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03:34:37 PM Presentation: H.r. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016
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2016 Alaska Earmarks
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                         JOINT MEETING                                                                                        
            SENATE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                          
            HOUSE TRANSPORTATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                           
                         March 29, 2016                                                                                         
                           3:33 p.m.                                                                                            
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
SENATE TRANSPORTATION                                                                                                           
 Senator Peter Micciche, Chair                                                                                                  
 Senator Click Bishop, Vice Chair                                                                                               
 Senator Mike Dunleavy                                                                                                          
 Senator Bert Stedman                                                                                                           
 Senator Dennis Egan                                                                                                            
HOUSE TRANSPORTATION                                                                                                            
 Representative Shelley Hughes, Co-Chair                                                                                        
 Representative Neal Foster, Co-Chair                                                                                           
 Representative Benjamin Nageak                                                                                                 
 Representative Matt Claman                                                                                                     
 Representative Dan Ortiz                                                                                                       
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
SENATE TRANSPORTATION                                                                                                           
 All members present                                                                                                            
HOUSE TRANSPORTATION                                                                                                            
 Representative Charisse Millett                                                                                                
 Representative Louise Stutes                                                                                                   
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
Presentation: H.R. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016,                                                                
Repurposing Alaska Earmarks                                                                                                     
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
MARK LUIKEN, Commissioner                                                                                                       
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF)                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Commented  on H.R.  2029  -  Consolidated                                                             
Appropriations Act, 2016: Repurposing Alaska's Earmarks.                                                                        
MIKE VIGUE, Director                                                                                                            
Program Development                                                                                                             
Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOTPF)                                                                      
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:  Commented  on   H.R.  2029  -  Consolidated                                                             
Appropriations Act, 2016: Repurposing Alaska's Earmarks                                                                         
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
3:33:49 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR PETER MICCICHE  called the joint meeting of  the Senate and                                                             
House Transportation  Standing Committees  to order at  3:33 p.m.                                                               
Present at  the call  to order  were Senators  Stedman, Dunleavy,                                                               
Egan, Bishop, and Chair  Micciche; Representatives Ortiz, Nageak,                                                               
Claman, and Co-Chair Hughes.                                                                                                    
^Presentation: H.R. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016                                                                
       H.R. 2029 - Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016                                                                    
                 Repurposing Alaska's Earmarks                                                                              
3:34:37 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MICCICHE  said the  purpose  of  the  meeting today  is  a                                                               
presentation  by  the  Department of  Transportation  and  Public                                                               
Facilities (DOTPF) on H.R.  2029, the Consolidated Appropriations                                                               
Act of 2016, which addresses the Alaska earmarks.                                                                               
3:35:17 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE CLAMAN joined the committee.                                                                                     
3:35:34 PM                                                                                                                    
MARK  LUIKEN,  Commissioner,  Department  of  Transportation  and                                                               
Public Facilities  (DOTPF), Juneau,  Alaska, said today  he would                                                               
focus  on  DOTPF  employee,  Miles Brookes,  who  is  a  research                                                               
analyst, but in reality he  collects, analyzes and sends out data                                                               
on  all crashes  in the  state. He  collaborates with  department                                                               
engineers to  target SAFETEA-LU projects;  he also  partners with                                                               
the State Troopers  and the two major police  departments so they                                                               
can use that data for their safety measures.                                                                                    
3:36:43 PM                                                                                                                    
MIKE   VIGUE,  Director,   Program  Development,   Department  of                                                               
Transportation  and  Public  Facilities (DOTPF),  said  he  would                                                               
provide    an   overview    of   Congress's    omnibus   December                                                               
appropriations  bill, talk  a little  bit about  the requirements                                                               
