Legislature(2015 - 2016)SENATE FINANCE 532

03/09/2016 09:00 AM FINANCE

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09:06:02 AM Start
09:06:16 AM SB139 || SB140
09:06:56 AM Public Testimony: Anchorage
01:06:07 PM Public Testimony: Glennallen, Seward, Homer
03:01:01 PM Public Testimony: Fairbanks, Mat-su
04:53:36 PM Public Testimony: Kenai, Kodiak, Dillingham
06:11:34 PM Adjourn
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Heard & Held
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+= SB 140 APPROP: MENTAL HEALTH BUDGET TELECONFERENCED
Heard & Held
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9:00 - 10:45 Anchorage
1:00 - 1:45 Glennallen, Seward, Homer
3:00 - 4:30 Fairbanks, Mat-Su
4:45 - 5:45 Kenai, Kodiak, Dillingham
SENATE BILL NO. 139                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act making  appropriations for  the operating  and                                                                    
     loan  program  expenses  of state  government  and  for                                                                    
     certain    programs,    capitalizing   funds,    making                                                                    
     reappropriations,  making supplemental  appropriations,                                                                    
     and 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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
SENATE BILL NO. 140                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
     "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."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:06:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: ANCHORAGE                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:06:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  CHAMBERS,   UNITED  FOR  LIBERTY,   ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in  support of the recommendation                                                                    
from United  for Liberty. He stated  that the recommendation                                                                    
was a  $4.5 billion budget.  He announced that the  plan had                                                                    
$1.5 billion recommended cuts to  the budget. He shared that                                                                    
the state had  spent $73 million on  the aerospace industry,                                                                    
and $3.5 million  of those funding went to  28 personnel. He                                                                    
asserted that  the Department  of Transportation  and Public                                                                    
Facilities (DOT/PF) was managing the  police and fire at the                                                                    
airports.  He  felt  that  the  assignment  should  move  to                                                                    
Department of Public  Safety (DPS). He felt  that the Alaska                                                                    
Marine  Highway System  cost as  much as  the entire  DOT/PF                                                                    
throughout the  entire state. He remarked  that the Medicaid                                                                    
program had  400 unresolved systemic  errors, which  was one                                                                    
reason why it was uncertified.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:10:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBI BALDWIN,  SELF, JUNEAU, testified  in support  of early                                                                    
childhood education.  She felt  that investing  in education                                                                    
at a young age, would  reduce the financial outlay the state                                                                    
may  incur by  later  remedial  education, social  services,                                                                    
adverse  health  outcomes,  and social  justice  costs.  She                                                                    
specifically spoke in support  of Parents as Teachers, Pre-K                                                                    
programs, and Best Beginnings.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:11:34 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBORAH  HOLLAND,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
expressed that  there were  not enough  cuts to  the budget.                                                                    
She asserted that the Senate  was attempting undo some cuts,                                                                    
because $288 million were found.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Kelly  clarified  that  the House  had  made  that                                                                    
realization, not the Senate.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Holland  stressed that the  money was for the  people of                                                                    
Alaska, so it  did not matter whether the  changes were made                                                                    
in the  House or Senate. She  felt that the money  should be                                                                    
put into  the corpus  of the Permanent  Fund. She  felt that                                                                    
the money  should be  saved, because  there were  not enough                                                                    
cuts already in the budget.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:12:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ARIANNA FILIPPENKO, STUDENT,  UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE                                                                    
(UAA), ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), testified in support                                                                    
of  funding for  the  University. She  shared  that she  was                                                                    
raised in  a low  income household, but  was able  to access                                                                    
advanced  placement  courses  through the  University  at  a                                                                    
young  age.  She  remarked  that  she  had  participated  in                                                                    
various programs  that enhanced  her confidence  and ability                                                                    
to intellectually communicate.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:14:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TERESA  HOLT,  LONG  TIME  CARE  OMBUDSMAN,  ANCHORAGE  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  urged   support  of  funding   for  senior                                                                    
services.  She  shared  that the  number  of  seniors  would                                                                    
quadruple in the near future.  She specifically testified in                                                                    
support of the senior grants  program. She stressed that the                                                                    
cost of the  loss of funding could be greater  than the cost                                                                    
provided to  keep people in  their homes to  avoid long-term                                                                    
care.  She   stressed  that   the  grants   provided  meals,                                                                    
caregivers,  and  adult  day services.  She  also  spoke  in                                                                    
support of funding the adult dental care program.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Co-Chair Kelly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:17:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PANU   LUCIER,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of early  childhood  education.  She                                                                    
stressed that early learning  programs directly enhanced the                                                                    
achievement of  students in kindergarten. She  stressed that                                                                    
there  was   increased  pressure  in  public   schools.  She                                                                    
remarked that  currently 7,000 students a  year would repeat                                                                    
a grade.  She stressed that early  learning investment would                                                                    
decrease  the  growing  prison  and  criminal  incarceration                                                                    
costs.  She stressed  that the  funding  for early  learning                                                                    
provided leverage for federal match funds.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:20:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BECCA   BERNARD,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of  a plan  similar to  the governor's                                                                    
budget  proposal.   She  testified   in  support   of  using                                                                    
Permanent  Fund earnings,  and  creating  moderate taxes  to                                                                    
cover  the cost  of  services. She  felt  that drastic  cuts                                                                    
would  cause  a  significant  negative  impact  to  Alaska's                                                                    
economy.  She also  spoke in  support of  the scheduled  $50                                                                    
increase  to  the  base student  allocation.  She  spoke  in                                                                    
support  of early  childhood  education  programs. She  felt                                                                    
that  without  the  education investment,  the  state  would                                                                    
suffer and the population  would decrease. She stressed that                                                                    
Alaska currently  had the  lowest tax  burden of  any state.                                                                    
She felt  that a fair tax  would allow for a  higher quality                                                                    
of life in the state.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:23:21 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONNA GALBREATH, MEDICAL  DIRECTOR, SOUTH CENTRAL FOUNDATION                                                                    
(SCF), ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in  support of                                                                    
behavioral  health   treatment  and  recovery   grants.  She                                                                    
advocated  for investment  in  behavioral  services with  no                                                                    
reductions.  She also  spoke in  support  of continuing  the                                                                    
adult Medicaid dental program. She  stressed that SCF was an                                                                    
Alaska-Native owned nonprofit  health care organization that                                                                    
served  65,000  Alaska  Native and  American  Indian  people                                                                    
living  Anchorage,  Mat-Su,  and   60  rural  villages.  She                                                                    
explained  that SCF  provided comprehensive  health services                                                                    
to Alaska Native people,  including primary care, behavioral                                                                    
health, and dental. She stated  that SCF believed that whole                                                                    
person  wellness  to  overall  health.  The  adult  Medicaid                                                                    
dental program  provided limited dental care  for low income                                                                    
seniors and people with disabilities.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:25:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANGELO  ROMANO,  THREAD,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in support of early  childhood education and care.                                                                    
He  also  testified in  favor  of  restoring funds  for  the                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers program.  He also  spoke in  support of                                                                    
reinstating funds for Best Beginnings.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:27:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KRISTEN  RAMSTAD,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of  funding for  Head Start.  She felt                                                                    
that the  program provided leverage for  comprehensive early                                                                    
childhood  education,   especially  in  rural   Alaska.  She                                                                    
specifically testified  in favor of restoring  funds for the                                                                    
Parents as  Teachers program. She  also spoke in  support of                                                                    
reinstating  funds for  Best Beginnings.  She stressed  that                                                                    
children were the state's greatest resource.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:28:28 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN   JACKSON,   KNBA    PUBLIC   RADIO,   ANCHORAGE   (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public broadcasting.  He understood the  difficult financial                                                                    
choices  faced  by the  legislature.  He  remarked that  the                                                                    
local public  radio station  in Anchorage  provide emergency                                                                    
alerts, and  was key to  the safety and welfare  of Alaska's                                                                    
largest city.  He asserted  that the  loss of  state funding                                                                    
would  make it  difficult  to achieve  the federal  matching                                                                    
dollars. He  remarked that the native  broadcasting would be                                                                    
eliminated due  to the  loss of funds,  which would  make it                                                                    
more difficult  for the Alaska native  population to connect                                                                    
with  the rest  of the  state. He  stressed that  the public                                                                    
radio allowed for native history education.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:31:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDY HOLLEMAN,  PRESIDENT, ANCHORAGE  EDUCATION ASSOCIATION,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), spoke  in support of funding                                                                    
for education. He stressed that  the children of Alaska were                                                                    
more at risk than any other  state. He felt that funding for                                                                    
K-12 education  would enhance the safety  of young children.                                                                    
He  felt  that there  should  be  less regulation  and  less                                                                    
oversight of education.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:32:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE  HANSEN, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), shared                                                                    
that three  oil rigs  were going  to be  shut down,  and the                                                                    
result  would  have a  significant  negative  affect on  the                                                                    
state's economy.  He remarked  that the  state was  facing a                                                                    
crisis,  and   encouraged  the   committee  to   make  smart                                                                    
decisions. He  also felt that  there should be new  types of                                                                    
revenue sources. He remarked that  many of the proposed cuts                                                                    
were  to   small  programs.  He   urged  the   committee  to                                                                    
reevaluate the  oil and  gas tax  credit program.  He shared                                                                    
that the Anchorage  newspaper was involved in  the same $300                                                                    
million  shifting that  was taking  place in  the House.  He                                                                    
hoped that the situation would be clarified.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon asserted  that  the  information in  the                                                                    
newspaper was  probably misinformation. She shared  that the                                                                    
Senate was working on its  own budget proposal separate from                                                                    
the senate.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:35:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DENISE  KNAPP, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), urged                                                                    
support  of funding  for senior  services. She  specifically                                                                    
spoke in  support of the  personal care  assistance program.                                                                    
She stated  that the  proposed cut  would affect  nearly 450                                                                    
seniors.  She spoke  against the  cuts  to senior  benefits,                                                                    
such as meals and transportation.  She also spoke in support                                                                    
of  the Adult  Medicaid Dental  program. She  also spoke  in                                                                    
support of  capping the Permanent  Fund Dividend.  She urged                                                                    
