Legislature(2019 - 2020)SENATE FINANCE 532

05/03/2019 09:00 AM FINANCE

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SENATE BILL NO. 19                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
     "An  Act   making  appropriations,   including  capital                                                                    
     appropriations,       supplemental      appropriations,                                                                    
     reappropriations,  and   other  appropriations;  making                                                                    
     appropriations to  capitalize funds; and  providing for                                                                    
     an effective date."                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:04:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof relayed that  the committee had heard the                                                                    
bill on March  12, 2019, at which time  public testimony had                                                                    
been taken.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   Stedman  MOVED   to   ADOPT  proposed   committee                                                                    
substitute  for SB  19,  Work  Draft 31-GS1904\K  (Caouette,                                                                    
5/2/19).                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof OBJECTED for discussion.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:05:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SHAREEN CROSBY, STAFF, SENATOR  NATASHA VON IMHOF, discussed                                                                    
the changes  to the  bill. She  stated that  when evaluating                                                                    
projects,  the  priorities of  the  capital  budget were  to                                                                    
maximize federal match, ensure  health and safety, determine                                                                    
reasonable  deferred maintenance,  and protecting  access to                                                                    
resources through  bridges, roads, airports, and  ports. She                                                                    
discussed  the changes  to the  legislation and  highlighted                                                                    
the following appropriations in the bill:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, Line 16                                                                                                            
     Department   of   Commerce,  Community   and   Economic                                                                    
     Development                                                                                                                
     Alaska  Energy  Authority      Rural  Outdoor  Lighting                                                                    
     Efficiency Retrofit                                                                                                        
     $1,000,000 GF                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
     Page 2, Line 19                                                                                                            
     Department   of   Commerce,  Community   and   Economic                                                                    
     Development                                                                                                                
     Alaska Railroad: Seward Dock Replacement                                                                                   
     $3,100,000 GF                                                                                                              
     Page 2, Line 24                                                                                                            
     Department of Commerce, Community and Economic                                                                             
     Development                                                                                                                
     Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA)                                                                                  
     $7,420,000 GF                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby  said that  Page  3  reflected funding  for  the                                                                    
Alaska  Marine Highway  System (AMHS)  and additional  small                                                                    
district grants.                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby continued with the line items:                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
     Page 4, Line 13                                                                                                            
     Department of Corrections                                                                                                  
     Juneau    Lemon Creek Correctional Center Laundry                                                                          
     Expansion                                                                                                                  
     $420,000 GF                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby noted  that intent  language had  been added  on                                                                    
Page 5,  Line 30, to  allocate up to $2,000,000  of Pittman-                                                                    
Robertson  federal   funds  for  agreements   with  nonstate                                                                    
entities,  the  Alaska  Mental Trust  Authority,  and  local                                                                    
governments  that provided  the required  federal match  for                                                                    
eligible Pittman-Robertson projects.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  continued with the  line items. Page 6,  line 12                                                                    
included  $47,600,000  for statewide  deferred  maintenance.                                                                    
She  noted that  the monetary  request was  the same  as the                                                                    
governors,  but the  fund sources had been  changed. Line 18                                                                    
was a state  match of $500,000, for federal  funds that went                                                                    
directly to the Code Blue Project.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:11:13 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  continued to  address the  changes to  the bill.                                                                    
Line  29   listed  $2,500,000   for  the   Arctic  Strategic                                                                    
Transportation  and  Resources  and  was  the  same  as  the                                                                    
governors   request.  She  relayed  that Page  7,  line  17,                                                                    
reflected  the  addition  of  $120,000  for  the  Jonesville                                                                    
Public   Use  Area   Management   Plan,  specifically,   for                                                                    
detailing the  expenditure and  scope of  the work  from the                                                                    
Department of Natural Resources.  She furthered that Line 32                                                                    
reflected    receipts    of   $250,000    from    snowmobile                                                                    
registrations for the Snowmobile Trail Development Program.                                                                     
Page 8,  line 3,  showed $2.5 million  for the  South Denali                                                                    
Visitors   Center, which  was 10  percent of  the governors                                                                     
total  request.  Line  5  reflected  the  addition  of  $1.4                                                                    
million in  federal funds for  the Specialty Crop  Grant for                                                                    
Peony Research.  She said that  Line 20 listed  the addition                                                                    
of  $1 million  for the  Alaska Housing  Finance Corporation                                                                    
(AHFC)  Cold Climate  Housing Research,  Line  24 showed  $5                                                                    