that the  Federal Highway  Administration (FHWA)  has put  on the                                                               
repurposing   program,  and   give   them  a   heads-up  on   the                                                               
department's  strategy in  order to  use that  money in  the most                                                               
efficient way.                                                                                                                  
MR. VIGUE said  the Section 125 of the omnibus  bill gave all the                                                               
states authority  to repurpose any earmarks  that were designated                                                               
prior  to  September  30,  2005,  which in  essence  is  all  the                                                               
earmarks  that the  states have  received since  Congress stopped                                                               
earmarks  after the  Safe, Accountable,  Flexible, and  Efficient                                                               
Transportation Equity  Act: A Legacy for  Users (SAFETEA-LU) bill                                                               
was passed.                                                                                                                     
3:38:22 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR FOSTER joined the committee.                                                                                           
MR. VIGUE related  that in order for the earmarks  to be eligible                                                               
for  repurposing they  have to  meet  one of  two criteria.  They                                                               
either have  to have  less than  10 percent  of the  total amount                                                               
obligated on  a project or they  have to have a  project that has                                                               
been   closed  and   final-vouchered  in   the  Federal   Highway                                                               
Administration's (FHWA)  accounting system. Alaska  has a  mix of                                                               
One  of the  requirements for  repurposed earmarks  is that  they                                                               
have to  stay within  50 miles of  the original  designation. The                                                               
FHWA  has language  on how  that is  calculated around  a 50-mile                                                               
radius around some point of the project.                                                                                        
All of  the repurposed funding  is eligible under  Section 133(b)                                                               
of 23  United States  Code, which  is the  Surface Transportation                                                               
Program, the most  flexible type of federal aid  funding that the                                                               
department receives. Lastly, all  of the repurposed earmarks have                                                               
to be identified by  the end of 2016, and some  of that money can                                                               
be used in federal fiscal year 2016.                                                                                            
3:40:07 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. VIGUE  explained that  the state has  to identify  a specific                                                               
amount for  each project when  it requests the  repurposing along                                                               
with the  specific location and  description. Once the  funds are                                                               
repurposed  for  a project,  the  department  has no  ability  to                                                               
change that decision once the request  has been sent. This is one                                                               
of  the reasons  they  have some  time to  make  an informed  and                                                               
correct decision.                                                                                                               
He explained that the obligation  authority is similar to the way                                                               
the  State  of  Alaska  works  where  Congress  gives  the  state                                                               
obligation authority  in appropriation bills. When  earmarks were                                                               
used,  obligation authority  was  provided  in several  different                                                               
ways depending  on whether the  earmark was  in the House  or the                                                               
Senate.  The State  of Alaska  was given  100 percent  obligation                                                               
authority in only a few cases.  So, in order to fully utilize the                                                               
repurposed  earmarks, he  will have  to use  the state's  formula                                                               
obligation authority,  which is what  they get for  their regular                                                               
federal  aid program  that is  tied  to funds  like the  National                                                               
Highways System funds and Surface Transportation funds.                                                                         
MR. VIGUE said all repurposed funds  must be obligated by the end                                                               
of  federal  fiscal year  2019,  September  30, 2019.  Generally,                                                               
federal  aid projects  have  a  lot of  requirements  and take  a                                                               
fairly  long  lead  time  to  get  to  the  point  of  obligating                                                               
construction and  this doesn't give them  a whole lot of  time to                                                               
develop the  projects, so they  are looking at projects  that are                                                               
in the  Statewide Transportation  Improvement Program  (STIP) and                                                               
already under design or ready  for construction in order to fully                                                               
utilize the funds.                                                                                                              
SENATOR MICCICHE asked  if the "within 50 miles"  in the original                                                               
earmark designation is as the crow flies or a highway distance.                                                                 
MR. VIGUE  replied it's a 50-mile  radius. There is a  little bit                                                               
of latitude as to where the spot  is, but it has to be within the                                                               
original scope. "So, if you had  a corridor, you have to pick one                                                               
end or the other."                                                                                                              
He explained that they have two  deadlines. If the state wants to                                                               
use  any of  these funds  in  2016, they  have until  the end  of                                                               
August of this year to get  something to the FHWA. If they intend                                                               