support of a state income tax and a state sales tax.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:38:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUGLAS   FINNEY,   DIRECTOR,   EASTERN   ALEUTIAN   TRIBES,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), testified  in support of the                                                                    
community  health aide  training and  supervision grant.  He                                                                    
understood that there was a  budget shortfall, but urged the                                                                    
committee  to see  the worth  of the  community health  aide                                                                    
program within the tribal health system.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair MacKinnon handed the gavel to Co-Chair Kelly.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:41:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
STACEY  LUCASON,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for  the University.  She                                                                    
felt  that the  state must  stop its  dependence on  the oil                                                                    
companies.  She  encouraged  the  committee  to  enhance  an                                                                    
economy that  was not dependent  on oil revenue.  She wanted                                                                    
to stay  in Alaska  and have  a family  in Alaska.  She felt                                                                    
that  the  University provided  skills  to  be a  productive                                                                    
member of the community.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:43:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DREW HANSEN, SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
support of  Parents as Teachers.  He also voiced  support of                                                                    
funding  for  the  Rural  Alaska  Community  Action  Program                                                                    
(Rural CAP).  He spoke in  support of other  early childhood                                                                    
education  programs.   He  felt  that  investing   in  early                                                                    
childhood allowed  children the  opportunity to  be prepared                                                                    
for kindergarten. He  stressed that the first  five years of                                                                    
a  child's  life  was extremely  critical.  He  shared  that                                                                    
positive parenting  model programs enhanced  the development                                                                    
of children  by 35 percent.  He asserted that  the investing                                                                    
in  early childhood  programs  leveraged  federal and  other                                                                    
funds. He felt  that investing in children  was investing in                                                                    
Alaska's future.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:45:58 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE  BRONSON,  VOLUNTEER,   NATIONAL  ASSOCIATION  FOR  THE                                                                    
ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE (NAACP),     ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified  in   support  of  funding  K-12                                                                    
education.  He  also asserted  that  there  was a  pervasive                                                                    
reading and math problem in  the state. He remarked that the                                                                    
students   in   Alaska   did  not   get   the   support   or                                                                    
acknowledgment of  the issue in  the legislature.  He echoed                                                                    
the   comments  regarding   Best   Beginnings,  Parents   as                                                                    
Teachers, and early childhood programs.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:48:16 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARIA    VICTORIA    CORTINA,   THREAD,    ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support  of early  childhood care                                                                    
and  education programs.  She shared  that  a child's  brain                                                                    
grew  the fastest  during  the early  years.  She felt  that                                                                    
improved  school performance  would occur  through continued                                                                    
investment  in Parents  as  Teachers,  Best Beginnings,  and                                                                    
other early childhood programs.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
9:49:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SUSAN  PARKES, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support  of the public  integrity unit in  the Department                                                                    
of  Labor and  Workforce  Development (DOL).  She felt  that                                                                    
public  safety and  criminal prosecution  were necessary  to                                                                    
government.  She  explained  that white  collar  crimes  may                                                                    
increase, and not be prosecuted as a result of the cut.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:52:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEENA  MITCHELL,   SELF,  ANCHORAGE   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of  the creation  of  a sensible  and                                                                    
balanced  budget.   She  testified   in  support   of  using                                                                    
Permanent  Fund earnings.  She also  urged the  committee to                                                                    
utilize a  state income  tax. She also  spoke in  support of                                                                    
funding early childhood education and K-12 education.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:54:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CINDY   KNALL,   SELF,   ANCHORAGE   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for  the University.  She                                                                    
shared  that her  husband had  observed many  layoffs within                                                                    
the University.  She stressed that a  well-funded university                                                                    
was necessary  for students seeking professional  and career                                                                    
training,  to be  a  part  of the  solution  to the  state's                                                                    
economic crisis.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:56:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA  CLER,   ALASKA  PUBLIC  AFFAIRS   MANAGER,  PLANNED                                                                    
PARENTHOOD,  ANCHORAGE  (via teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support of  funding for public health  nursing. She stressed                                                                    
that public health nurses often  provided the only access to                                                                    
basic  health care  services  such  as vaccinations,  family                                                                    
planning, and  prenatal care. She  remarked that  the public                                                                    
health services  provided life  changing services  to people                                                                    
in  need.  She testified  against  the  language related  to                                                                    
"medically necessary abortions." She  felt that the language                                                                    
either violated the  law and/or compromised the  work of the                                                                    
Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS).                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:58:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURA  BONNER, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support of  funding early  childhood education  and K-12                                                                    
education.  She also  testified  in support  of funding  the                                                                    
Alaska  Marine Highway.  She also  testified  in support  of                                                                    
funding for the University. She  felt that there should be a                                                                    
5 percent  increase to the  royalty tax. She also  urged the                                                                    
committee to utilize a state  income tax. She also testified                                                                    
in support of using Permanent  Fund earnings. She also spoke                                                                    
in support of capping the  Permanent Fund Dividend. She felt                                                                    
that the constitutional budget reserve  (CBR) should be used                                                                    
only  for emergencies.  She felt  that the  oil and  gas tax                                                                    
credit program should be eliminated.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
10:01:28 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
STEPHANIE    BERGLUND,   CEO,    THREAD,   ANCHORAGE    (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support  of early  childhood                                                                    
education  and  care.  She  felt   that  resources  must  be                                                                    
restored to  the minimum of the  governor's proposed budget.                                                                    
She  spoke   in  support  of  reinstating   funds  for  Best                                                                    
Beginnings. She  also testified in favor  of restoring funds                                                                    
for the  Parents as Teachers  program. She spoke  in support                                                                    
of full funding for Pre-K  programs. She stressed that Pre-K                                                                    
promoted  the success  of families  and  children. She  felt                                                                    
that the  Parents as Teachers enhanced  parent knowledge and                                                                    
promoted safe and healthy  relationships between parents and                                                                    
children.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
10:03:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
LAYTON LOCKETT,  CITY MANAGER, CITY OF  ADAK, ANCHORAGE (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing.  He stressed that  the revenue  sharing was                                                                    
considered payment  in lieu  of essential  services provided                                                                    
by local  communities on behalf  of the state.  He explained                                                                    
that  Adak  used  the  revenue  sharing  primarily  to  fund                                                                    
personnel  and offset  the cost  of funding  the school  and                                                                    
clinic services.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:06:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DIRK   SHUMAKER,  EXECUTIVE   DIRECTOR,  KIDS   CORPS  INC.,                                                                    
ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),   testified  in  favor  of                                                                    
restoring  funds for  the Parents  as  Teachers program.  He                                                                    
also  spoke  in  support  of   reinstating  funds  for  Best                                                                    
Beginnings. He  also spoke  in support  of full  funding for                                                                    
Pre-K programs.  He remarked that  children in  public Pre-K                                                                    
programs  showed  significant educational  advancements.  He                                                                    
remarked that the programs reduced  child abuse and neglect.                                                                    
He shared  that the Imagination Library  engaged families in                                                                    
reading. He  stressed that the  investment reduced  the need                                                                    
for intervention in K-12 schools.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:08:16 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JEFFREY   BROWN,  SELF,   ANCHORAGE  (via   teleconference),                                                                    
encouraged  an  examination of  how  the  spent money  moved                                                                    
through state. He spoke in  support of funding for Alaskans.                                                                    
He hoped that  there would be a  consideration about funding                                                                    
for the weakest  members of society and  education. He spoke                                                                    
specifically about  the mega project financing.  He stressed                                                                    
that the  money for mega  projects was spent outside  of the                                                                    
state.  He  hoped  that  politics   would  not  "cloud"  the                                                                    
thinking in drafting the budget.                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:10:23 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  BOYLE,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference),  felt                                                                    
that  the special  interest groups  should  be ignored,  and                                                                    
there should be  a focus on the Alaska who  did not have any                                                                    
representation.  He  spoke  in  support of  the  United  for                                                                    
Liberty  budget.   He  spoke  against  funding   for  school                                                                    
districts,  and  spoke in  support  of  funding directly  to                                                                    
schools.  He  asserted that  Pre-K  education  did not  have                                                                    
positive  funds.  He remarked  that  children  who were  not                                                                    
enrolled in Pre-K programs had  a more positive outcome than                                                                    
the alternative.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
10:14:08 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN  SMITH, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via  teleconference), shared                                                                    
that she had a small  business that served the oil industry,                                                                    
and her  company was already  facing a negative  impact. She                                                                    
urged  the committee  to  utilize a  state  income tax.  She                                                                    
spoke in support of cancelling  the mega projects. She spoke                                                                    
in  support of  a tax  on fishing  and alcohol.  He stressed                                                                    
that job loss  was economic loss. She also  spoke in support                                                                    
of capping  the Permanent  Fund Dividend. She  stressed that                                                                    
deeper  cuts in  the budget  would result  in job  loss. She                                                                    
also  testified in  support of  funding for  the University.                                                                    
She  also  spoke  in  support  of  full  funding  for  Pre-K                                                                    
programs. She  specifically testified in favor  of restoring                                                                    
funds for the Parents as Teachers program.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
10:16:47 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
JOE  HACKENMUELLER,  SELF, ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
felt  that  there must  be  additional  revenue streams.  He                                                                    
spoke  in support  of fully  funding education  programs. He                                                                    
testified in support of funding  for the University. He also                                                                    
spoke  in support  of full  funding for  Pre-K programs.  He                                                                    
shared that the  impact of losing a single job  would have a                                                                    
greater impact  than the introduction  of a sales  or income                                                                    
tax.  He spoke  in  support of  capping  the Permanent  Fund                                                                    
Dividend. He  also urged  the committee  to utilize  a state                                                                    
income tax. He  felt that there should  a reconsideration of                                                                    
the  $500 million  in  oil  and gas  tax  credits. He  urged                                                                    
support  of  the  governor's  proposed  budget  and  revenue                                                                    
streams.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
10:19:17 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
HOPE  FINKELSTEIN,  SELF,  ANCHORAGE  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
spoke  in support  of behavioral  health programs.  She felt                                                                    
