Representative Christopher Kurka
Republican, District 7
State Representative 2021-present
 
Representative Kevin McCabe
Republican, District 8
State Representative 2021-present
 
Representative George Rauscher
Republican, District 9
State Representative 2017-present

During the 2018 session, Representative Rauscher’s support for the UA system was not apparent. He voted against HB221, which allows the Commission on Postsecondary Education to partner with the UA system to improve workforce training. HB221 passed the House and Senate. As a member of the minority caucus, he voted against the House operating   budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system. Representative Rauscher voted against the FY19 operating   budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating   budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

During 2019, Representative Rauscher demonstrated no support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, he voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating   budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Rauscher was excused for voting on HB2001 and on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Rauscher voted no. On March 28th, Representative Rauscher was excused from voting on the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 

Representative Rauscher voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.   Representative Rauscher was the sponsor of HB282 which would create an Office of Public Policy Events at each UA campus.  HB282 was referred to the Education Committee and no action was taken.

 
Representative David Eastman
Republican, District 10
State Representative 2017-present

During the 2018 session, Representative Eastman’s support for the UA system was not apparent.  He voted against HB221, which allows the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to partner with the UA system to improve workforce training. HB221 passed the House and Senate. As a member of the minority caucus, he voted against the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system. Representative Eastman voted against the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation.

 

During 2019, Representative Eastman demonstrated no support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, he voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  During the floor debate, Representative Eastman introduced an amendment calling for the UA system to adopt a goal of a 32.5% graduation rate.  The amendment failed by a vote of 7-31.

After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Eastman voted against HB2001 and against SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Eastman voted no. On March 28th, Representative Eastman also voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 

Representative Eastman was the sponsor of HB295 which would require the universities to remain neutral on public policy matters.  HB295 was referred to the State Affairs Committee and no action was taken. Representative Eastman voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP. Representative Eastman voted no on HB268 which would expand the financing options for the UA system and increase the cap to $500m. HB268 was passed 33-4 by the House and referred to the Senate where no action was taken. Representative Eastman voted no on SB241 which provides federal COVID-19 funding for the universities and provides Good Samaritan protection for Alaska manufacturers working on increasing the supply of personal protection equipment. SB241 passed the House 34-1.

 
Representative DeLena Johnson
Republican, District 11
State Representative 2017-present

During the 2018 session, Representative Johnson did not support the UA system. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  She also supported amendment #9 that attempted to remove all funding for the Live Homework Help program, which is regularly used by UAA students.  Amendment #9 failed and the funding was retained. Representative Johnson voted against the FY19 operating  budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system. Representative Johnson voted for the FY19 capital budget that appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

During 2019, Representative Johnson demonstrated very little support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  As a member of the House Education Subcommittee, Representative Johnson walked out of the subcommittee close out meeting refusing to cast a vote.  The subcommittee was in favor of retaining funding for WWAMI and the Live Homework Help programs.

 

After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Johnson voted against HB2001 while voting for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Johnson voted no. On March 28th, Representative Johnson also voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Johnson voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  Representative Johnson voted do pass on HB155 which would add career and technical education to the Alaska Performance Scholarship program. HB155 was referred to House Finance and no action was taken.

 
Representative Cathy Tilton
Republican, District 12
State Representative 2015-present

During the 2018 session, Representative Tilton’s lack of support for the UA system was noticeable.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, she was one of three committee members to vote against amendment UA1 that added $19 million to the UA system’s budget.  UA1 passed the committee 8-3.  She also voted against UA2, which corrected a technical error in funding the UAA’s Alaska Justice Information Center. UA2 passed 7-4. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system. Representative Tilton voted against the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

During 2019, Representative Tilton demonstrated no support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Tilton voted to cut the UA budget by an additional $36m.  The amendment failed by a 3-8 vote.   After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Tilton voted against HB2001 and against SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, as a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Tilton voted to remove the $10.5m for compensation increases for the universities which was approved by the university finance subcommittee.  The amendment removing the funding passed 9-2 with Representatives Josephson and Wool voting in opposition.