to use funds  in 2017, 2018, or 2019, they  have until the middle                                                               
of  September, which  doesn't really  play  into their  strategy.                                                               
Their hope is  to get this figured out and  get something over to                                                               
the Federal Highway Administration in August.                                                                                   
SENATOR BISHOP asked if he needed any help.                                                                                     
MR. VIGUE answered yes; they  probably will need help since there                                                               
are quite a few moving pieces.                                                                                                  
3:43:47 PM                                                                                                                  
He  explained  that after  the  funds  are repurposed,  quarterly                                                               
reporting is required  of all the projects.  When Congress passed                                                               
the  Stimulus Bill  and gave  the State  of Alaska  a significant                                                               
amount of  money for ERA, quarterly  reporting had to be  done on                                                               
every  project. So,  that same  requirement has  been put  on the                                                               
repurposed earmarks. About 90 earmarks  need to be repurposed and                                                               
they   will   all   require  individual   reports,   which   will                                                               
significantly impact  their staff time.  So, they are  looking at                                                               
ways to package the projects  for efficiency, and because some of                                                               
them are  small amounts that  are left  over after a  project has                                                               
been closed  out, the idea would  be to find a  few projects that                                                               
could  be  finished,  which  would   lessen  the  burden  of  the                                                               
reporting requirement.                                                                                                        
CO-CHAIR  HUGHES asked  the typical  number of  projects they  do                                                               
quarterly reports for now - to put the 90 earmarks in context,                                                                  
MR. VIGUE answered that they  don't do any quarterly reporting at                                                               
this  point with  the Federal  Highway  Administration (FHWA)  on                                                               
SENATOR DUNLEAVY  asked what if a  project is not in  the 50-mile                                                               
radius,  like if  it says  the  Richardson Highway  or the  Parks                                                               
MR. VIGUE replied  he thinks as long as they  are within 50 miles                                                               
of the corridor, but they  are getting clarification on that from                                                               
the FHWA.                                                                                                                       
3:46:05 PM                                                                                                                    
MR. VIGUE  said the  history of the  SAFETEA-LU earmarks  was the                                                               
majority  of them  were  deducted from  their  program. So,  when                                                               
Congress  created  the  earmarks,  it went  into  the  SAFETEA-LU                                                               
formula and took money off of  the top and then did the earmarks.                                                               
So, the states  received less formula funds.  So, when SAFETEA-LU                                                               
expired in 2009, there was  an increase in Alaska's formula money                                                               
in 2010, 2011, and 2012  because they were extensions of SAFETEA-                                                               
LU, and the  secretary determined that the  earmark projects were                                                               
sufficiently funded.  So, that money  went back into  the formula                                                               
program.  That is  another reason  they are  looking at  projects                                                               
that are currently in the STIP to move the money to.                                                                            
Right now  they are trying  to identify the  available obligation                                                               
limitation that came  with the earmarks to fully  obligate all of                                                               
the earmark money.  After a quick run-down, they  think they have                                                               
between  $20 million  and $25  million of  formula obligation  to                                                               
MR. VIGUE said  their plan is to finish working  on their list of                                                               
recommendations and  present it to the  commissioner, legislature                                                               
and the governor for review. Then  they are expecting to send out                                                               
communications and  letters to communities that  have earmarks in                                                               
and  share what  is  on the  list  and what's  in  the STIP.  The                                                               
dilemma is with  the short timeframe a brand new  project that is                                                               
not already  under way poses  a risk of  not being able  to fully                                                               
obligate  the  funds  and  those  will  lapse  if  they  are  not                                                               
obligated  by the  end of  2019.  They don't  want to  be in  the                                                               
position  of losing  the money,  because  they can't  get to  the                                                               
point of obligation in the proper time frame.                                                                                   
3:48:34 PM                                                                                                                    
MR.  VIGUE  noted  that  FHWA   put  out  some  frequently  asked                                                               
questions  (FAQ).  One  question  was  if  earmarks  have  to  be                                                               
repurposed, and  the answer is that  it is not a  requirement. If                                                               
the earmarks are  repurposed and don't get  obligated, they lapse                                                               
in 2019.  He speculated that  in the 2019  federal appropriations                                                               
bill if there are any  unobligated balances of any earmarks, they                                                               
will be  put back into  the Highway  Trust Fund. There  have been                                                               
several  attempts  over  the years  by  various  congressmen  and                                                               