million in GF and $2 million  in other funds for AHFC Energy                                                                    
Programs  Weatherization.   Page  9,  Line  8,   listed  the                                                                    
addition  of $1.75  million for  AHFC  Teacher, Health,  and                                                                    
Public Safety  Professional Housing.  She relayed  that Line                                                                    
13  and  16 added  funds  for  AMHS,  $3 million  and  $13.5                                                                    
million,  respectively. She  shared  that Line  26 showed  a                                                                    
reduction  of  $2.5 million,  down  to  $12.5 million,  with                                                                    
intent  language  encouraging   the  department  to  improve                                                                    
standard operating procedures for fleet management.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:14:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Olson  considered  the $2.5  million  decrease  for                                                                    
fleet management. He asked whether  the decreased funds were                                                                    
federal funds.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
ROB  CARPENTER,   ANALYST,  LEGISLATIVE   FINANCE  DIVISION,                                                                    
stated that the funds were  comprised of collected fees from                                                                    
all agencies for the rental and leasing of state equipment.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:15:09 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  continued to  address the  changes to  the bill.                                                                    
She spoke to Page 10, line  4, which were $60 million, which                                                                    
came back in  $690 million federal match. She  said that $25                                                                    
million had  been added  in the  CS and  was a  fully funded                                                                    
match  to maximize  the federal  highway funds.  She remined                                                                    
the  committee that  the  funds had  been  changed from  the                                                                    
governors  reappropriation from the  M/V Tustumena. She said                                                                    
that  intent language  had been  added  to Lines  9 and  20,                                                                    
requesting  a  quarterly  report   form  the  Department  of                                                                    
Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) on projects.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby  addressed  Page  11,  line  13,  pertaining  to                                                                    
University   deferred  maintenance.   She   said  that   the                                                                    
governors   original  request  had been  increased  from  $5                                                                    
million to $10 million;  the current UA deferred maintenance                                                                    
backlog was $1.2 billion.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  addressed page 12,  which reflected  the funding                                                                    
sources, by agency, for Section 1.                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  looked at Section  4 on page 17,  which included                                                                    
FY  19  Supplemental  Capital   Projects  requested  by  the                                                                    
governor.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:17:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  informed the public  that in an  effort to                                                                    
maintain   a   positive   working  relationship   with   the                                                                    
administration, the legislature  had extended the governor's                                                                    
deadline for submitting budget amendments.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:18:18 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop  appreciated that  funds had remained  in the                                                                    
bill for  the Statewide Per- and  Polyfluoroalkyl Substances                                                                    
Response.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:18:43 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  addressed Sections 5 and  6 on pages 19  and 20,                                                                    
which  listed  fund sources  for  Section  4. She  spoke  to                                                                    
Section  7, which  was the  Department of  Corrections (DOC)                                                                    
Inmate Health Supplemental for $3  million, requested by the                                                                    
governor. Section 8 contained  standard language for RPLs or                                                                    
receipts.   Section  9   contained  standard   language  for                                                                    
agencies to  collect and expend  insurance claims.  Line 20,                                                                    
Section  10 contained  national Petroleum  Reserve    Alaska                                                                    
Impact Grant Program language for FY 19 and FY 20.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby looked at page 24  of the CS, Sections 11 and 12.                                                                    
Section  11a was  a  $200,000 grant  for  earnings from  the                                                                    
Exxon  Valdez  oil  spill restoration  fund  to  the  Prince                                                                    
William Sound  Science Center. Section  11b was  $125,000 in                                                                    
lapsing  cruise  funds going  to  the  Railroad Seward  Dock                                                                    
Planning.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby addressed 12a, which  was a $125,000 supplemental                                                                    
reappropriation  requested  by  the governor  for  abandoned                                                                    
school site assessments.  She said that 12b  stated that the                                                                    
proceeds from the sale of  Department of Education and Early                                                                    
Development  (DEED)  state-owned   land  in  Sitka  received                                                                    
during  the fiscal  years  ending June  30,  2020, June  30,                                                                    
2021,  and  June  30,  2022,  are to  be  allocated  to  Mt.                                                                    
Edgecumbe boarding school. state-owned lands sold in Sitka                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:21:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman clarified that the  lands were held by DEED                                                                    
for the  boarding school  and if  the properties  were sold,                                                                    
the benefit should be for the school.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:21:52 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  addressed Page 25,  line 10; which  combined the                                                                    
request for troopers, wildlife  troopers, and VPSO equipment                                                                    
into one appropriation of $659,958,000.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby moved to Page 26,  Section 14a - sale of any AMHS                                                                    
assets went  to the AMHS  Vessel Replacement Fund.  She said                                                                    
that  14b stated  that reappropriation  of  $1.6 million  in                                                                    