that  there  was  a  tie  between  economic  depression  and                                                                    
personal depression. She  shared that Alaska had  one of the                                                                    
highest rates  of suicide  in the  world. She  stressed that                                                                    
suicide was the ultimate  form of depression. She encouraged                                                                    
the use  of reserve accounts  and also testified  in support                                                                    
of  using  Permanent  Fund  earnings.  She  also  urged  the                                                                    
committee  to utilize  a  state income  tax.  She wanted  to                                                                    
ensure that there was a safety net for all of Alaskans.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
10:22:01 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
TOM LAKOSH, SELF,  ANCHORAGE (via teleconference), requested                                                                    
equitable  revenue generation.  He  urged  the committee  to                                                                    
restore  funding  for  public   broadcasting.  He  spoke  in                                                                    
support  of  behavioral  health   programs.  He  also  urged                                                                    
support of  funding for  senior services.  He also  spoke in                                                                    
support  of  funding for  education  programs.  He spoke  in                                                                    
support  of  corporate  income  tax,  personal  income  tax,                                                                    
seasonal sales  tax, and  fossil fuels  tax. He  shared that                                                                    
there would be  a portion of the burden taken  away from the                                                                    
residents of  the state, and  rather put some of  the burden                                                                    
on   visitors.   He   felt   that   the   expenditures   for                                                                    
beneficiaries were directed at an  Alaska tax ID holder, and                                                                    
spent through a debit card. He  felt that the money could be                                                                    
recouped after  it was effectively  used in the  economy. He                                                                    
shared that there  had always been a desire in  the state to                                                                    
diversify the  state's economy.  He spoke  against a  cap on                                                                    
the Permanent Fund Dividend.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon  welcomed  students  from  Floyd  Dryden                                                                    
Middle School.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:26:48 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
BOBBY  WELLS,  SELF,  NOORVIK (via  teleconference),  shared                                                                    
that the City  of Noorvik was struggling to  develop its own                                                                    
budget.  He  testified in  support  of  funding for  revenue                                                                    
sharing.  He felt  that  the cut  to  revenue sharing  would                                                                    
affect the police department in  Noorvik. He shared that the                                                                    
cut  would  limit Noorvik's  ability  to  reach out  to  its                                                                    
people and provide safe water  to the residents. He stressed                                                                    
that many rural communities  depended on the revenue sharing                                                                    
fund.  He  also  spoke  in support  of  keeping  the  Public                                                                    
Employees'  Retirement  System  (PERS)  contribution  at  23                                                                    
percent.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:30:02 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ROBERTA   MURPHY,    CITY   ADMINISTRATOR,    NOORVIK   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing.  She stressed that the  revenue sharing was                                                                    
more  than half  of Noorvik's  operating budget.  She shared                                                                    
that Noorvik faced a high  cost of living. He announced that                                                                    
Noorvik  lived off  of sales  tax and  revenue sharing.  She                                                                    
hoped that the city would  develop other sources of revenue.                                                                    
She  stressed that  the Noorvik  Police Department  had also                                                                    
faced significant personnel cuts.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
10:32:42 AM                                                                                                                   
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1:02:39 PM                                                                                                                    
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^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: GLENNALLEN, SEWARD, HOMER                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
MARK   KANSTEINER,   SELF,  SEWARD   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  initiation  of  an   income  tax,  increased  oil                                                                    
industry  taxes,  and  using  part  of  the  permanent  fund                                                                    
earnings.  He  also  supported capping  the  permanent  fund                                                                    
dividend and  careful responsible budget cuts.  He asked the                                                                    
committee  to do  the right  thing.  He thought  legislators                                                                    
should  accomplish  the  task of  producing  a  fiscal  plan                                                                    
without going in to special  session. He referred to the 107                                                                    
municipalities and 9 boroughs in  the state in which to levy                                                                    
a sales tax.  He relayed that his community had  a 7 percent                                                                    
sales  tax, and  thought a  state sales  tax would  unfairly                                                                    
impact  the poor  of the  state.  He thought  an income  tax                                                                    
would be  fairer and would  tax those  that work but  do not                                                                    
reside in the state. He  supported increased taxation of oil                                                                    
companies  and reduced  tax credits.  He listed  individuals                                                                    
who had supported the same  ideas including Governor Walker,                                                                    
Charles  Wolforth,  Gunnar  Knapp, Joe  Beadle,  and  Dermot                                                                    
Cole.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:06:07 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  asked for Mr. Kansteiner's  thoughts on                                                                    
the budget bill before the committee.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:06:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROSIE SUTPHIN, SELF,  SEWARD (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in opposition  to cuts to  senior services. She  shared that                                                                    
she  was 80  years  old, a  resident of  Moose  Pass, and  a                                                                    
recipient of taxi  vouchers. She detailed ways  in which she                                                                    
utilized  the support  service for  her personal  needs. She                                                                    
discussed previous  cuts to  senior services.  She discussed                                                                    
her  personal experience  with  aging  and utilizing  senior                                                                    
services such as transportation vouchers.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:08:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACQUELENE  MACE,  INDEPENDENT  LIVING CENTER,  SEWARD  (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to support funding for                                                                    
senior  services.   She  asked  the  committee   to  imagine                                                                    
scenarios in which they had  no transportation or resources.                                                                    
She discussed  the Independent Living Center  in Seward that                                                                    
provided  taxi vouchers.  She mentioned  the TRAILS  program                                                                    
(total  recreation  and   independent  living  skills),  and                                                                    
thought  it was  very important  to the  quality of  life of                                                                    
many individuals experiencing disabilities.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:11:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK  OATMAN, KENNY  LAKE  SCHOOL,  COPPER SCHOOL  DISTRICT,                                                                    
KENNY  LAKE (via  teleconference), testified  in support  of                                                                    
funding  for K-12  education. He  thanked the  committee for                                                                    
their  hard work.  He  encouraged the  committee  to pass  a                                                                    
sustainable financial  plan for  the state so  schools could                                                                    
continue to prepare students for  the future. He thanked the                                                                    
committee  for early  funding  the  Base Student  Allocation                                                                    
(BSA), including the $50 increase  proposed by the governor.                                                                    
He  supposed broadband  assistance grants.  He thought  that                                                                    
deep  cuts   to  the  Department  of   Education  and  Early                                                                    
Development (DEED) or to the  BSA would hurt the economy and                                                                    
make it difficult to  provide engaging classroom instruction                                                                    
for students.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:12:54 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Kelly handed the gavel to Co-Chair MacKinnon.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MARK  SOMERVILLE, COPPER  RIVER  SCHOOL  DISTRICT, BOARD  OF                                                                    
EDUCATION,  KENNY LAKE  (via  teleconference), testified  in                                                                    
support  of K-12  education. He  thanked  the committee  for                                                                    
their  prior   support  of  education;   specifically  fully                                                                    
funding the BSA, including the  $50 increase proposed in the                                                                    
governor's budget.  He spoke  in favor  of full  funding for                                                                    
broadband in schools, which rural  schools depended upon. He                                                                    
thought that  deep cuts to  the Department of  Education and                                                                    
Early  Development  (DEED) or  to  the  BSA would  hurt  the                                                                    
economy and make it difficult  to provide engaging classroom                                                                    
instruction  for students.  He  emphasized  that the  Copper                                                                    
River School District was on  the road system and not within                                                                    
a  borough or  established city,  and was  totally dependent                                                                    
upon state support. He encouraged  the committee to make the                                                                    
necessary decisions for a sustainable fiscal plan.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
1:14:48 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DETRICIA  HAHN,  SELF,  ANCHOR POINT  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting.  She lived  on the  remote west  side of  Cook                                                                    
Inlet, and did  not have access to cell  phones or internet.                                                                    
She thought  that there were  many other areas in  the state                                                                    
that experienced the same  limited access to communications.                                                                    
She  was dependent  upon public  radio, including  receiving                                                                    
personal  messages  read across  the  radio  called via  the                                                                    
"bushlines"  service  [messages  to  a  specific  individual                                                                    
within the broadcast area].  She discussed the dissemination                                                                    
of emergency information  for tsunami warnings, earthquakes,                                                                    
and  volcanic  eruptions.  She   thought  the  public  radio                                                                    
station  was  a  source  of   unbiased  news  programs.  She                                                                    
discussed radio programs she enjoyed.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:16:38 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRYAN ZAK,  SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference),  testified in                                                                    
opposition  to  budget cuts  that  affected  local jobs.  He                                                                    
discussed  the vibrant  economy of  Homer and  discussed the                                                                    
low price of  oil. He did not think making  cuts was the way                                                                    
to solve  the current budget  issues. He discussed  PERS and                                                                    
TRS, and thought that if the  state did not fund the systems                                                                    
it would result  in payments being made at  the local level.                                                                    
He  mentioned   budget  ideas  by  Senator   Lesil  McGuire,                                                                    
Governor Walker,  and Senator Anna  MacKinnon. He  thought a                                                                    
viable  budget  solution would  be  a  combined approach  to                                                                    
include  a school  tax,  and would  include  more than  just                                                                    
cuts.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:18:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DONNA  ADERHOLT,   COUNCIL  MEMBER,   CITY  OF   HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  She shared  that  Homer  City Council  had                                                                    
passed  a   resolution  urging   the  legislature   to  take                                                                    
immediate and  decisive action  during the  2016 legislative                                                                    
session  to  enact  a complete  package  of  initiatives  to                                                                    
provide for  a balanced, sustainable, and  predictable state                                                                    
budget for  the foreseeable future. She  asked the committee                                                                    
to recognize that the decisions  they were making would have                                                                    
financial  implications  for municipalities.  She  expressed                                                                    
that  communities  such as  Homer  relied  on stability  and                                                                    
sustainability from  the state to make  decisions on budgets                                                                    
and  revenue  sources.  She  discussed  the  municipal  PERS                                                                    
contribution  rate,  and  thought that  the  municipal  rate                                                                    
should remain at 22 percent.  She understood that PERS was a                                                                    
burden for  the state, and  noted that it was  currently 5.5                                                                    
percent  of  Homer's  annual budget.  She  thought  that  an                                                                    
increase in  the city's PERS contribution  rate could result                                                                    
in  critical  losses  in  city  services.  She  thanked  the                                                                    
committee  for  its  work  on   the  operating  budget.  She                                                                    
appreciated the committee's focus and dedication.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:21:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILL   BURNHAM,   KENAI   PENINSULA  COLLEGE,   HOMER   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for  the                                                                    