senators to do that and so  he thinks this Congress is giving the                                                               
state  the ability  to find  homes for  the projects  that didn't                                                               
move forward with the earmarks.                                                                                                 
3:49:51 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR HUGHES asked if any of  the formula funding that went up                                                               
in 2009 got applied to  projects that otherwise would have gotten                                                               
earmarks so that  now those earmarks aren't  needed, because that                                                               
project was done with formula funding.                                                                                          
MR. VIGUE  answered that he didn't  believe so. He said  the next                                                               
question was if  all the earmark repurposing requests  have to be                                                               
submitted this fiscal year, and the  answer is yes, at the latest                                                               
by September  12, 2016.   Their goal  is to get  the list  to the                                                               
Federal Highway Administration in August.                                                                                       
The  third  question  is  how   long  the  funds  and  associated                                                               
obligation authority  are available,  and that answer  is through                                                               
2019. If you don't obligate them, they will lapse.                                                                              
Another  question  is if  an  earmark  is repurposed  under  this                                                               
provision, can  it be changed?   The answer is no;  there is only                                                               
one  small area  where you  could  actually reuse  the money  you                                                               
repurposed  and  that's  if  you  put money  on  a  project  that                                                               
actually comes in under budget  and there is some leftover money.                                                               
If you happen  to identify another project in  that same earmark,                                                               
you could move the leftover funds  to that other project. But you                                                               
can't move  them between  earmarks once  it has  been repurposed.                                                               
The idea  is for the  state to present the  plan to the  FHWA and                                                               
then they keep track of it through the quarterly reporting.                                                                     
3:52:19 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE asked  if the reason for the  strict sideboards is                                                               
so  that the  funds can  be directed  to shovel-ready  priorities                                                               
instead a funding grab for another project or a new project.                                                                    
MR. VIGUE answered yes. FHWA  wants the projects to be identified                                                               
and trackable, and  they want to make sure the  money gets spent.                                                               
He added if  you go back in  time and look at  the Stimulus Bill,                                                               
shovel-ready was one  of the big terms. Also, some  of this money                                                               
was appropriated in  the late 1990s, and the  purchasing power of                                                               
those dollars  isn't as much  now. The  idea of having  a shovel-                                                               
ready project  means it's  immediately going to  be put  into the                                                               
SENATOR  DUNLEAVY  noted that  some  of  this  money is  not  for                                                               
shovel-ready projects,  because some of  it is for  a multi-media                                                               
broad band project in the Valley and for a study.                                                                               
3:54:35 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR HUGHES said  she noticed that some projects  on the list                                                               
are at  the edge  of land  by water and  with the  50-mile radius                                                               
goes out  into the water where  there wouldn't be a  project. She                                                               
asked if  there was any effort  to adjust the land  area in those                                                               
MR. VIGUE answered that adjusting the radius isn't an option.                                                                   
REPRESENTATIVE  ORITZ asked  if the  first  item on  the list  of                                                               
unobligated  monies  for  $531,443  is  leftover  monies  from  a                                                               
project in his district.                                                                                                        
MR. VIGUE  replied that he was  referring to a project  in Seward                                                               
that  has  an  earmark  balance  of $531,000  left  over  from  a                                                               
completed project.  So, now they  are trying to work  through the                                                               
process to identify projects that  will meet the 50-mile boundary                                                               
around Seward.                                                                                                                  
3:57:24 PM                                                                                                                    
REPRESENTATIVE ORITZ  said it sounds like  potential projects are                                                               
already  in the  pipeline  and  asked if  he  has  an example  of                                                               
something that  might work for that  $531,430 or will he  have to                                                               
communicate with local community  officials to look for potential                                                               
MR. VIGUE  replied that  it may  mean both  of those  things. The                                                               
department is  in the process  of going through the  STIP looking                                                               
for  projects that  meet the  FHWAL  criteria. If  more than  one                                                               
project  is found,  those would  be presented  as options.  If no                                                               
project is  found, that raises  a different dilemma of  trying to                                                               
identify a new  project that could actually be  fully funded with                                                               
that  money  and  that  could  be delivered  in  the  time  frame                                                               
necessary. Another dilemma  is if a new project  is identified in                                                               
