Friends and Neighbors,
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA PUBLIC TESTIMONY
Many of you have contacted me regarding the University and the impact the proposed cuts may have. I want you to know that I am listening. I support the University and recognize its importance to the state.
As Chair of the University of Alaska Subcommittee, I oversaw the University’s budget in the House. We supported the Governor’s proposed funding plan of $325 million.
The Senate recently voted on their version of the FY18 Operating Budget, which includes a 7% cut, equivalent to $22 million, to the University’s funding.
The University recognizes it needs to be less dependent on the state funding. However, drastic cuts in a short amount of time hurt the University, its students, and the state. An educated workforce is imperative to the state’s success and we cannot achieve that without the University. The University needs the state, and the state needs the University- we cannot forget that.
I will be holding a public comment meeting to hear your concerns on the proposed impacts:
- Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 1-4:30 pm
I want the University and its students, employees, and supporters to be adequately heard by the Legislature. We want to hear the public’s opinion on the proposed cuts and their impacts on the University. I urge you to write, call, or testify in-person and share your thoughts. We will be listening.
PHONE CALL: Testimony is limited to two minutes.
Arrive at the Fairbanks Legislative Information Office 15 minutes before the end of the allotted time period for testimony. Please sign in at the LIO no later than 4:15 pm.
LIO Address: 1292 Saddler Way, Fairbanks, AK
(next to Home Depot)
If you do not have access, call the Fairbanks LIO at 907-452-4448 to join the live teleconference on Saturday. You can also call the Juneau LIO ahead of time at 907-465-4648 to get the number to phone in on Saturday. Hang up immediately after testifying to keep lines open.
In the interest of time, if you are a member of a group with the same message please select a spokesperson to testify for the entire group.
WRITE: E-mail your written testimony to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For HB 74, send your e-mail to the House Finance Committee.
IN-PERSON: Try to arrive 15 minutes early to the committee room. Sign in, and wait to be called.