Request this testimony be placed on the record on the documents for SB22.
Chairman Hoffman, Committee members, I am David Boyle, Executive Director of the Alaska Policy Forum, a nonprofit which takes no funding from federal, state or local governments. I am speaking for myself and those who are not aware of what is happening in this state. Many legislators have stated that it is just too hard to cut the Operating Budget. This is because of the many special interests who are feeding at the trough of state government. The trough has dried up and now these same special interests want Alaskans to fill that trough with their wealth. To make it easier for you, I have reviewed SB22 and have provided a listing of those areas/programs which are not core services of the state and not necessary to fund. I have listed these as SB22 page numbers, line item, amount and the number of PFDs for the program.
Page line Name Amount PFDs
3 33 AK Land Mobile Radio $4.4M 4,400
6 16 AK Gasline Devlpt Corp $10.3M 10,300
10 19 Dept of Ed IT $1M 1,000
10 31 PreK $2M 2,000
10 30 Earl Learning Coord $8.6M 8,600
11 5 1% For Art Council $2.8M 2,800
13 13 State Libraries/Museums $10.1M 10,100
11 25 WWAMI $3M 3,000
11 27 AK Performance Schol $11.8M 11,800
19 19 Performance Bonus DHSS $6M 6,000
20 17 Adult prev dental DHSS $15.6M 15,600
21 26 AK Safety Advis Council $161K 161
22 19 AK VOTEC $15M 15,000
25 8 AK Aerospace Corp $11M 11,000
27 24 Troopers Special Projects $2.6M 2,600
29 29 Prisoner Transport Troopers $2.3M 2,300
36 13 UAF Org Research $55M 55,000
TOTAL $161,661M 161,661 PFDs
All of the above are not core services required by the Alaska Constitution. There are many more suggested cuts, by Department, at www.missioncriticalalaska.com.
One very large source of funds that is not addressed above is the number of “funded, vacant” positions. As you know, it is very difficult to get any valid information from the Administration on these positions. I believe that there may be more than 2,500 funded, vacant positions. Valuing these positions at $100,000 means that more than $250,000,000 could be saved. Recommend you subpoena the Administration to ascertain the real number of funded, vacant positions. We cannot afford not to.
It is time to make the “hard” decisions to save the private economy of Alaska. Otherwise, you may deepen the recession. You were elected to do the people’s work, not the work of special interests and lobbyists. You hold the future of Alaska in your hands and you will be held accountable in the history books which way forward Alaska goes–bigger government or a prosperous Alaska. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my position.