University.  She  shared  her  personal  story  of  recently                                                                    
relocating to  the Kenai  area and  her attendance  at Kenai                                                                    
Peninsula  College   (KPC).  She  discussed   her  extensive                                                                    
background  in  education,  and   was  laudatory  about  the                                                                    
education  and  student  services  at KPC.  She  wanted  her                                                                    
children to have the opportunity  to attend KPC, and did not                                                                    
want to  have to relocate  in order to obtain  residency for                                                                    
in-state  tuition.  She  shared   that  she  had  worked  in                                                                    
education  in the  city  of Los  Angeles  and described  the                                                                    
state of education deplorable.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
1:23:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CATRIONA  REYNOLDS,  COUNCIL  MEMBER,  CITY  OF  HOMER  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support of  funding community                                                                    
jails. She recounted that the  City of Homer had experienced                                                                    
a  45  percent  cut  to  the  community  jails  program  the                                                                    
previous  year,  which  had  resulted in  the  layoff  of  4                                                                    
employees.  She thought  community jails  were an  important                                                                    
partnership where the state and  local law enforcement could                                                                    
share   the  responsibility   of   housing  prisoners.   She                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for revenue  sharing. She                                                                    
emphasized  that small  communities such  as Homer  needed a                                                                    
stable revenue sharing amount to create its own budget.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:24:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MERCEDES   HARNESS,  COORDINATOR,   FRIENDS  OF   THE  HOMER                                                                    
LIBRARY, HOMER  (via teleconference), testified in  favor of                                                                    
restoring funds for the Parents  as Teachers program and the                                                                    
Imagination Library.  She spoke  in support of  full funding                                                                    
for  Pre-K programs.  She  relayed  her personal  experience                                                                    
with   early   childhood   programs,   and   discussed   the                                                                    
relationship  between reading  and  child school  readiness.                                                                    
She  discussed the  importance  of  agency collaboration  in                                                                    
small communities  to maximize resources. She  thought early                                                                    
childhood  education led  to better  outcomes  in life,  and                                                                    
saved  the state  money in  the long  run. She  testified in                                                                    
favor of  the Online  with Libraries program,  and discussed                                                                    
federal  matching funds.  She discussed  the 43  small rural                                                                    
libraries that would be unable  to afford broadband internet                                                                    
access without OWL funding. She  supported funding for state                                                                    
libraries.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:27:09 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICHARD  HARNESS,  SELF,  TUTKA  BAY  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting. He lived  in a rural area in  Kachemak Bay and                                                                    
relied heavily  on public radio  for getting  information on                                                                    
local weather,  marine weather, natural disasters  and other                                                                    
important  events. He  was concerned  about cutting  funding                                                                    
that  would  result  in  lost  federal  matching  funds.  He                                                                    
described   public  radio   services   and  information   as                                                                    
invaluable.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:29:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KEN LANDFIELD,  SELF, HOMER (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support  of restored funding for  public broadcasting. He                                                                    
thought it  was important  to find  new revenue  sources for                                                                    
the state,  and was  in favor of  reinstating an  income tax                                                                    
and reinstating a school tax.  He thought there were cuts to                                                                    
be made,  and suggested revisiting  the oil tax  credits. He                                                                    
recounted that public broadcasting  had been subject to cuts                                                                    
for  many years.  He discussed  efficiencies  that had  been                                                                    
implemented by  his local radio stations.  He suggested that                                                                    
it was  a fallacy  to say  that radio  could be  replaced by                                                                    
cell phones and  the internet. He thanked  the committee for                                                                    
its time and efforts.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:31:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MIKE MCCARTHY,  SELF, HOMER (via  teleconference), recounted                                                                    
his   extensive   experience   in  criminal   justice,   and                                                                    
congratulated the  legislature on the  passage of SB  23. He                                                                    
asked the  committee to  stay focused  on the  budget crisis                                                                    
facing  the  state. He  commented  on  the legislators  work                                                                    
efforts. He thought  that there were some bills  that were a                                                                    
waste of legislative  time. He spoke in opposition  to SB 89                                                                    
and  SB  199. He  addressed  SB  174,  and did  not  support                                                                    
firearms  or knives  in a  university classroom  setting. He                                                                    
commented on a Medicaid expansion lawsuit.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
1:34:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  ANDERSON, SELF,  ANCHOR  POINT (via  teleconference),                                                                    
urged   the  committee   to  restore   funding  for   public                                                                    
broadcasting, higher education,  and children's services. He                                                                    
had not  heard discussion about generating  new revenue, and                                                                    
supported  a state  income  tax.  He discussed  non-resident                                                                    
workers. He  supported capping the permanent  fund dividend,                                                                    
and reinstating a school tax.  He asked the committee not to                                                                    
ignore the topic of revenue generation.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
1:35:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
HELYN SCHOEPKE,  CITY CLERK, KACHEMAK  (via teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for revenue  sharing. She                                                                    
relayed that the City of  Kachemak realized the state was in                                                                    
a difficult financial position.  She continued that the city                                                                    
had  not  applied  for  a capital  project  request  in  the                                                                    
current year due to the  budget issues facing the state. She                                                                    
outlined that Kachemak relied on  revenue sharing to provide                                                                    
basic services such as road maintenance.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
1:36:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JILL  LUSH,  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  SPROUT  FAMILY  SERVICES,                                                                    
HOMER (via teleconference), spoke  in support of reinstating                                                                    
funds  for  Best Beginnings  and  Parents  as Teachers.  She                                                                    
explained  that  Sprout  Family Services  was  a  non-profit                                                                    
focused  on promoting  the healthy  development of  children                                                                    
and  families  that  had  16   staff  and  served  over  400                                                                    
children.  She quoted  Nelson  Mandela,  and suggested  that                                                                    
investing  in children  was a  moral  issue. She  referenced                                                                    
research  that  showed  support of  early  learning  led  to                                                                    
significant social return. She  discussed funds leveraged by                                                                    
monies received from Best Beginnings.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:38:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LISA ASSELIN,  HOMER EARLY  CHILDHOOD COALITION,  HOMER (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in support of reinstating  funds for                                                                    
Best  Beginnings and  the Parents  as Teachers  program. She                                                                    
discussed  the Imagination  Library  program, and  discussed                                                                    
the  benefits   of  early  literacy.  She   thought  it  was                                                                    
important  to  retain  programs  like  Best  Beginnings  and                                                                    
Parents as Teachers during stressful financial times.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:39:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
WILLARD   DUNHAM,   SELF,   SEWARD   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
supported  an  income  tax   and  other  additional  revenue                                                                    
sources.  He  suggested  that state  programs  that  brought                                                                    
federal  matching  funds  would  be the  last  programs  the                                                                    
legislature should  cut. He supported  an alcohol tax  and a                                                                    
highway  tax.  He  referenced  a   recent  report  from  the                                                                    
Department of  Labor and  Workforce Development  that showed                                                                    
420,000 people  employed in the  state as of 2014,  almost a                                                                    
quarter of which were non-residents.  He was not in favor of                                                                    
a sales tax.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
1:42:17 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARTIN   MOORE,  CITY   MANAGER,   CITY   OF  EMMONAK   (via                                                                    
teleconference),  testified   in  support  of   funding  for                                                                    
revenue sharing.  He noted that  Emmonak was a member  of an                                                                    
unorganized  borough, and  had  very  limited local  revenue                                                                    
income. He  stated that proposed  cuts to  municipal revenue                                                                    
sharing would  create a perpetual financial  hardship on the                                                                    
unorganized village municipality.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
1:44:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ERNESTINE  ANDREWS, CITY  COUNCIL  MEMBER,  CITY OF  EMMONAK                                                                    
(via teleconference),  testified in  support of  funding for                                                                    
revenue sharing.  She shared that  the city council  was the                                                                    
heart of  the community. She  stated that the  community was                                                                    
growing and they  city had to keep up  with increased demand                                                                    
with minimal  funding. The proposed cuts  to revenue sharing                                                                    
would affect how the city took care of the community.                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
1:45:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN  SHEMET, SELF,  HOMER (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
support of full funding for  Pre-K programs. She thought the                                                                    
state  had major  problems that  could be  addressed through                                                                    
early childhood education. She  referred to research thought                                                                    
that  Pre-K education  provided a  return on  investment and                                                                    
benefitted society as a whole.  She thought the state needed                                                                    
to pay more attention to  its vulnerable population of young                                                                    
children. She  had personal experience with  early childhood                                                                    
programs, and discussed the benefits enjoyed by her family.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
1:47:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ANDY HAAS, FRIENDS  OF THE HOMER PUBLIC  LIBRARY, HOMER (via                                                                    
teleconference),  urged  the  committee  to  fund  meth  and                                                                    
heroine abuse  education. He shared  that he was  a criminal                                                                    
defense lawyer,  and discussed the  economic cost  of heroin                                                                    
and  meth  addiction.  He recounted  (anecdotally)  that  75                                                                    
percent of  the criminal cases  in his area were  related to                                                                    
meth  and  heroine. He  discussed  a  recent report  by  the                                                                    
Department of  Corrections that discussed the  economic cost                                                                    
of drug use  and addiction. He thought  education in schools                                                                    
and  libraries was  the  only way  to  mitigate the  growing                                                                    
problems with addiction in the  area. He urged the committee                                                                    
to continue financing drug abuse and addiction education.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
1:49:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICOLE AREVALO, SELF, HOMER  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
stated that  many people  in rural  Alaska relied  on public                                                                    
radio,   and  it   reached  areas   where  other   means  of                                                                    
communication  could  not.  She  thought  public  radio  was                                                                    
crafted with  care and  attention to  the specific  needs of                                                                    
the  communities  that  the  stations  served.  She  thought                                                                    
public radio was  a very small portion of  the state budget,                                                                    
and  emphasized   the  many   functions  of   public  radio,                                                                    
including emergency information.  She discussed the possible                                                                    
loss  of  matching  funds.   She  discussed  radio  stations                                                                    
operating  on strict  budgets with  declining revenues.  She                                                                    
urged the committee to fund public broadcasting.  hy76                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
1:51:41 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNIFER  JOHNSTON,  ALASKA   MUNICIPAL  LEAGUE,  ANCHORAGE,                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for revenue  sharing. She                                                                    