completed project harbor project  funds would be returned to                                                                    
the harbor facility matching grant  fund. Section 15 was the                                                                    
governor  requested, late  amendment, for  receipt authority                                                                    
for the  Alaska Gasline Development Corporation  (AGDC), not                                                                    
to exceed $25 million.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:23:07 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Wielechowski   was  curious  about   the  statutory                                                                    
designated   program  through   which   the  Department   of                                                                    
Environmental  Conservation (DEC)  could receive  up to  $25                                                                    
million.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof did not  know the exact program  but did                                                                    
know  that this  item  had  been seen  over  the years.  She                                                                    
believed  that  the  receipt authority  was  to  finish  the                                                                    
Federal  Energy Regulatory  Commission  (FERC) process.  She                                                                    
said that  large oil companies  that were doing  business in                                                                    
the state  were interested in  seeing the FERC  process meet                                                                    
completion. The  analysis had shown  that an  additional $25                                                                    
million for the next 18 to  24 months in order to finish the                                                                    
analysis and permitting.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Wielechowski had  no  problem  with the  completion                                                                    
with the  FERC process  but was curious  of the  fund source                                                                    
for the appropriation.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Carpenter stated  that the  cited fund  source was  the                                                                    
statutory designated program  receipts, which included third                                                                    
party, non-state. Non-federal receipts coming to the state.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:24:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman  recalled  that  there  were  hundreds  of                                                                    
millions of dollars invested in  the FERC permit, which held                                                                    
value even  if there was  no project. He wondered  whether a                                                                    
financial  summary  of  the  cost  to  the  state  could  be                                                                    
provided to the committee.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof added that  Mr. Carpenter could request a                                                                    
short summary from AGDC of the  cost of the FERC process and                                                                    
what timeframe that was expected for completion.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:26:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Hoffman  thought that  the timeframe  for completion                                                                    
of the process was critical information.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:26:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby relayed that she had notes from AGDC:                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
      Senate proposes very limited receipt authority to                                                                      
        permit AGDC  to accept  $25  million of  third-party                                                                    
        money to help complete  defined tasks at  hand; very                                                                    
        narrow proposal  versus last  years  denied  request                                                                    
        for unlimited receipt authority.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
      Should  AGDC   successfully   attract   third-party                                                                    
        funding, it sends a very powerful market signal that                                                                    
        Alaska LNG is on the right course.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
      AGDC taking very measured approach to Alaska LNG                                                                       
        project, focusing  on  FERC  permitting and  partner                                                                    
        engagement so the state does not have to pay, build,                                                                    
        run Alaska LNG.                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
      AGDC will continue to consult with legislature at                                                                      
        every decision point along the way.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      There is no loss of project control to the state at                                                                    
        this funding level.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
      The third-party funding would allow AGDC to extend                                                                     
        remaining funds further and off-set the need for any                                                                    
        additional state funds at this point  when the state                                                                    
        is in a budget crunch.                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:28:08 AM                                                                                                                    
Co-Chair  Stedman  pointed  out  that  Alaska  Oil  and  Gas                                                                    
Conservation  Commission (AOGCC)  was  the regulatory  body;                                                                    
and just  because an entity  received a permit did  not mean                                                                    
that  there was  a project.  FERC could  issue multiple  LNG                                                                    
export  permits   across  the  country  but   that  did  not                                                                    
guarantee that a project would be built. He                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:28:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby  continued to  page 27  and addressed  Section 16                                                                    
pertaining  to the  District 10  library reappropriation  to                                                                    
another library  in the  same district.  Section 17  was the                                                                    
scope change  of the project  in District 35-36.  Section 18                                                                    
was  the reappropriation  of the  Office  of the  Governors                                                                     
lapsing funds back to their  office, as requested. She added                                                                    
that the word   redistricting  had been added  to the langue                                                                    
to accommodate census language in the section.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:29:41 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski spoke to Section 18, lines 27-30:                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
      estimated  balance of  $1,100,000, are  reappropriated                                                                    
     to  the  Office  of  the  Governor  for  capital  costs                                                                    
     relating  to  advancing   the  governors   initiatives,                                                                    
     including  elections  voting   system  replacement  and                                                                    
     security,   and   state   government   efficiency   and                                                                    