Seward  that costs  $3 million  where the  other $2.5  million is                                                               
going to come from.                                                                                                             
SENATOR EGAN asked if this list is by legislative district.                                                                     
MR. VIGUE  answered yes.  The color  coding coordinates  with the                                                               
two  other lists  (less than  10 percent  obligated and  the more                                                               
than 10 percent obligated) in the other spread sheets.                                                                          
3:59:49 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP   asked  the   department  if   they'll  consider                                                               
directing these funds to projects that will yield revenue.                                                                      
COMMISSIONER LUIKEN  answered that being  a benefit to  the state                                                               
is a factor and why they are looking at the STIP.                                                                               
CO-CHAIR  HUGHES   asked  for  clarification   on  what   can  be                                                               
MR.  VIGUE  replied   that  all  the  earmark   projects  can  be                                                               
repurposed according to  two FHWA criteria: less  than 10 percent                                                               
of the  money was used  - in  most circumstances this  means that                                                               
the project it was  earmarked to was not viable or  ready to go -                                                               
or if  more than 10  percent of the  money was obligated  and the                                                               
project was already  completed and has a closed  final voucher in                                                               
the accounting system.                                                                                                          
CO-CHAIR HUGHES  asked if  the red category  ones met  the second                                                               
half of what he just described.                                                                                                 
MR. VIGUE answered yes.                                                                                                         
4:02:39 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR BISHOP  asked about the $40  million on the list  of over                                                               
10 percent,  any purpose eligible  under Section 133(b)  of Title                                                               
CHAIR MICCICHE  remarked those were  the Knik Arm Bridge  and the                                                               
Gravina Island Bridge.                                                                                                          
MR. VIGUE  replied that Senator  Bishop was looking at  Demo I.D.                                                               
AK074,  and  that  is  funding   from  the  Gravina  earmark.  He                                                               
explained that  in 2006 Congress  passed a  technical collections                                                               
bill that  made money  earmarked for the  Gravina Bridge  and the                                                               
Knik Arm Bridge flexible.                                                                                                       
SENATOR STEDMAN pointed out that  the Gravina Bridge money was in                                                               
addition to the regular highway money.                                                                                          
4:04:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE  asked how legislators  can engage in  the process                                                               
and if Mr. Vigue will reach out to some or all of them.                                                                         
MR. VIGUE replied that their plan  is to work through the list of                                                               
earmarks looking  for candidate  projects that  are in  the STIP.                                                               
They would make  it available for the  commissioner, the governor                                                               
and the legislature  to look at prior to sending  anything out to                                                               
the communities,  and he hoped  to have  a draft within  the next                                                               
couple of weeks.                                                                                                                
4:05:16 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE  said one thing  is not clear  to him: if  the $30                                                               
million  earmark  was  part  of  the  discussion  on  the  recent                                                               
Infrastructure  Finance and  Innovation Act  (TIFIA) loan  denial                                                               
for the Knik Arm Bridge.                                                                                                        
COMMISSIONER  LUIKEN replied  that $30  million is  part of  that                                                               
project. It is  a known quantity of funding that  is dedicated to                                                               
that project.  It does calculate  in the TIFIA  consideration and                                                               
is still in play.                                                                                                               
CHAIR MICCICHE  said his concern  is whether  or not that  can be                                                               
encumbered  and qualified  under  this program  with the  current                                                               
stage of the  bridge. Is there a  way it can be  counted as being                                                               
repurposed if the project is further along?                                                                                     
COMMISSIONER  LUIKEN responded  that  the thing  to recognize  is                                                               
that these  all have the  opportunity to be repurposed,  but they                                                               
don't have to be. However, they have to be obligated by 2019.                                                                   
CHAIR  MICCICHE  said   he  was  looking  for   a  definition  of                                                               
MR.  VIGUE  answered  that  in   order  for  the  funding  to  be                                                               
obligated, a  project agreement  would be put  in place  and sent                                                               
over to  the Federal Highway  Administration for approval.  It is                                                               
basically   a  contract   between   the   Alaska  Department   of                                                               
Transportation and  Public Facilities  (DOTPF) and the  FHWA that                                                               
commits funding to a project.                                                                                                   
4:07:36 PM                                                                                                                    