shared that she  was on the Anchorage Assembly  for 9 years,                                                                    
where she  represented South Anchorage. She  thought she had                                                                    
gained  perspective on  the relationship  between the  state                                                                    
and municipalities,  and recalled  when revenue  sharing was                                                                    
reinstituted. She  discussed the  unfunded liability  of the                                                                    
pension   funds,   and   the   municipalities   22   percent                                                                    
responsibility for  the cost. She understood  that there was                                                                    
an interest in a change in  statute to raise the amount by 1                                                                    
percent or  2 percent.  She  had spent a great  deal of time                                                                    
in Juneau  in 2014 encouraging  the legislature to  pay down                                                                    
the unfunded liability,  and was happy there  was a decision                                                                    
to  do so.  She referred  to the  extension of  the term  of                                                                    
unfunded liability by 9 years,  which she thought equated to                                                                    
$2.5 billion  in additional  liability for  the rest  of the                                                                    
employers; equaling $250 million  for the City of Anchorage.                                                                    
She stated  that if  the 22  percent municipality  share was                                                                    
raised,  the City  of Anchorage  would  incur an  additional                                                                    
cost of $3 million.  She discussed additional liability that                                                                    
the city  would be  responsible, and  was concerned  that it                                                                    
would have  a direct  impact on the  municipalities bonding.                                                                    
She emphasized  that there  would be a  major effect  on the                                                                    
finances  of  the  city, and  thought  it  would  definitely                                                                    
impact its AAA credit rating.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
1:55:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAUN  STRELY, PRINCIPAL,  GLENALLEN SCHOOL,  GLENALLEN (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified in support  of K-12 education. He                                                                    
thanked the  committee for the  opportunity to  testify, and                                                                    
thanked  the  members for  their  hard  work. He  urged  the                                                                    
committee to  formulate a sustainable fiscal  plan. He urged                                                                    
the  committee to  fully fund  the  Base Student  Allocation                                                                    
(BSA),  including the  proposed $50  increase. He  supported                                                                    
restoring funds for school  broadband assistance. He thought                                                                    
deep cuts  to DEED  or the  BSA would  hurt the  economy and                                                                    
make  it  more  difficult   to  provide  engaging  classroom                                                                    
instruction for students, particularly in rural areas.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
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3:01:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG TOELLE, ACCESS  ALASKA, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),                                                                    
urged  support of  funding  for  community-based grants  and                                                                    
senior community  grants. He spoke  in opposition to  the $9                                                                    
million  reduction  for  personal care  assistance  programs                                                                    
(PCA Services).  PCA Services helped  Alaskans in  danger of                                                                    
institutionalization   to   remain   in  their   homes   and                                                                    
community. He  spoke of  the programs  being over-regulated.                                                                    
He asked  committee members to support  funding for personal                                                                    
care  assistance for  vulnerable Alaskan's.  He thanked  the                                                                    
committee for its time.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:03:55 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DOUG  BRINKERHOFF,  SELF,  FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in  support  of prioritizing  the  University  of                                                                    
Alaska's research.  He relayed his personal  experience as a                                                                    
UAF  student.  He spoke  of  the  quality of  the  Fairbanks                                                                    
research program  which attracted him to  Alaska. He relayed                                                                    
that  UAF was  at the  forefront of  important research.  He                                                                    
felted that  a person had  to spend  money in order  to make                                                                    
money.  He  encouraged legislators  to  help  to maintain  a                                                                    
strong research  program at  the university  and potentially                                                                    
yield  short   term  economic   benefits.  He   thanked  the                                                                    
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:06:12 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JENNA ZECHMANN, SELF,  FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in  support of  the research  department at  UAF. She  was a                                                                    
geophysics student  with a focus  on the study  of glaciers.                                                                    
She  chose  to attend  UAF  because  of its  world  renowned                                                                    
research  department. She  wanted to  extend her  studies to                                                                    
obtain a PhD. She spoke to  the fact that research money got                                                                    
multiplied   because  students   taught  classes,   mentored                                                                    
undergraduates,  and  wrote   grant  proposals  that  pulled                                                                    
federal money  into Alaska. Many  students ended  up staying                                                                    
in the  local economy. She  expressed her desire to  stay in                                                                    
Alaska as well. In closing, she thanked the committee.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
3:07:59 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MATTHEW GOOD, RALPH PERDUE  TREATMENT CENTER, FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference), spoke  in favor of  supporting institutions                                                                    
such as  the one  he was participating  in. He  provided his                                                                    
personal perspective on the effectiveness  of the program in                                                                    
his  life.  He  hoped  that  the  committee  would  consider                                                                    
maintaining funding  for crucial services for  the treatment                                                                    
of drug and alcohol abuse. The  cuts would have an effect on                                                                    
both  clients and  employees within  the state.  He stressed                                                                    
that  the Ralph  Perdue Treatment  Center was  a life-saving                                                                    
organization. He appreciated the committee's time.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
3:09:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KARL KASSEL,  FAIRBANKS NORTH  STAR BOROUGH,  FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference),  appreciated the  magnitude  of the  fiscal                                                                    
problem. He  mentioned understanding  the need for  a three-                                                                    
pronged  approach to  resolving  the  issue including  cuts,                                                                    
using  PF   earnings,  and   generating  new   revenues.  He                                                                    
cautioned  against shifting  state costs  to municipalities.                                                                    
He  was  concerned about  people  within  the borough  being                                                                    
burdened  with additional  taxes.  He  believed people  were                                                                    
already being  taxed at  a responsible  level. He  urged the                                                                    
committee  to  avoid  defunding   revenue  sharing  and  the                                                                    
library system's broadband support. He thanked the members.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:11:33 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAREN   GABORICK,  FAIRBANKS   NORTH  STAR   BOROUGH  SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT  (via teleconference),  thanked  the committee  for                                                                    
not changing the base student  allocation requesting that it                                                                    
remain  steady.  She  reported some  of  the  cost  reducing                                                                    
measures that the  district had taken. She  was also working                                                                    
with  other school  districts.  She  expressed concern  with                                                                    
some  of  the cuts  to  Department  of Education  and  Early                                                                    
Development,   as  certain   support  mechanisms   could  be                                                                    
affected. She thanked the committee.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
3:13:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFF   BENOWITZ,   UAF,  FAIRBANKS   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
explained  that he  was a  researcher at  UAF. He  relayed a                                                                    
story about a  field research project where he  made a wrong                                                                    
call  leaving his  assistant in  the field  alone. In  hind-                                                                    
sight he felt  he made a wrong call because  of a black bear                                                                    
encounter. He asked  the committee to do the  right thing by                                                                    
funding  the  UAF  budget  at the  levels  proposed  by  the                                                                    
governor  Otherwise student  opportunities would  suffer. He                                                                    
thanks legislators for serving.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:15:03 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL  KEEPERS,   SELF,  FAIRBANKS   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
wanted to avoid  going back to the economy of  the 80's. She                                                                    
thought  the  raining  day  fund  should  be  used  and  for                                                                    
Alaska's  citizens to  pay their  own  way through  revenues                                                                    
such as  a personal  income tax  as well  as an  increase in                                                                    
revenues  from  other  taxation source.  She  expressed  her                                                                    
concerned  about  education  at  all  levels.  She  believed                                                                    
education was  key to a  vibrant economy in Alaska.  She was                                                                    
also  concerned   with  Department  of  Health   and  Social                                                                    
Services  and  the  folks  who might  need  some  help.  She                                                                    
thanked the committee for its consideration.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
3:16:13 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID   PRUHS,    CITY   OF   FAIRBANKS,    FAIRBANKS   (via                                                                    
teleconference), supported  a $30 million  appropriation for                                                                    
a pilot program through the  Department of Health and Social                                                                    
Services  to  develop   additional  substance  use  disorder                                                                    
services  for  FY  16  through   FY  19.  By  expanding  the                                                                    
substance   use  disorder   services  the   state  had   the                                                                    
opportunity  to  decrease  costs  resulting  from  untreated                                                                    
alcohol and  drug dependency. Success  would be  measured by                                                                    
reduced utilization of  emergency departments, public safety                                                                    
resources,  correctional facilities  and lower  incidents of                                                                    
child  maltreatment. The  City  of  Fairbanks was  exploring                                                                    
doing work with Tanana  Chief's Conference, Fairbanks Native                                                                    
Association,  Fairbanks Memorial  Hospital,  and the  Alaska                                                                    
Mental Health Trust Authority  in constructing and operating                                                                    
an alcohol sleep-off center in  Fairbanks. The funding would                                                                    
be a tool box source. He thanked the committee.                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:17:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Rebecca Good,  Women and Children  Center for Inner Healing,                                                                    
Fairbanks{relayed her experience living  in Alaska for about                                                                    
15 years. She spoke about  her personal experience with drug                                                                    
addiction. She was eventually  arrested and incarcerated due                                                                    
to  her  drug use.  Her  criminal  activity brought  her  to                                                                    
treatment.  She  expressed her  gratitude  for  access to  a                                                                    
treatment center.  She asked  that the  committee reconsider                                                                    
the  proposed  cuts  to   recovery  treatment  centers.  She                                                                    
mentioned  the  proliferation  of  heroin  and  other  drugs                                                                    
available on  the street. She thanked  committee members for                                                                    
their time.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
RICHANA MAHLE, WOMEN AND CHILDREN  CENTER FOR INNER HEALING,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), spoke  in favor of substance                                                                    
abuse prevention programs. She told  of her own success with                                                                    
the  treatment program.  She mentioned  a list  of resources                                                                    
that had been available to  her. She was grateful for access                                                                    
to  the program.  She mentioned  that Alaska  had a  serious                                                                    
problem with addiction leading to  more crime and disruption                                                                    
in communities.  She suggested  that cutting  the behavioral                                                                    
health  budget  could  have   a  downward  spiraling  effect                                                                    
leading to increasing  the cost of welfare.  She thanked the                                                                    
committee for the opportunity to testify.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:22:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LOUIS MARTIN,  WOMEN AND CHILDREN CENTER  FOR INNER HEALING,                                                                    
FAIRBANKS (via teleconference), spoke  in favor of substance                                                                    
abuse   prevention  programs.   She  relayed   her  personal                                                                    
experience with alcohol  abuse and how she had  been able to                                                                    
overcome  many  of  the barriers  of  addiction  because  of                                                                    
access to  treatment. She had  been out  of jail for  over a                                                                    
