Legislature(1999 - 2000)
2000-02-09 House JournalFull Journal pdf
2000-02-09 House Journal Page 2145 HB 343 HOUSE BILL NO. 343 by the House Rules Committee by request of the Governor, entitled: "An Act making and amending capital, supplemental, and other appropriations and reappropriations; making a reappropriation under art. IX, sec. 17(c), Constitution of the State of Alaska, from the constitutional budget reserve fund; making appropriations to capitalize funds; ratifying certain expenditures; and providing for an effective date." was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee. A sectional analysis from the Office of the Governor was attached and is on file in the Chief Clerk's office. The Governor's transmittal letter dated February 7, 2000, appears below: 2000-02-09 House Journal Page 2146 HB 343 "Dear Speaker Porter: Today I transmit to you the FY2000 supplemental appropriation bill. As you know, several formula programs such as the Longevity Bonus, Foster Care and Medicaid were significantly underfunded in the budget passed by the legislature last May. Since these are statutory obligations, we must fulfill them in this supplemental. I want to express my concern that the legislature is returning to a pattern of initially underfunding certain state obligations such as formula programs and lease payments, and not providing any up-front deposits to the fire suppression and disaster relief funds. Over the past few years, we made considerable progress together toward more complete budgeting up front and less reliance on supplementals. I regret seeing the return to old habits. Despite the need to fully fund these obligations, the general fund amount in this bill is within the $16.5 million supplemental "place holder." This is in part due to a sizeable reduction in the general fund needed to meet the statutory commitment for full funding of the K-12 foundation formula and use of excess Y2K funds. This supplemental bill includes a section for the ongoing Central Gulf Coast storm disaster even though, as I noted in my transmittal of the disaster declaration, we do not yet have an idea of how much will be required to address it. Since I am optimistic that a federal disaster will be declared, federal financial support is included in that section. As soon as we have disaster cost estimates, we will forward them to you immediately. Sincerely, /s/ Tony Knowles Governor"