Representative Christopher Kurka
Republican, District 7
State Representative 2021-present

Announced that he is running for Governor

 

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Kurka voted NO on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted NO  on HJR19, HB127,HB100, and YES on HB108, SJR8, and HB133.

 

In his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 and HB199 both of which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs while HB 199 was referred to the Judiciary Committee.   As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As one of six House members he voted against HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  

He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   

As one of four House members, he voted No for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting in concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings which was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Kurka voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and NO on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Kevin McCabe
Republican, District 8
State Representative 2021-present

Representative Kevin McCabe—Zero Stars

 

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative McCabe voted NO on all of them.

Of bills favorable to UA, he voted NO on HJR19 and YES on HB100, HB127, SJR8, and HB133.

 

In his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Committee he voted Do Pass for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Representative McCabe voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and NO on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

 
Representative George Rauscher
Republican, District 9
State Representative 2017-present

Representative Rauscher was somewhat more supportive of the University in 2021 than prior years. Hopefully he will increase his support in 2022.

 

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Rauscher voted YES on three of them including the House floor votes. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on SJR8, HB 133, HB 100 and he voted NO on HJR 19 and HB 127.

 

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.

 

In 2021, Representative Rauscher voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8) He was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As one of six House members he voted against HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Representative  voted NO on House Passage, NO on House CBR and NO on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted NO  for House Adoption , NO on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

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

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Eastman voted NO on 10 of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on SJR8 and HB 133 and he voted NO on HJR 19, HB 127, HB 100,

 

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.

 

In 2021, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 and HB199 both of which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs while HB 199 was referred to the Judiciary Committee.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   As one of six House members he voted against HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  

As one of four House members, he voted No for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee. 

 

Operating Budget: Representative Eastman voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  he voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. He voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. He voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

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

Representative Johnson continued her support of votech training in 2021.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Johnson voted NO on eight of them. Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on HB 127, HB 100, SJR8, HB 133, and HB 108.

 

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.

In 2021, she was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   As a member of the Finance Committee  she voted Do Pass for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  She was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  She was absent for the vote on HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding.

She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: As a member of the House University subcommittee she voted NO for the $15.7M increase for UA. Representative Johnson voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,  she voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. She voted NO on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, NO on rescinding the failed effective date vote, NO on effective date. She voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget.

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

In 2021, Representative Tilton was more supportive of the university.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Tilton voted YES on four of them including House floor votes . Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on HB 127, HB 100, SJR8, and HB 133.

No on HJR 19.

 

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.

 

In 2021, she was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   As one of nine House members, she voted No on HJR19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.

She was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor,

Operating Budget: Representative Tilton voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
 
Representative Kevin McCarty
Republican, District 13
State Representative 2021-present

In his first year Representative McCarty showed promise in voting for bills favorable to UA.  Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative McCarty voted YES on four of them including House floor votes.  Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on HJR 19, HB 127, HB 100, SJR8, HB 133 and HB 108.

 

In 2021, in his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   As a member of the Community and Regional Affairs Community he voted Do Pass for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account. He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with  concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.   He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative McCarty voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

Representative Kelly Merrick
Republican, District 14
State Representative 2018-present

In 2021, Representative Merrick is to be commended for her joining the majority caucus which allowed for the House to begin its deliberations.

 

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Merrick voted for all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on HJR 19, HB 127, HB 100, SJR8, and HB 133.

 

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.

 

In 2021, as a member of the Finance Committee, she voted No Recommendation for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university. 

She voted for HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: As a member of the University Subcommittee , she voted NO for the $15.7m increase for UA as directed by the committee leadership.

 

Representative Merrick voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative David Nelson
Republican, District 15
State Representative 2021-present

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Nelson voted NO on seven of them and was excused for three floor votes. He did vote for the conference committee adoption for HB71.   Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on HJR 19, HB 127, HB 100, SJR8, and HB 133.

 

In 2021, in his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass As one HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.

As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.   He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8)

He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Representative Nelson voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and NO on Effective Date. Excused on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, Excused on rescinding the failed effective date vote, Excused on effective date.  Voted NO on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Ivy Spohnholz
Democrat, District 16
State Representative 2016-present

Representative Spohnholz continues her outstanding support of UA.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Spohnholz voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

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.

 

In 2021, As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass for HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget :  Representative Spohnholz voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

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

Representative Josephson continues his outstanding support for UA.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Josephson voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

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.

 

In 2021 Representative Josephson was a co-sponsor of the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  Representative Josephson pre-filed in 2022, HB229 which would address the ongoing funding issue with the Higher Education Investment Fund and the Alaska Student Loan Corporation.   As a member of the Finance Committee,  he voted No Recommendation for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. He later voted for HB 127 during the floor vote which passed 31-6.  HB 127 was then referred to the Senate.  He was a co-sponsor for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university and as a member of the Finance Committee he voted Do Pass.  He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).   He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

As a member of the University Subcommittee, he voted for the $15.7m increase for UA.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Josephson voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

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

Representative Drummond was very supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Drummond voted YES on all of them. Of  bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

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.

 

In 2021, Representative Drummond as a member of the Education Committee voted Do Pass on SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program. SB 32 was referred to the House State Affairs Committee.

Co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. She voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  Representative Drummond was an outstanding  advocate for increased funding for Alaska’s libraries by introducing and passing $635K in the Education Committee which was referred to Finance and incorporated into the Operating Budget.  This funding was vetoed by the Governor.   She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Representative Drummond voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

Representative Drummond met with the Executive Committee via Zoom.

