,  Woodriver  PTA, Fairbanks{  stressed  the                                                                    
need for funding to bus of small children in her area.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:15:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Ron Inouye,  Senior Community Center,  Fairbanks{ testified                                                                    
in support of funding projects to support seniors.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
6:17:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Mary Richards,  All Season Inn, Fairbanks{  referred to the                                                                    
Cultural  Center  and  the $500,000  needed  to  finish  the                                                                    
exhibit.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
6:19:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Sandy Jamieson,  Fairbanks{ observed that he  has worked on                                                                    
a project to restore a log  house in Fairbanks funded by the                                                                    
Rotary Club.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:20:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Bill Butler,  City of North  Pole{ testified in  support of                                                                    
water and sewer projects for  the Interior region of Alaska.                                                                    
He noted the focus of waste water treatment plants.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:21:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Karen  Parr, Fairbanks{  testified in  support of  a senior                                                                    
center and services in the Fairbanks area.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
~Nancy Jones,  Fairbanks{ testified  in support of  a senior                                                                    
center with services.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
6:22:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Cindy   Schumaker,  Fairbanks,   Morris  Thompson   Center{                                                                    
testified  in  support  of funding  for  completion  of  the                                                                    
exhibit known as the gateway in the Morris Thompson Center.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
6:24:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jack   Wilbur,   President,   Design   Alaska,   Fairbanks{                                                                    
testified  in  support  of the  Life  Sciences  Facility  in                                                                    
Anchorage,   the   University   of   Fairbanks   engineering                                                                    
facility,  and  the  deferred maintenance  projects  in  the                                                                    
governors amended budget.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:26:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~David  Leone,  Public  Transportation  Manager,  Fairbanks{                                                                    
testified in support of public  transit in Fairbanks. Demand                                                                    
for   service  outweighs   ability.  The   proposed  funding                                                                    
addresses//.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:28:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Deb Hickok, Fairbanks Visitor  Bureau{ testified in support                                                                    
of funding for the Morris  Thompson Center. She commented on                                                                    
the  services  provided  by the  center.  She  testified  in                                                                    
support of the visitors // program.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:29:27 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jeffrey  Mann, Woodriver  Elementary{ testified  in support                                                                    
of  funding for  safe  passage for  the  Chena Small  Tracts                                                                    
Sidewalk.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:31:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Billy Brown, Fairbanks{ testified  in support of University                                                                    
of  Fairbanks  Life  Sciences   Building  and  the  deferred                                                                    
maintenance cost in the governors capital budget.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:32:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Edith Hildebrand,  Fairbanks{ testified  in support  of the                                                                    
Chena Small Tracts Sidewalk. The  sidewalk would enhance the                                                                    
safety of travel for residents.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
6:34:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Amy   Geiger,  Community   Development  Director   Downtown                                                                    
Association, Fairbanks{  testified in support of  the Morris                                                                    
Thompson Center and the sign  in system for visitors seeking                                                                    
navigation around Fairbanks.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:35:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Ron   Dixon,  Chair,   Tanana  Valley   Campus,  Fairbanks{                                                                    
testified in favor  of the renovation project  on the Campus                                                                    
center at UAF.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
6:37:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Anna Ramsburgh, self, Fairbanks{  testified in favor of the                                                                    
Life  Sciences Building  in Anchorage.  She  noted that  the                                                                    
condition of the current buildings hampers learning.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:38:44 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jon Zasada, Anchorage Neighborhood  Health Center{ spoke in                                                                    
support  of  the Life  Sciences  Building  in Anchorage.  He                                                                    
explained  that  the  health center  currently  accepts  new                                                                    
Medicaid patients. He noted that  the center did not receive                                                                    
federal funding for the project.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:40:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Lora  Rembold,   Eagle  River{  testified  in   support  of                                                                    
bleachers for Eagle  River high school which  has to compete                                                                    
with larger schools in Anchorage for funding.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
6:43:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Rob  Jordan,  Alaska  Craftsman  Home  Program,  Anchorage{                                                                    
testified support for consumer  based education for AHFC and                                                                    
the energy rebate program.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:44:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Holly  Norwood, Nikiski,  Apex  Wind  Energy{ testified  in                                                                    
support of hardware  for the Kenai wind  project. A physical                                                                    