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Tilton voted no.  As a member of the Conference Committee Representative Tilton did not object to the Senate version of the operating budget for the UA system. However, on March 28th, Representative Tilton voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating  budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Tilton voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Tilton voted do pass on HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.

 
 
Representative Kevin McCarty
Republican, District 13
State Representative 2021-present
Representative Kelly Merrick
Republican, District 14
State Representative 2018-present

During 2019, Representative Merrick demonstrated very little support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Merrick was excused from the vote on HB2001 and voted for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, as a member of the House Finance Committee Representative Merrick voted to remove the $10.5m for compensation increases for the universities which was approved by the university house subcommittee.  The amendment removing the funding passed 9-2 with Representatives Josephson and Wool voting in opposition.  On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Merrick voted no.  On March 28th, Representative Merrick was excused from voting on the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.  Representative Merrick was excused from the house vote on HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 

 
Representative David Nelson
Republican, District 15
State Representative 2021-present
 
Representative Ivy Sponholz
Democrat, District 16
State Representative 2016-present

In 2018, Representative Spohnholz was a sponsor of HB233, which reauthorized the Alaska Education Tax Credit and a sponsor of SB 198, which directed UAA’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies to conduct a research study on long-acting contraception to high risk women.  As a member of the majority caucus, Representative Spohnholz supported the UA system by voting for the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  She voted for the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

In 2019 Representative Spohnholz was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor. After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Spohnholz voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

Representative Spohnholz was instrumental in bringing the Anchorage Caucus to campus and she met with the UAA Faculty and Staff Association Executive Committee in September 2019.  After the legislature adjourned, Representative Spohnholz is to be given credit for cohosting a Town Hall meeting on the UA system.  She frequently mentions UAA in social media and in her newsletters.

 

During 2020, Representative Spohnholz had a student intern in her office in Juneau. On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Spohnholz voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Spohnholz also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 

As Chair of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Representative Spohnholz voted do pass on HB235 which reauthorized TVEP. Representative Spohnholz was a sponsor of HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.  Representative Spohnholz was a sponsor for HB180 which would add a faculty member to the UA Board of Regents.  HB180 was referred to the Education Committee and no action was taken.

 
 
Representative Andy Josephson
Democrat, District 17
State Representative 2013-present

In 2018, Representative Josephson was a sponsor of HB233, which reauthorized the Education Tax Credit As a member of the majority caucus, Representative Josephson supported the UA system by voting for the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  He voted for the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

During the 2019 session, Representative Josephson did an outstanding job in supporting the universities in very significant ways.  As chair of the House Finance University of Alaska Subcommittee he led the effort in restoring funding for the universities by refusing to accept the governor’s proposed cuts and by proposing an amendment to add $10m to the budget raising state support to $337m. As chair, Representative Josephson began a committee hearing with an eloquent quote about the importance of the universities.  A lawyer by training, Josephson read an excerpt from a 1975 Alaska Supreme Court case (Univ. Alaska v. National Aircraft Lease). While the case itself did not necessarily relate to UA’s budget, the language composed by Justice Dimond is worth sharing:
 
“…we are of the opinion that (the university) must be considered to be an integral part of the state educational system mandated by the constitution. In its constitutional status it stands as the single governmental entity, which was specifically created by the people to meet the statewide need for a public institution of higher education. In this light, the UA system must be regarded as uniquely an instrumentality of the state itself. Unlike other public educational institutions created to meet the needs of local areas, it exists constitutionally to act for the benefit of the state and the public generally…. 
…a status which is co-equal rather than subordinate to that of the executive or the legislative arms of government.”

 

As a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Josephson attempted to limit the UA budget reduction to the current year level of $327m.  Unfortunately his amendments failed.  The House Finance Committee eventually voted 9-2 for an operating  budget of $317m for the UA system.