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

Representative Tarr frequently highlights the university at meetings and in her communications. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Tarr voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

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.

 

In 2021, she voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate.

Operating Budget: Representative Tarr voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

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

Representative Fields was very supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Fields voted YES on all of them. Of  bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

 

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. Co-sponsor of HB 129 which would provide funding for the Alaska Performance Scholarship. HB 129 was referred to the Education Committee.

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.

 

In 2021, Representative Fields voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8). He was also a co-sponsor SB 32 which would expand the Alaska Middle College program.

As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.

As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.   He was the co-sponsor of HB 21 which would have added a faculty member to the BOR and HB 48 which addresses AK Performance Scholarship eligibility. Both bills were referred to the Education Committee.   He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

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

While Representative Claman does not highlight the university during meetings or with his communication he is supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Claman voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

 

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.

 

In 2021, he voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA. He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

 

Operating Budget: Representative Claman voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

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

In 2021, Representative Rasmussen’s support for the university was more visible.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Rasmussen voted YES or was excused for all of them.  Of bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

 

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.

 

In 2021, she was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  Representation Rasmussen was a co-sponsor of HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass for HB 127.

She was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As a member of the Finance Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  She was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  She voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

As a member of the University Subcommittee, she voted NO for the $15.7m increase for UA.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Rasmussen voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   Excused  for House Adoption , Excused on House CBR, and Excused on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and was Excused on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

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

Representative Tuck remains supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Tuck voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

 

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.

 

In 2021, He was a co-sponsor for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university. He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He was excused for vote for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Tuck voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Tom McKay
Republican, District 24
State Representative 2021-present

Representative McKay was supportive of the university.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative McKay voted YES on four of them including House floor votes.  Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

In this first term, Representative McKay voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8) He was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.   He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was passed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative McKay voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and No on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted No on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Calvin Schrage
Republican, District 25
State Representative 2021-present

In his first year, Representative Schrage was very supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Schrage voted YES on all of them. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.  His support for the university is visible at meetings and in his communications.

 

In this first term, Representative Schrage voted Do Pass in the Resource Committee for the University Land Grant Resolution. (SJR8) As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass As one HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   Representative Schrage was a co-sponsor for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA. As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, he voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university. 

 

He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and signed by the governor.

Operating Budget: Representative Schrage voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

Representative Laddie Shaw
Republican, District 26
State Representative 2018-present

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Shaw voted YES on four of them including House floor votes. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on all of them.

 

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.

 

In 2021, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee. He was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee. He voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  He voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed by the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Shaw voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and No on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted No on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 
Representative Liz Snyder
Republican, District 27 State Representative 2021-present

In her first year, Representative Snyder was very supportive of UA. Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Snyder voted YES on all of them. Of nine bills favorable to UA, she voted YES on all of them.

In 2021 in her first term, as a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass As one HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.   Representative Snyder was a co-sponsor for HB127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass for HB 133 which addresses advanced college tuition as well as other state savings account.  She was the sponsor of HB 147 relating to Rural Teacher Education.  HB 147 was referred to the House Education Committee.  As a member of the Labor and Commerce Committee, she voted Do Pass HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  She was a co-sponsor of HB 108 which referenced university consulting as assisting with concurrent vocational education.  HB 108 was referred to the Education Committee.  She voted in favor of HJR 19 which was a resolution in support of federal infrastructure funding and includes UA.  She voted for the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8).  She voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  She voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee and voted for HB 100 which would provide votech funding to UA. HB 100 passed the Senate and was signed the governor.

 

Operating Budget: Representative Snyder voted YES on House Passage, YES on House CBR and YES on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted YES  for House Adoption , YES on House CBR, and YES on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted YES on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)

 

Met with the Executive Committee of the UAA Faculty and Staff Association via Zoom in 2021.

 
Representative James Kaufman
Republican, District 28 State Representative 2021-present

Representative Kaufman support of UA was minimum.

Of eleven operating budget votes, Representative Kaufman voted YES on four of them including House floor votes. Of bills favorable to UA, he voted YES on HB 127 and HB 133 and NO on HJR 19 and HB 100.

In 2021, in his first term, he was the co-sponsor of HB 179 which would prohibit restrictions on firearms including the UA campuses.  HB 179 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As one of nine House members, he voted No on HJR 19 which is a resolution of support for federal infrastructure funding for Alaska.  He was a co-sponsor of HB 175 which would restrict UA from mandating COVID vaccinations.   HB 175 was referred to the Community and Regional Affairs Committee.  As one of four House members, he voted No for HB 100 which provides funding for votech education and includes the university.  He was excused for the vote on the University Land Grant Resolution (SJR8). He voted for HB 127 which would provide bonding authority and loans for heating and energy projects including UA.   HB127 was referred to the Senate.  He voted for HB 133 which addresses college tuition savings and was referred to the Senate and Health and Social Services Committee. 

 

 

Operating Budget: Representative Kaufman voted No on House Passage, No on House CBR and No on House Effective Date.  Regarding HB 69 Conference Committee,   voted No  for House Adoption , No on House CBR, and No on Effective Date. voted YES on HCR2001 bring HB 69 back, YES on rescinding the failed effective date vote, YES on effective date.  Voted No on House passage and YES on the Conference Committee adoption for the Mental Health Budget. (HB 71)