barrier stands in the way of progress.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:47:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Leslie  Simmons, UAA  School of  Engineering{ testified  in                                                                    
support of the  UAA school of Engineering. She  spoke of the                                                                    
benefits of the school of engineering.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
6:48:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Alex  Bergeron,  Anchorage,   UAA  School  of  Engineering{                                                                    
testified  in  support of  funding  for  the UAA  School  of                                                                    
Engineering.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
6:49:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Tessa   Kara,  Anchorage,   UAA   School  of   Engineering{                                                                    
testified in support  of the UAA School  of Engineering. She                                                                    
noted the value of the investment for the state.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
6:50:45 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~John   Fisher,  Anchorage,   UAA  School   of  Engineering{                                                                    
testified in  support of the  UAA school of  Engineering. He                                                                    
pointed out the increased need for engineers in Alaska.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:52:00 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Cheyenne  Alabanzas, UAA  School of  Engineering{ testified                                                                    
in support  of the UAA  school of engineering. She  spoke of                                                                    
the challenges of learning in the current facility.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:53:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jody  Karcz,   Department  of  Transportation   and  Public                                                                    
Facilities,  Anchorage{ testified  in  support of  statewide                                                                    
funding for public  transit. She spoke of  the many benefits                                                                    
of public transportation.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
6:55:24 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Marilyn  Kasmar,   AK  Primary  Care{  testified   for  the                                                                    
facility  renovation repair  and  equipment  for the  health                                                                    
facility. The request will benefit the sites providing//.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
~Cheryl Bobo, Anchorage{ testified in support of //.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
6:59:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Tom   Dalrymple,   Kenai   Peninsula   College,   Soldatna{                                                                    
testified in support of the //.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
7:00:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Nancy St. John-Smith,  Peninsula Community Health Services{                                                                    
supports  capital  money  for  $308  thousand  matched  with                                                                    
funding from other sources.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:01:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Buzz  Otis, Executive  Director, North  Pole{ testified  in                                                                    
support of  the funding for  the sewer and water  project in                                                                    
North  Pole. He  pointed  out the  positive  impact for  the                                                                    
state. He  noted support  of the  Life Sciences  building at                                                                    
UAF.                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:03:49 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Jay  Nulfe,   MatSu  borough{   testified  in   support  of                                                                    
replacing  the rail  extension for  the  MatSu borough.  She                                                                    
noted  that  the construction  of  the  rail extension.  She                                                                    
noted the benefit for the community.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
7:06:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Carl Rose,  Alaska Association of School  Boards{ testified                                                                    
in support of alternative funding  sources such as a general                                                                    
obligation  bond to  meet the  needs of  schools across  the                                                                    
state.   It's  been   eight  years   since  the   passge  of                                                                    
Proposition 8,  when the state  of Alaska invested  in rural                                                                    
school  construction. There  is  currently  $800 million  in                                                                    
major maintenance and construction  needs. The grant program                                                                    
has not been  able to meet the needs of  the state. He spoke                                                                    
in  support of  the  debt reimbursement,  but stressed  that                                                                    
maintenance and replacement needs must be expanded.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
7:09:53 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Andy  Story, Member,  Juneau School  Board{ recognized  the                                                                    
increases in education funding,  but emphasized the need for                                                                    
maintenance  funding.  She  observed  that  $24  million  in                                                                    
maintenance funding will  not go far when  some schools need                                                                    
as much as  $14 million. She emphasized the  need to support                                                                    
digital  learning.  She  stressed successes  in  the  Juneau                                                                    
alternative high school.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
7:12:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Eric Mohrmann, Fire Chief,  Alaska Fire Chiefs Association{                                                                    
spoke in support of fire fighting equipment.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
7:14:16 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Ed  Page, Executive  Director, Marine  Exchange of  Alaska{                                                                    
testified in support of first  response emergency and search                                                                    
equipment  and  felt  that  the   cruise  tax  would  be  an                                                                    
appropriate funding source.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
7:17:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
~Darroll Hargraves, Wasilla{ spoke in support of the Nenana                                                                     
School District and expansion of the major maintenance                                                                          
school list.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                

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