SENATOR  BISHOP asked  if the  repurposed project  has to  be 100                                                               
percent permitted. Could  the money be obligated by  2019 but yet                                                               
still be waiting on a few permits to come in?                                                                                   
MR.  VIGUE answered  that it  depends on  what phase  of work  is                                                               
being obligated.  If one is  obligating construction  money, then                                                               
all of  the permits  must be in  place. A  Project Specifications                                                               
and Estimates (PSE) package is  needed. An estimate must be done,                                                               
right-of-way certified, and utilities squared away.                                                                             
SENATOR BISHOP asked  if one wants to obligate to  a project, but                                                               
is on the  front end of the permitting, could  the funds still be                                                               
obligated to it. And what if  you identify a project in 2019, but                                                               
won't   receive   all  the   permits   until   2026,  could   you                                                               
theoretically obligate that money to the project?                                                                               
MR. VIGUE  answered you  wouldn't be able  to obligate  the funds                                                               
for  construction, but  it depends  on  how much  money you  have                                                               
already. If  you had $2  million available and a  design estimate                                                               
of $4 million, and the EIS  is done, you could obligate the money                                                               
for final  design. It  depends on  what phase  the project  is in                                                               
when  the money  is  being obligated.  The  typical stages  where                                                               
money  is obligated  is by  starting the  project and  obligating                                                               
funds through the  environmental document (EIS). Once  the EIS is                                                               
complete, then funds can be  obligated for the right-of-way phase                                                               
or  for final  design.  Once  those are  complete,  funds can  be                                                               
obligated  for construction.  You can't  obligate funds  ahead of                                                               
time to hold it for the project later on.                                                                                       
SENATOR  BISHOP  asked if  having  an  EIS  in hand  changes  the                                                               
picture on obligating the funds 100 percent to the project.                                                                     
MR. VIGUE  answered not really,  because if you want  to obligate                                                               
money  for the  construction phase,  which is  where most  of the                                                               
large sums  are, you still  have to have  a PSE package  in order                                                               
for  the  FHWA  to  approve  the obligation.  If  you  have  your                                                               
environmental document  in hand, you could  obligate right-of-way                                                               
acquisition  phase or  final  design  phase, but  it  must be  in                                                               
CHAIR  MICCICHE  asked  if obligated  earmarked  federal  dollars                                                               
could be used as a federal match.                                                                                               
MR. VIGUE answered no.                                                                                                          
4:12:04 PM                                                                                                                    
CO-CHAIR HUGHES asked  when legislators might see  the draft list                                                               
of projects and if it would then go out for public comment.                                                                     
MR. VIGUE  answered that  a project  is already  in the  STIP, it                                                               
doesn't have to go out for  public comment. They are going out to                                                               
the  communities and  asking  for their  input,  because some  of                                                               
these  earmarks were  asked for  by  the communities  and not  by                                                               
DOTPF. The  idea is that the  department will come up  with their                                                               
best  recommendation based  on what  is shovel-ready  and present                                                               
that to  the various stakeholders  where the earmark  resides and                                                               
get some feedback.                                                                                                              
CO-CHAIR HUGHES asked when legislators would see the list.                                                                      
MR.  VIGUE  replied  in  a  couple  of  weeks.  They  still  need                                                               
clarification from FHWA and internal review.                                                                                    
CHAIR MICCICHE  said he assumed  the money  is useful on  a lower                                                               
dollar project  that can  be funded  with the  repurposed earmark                                                               
that  can't be  used as  a federal  match and  wouldn't save  the                                                               
state in general fund matching dollars on a larger project.                                                                     
MR. VIGUE said that was correct.                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  HUGHES thanked  the chair  for accommodating  the House                                                               
Transportation Committee.                                                                                                       
CHAIR MICCICHE thanked Mr. Vigue and Commissioner Luiken.                                                                       
4:15:30 PM                                                                                                                    
CHAIR  MICCICHE, finding  no other  business to  come before  the                                                               
committee, adjourned the  Senate Transportation Committee meeting                                                               
at 4:15 p.m.                                                                                                                    

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
Repurposing Congressional Earmarks Senate Transportation Committee 3-29-....pptx STRA 3/29/2016 3:30:00 PM
H.R. 2029 Repurposing Alaska's Earmarks
FHWA Earmark Repurposing.pdf STRA 3/29/2016 3:30:00 PM
H.R. 2029 FHWA Earmark Repurposing
DOT&PF Earmark Repurpose.pdf STRA 3/29/2016 3:30:00 PM
H.R. 2029 DOTPF Earmark Repurpose
2016 Earmark Repurpose Alaska by House District.pdf STRA 3/29/2016 3:30:00 PM
H.R. 2029 Alaska Earmark Repurpose by House District