 

 Representative Josephson as a member of the bipartisan coalition voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  After the governor’s veto of HB39, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Josephson voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

After the legislature adjourned, Representative Josephson arranged for a public town hall meeting focusing on the universities and met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association.  

 

Chaired by Representative Josephson in 2020, the House University of Alaska Finance Subcommittee effectively concluded its committee work by Feb. 14th. The committee held five hearings and adopted three amendments.  The amendments were in support of the universities and removed individual allocations (55% UAF, 38% UAA, and 7% Statewide) that were proposed by the governor and on the advice of the university combined the separate allocations for UAF organized research with the UAF main campus.  These two amendments would allow the Board of Regents more flexibility with budget planning and reductions.  At the recommendation of Representative Josephson, the committee also approved an amendment that would add $10.5m to the universities’ budgets for compensation increases.

 

During the House Finance Committee meeting, Representative Jennifer Johnston introduced an amendment to remove the $10.5m for compensation increases.  The amendment removing the funding passed 9-2 with Representatives Josephson and Wool voting in opposition.   On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Josephson voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Josephson also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Josephson voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  As a member of the House Finance Committee, Representative Josephson voted do pass on HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.

 
Representative Harriet Drummond
Democrat, District 18
State Representative 2013-present

In 2018, Representative Drummond was a sponsor of HB233, which reauthorized the Alaska Education Tax Credit, and HB221, which allows the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to partner with the UA system to improve workforce training. Both bills passed the House and Senate. As a member of the majority caucus, Representative Drummond supported the UA system by voting for the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  She voted for the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

In 2019 as the co-chair of the House Education Committee, Representative Drummond supported funding for the Live Homework Help and WWAMI programs. As part of the bipartisan coalition she voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Drummond voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Drummond voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Drummond also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Drummond voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP. Representative Drummond was a sponsor of HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.  As co-chair of the House Education Committee, Representative Drummond voted do pass on HB155 which would add career and technical education to the Alaska Performance Scholarship program. HB155 was referred to House Finance and no action was taken. As co-chair of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee, Representative Drummond voted do pass on HB193 which would add a second verse to the Alaska’s State Song that is held in trust by the UA Foundation. HB193 was referred to State Affairs and no action was taken.

 
Representative Geran Tarr
Democrat, District 19
State Representative 2013-present

In 2018, Representative Tarr was a sponsor of HB221, which allows the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to partner with the UA system to improve workforce training. HB221 passed the House and Senate. As a member of the majority caucus, Representative Tarr supported the UA system by voting for the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  She voted for the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

In 2019, Representative Tarr was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor. After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Tarr voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.  She met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association in October 2019.  She is a frequent visitor and lecturer on the UAA campus and often speaks favorably on university issues.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Tarr voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Tarr also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Tarr voted along with 34 of her colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 
Representative Zack Fields
Democrat, District 20
State Representative 2018-present

During his first year as a legislator, Representative Fields was very supportive of the universities. As a member of the House Finance UA subcommittee, Representative Fields voted to restore the funding for the universities by opposing the governor’s plan to cut the UA system budget by $134m.  Representative Fields was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.   After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Fields voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

Returning to Juneau in 2020 as a member of the House Finance UA subcommittee, Representative Fields demonstrated his support for the universities by voting for three amendments as recommended by the committee chair, Representative Josephson.  The amendments were in support of the universities and removed individual allocations (55% UAF, 38% UAA, and 7% Statewide) that were proposed by the governor and on the advice of the UA system combined the separate allocations for UAF organized research with the UAF main campus.  These two amendments would allow the Board of Regents more flexibility with budget planning and reductions.  The committee also approved an amendment that would add $10.5m to the universities’ budgets for compensation increases.

 

As a member of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Representative Fields voted do pass on HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  Representative Fields was also the sponsor of HB196 which would increase the amount of the Alaska Performance Scholarship.  HB196 was referred to the Education Committee and no action was taken.