year, at present, and had her  children in back in her life.                                                                    
She asked  the committee to  reconsider the budget  cuts for                                                                    
mental health. She thanked the committee.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
3:24:30 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSICA HEDGE,  WOMEN AND CHILDREN CENTER  FOR INNER HEALING                                                                    
(via  teleconference), spoke  in  favor  of substance  abuse                                                                    
prevention programs.  She conveyed that she  was a counselor                                                                    
at Women  and Children  Center and saw  the benefits  of the                                                                    
funding in her work every  day. She elaborate that the funds                                                                    
provided  significant help  to others.  She relayed  some of                                                                    
the positive outcomes she has  witnessed in her work and the                                                                    
importance  of   continued  funding.  She  opined   that  by                                                                    
contributing to  behavioral health programs the  state would                                                                    
spend less  money on the  placement of children  into foster                                                                    
care,  police intervention,  and long-term  interaction with                                                                    
the legal  system. She urged  members to  reconsider funding                                                                    
for substance abuse prevention programs.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
3:26:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMEE MCHATTEN, FAIRBANKS  NATIVE ASSOCIATION, FAIRBANKS (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support  of  behavioral  health                                                                    
programs.  She relayed  her personal  interaction with  drug                                                                    
addiction. She  had lost her  children but  reported success                                                                    
in recovery with  the help of treatment  programs. She asked                                                                    
the committee to  make it possible for someone  else to beat                                                                    
the odds  and to keep  the resources available.  She thanked                                                                    
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:28:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEFFERY ROTHMAN,  SELF, UAF  (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
favor  of supporting  the UAF  research  center. He  relayed                                                                    
that  the  state  spent  about   $20  million  per  year  on                                                                    
providing  research  seed  money   which  resulted  in  $118                                                                    
million  of grant  money  to the  state,  which was  roughly                                                                    
comparable to  the economic  impact of  the F16  squadron at                                                                    
Eielson Air Force Base, a  500 percent return on the state's                                                                    
money. The original $20 million  in seed money was essential                                                                    
because it was  illegal for researcher to  use federal grant                                                                    
money to apply  for new grants. Without seed  money the $118                                                                    
million in grant  dollars. There were 49  other states happy                                                                    
to take the  grant monies. He furthered that  $40 million of                                                                    
the   $118   million   directly   supported   students   and                                                                    
infrastructure   at   the    university.   Items   such   as                                                                    
electricity,  heating, and  building  maintenance were  paid                                                                    
for with grant funding. The state  would have to pick up the                                                                    
slack  if the  $118  million went  away.  He suggested  that                                                                    
there would be  very little or no net savings.  He asked for                                                                    
the restoration of $20 million  in research seed monies that                                                                    
allowed  the  university  to  bring  in  grant  funding.  He                                                                    
appreciated the opportunity to testify.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
3:31:05 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KYLE DILLIPLAINE,  UAF (via teleconference), spoke  in favor                                                                    
of  supporting UAF's  research program.  He  was a  Master's                                                                    
candidate pursuing  his graduate  degree in  Marine Biology.                                                                    
He was representing the Institute  of Marine Science. Alaska                                                                    
provided a  very unique  place to  study climate  change and                                                                    
other  anthropogenic  impacts. He  had  done  field work  in                                                                    
Barrow, collected  samples in  Norway, and  had been  on two                                                                    
oceanographic  cruises in  the arctic  with UA  researchers.                                                                    
His  amount   of  field  experience   was  uncommon   for  a                                                                    
researcher   in  Marine   Biology.  The   opportunities  for                                                                    
students  were  abundant in  Alaska,  making  the UA  system                                                                    
attractive and  valuable. He  relayed information  about his                                                                    
own   research  project.   He  believed   that  by   cutting                                                                    
university funding  as severely as was  being proposed would                                                                    
hurt Alaska's future.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
MIKE MUSICK, SELF, FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), spoke in                                                                    
favor  of  supporting   public  education,  the  university,                                                                    
public  health,  and  public   welfare  all  of  which  were                                                                    
constitutional mandates  under Article  7. He  believed that                                                                    
public  education  represented  Alaska's future.  He  opined                                                                    
that the  university was a  huge economic  engine especially                                                                    
having a  world class  research institute on  campus. Public                                                                    
health  was  a  constitutional  mandate.  It  was  clear  in                                                                    
previous   testimony  that   the   budget  affected   people                                                                    
personally.  He  pointed  out  that  Article  8,  Section  2                                                                    
suggested  that the  stat should  manage  lands, water,  and                                                                    
resources for the maximum benefit  of its people. He did not                                                                    
believe the state  was receiving the proper  monies from the                                                                    
resources  being extracted.  He asked  committee members  to                                                                    
reconsider  cutting  only  what  was  necessary.  The  state                                                                    
needed  a  balanced account  of  proper  taxation and  level                                                                    
reductions keeping  Alaska's future in mind.  He thanked the                                                                    
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:35:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN BURNS,  SELF, FAIRBANKS (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
favor of  the Department of Law's  proposed Public Integrity                                                                    
Unit.  He indicated  he was  a former  attorney general.  He                                                                    
explained  the purpose  of a  public integrity  unit was  to                                                                    
enhance the  public's trust  in government  by investigating                                                                    
and  eliminating corruption,  fraud, criminal  activity, and                                                                    
waste.  The  department's  request  was  $318  thousand.  He                                                                    
understood  that  any  amount  of money  was  a  significant                                                                    
request in the current  budgetary climate. However, he urged                                                                    
the committee to evaluate the  cost benefit analysis. In his                                                                    
capacity  as attorney  general the  cost benefit  outweighed                                                                    
the    cost   associated    with   investigating    worker's                                                                    
compensation  fraud. The  proposed integrity  unit would  be                                                                    
focused  on  three  primary  areas  including  white  collar                                                                    
crime,  officer   involved  shootings,  and   misconduct  in                                                                    
correctional facilities.  In terms  of white  collar crimes,                                                                    
procurement fraud would become  heated in the current fiscal                                                                    
climate. The  state would want  to ensure that  the business                                                                    
climate  lived up  to  the utmost  integrity.  He urged  the                                                                    
committee to provide the funding  and assured members that a                                                                    
savings to the state would be attained through prosecution.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
3:37:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JEANETTE  GRASTO,  NAMI,   FAIRBANKS  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  support of services for  disabled seniors. She                                                                    
thanked  the   committee  for  maintaining   the  governor's                                                                    
recommended  funding for  behavioral health  grants. Without                                                                    
access  to community  care people  would have  to go  to the                                                                    
emergency  room, the  mental health  unit, or  possibly jail                                                                    
costing the state  more money. She supported  both an income                                                                    
tax and  using the  PFD. She thanked  the committee  for the                                                                    
opportunity to speak before the committee.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:39:43 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOMO  STEWART,  FAIRBANKS ECONOMIC  DEVELOPMENT  CORPORATION                                                                    
(FEDC), FAIRBANKS  (via teleconference), testified  that the                                                                    
FEDC board passed a resolution  in the prior year in support                                                                    
of  a balanced  approach  to addressing  the state's  fiscal                                                                    
challenge. He  relayed the importance  of crafting  a budget                                                                    
carefully.   A  more   affordable   and  sustainable   state                                                                    
government was  critical to  Alaska's future  fiscal health.                                                                    
He  added  that   reductions  in  the  cost   and  scope  of                                                                    
government was necessary.  Providing sufficient revenues was                                                                    
also  in   the  public's   interest.  The   board  supported                                                                    
increased user fees  and the implementation of  some type of                                                                    
broad-based statewide  taxation and  the possible use  of PF                                                                    
earnings  should  be  fully considered  during  the  current                                                                    
session. He also spoke in  support of the university system.                                                                    
He recalled  a couple  of presentations  he had  attended in                                                                    
the prior  two weeks  that spoke about  the university  as a                                                                    
diversification engine that should  be supported. He thanked                                                                    
the committee for the opportunity to testify.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
3:42:14 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ROBIN  MINARD,   MAT-SU  HEALTH  FOUNDATION,   WASILLA  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  thanked  the   members  for  adopting  the                                                                    
governor's  proposed  budget   behavioral  health  treatment                                                                    
grants. A  community health  needs assessment  was conducted                                                                    
in 2013 which pointed to the  top 5 health issues which were                                                                    
related to behavioral health.  Medicaid expansion would help                                                                    
increase  access  to  behavioral  health  services.  Current                                                                    
laws,  however,  did  not  permit   all  providers  to  bill                                                                    
Medicaid.  Until  rectified  additional cuts  to  behavioral                                                                    
health grants  would only reinforce the  current system that                                                                    
drove people to seek care  in the emergency room rather than                                                                    
lower  cost   settings.  She  reported   wanting  additional                                                                    
funding for  early intervention.  She also urged  support of                                                                    
funding for  senior services and spoke  about the importance                                                                    
of serving  the senior community. She  thanked the committee                                                                    
for the opportunity to testify.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
3:44:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Samantha     Russell,      Hope     Community     Resources,                                                                    
Palmer{testified in favor of  programs serving the disabled.                                                                    
She  discussed   many  of  the   benefits  of   centers  for                                                                    
Independent Living.  She relayed  that the  disability grant                                                                    
programs  provided opportunities  for people  to participate                                                                    
in  several  activities.  She  asked  members  to  keep  the                                                                    
benefits she mentioned in mind  when considering the budget.                                                                    
She thanked the committee.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
3:46:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LESLIE  DAVIS,   HOPE  COMMUNITY  RESOURCES,   WASILLA  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of services  for the                                                                    
disabled.  She  provided  some  examples  of  the  types  of                                                                    
services provided  by community  based centers.  She thanked                                                                    
the committee.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
3:48:29 PM                                                                                                                    
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4:48:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
PAM GOODE,  SELF, RURAL  DELTANA (via  teleconference), felt                                                                    
that the  budget was funding  programs that people  could do                                                                    
themselves. She  stressed that the  budget was aimed  at old                                                                    
provisions. She  felt that the committee  should protect the                                                                    
