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2015-02-04 Senate Journal

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SB 40                                                                                                                         
SENATE BILL NO. 40 BY THE SENATE RULES COMMITTEE                                                                                
BY REQUEST OF THE GOVERNOR, entitled:                                                                                           
          "An Act making supplemental appropriations, capital                                                                   
          appropriations, and other appropriations; making                                                                      
          reappropriations; amending appropriations; repealing                                                                  
          appropriations; making appropriations to capitalize                                                                   
          funds; and providing for an effective date."                                                                          
was read the first time and referred to the Finance Committee.                                                                  
Governor's transmittal letter dated February 2:                                                                                 
Dear President Meyer:                                                                                                           
Under the authority of Article III, Section 18 of the Alaska                                                                    
Constitution, I am transmitting a bill relating to supplemental                                                                 
appropriations for the State's operating and capital budgets for Fiscal                                                         
Year 2015 (FY2015).                                                                                                             
A limited number of requests that were not anticipated when the                                                                 
FY2015 budget was considered during the 2014 legislative session are                                                            
being submitted for your consideration.                                                                                         
The largest supplemental request is due to the new Medicaid                                                                     
Enterprise System defects that resulted in FY2014 expenditures being                                                            
recorded in FY2015, as directed by Legislative Audit's review. This                                                             
resulted in a large general fund lapse in FY2014 and shortfall in                                                               

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FY2015. The second significant supplemental request is the repeal of                                                            
one-time education funding for FY2016 and FY2017. Although                                                                      
education is among my highest priorities, all areas of the budget,                                                              
including priority areas, must be reduced.                                                                                      
Thank you for your consideration of this bill.                                                                                  
Bill Walker