     consolidation initiatives.                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Wielechowski asked  whether there  was more  detail                                                                    
available about the aspects of the section.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby stated  that there  were  election systems  that                                                                    
needed upgrades.  She offered to  get more  information from                                                                    
the administration.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski was interested  to understand what kind                                                                    
of  voting   system  replacement  and  security   was  being                                                                    
purchased.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von Imhof  echoed  Senator Wielechowskis   request                                                                    
for more information on Section 18.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:30:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche  recalled that there had  been an increment                                                                    
denied in  the Operating  Budget that  was being  covered by                                                                    
reappropriations  in the  Capital Budget.  He stressed  that                                                                    
these were  not additional  funds but unexpended  funds from                                                                    
the past.                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby agreed.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:31:22 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Shower spoke  to his  understanding of  the states                                                                     
election  system.  He  shared   that  the  director  of  the                                                                    
Division of  Elections had testified  that the  division was                                                                    
currently under a bid for proposals.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:31:54 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski  was curious about the  items listed in                                                                    
the beginning of  Section 18. He wondered why  the money was                                                                    
not being spent on what had been previously authorized.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby agreed to provide the information later.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:32:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby moved  to  page 28,  Section  19; pertaining  to                                                                    
reappropriation   of   Legislative   funds   back   to   the                                                                    
Legislature  for Legislative  Capital  Projects. Section  20                                                                    
pertained to  the Alaska Housing  Capital Corporation.   She                                                                    
detailed that her  office had met with every  agency and had                                                                    
scrubbed  any lapsing  funds.  She stated  that  due to  the                                                                    
fiscal  situation, it  was decided  that  all lapsing  funds                                                                    
would go into one fund  entitled, the Alaska Housing Capital                                                                    
Corporation  Fund, where  the funds  would  remain until  FY                                                                    
2020.                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof detailed  that the  reason for  the fund                                                                    
movement was due  to the long list  of reappropriations. She                                                                    
said  that time  constraints  prevented  the legislature  to                                                                    
reappropriate them  individually; the additional  time would                                                                    
allow the legislature to plan  for FY 2020 and reappropriate                                                                    
equivalently across  projects while  also knowing  the final                                                                    
balance.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:34:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Micciche was  curious  about  the Sterling  Highway                                                                    
road widening  (Page 31,  line 29). He  noted that  the road                                                                    
was  very busy  in the  summer and  assumed that  before the                                                                    
funds  were swept  that a  status  of the  project had  been                                                                    
investigated and  that DOT  had agreed  that the  funds were                                                                    
not needed in the immediate.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby stated that all  funds that were lapsing had been                                                                    
approved by the respective agencies.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:35:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop  thought some of  the projects dated  back to                                                                    
2007 and could be closed out.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof stated all  projects would be  closed by                                                                    
Juneau  2019,  and had  been  approved  by their  respective                                                                    
agency.                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:36:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski  requested more  information concerning                                                                    
Page  30,  line  12  and   Page  31,  line  25,  which  were                                                                    
reappropriations that effected his district.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:36:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Shower  expressed  concern  for  the  combining  of                                                                    
appropriations on  Page 25, line  10. He said that  he would                                                                    
be monitoring the issue.                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:37:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  von   Imhof  reminded   that  the   committee  was                                                                    
discussing  $5.4 million  that  could  be reappropriated  as                                                                    
general funds,  matching funds, or  to give  districts funds                                                                    
for playgrounds,  parks, etc. She  stressed that  by putting                                                                    
the  funds into  a big  slush fund,  it was  possible ensure                                                                    
that  all  districts  received   the  same  amount;  or,  an                                                                    
argument  could be  made  line by  line.  She asserted  that                                                                    
those  discussions  would  occur  in  the  next  legislative                                                                    
session.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:38:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair Stedman  explained that conversations  had occurred                                                                    
with the other  body concerning how to deal  with the funds.                                                                    
He thought  the proposed action  was the fairest  way handle                                                                    
the funds at this time.  He emphasized that accounting would                                                                    
ensure that information on the  genesis of the project funds                                                                    
was known.  He stated that the  action was to close  out all                                                                    