liberty and freedom  of the people of the  state. She envied                                                                    
the committee's role in their  decision making capacity. She                                                                    
felt that  budget should  be between  $4.3 billion  and $4.5                                                                    
billion.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:51:20 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL LAMBERT,  SELF, NORTH  POLE (via  teleconference), felt                                                                    
that the budget should not be  based on a $50 barrel of oil.                                                                    
He felt that the economists  should not have recommended the                                                                    
price level. He felt that  there should be a priority system                                                                    
in  the  budget  based  on critical,  moderate,  and  excess                                                                    
categories. He  felt that the legislature  should make their                                                                    
own  determinations,  rather   than  depend  on  economists'                                                                    
predictions.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
^PUBLIC TESTIMONY: KENAI, KODIAK, DILLINGHAM                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
4:53:36 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TIM SANDS, SELF, DILLINGHAM  (via teleconference), urged the                                                                    
committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.  He                                                                    
stated  that he  had donated  $1200 for  Dillingham's public                                                                    
radio.  He  also urged  the  committee  to utilize  a  state                                                                    
income tax.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
4:54:31 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KAY   ANDREWS,  CHAIRPERSON,   SOUTH   WEST  REGION   SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT,  DILLINGHAM  (via  teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support of  education funding. She  stressed that  the rural                                                                    
area  school districts  were still  attempting  to fill  the                                                                    
budget  gaps. She  remarked that  her  district would  still                                                                    
face  a nearly  $500,000 deficit  with the  increase in  the                                                                    
Base Student Allocation. She stressed  that her district had                                                                    
a limited  vocational and  technical education  program. She                                                                    
stressed that  there was  still an  attempt to  access Pre-K                                                                    
programs in her school district.  She felt that there should                                                                    
be a focus on equality for all children.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
4:56:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVID  PIAZZA,  SUPERINTENDENT,  SOUTH  WEST  REGION  SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT, DILLINGHAM (via  teleconference), spoke in support                                                                    
of education  funding. He specifically  spoke in  support of                                                                    
the scheduled  $50 increase to the  base student allocation.                                                                    
He hoped  that the allocation  would remain steady  over the                                                                    
following few years. He also  spoke in favor of full funding                                                                    
for broadband in schools. He  remarked that the teachers had                                                                    
greatly benefited  from the statewide mentoring  program. He                                                                    
felt that the cuts to  the program would increase the burden                                                                    
on local school districts.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
4:58:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JON CORBETT,  SELF, DILLINGHAM (via  teleconference), shared                                                                    
that he had  submitted written testimony (copy  on file). He                                                                    
felt  that  adjusting  revenues   would  only  increase  the                                                                    
unsustainable  budgets  that  had  been  approved  over  the                                                                    
years.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
4:59:46 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BLINN DULL, MANAGER, COMMUNITY  HEALTH SERVICES, BRISTOL BAY                                                                    
AREA   HEALTH   CORP.,  DILLINGHAM   (via   teleconference),                                                                    
testified in  opposition to the  10 percent decrease  to the                                                                    
community  health  aide  program. He  stressed  that  health                                                                    
aides  provided  critical  health   care  and  services.  He                                                                    
remarked  that  the  health aides  enhanced  optimum  health                                                                    
care.  He stressed  that the  aides served  both native  and                                                                    
nonnative  people.  He  stated that  community  health  aide                                                                    
program was a much needed service.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:02:42 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAKE JACOBSEN, SELF, KODIAK  (via teleconference), made some                                                                    
comments on other legislation and revenue.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche  wondered  if   Mr.  Jacobsen  and  any                                                                    
opinions on  SB 139 or SB  140. Mr. Jacobsen replied  in the                                                                    
affirmative.  He  urged the  committee  to  utilize a  state                                                                    
income  tax.  He stressed  reduced  funding,  and felt  that                                                                    
there should be "common sense solutions."                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:05:35 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
KATHERINE     HOLLIS-BUCHANAN,     SELF,     KODIAK     (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public  broadcasting. She  shared that  her community  had a                                                                    
wildfire,  and the  radio had  provided essential  emergency                                                                    
information to  the community.  She stressed  the importance                                                                    
of public radio.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:06:57 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SONIA   CLARY,  HOPE   COMMUNITY   RESOURCES,  KODIAK   (via                                                                    
teleconference),    opposed    cuts   to    the    Community                                                                    
Developmental Disabilities grant fund.  She shared that HOPE                                                                    
Community  Resources  utilized  the grants  to  serve  needy                                                                    
individuals. She  thanked the committee  for their  time and                                                                    
effort.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:09:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
NICK SZABO,  SELF, KODIAK (via teleconference),  supported a                                                                    
budget  similar to  the governor's  proposal. He  understood                                                                    
that the cuts would not close  the deficit gap. He urged the                                                                    
committee to utilize  a state income tax.  He also testified                                                                    
in support  of using  Permanent Fund earnings  to supplement                                                                    
the  budget.  He  did  not  feel  that  the  Permanent  Fund                                                                    
Dividend  was  not  an entitlement.  He  stressed  that  the                                                                    
dividend payments should not be guaranteed in perpetuity.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:11:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DEBBIE  CARY, SELF,  NINILCHIK  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to fund education  at the highest  level. She                                                                    
spoke in support  of the scheduled $50 increase  to the base                                                                    
student  allocation. She  stressed  that  education was  the                                                                    
baseline of the future.  She remarked that the technological                                                                    
advances  in  the  century  would  not  have  been  possible                                                                    
without  education.  She  stressed  that  quality  education                                                                    
resulted  in students'  ability  to  have critical  thinking                                                                    
response  tactics.  She  had seen  many  students  that  had                                                                    
graduated  from Ninilchik  School, and  felt proud  of their                                                                    
successes.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:13:29 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHELLE  HARTLINE,  SELF,   NIKISKI  (via  teleconference),                                                                    
echoed the  remarks of  Ms. Goode.  She stressed  that every                                                                    
penny should be  cut to the "bare bones."  She remarked that                                                                    
she  was  the  recipient   of  Alaska  funding  through  the                                                                    
activities  that  she  was   involved.  She  encouraged  the                                                                    
committee to cut  all the money that she  received. She felt                                                                    
that there  was wasteful  spending. She expressed  thanks to                                                                    
Vice-Chair Micciche's service.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:15:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
TONY   GORMAN,    GENERAL   MANAGER,   KDLL,    KENAI   (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public  broadcasting. He  felt that  the local  news content                                                                    
was the most important component  to public radio. He shared                                                                    
that he  had reduced  his staff by  two reporters,  and felt                                                                    
that  the lack  of reporting  had a  negative impact  on the                                                                    
possibility to  carry out certain  duties. He  stressed that                                                                    
the loss  of state  funding would eliminate  the possibility                                                                    
to   receive  funds   from   the   Corporation  for   Public                                                                    
Broadcasting.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:17:06 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
GEORGE  PIERCE,  SELF,  KENAI  (via  teleconference),  urged                                                                    
support of funding for senior  services. He spoke in support                                                                    
of changing  the oil  and gas tax  structures. He  felt that                                                                    
there should be new taxes  for the mining industry. He spoke                                                                    
against funding  the Anchorage LIO.  He felt that  the money                                                                    
from the city  and borough should pay  for welfare services.                                                                    
He spoke  against funding for  nonprofits. He  spoke against                                                                    
the use of the Permanent Fund.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
5:19:40 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CORRIE   DAVIS,  HOPE   COMMUNITY  RESOURCES,   KODIAK  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  spoke  in  support  of  services  for  the                                                                    
developmental disabled  people. She stressed that  the money                                                                    
provided recreation  and after school programs,  and without                                                                    
the funding the people would have nowhere to go.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
5:20:56 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BERNIE  GRAHAM,   HOPE  COMMUNITY  RESOURCES,   KODIAK  (via                                                                    
teleconference), testified  in support  of funding  for Hope                                                                    
Community  Resources base  grants. She  shared that  she had                                                                    
participated in  the programs  at Hope  Community Resources,                                                                    
and  hoped  that  the  center   would  continue  to  receive                                                                    
funding.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:21:50 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BRETT   MAYHEW,  HOPE   COMMUNITY  RESOURCES,   KODIAK  (via                                                                    
teleconference),   spoke  in   support  of   Hope  Community                                                                    
Resources base grants.  He also spoke against  cuts to other                                                                    
welfare programs.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:23:01 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CAROLYN  SMITH,   SELF,  DILLINGHAM   (via  teleconference),                                                                    
testified  in support  of funding  for revenue  sharing. She                                                                    
stressed  that, without  revenue  sharing, Dillingham  would                                                                    
face a  significant shortfall. She remarked  that Dillingham                                                                    
needed to repair  its ambulance and fire truck,  which was a                                                                    
significant  cost  to  the   community.  She  stressed  that                                                                    
revenue sharing  ensured that  communities across  the state                                                                    
could continue to provide essential services.                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:25:10 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SEAN DUSEK,  SUPERINTENDENT, KENAI PENINSULA  BOROUGH SCHOOL                                                                    
DISTRICT,  KENAI PENINSULA  (via  teleconference), spoke  in                                                                    
support of  the scheduled $50  increase to the  base student                                                                    
allocation.  He shared  that his  district had  already made                                                                    
significant  cuts to  its budget.  He  opposed the  proposed                                                                    
cuts to DEED.  He also spoke in support of  full funding for                                                                    
Pre-K  programs.  He expressed  concern  about  the loss  of                                                                    
positions for instructional support within the districts.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:27:52 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHRISTINE    HUTCHISON,   SELF,    KENAI   PENINSULA    (via                                                                    
teleconference),   felt  that   the  University   should  be                                                                    
completely online, because the  University of Phoenix seemed                                                                    
to function  efficiently. She urged support  of further cuts                                                                    
in  many  areas.  She  remarked   that  she  would  like  to                                                                    
personally experience  the cuts to the  budget. She stressed                                                                    
that  she took  personal  responsibilities  for issues.  She                                                                    
added  that the  state  should take  over  the Beaver  Creek                                                                    
Road.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
5:30:08 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
FRED  STURMAN,  SELF,   KENAI  (via  teleconference),  spoke                                                                    
against  stoplights  in  his community.  He  also  testified                                                                    
against  utilized the  Permanent Fund;  a gas  tax; a  sales                                                                    
tax; a  tobacco tax; and  all other taxes. He  spoke against                                                                    
government  employee  raises.  He  expressed  disappointment                                                                    
that the budget had not cut 30 percent.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