 

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Fields voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Fields also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

 
Representative Matt Claman
Democrat, District 21
State Representative 2015-present

In 2018, as a member of the majority caucus, Representative Claman supported the UA system by voting for the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  He voted for the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

In 2019 Representative Claman was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.   After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Claman was excused from voting on HB2001 and he voted for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Claman voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Claman also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Claman voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  As a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee, Representative Claman voted do pass on HB193 which would add a second verse to the Alaska’s State Song that is held in trust by the UA Foundation. HB193 was referred to State Affairs and no action was taken.

 
Representative Sara Rasmussen
Independent, District 22
State Representative 2018-present

During 2019, Representative Rasmussen demonstrated little support for the universities. As a member of the minority caucus, she voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.  During the floor debate, Representative Rasmussen introduced an amendment that directed the Board of Regents to study transitioning UA from three accredited universities to a single accredited institution.  The amendment was adopted by a vote of 25-13.  After the governor’s veto of HB39, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Rasmussen was excused from voting on HB2001 and on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

Representative Rasmussen met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association in October 2019.  Given Representative Rasmussen’s sponsorship of WWAMI faculty commendations, it is hoped that her support of the UA system will be more visible in the future.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Rasmussen voted no.  On March 28th, Representative Rasmussen was excused for the vote for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

As a member of the House Labor and Commerce Committee, Representative Rasmussen voted no recommendation for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.  She was later excused from the House vote on HB235 which was approved 34-1.  Representative Rasmussen was a sponsor of HB159 which would change the service and repayment requirements for the WWAMI program.  HB159 was referred to the rules committee and no action was taken.

 
Representative Chris Tuck
Democrat, District 23
State Representative 2003-present

In 2018, Representative Tuck was a sponsor of HB233, which reauthorized the Alaska Education Tax Credit.  As a member of the majority caucus, Representative Tuck supported the UA system by voting for the House operating  budget in April, which contained a $19 million dollar increase for the UA system.  He voted for the FY19 operating  budget and the FY 19 capital budget that was passed by the House after approval by the Conference Committee.  This final version of the operating  budget contained a $10 million increase for the UA system while the capital budget appropriated $2 million dollars along with an additional $3 million dollars from the Governor’s appropriation to the UA system.

 

In 2019 Representative Tuck was part of the bipartisan coalition and voted in favor of HB39, which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor.   After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19.   Representative Tuck voted for HB2001 and for SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Tuck voted yes.  On March 28th, Representative Tuck also voted for the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities.  While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Tuck voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 
Representative Tom McKay
Republican, District 24
State Representative 2021-present
 
Representative Calvin Schrage
Republican, District 25
State Representative 2021-present
Representative Laddie Shaw
Republican, District 26
State Representative 2018-present

As a member of the House UA subcommittee, Representative Shaw voted to restore the funding for the universities by opposing the governor’s plan to cut the budget by $134m. However, as a member of the minority caucus, Representative Shaw voted against the operating  budget (HB39), which reduced the cuts proposed by the governor. After the governor’s veto, the legislature transmitted HB2001 to the governor adding back $110m to UA’s FY20 operating  budget for a total of $302m or $25m below FY19. 

Representative Shaw voted against HB2001 and was excused from voting on SB2002 for the capital budget.

 

In 2020, Representative Shaw was not present at the House Finance UA subcommittee to vote on any of the amendments recommended by the committee chair, Representative Josephson.  On March 3, 2020 on a vote of 23-16, the House passed its FY21 operating budget which generally supported the governor’s request of $4.4 billion. Representative Shaw voted no.  On March 28th, Representative Shaw also voted against the Conference Committee version of the operating budget which reduced the budget cut for the universities. While the $12.5 million reduction was approved by the House (23-13) and Senate (17-1), it was later vetoed by the governor restoring the full $25 million cut for the UA system.

Representative Shaw voted along with 34 of his colleagues for HB235 which reauthorized TVEP.

 
Representative Liz Snyder
Republican, District 27 State Representative 2021-present
 
Representative James Kaufman
Republican, District 28 State Representative 2021-present