the old projects around the state and move forward.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair   von   Imhof   added   that   school   bond   debt                                                                    
reimbursement was still on a  hiatus. She suggested that the                                                                    
$5.4   million  could   come  in   handy  for   school  debt                                                                    
renovation. She believed that waiting  a year to revisit how                                                                    
the money should be spent was prudent.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:41:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Micciche  appreciated Co-Chair von  Imhof's approach                                                                    
on the matter.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:41:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson asked whether any  of the $5.4 million balance                                                                    
included   lapsing  grants   by   Department  of   Commerce,                                                                    
Community and Economic Development.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
Mr.  Carpenter  informed that  some  of  the funds  included                                                                    
lapsing grants. He could not speak to the amount.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
9:42:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms. Crosby agreed  to provide Senator Olson  with an amount.                                                                    
She addressed Section  21 of the bill,  which covered lapsed                                                                    
provisions.  Line 19  of Section  22  was the  retroactivity                                                                    
clause. Section 23 through 25 contained effective dates.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby  referenced   a  document  entitled  "Multi-year                                                                    
Agency Summary - FY 2020 Senate Structure" (copy on file).                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:43:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Hoffman   asked  about   the  specificity   of  the                                                                    
effective date.                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                
                                   th                                                                                           
Mr.  Carpenter  said  that  May  15    had  been  chosen  in                                                                    
anticipation  that  it   would  be  the  last   day  of  the                                                                    
legislative session.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:44:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Wielechowski asked  for  more detail  on the  ASTAR                                                                    
project, Page  6, lines  29 and  30. He  wanted to  know how                                                                    
much  had  been appropriated  and  how  the money  had  been                                                                    
spent.                                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby  was  happy to  provide  additional  details  to                                                                    
Senator Wielechowski.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof recalled that  the project was a  way to                                                                    
connect the North Slope communities with broadband.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:45:12 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Olson  recalled that there was  a commercial impetus                                                                    
to move the project forward.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof thought some  of the  guiding principles                                                                    
of the capital  budget had been not only  health and safety,                                                                    
but connecting Alaskans to each  other, and providing access                                                                    
to healthcare,  education, and resources. She  felt that the                                                                    
ASTAR project embodied those principals.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:45:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Wielechowski  asked about the South  Denali Visitors                                                                    
Center, Page  8, lines 3  and 4. He wanted  more information                                                                    
about how the  funds would be used. He  wondered whether the                                                                    
state would  assume ownership  or receive  financial benefit                                                                    
from the investment.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof  stated that request was  intended to get                                                                    
the project started  and begin planning. She  thought it was                                                                    
dependent upon the  level of the state's  involvement in the                                                                    
future.  There  was  an  expectation that  a  fee  would  be                                                                    
charged at  the center. There was  a lot of pressure  on the                                                                    
Denali park  and another entrance closer  to Anchorage could                                                                    
relieve  some  of that  pressure.  She  reiterated that  the                                                                    
project was in the planning stages.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:47:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator  Bishop  thought  there  was  a  goal  to  fund  the                                                                    
Division of  Parks and  Outdoor Recreation  entirely through                                                                    
designated general funds.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:48:02 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Ms.  Crosby  noted  that the  Legislative  Finance  Division                                                                    
would have  capital budget reports posted  to their website.                                                                    
She  relayed that  the statewide  total for  the budget  was                                                                    
$1,385,715,700. The  UGF total  was $172,086,300;  DGF total                                                                    
was  $55,112,000;  other  funds  totaled  $114,491,300;  and                                                                    
federal funds totaled $1,044,026,100.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von  Imhof WITHDREW her OBJECTION.  She stated that                                                                    
amendments were due by noon Monday, May 6, 2019.                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair  Stedman thanked  Co-Chair von  Imhof for  her hard                                                                    
work on  the capital budget.  He discussed his past  work on                                                                    
the  capital budget  and recalled  the tremendous  amount of                                                                    
work it took to craft the budget.                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
Co-Chair von Imhof thanked her  staff Shareen Crosby and Rob                                                                    
Carpenter.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:50:33 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
Senator Bishop echoed the comments of Co-Chair von Imhof.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
SB  19  was   HEARD  and  HELD  in   committee  for  further                                                                    
consideration.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
SB 19 Work Draft Version K.pdf SFIN 5/3/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 19
SB 19 SCS Bill Total Multi-Year Agency Summary - Copy.pdf SFIN 5/3/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 19
SB 19 Senate CS Sectional Analysis - K Version.docx SFIN 5/3/2019 9:00:00 AM
SB 19