5:32:21 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARROLL KNUTSON, SELF,  SOLDOTNA (via teleconference), spoke                                                                    
in support of behavioral health  programs. She also spoke in                                                                    
support  of early  childhood  education.  She stressed  that                                                                    
early  learning   was  very  important  for   children.  She                                                                    
remarked  that Alaska  was  much different  than  in was  50                                                                    
years  prior. She  also spoke  against the  privatization of                                                                    
the Pioneer Home.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
5:34:18 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LAURENE  MADSEN, SELF,  KODIAK  (via teleconference),  urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting,                                                                    
and  spoke  in  favor  of  full  funding  for  broadband  in                                                                    
schools.  She also  spoke in  support of  education funding.                                                                    
She urged  support of Online  with Libraries. She  felt that                                                                    
loss of  the programs would  cause the libraries to  lose e-                                                                    
rate  funds. She  stressed that  small  communities did  not                                                                    
have  convenient  access  to the  internet.  She  urged  the                                                                    
committee  to  utilize a  state  income  tax. She  spoke  in                                                                    
support of a  tax on tourism. She also  testified in support                                                                    
of using Permanent Fund earnings.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  MacKinnon clarified  that there  was still  a head                                                                    
tax  on the  cruise ships,  but it  was no  longer $50.  Ms.                                                                    
Madsen shared that her mother's  friends would still go on a                                                                    
cruise with a $50 head tax.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
5:37:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CARLA   KIMMEL,   CHILDREN'S   PROGRAM   COORDINATOR,   HOPE                                                                    
COMMUNITY RESOURCES,  KODIAK (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support  of funding  for the  Hope Community  Resources base                                                                    
grant. She  stressed that the disabled  individuals needed a                                                                    
place to  socialize and  feel a part  of the  community. She                                                                    
stressed that,  without the  money, the  center would  be in                                                                    
dire straits.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
5:39:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ELENOR RAMOS,  SELF, KODIAK  (via teleconference),  spoke in                                                                    
support of  the Online with  Libraries. She shared  that the                                                                    
library  was often  the only  place  that provided  internet                                                                    
services.  She stressed  that the  library  had classes  and                                                                    
readers theatre. She  remarked that the library  was able to                                                                    
provide education on the internet to many older citizens.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:41:25 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RACHEL  BOBBITT,   BRISTOL  BAY  AREA   HEALTH  CORPORATION,                                                                    
DILLINGHAM  (via   teleconference),  spoke  in   support  of                                                                    
behavioral health  programs. She  stressed that  the Bristol                                                                    
Bay  Area Health  Corporation was  the only  substance abuse                                                                    
treatment facility in the area.  She stressed that there was                                                                    
an epidemic  throughout the state, so  it seemed inopportune                                                                    
to  cut services  that help  people  get off  of drugs.  She                                                                    
stressed  that   the  funding  also  provided   funding  for                                                                    
programs  for severely  emotionally abused  youth. She  felt                                                                    
that it  was important to  address any mental  health issues                                                                    
at a young age.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
5:43:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
RICK  KOCH,   CITY  MANAGER,  CITY  OF   KENAI,  KENAI  (via                                                                    
teleconference),  recalled  a conversation  about  modifying                                                                    
the  PERS contribution  rate for  communities,  and he  felt                                                                    
that   the  status   quo  should   be  maintained   for  the                                                                    
municipality contribution  to $3  million PERS pay  down. He                                                                    
also testified  in support of  funding for  revenue sharing.                                                                    
He thanked the committee for their time and effort.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche  wondered if  Mr. Koch  meant to  say $3                                                                    
billion, rather  than $3  million. Mr.  Koch replied  in the                                                                    
affirmative.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
5:46:04 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARY TOUTONGHI,  SELF, SOLDOTNA (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against a state  income tax. She also spoke  against the use                                                                    
of Permanent Fund  earnings. She felt that  the state budget                                                                    
had been mismanaged. She spoke  against the oil tax credits.                                                                    
She remarked  that elderly people  were not given  access to                                                                    
many essential services. She  also testified against funding                                                                    
for the Anchorage LIO.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
5:48:19 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ARNOLD  OSKOLKOFF, SELF,  KENAI (via  teleconference), spoke                                                                    
against the  funding for  the AKLNG  project. He  also spoke                                                                    
against the  Anchorage LIO.  He also  spoke against  the oil                                                                    
and gas tax credits.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
5:49:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JACK  ROBERTS, VICE  PRESIDENT, STUDENT  UNION, KENAI  RIVER                                                                    
CAMPUS  (KPC),  KENAI  (via  teleconference),  testified  in                                                                    
support of funding  for the University. He  remarked that he                                                                    
had  submitted  videos  outlining  the  importance  of  many                                                                    
programs at  KPC. He stressed that  KPC was a leader  in the                                                                    
anthropology  lab  research.  He stressed  that  there  were                                                                    
great strides  in science that  impacted the world.  He also                                                                    
urged support of fully funding education.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
5:51:28 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHERYL  TUTTLE, KPC,  KENAI (via  teleconference), testified                                                                    
in  support   of  funding  for  the   University.  She  also                                                                    
testified  in support  of  funding  education programs.  She                                                                    
felt  that  people  would leave  the  state  without  proper                                                                    
education.  She  remarked  there  was  heartbreak  for  many                                                                    
students whose school programs had been eliminated.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
5:53:15 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DAVE   BRIGHTON,   PRESIDENT,  KENAI   PENINSULA   EDUCATION                                                                    
ASSOCIATION,  KENAI (via  teleconference), spoke  in support                                                                    
of fully  funding education. He encouraged  the committee to                                                                    
maintain  the  governor's  proposed  funding.  He  spoke  in                                                                    
support of  the scheduled $50  increase to the  base student                                                                    
allocation.  He  stressed  that without  the  increase,  his                                                                    
son's school  would lose its  French teacher. He  also urged                                                                    
the committee  to restore  funding for  public broadcasting.                                                                    
He  remarked that  the state  funding provided  leverage for                                                                    
the federal matching  grant. He also urged  the committee to                                                                    
utilize a state income tax.  He also testified in support of                                                                    
using Permanent  Fund earnings.  He felt  that the  fund was                                                                    
created to  fund government and  provide for the  future. He                                                                    
also  spoke  in  support  of   capping  the  Permanent  Fund                                                                    
Dividend.  He stressed  that he  would not  vote for  anyone                                                                    
that did not "do the right thing."                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
5:56:02 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MARION NELSON,  SELF, KENAI (via teleconference),  urged the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
also  spoke  in  support  of   funding  for  Hope  Community                                                                    
Services  base  grants.  She also  urged  support  of  fully                                                                    
funding  education. She  stressed  that public  radio was  a                                                                    
great opportunity for continued education.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
5:57:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BILL    LARNED,    BOARD    MEMBER,   KDLL,    KENAI    (via                                                                    
teleconference), urged the committee  to restore funding for                                                                    
public   broadcasting.   He   stressed   that   the   public                                                                    
broadcasting services were  tied together with entertainment                                                                    
and  information  services.  He  stressed  that  there  were                                                                    
generous members  and underwriters.  He remarked  that there                                                                    
was work  to encourage  donor support  that would  result in                                                                    
increases to the radio budget.  He remarked that the federal                                                                    
fund  match  can  only  be  met  with  the  state  financial                                                                    
support.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
5:59:51 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JOHN MOLINA,  DIRECTOR OF  HEALTH SYSTEMS,  DENAINA WELLNESS                                                                    
CENTER,  KENAI (via  teleconference), urged  support of  $30                                                                    
million  for substance  abuse  treatment.  He stressed  that                                                                    
substance abuse  was rampant in  the community.  He remarked                                                                    
that the  investment in prevention and  treatment would keep                                                                    
people sober in perpetuity.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair  Micciche stated  that the  current bill  reduced                                                                    
the substance abuse program by $3 million.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
6:02:37 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
LADAWN    DRUCE,    EDUCATOR,     KENAI    PENINSULA    (via                                                                    
teleconference), echoed Ms. Nelson's  remarks. She urged the                                                                    
committee to  restore funding  for public  broadcasting. She                                                                    
also spoke  in support of  full funding for  Pre-K programs.                                                                    
She spoke  in support  of fully  funding K-12  programs. She                                                                    
also  testified in  support of  funding for  the University.                                                                    
She also spoke in support  of the Online with Libraries. She                                                                    
testified in  support of using Permanent  Fund earnings. She                                                                    
also urged the committee to utilize a state income tax.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
6:04:26 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
AMY  SEITZ, EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR, ALASKA  FARM BUREAU,  KENAI                                                                    
PENINSULA  (via teleconference),  spoke  in  support of  the                                                                    
funding to  allow time to  privatize Mt. McKinley  Meat. She                                                                    
also spoke  in support  of funding  for the  potato program,                                                                    
and  other  funding  for  the  plant  material  center.  She                                                                    
stressed   that   the    agriculture   industry   had   many                                                                    
opportunities   for  growth   and  greater   contributor  to                                                                    
Alaska's economy.                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
6:06:11 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
BROTHER TOM  PATMOR, SELF, CLAM GULCH  (via teleconference),                                                                    
spoke in  support of  selling some real  estate in  order to                                                                    
fund the budget. He remarked  that the Permanent Fund should                                                                    
sell real  estate, and then loan  the money to the  state to                                                                    
pay for the budget.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
6:08:34 PM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JESSE BJORKMAN, SELF,  KENAI (via teleconference), testified                                                                    
in support of fully funding  education. He stressed that the                                                                    
cuts to  education resulted in  less teachers  for children.                                                                    
He remarked  that shop, welding,  art, music  were essential                                                                    
in getting  children excited about  school. He  testified in                                                                    
support  of  using Permanent  Fund  earnings.  He felt  that                                                                    
turning the Permanent  Fund as an endowment  would allow for                                                                    
funding of essential services to the state.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Vice-Chair Micciche CLOSED public testimony.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop thanked  all the  testifiers for  taking the                                                                    
time  to  express  their concerns  and  support  in  guiding                                                                    
Alaska. He also thanked the committee members.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB  139  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SB  140  was  HEARD  and   HELD  in  committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

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SB 139 Public Testimony Letters Packet 1.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Letters Packet 2.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Letters Packet 4.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Packet 3.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Packet 5.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Letters Packet 6.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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SB 139 Public Testimony Packet 7.pdf SFIN 3/9/2016 9:00:00 AM
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